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#1. Route 66 has been called the Main Street of America.
It’s also been called the Mother Road and Will Rogers Highway.
#2 Route 66 was paved in 1926.
It crosses the path of the National Old Trails Highway that came before it.
#3 The highway originally passed through 8 states!
Count ’em! Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and California.
#4 Route 66 covers 2,451 miles!
Now *that’s* a road trip.
#5 Route 66 was so popular there were songs and tv shows created about it.
Bobby Troup wrote the song “(Get Your Kicks) On Route 66,” and the CBS TV show “Route 66” featured two young men in a Corvette on their road trip across the United States.
#6 Businesses prospered along the edge of Route 66.
Route 66 became so popular and had so much traffic, that there was a visible economic impact on the communities it passed through.
#7 Route 66 was removed from the United States Highway System in 1985 and was replaced with the Interstate Highway System.
The members of the communities surrounding Route 66 fought to keep the highway, but were ultimately defeated.
#8 Some parts of Route 66 have been designated as National Scenic Byways under the name “Historic Route 66.”
You can find these parts on a present day map and drive them in Illinois, Missouri, Arizona, and New Mexico.
#9 In many communities, people have been forced to stencil the U.S. Route shield and “66” onto the road itself.
This isn’t just for looks! Instead, it became a simple solution after repeated thefts of the ” Route 66″ signs by tourists and souvenir hunters.
#10 Route 66 even has a Federation dedicated to preserving it.
The National Historic Route 66 Federation is a nonprofit organization that has existed for 22 years now, and strives to remind the public about Route 66’s historic importance.