Bobby Troup once wrote a song about a truly legendary road 2,448 miles long that originally ran across nine states. The States were Chicago, Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and, before ending in Santa Monica, it winded through California.
A song by Bobby Troup (that was also covered by Nat King Cole, Rolling Stones, Depeche Mode and several others) and CBS television series Route 66 reveals the road's popularity in mass culture. The series tells the story about two guys, Tod Stiles (Martin Milner) and Buz Murdock (George Maharis), who are riding their Corvette Convertible all across America trying to find a job. Route 66 also was the symbol of Beat Generation, with Kerouac noting the "longhaired brokendown hipsters straight off Route 66 from New York."
Route 66 was commissioned in 1926, picking up as many as possible bits and pieces of existing road. By the way, the highway number was chosen with the original meaning of number "66" in mind, which stands for the master number that brings joy and success.In 1995, the Route 66 was officially removed from the United States Highway System map because a large part of the route was replaced by modern high-speed roads.
Once a place of worship, it will never cease to attract tourists. For those who are eager to find more about it, the Library of Congress has uploaded an abundance of photographs of any kinds.
Cuba's murals show colorful and picturesque scenes of the Civil War, Amelia Earhart, Bette Davis, and Route 66’s enterprises, of course.
Cadillac Ranch is a sculpture installation in Amarillo, Texas created in 1974 by members of the hippie movement from the art group called "Ant Farm." They were Chip Lord, Hudson Marquez and Doug Michels. Occasionally this installation is renovated or even repainted for special events like the visit of Doug Michels or commemoration of the gay pride day.
Those cars were buried in dirt longer than they were used as transport and now they serve as canvases for painters or visitors.
The "Route 66" hides many beautiful places nearby and ends at the pier in Santa Monica. For sure, that is a pleasant way to finish the long journey.
In case you want to see more about sights around the Main Street of America, you can view the whole collection on Picryl.