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Get Your Kicks...On Route 66

In 1926, the numbered Federal highway system was started; Route 66 was formed at that time, mostly from a network of already existing roads. The highway ran southwest from Chicago, across eight states and 2,448 miles of hills, plains, desert, and orange groves, until it ended at the Pacific Ocean in Los Angeles.

Known as the Mother Road from John Steinbeck's 1939 novel "The Grapes of Wrath", it began to decline in the late 1950s when a new set of cross-country limited-access freeways were built. These new multi-lane highways functionally replaced Route 66, and the Mother Road was decertified as a Federal highway in 1985. Today, more than half of the original road still exists, often just yards from the freeway that replaced it, and many of the original motels, gas stations, and other business still stand.

Route 66 is the Mother Road, the Glory Road, and Depression-era families in dilapidated trucks fleeing the Dust Bowl. It's Mom, Dad, and three kids in a wood-paneled station wagon, out to see the Petrified Forest. It's America's Main Street, a 1960s TV show, and a song. It's motor courts, gas stations, curio shops, dinosaurs, giant rabbits, huge arrows, and many other strange wayside attractions.

Kitsch: excessively garish or sentimental art, usually considered in bad taste. You can certainly Get Your Kitsch on Route 66; it is famous for its funky man-made attractions to lure the traveler — the motels, trading posts, diners, oversized signs and statues, and the many attractions that sprouted along the side of the highway like so much 20th-century folk art.




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Route 66 map
Route 66 map
Route 66
Route 66
Roy's, Amboy California
Roy's, Amboy California
Service station, Ludlow California
Service station, Ludlow California
Old map of Route 66 in Arizona
Old map of Route 66 in Arizona
Cafe, Amboy California
Cafe, Amboy California
Church, Amboy California
Church, Amboy California
Star sign
Star sign
Old motel, Amboy California
Old motel, Amboy California
Garage, Ludlow California
Garage, Ludlow California
Amboy school, Amboy California
Amboy school, Amboy California
Abandoned shack, Ludlow California
Abandoned shack, Ludlow California
Sign skeleton
Sign skeleton
Abandoned motel, Amboy California
Abandoned motel, Amboy California
Gasoline sign, Amboy California
Gasoline sign, Amboy California
Williams, Arizona
Williams, Arizona
Twin Arrows
Twin Arrows
Holbrook,  Arizona
Holbrook, Arizona
Wigwam Motel, Holbrook Arizona
Wigwam Motel, Holbrook Arizona
Standin' on the corner*
Standin' on the corner*
Twin Arrows
Twin Arrows
Winslow Arizona
Winslow Arizona
Near Hackberry, Arizona
Near Hackberry, Arizona
Williams, Arizona
Williams, Arizona
Directions
Directions
Diner in Winslow, Arizona
Diner in Winslow, Arizona
Wigwam Motel, Holbrook Arizona
Wigwam Motel, Holbrook Arizona
Room 12, Wigwam Motel
Room 12, Wigwam Motel
Wigwam top
Wigwam top
DeSoto's, Ash Fork Arizona
DeSoto's, Ash Fork Arizona
Joseph City, Arizona
Joseph City, Arizona
And here it is...
And here it is...
Something to Live For...
Something to Live For...
General store soda fountain, Hackberry Arizona
General store soda fountain, Hackberry Arizona
Ga
Ga
Old Edison recorder, museum in Holbrook
Old Edison recorder, museum in Holbrook
Near Truxton, Arizona
Near Truxton, Arizona
Hotel Monte Vista, Flagstaff Arizona
Hotel Monte Vista, Flagstaff Arizona
You see the strangest things on Route 66...
You see the strangest things on Route 66...
Cool Springs, Arizona
Cool Springs, Arizona
Old Hudson, Holbrook Arizona
Old Hudson, Holbrook Arizona
Railroad near Needles, California
Railroad near Needles, California
Mr. D'z, Kingman Arizona
Mr. D'z, Kingman Arizona
Monte Vista Hotel, Flagstaff Arizona
Monte Vista Hotel, Flagstaff Arizona
Cruiser's Cafe, Williams Arizona
Cruiser's Cafe, Williams Arizona
Tire service, Hackberry Arizona
Tire service, Hackberry Arizona
Dinosaurs in Holbrook, Arizona
Dinosaurs in Holbrook, Arizona
Motel, Williams Arizona
Motel, Williams Arizona
Hackberry, Arizona
Hackberry, Arizona
Old barbershop, Holbrook
Old barbershop, Holbrook
Happy in Hackberry
Happy in Hackberry
Earl's Motor Court,  Winslow
Earl's Motor Court, Winslow
Meteor Crater, Arizona
Meteor Crater, Arizona
Kozy Corner
Kozy Corner
Hay and feed
Hay and feed
30 cents
30 cents
At the old Dinosaur Caverns
At the old Dinosaur Caverns
Williams, Arizona
Williams, Arizona
Western Hills Motel, Flagstaff Arizona
Western Hills Motel, Flagstaff Arizona
1941 Packard
1941 Packard
Cactus bowl
Cactus bowl
Old gas pump
Old gas pump
Oatman, Arizona
Oatman, Arizona
Welcome to Needles
Welcome to Needles
Colorado River Round Up Parade, Needles California
Colorado River Round Up Parade, Needles California
Colorado River Round Up Parade, Needles California
Colorado River Round Up Parade, Needles California
Goffs, California
Goffs, California
Two Guns
Two Guns
Two Guns
Two Guns
Colorado River Round Up Parade, Needles California
Colorado River Round Up Parade, Needles California
Radio as it used to be
Radio as it used to be
Williams, Arizona
Williams, Arizona
Hackberry, Arizona
Hackberry, Arizona
Cool Springs,  Arizona
Cool Springs, Arizona
Needles, California
Needles, California
Williams, Arizona
Williams, Arizona
Meteor City, Arizona- long map
Meteor City, Arizona- long map
Old medicines, Holbrook Arizona
Old medicines, Holbrook Arizona
Route 66 Grill, Ashfork Arizona
Route 66 Grill, Ashfork Arizona
Petrified wood, Holbrook
Petrified wood, Holbrook
Hotel Beale, Kingman Arizona
Hotel Beale, Kingman Arizona
Williams, Arizona
Williams, Arizona
Oatman, Arizona
Oatman, Arizona
Seligman signs
Seligman signs
Mens room, Hackberry general store
Mens room, Hackberry general store
Coke and flash bulbs
Coke and flash bulbs
Oatman, Arizona
Oatman, Arizona
DeSoto's,  Ash Fork Arizona
DeSoto's, Ash Fork Arizona
Winslow cow
Winslow cow
Route 66 guide
Route 66 guide
Ella's Frontier
Ella's Frontier
Lazy in Williams
Lazy in Williams
Holbrook dinosaur
Holbrook dinosaur
Classic  Ford
Classic Ford
Guarding Dinosaur Caverns
Guarding Dinosaur Caverns
Hackberry,  Arizona
Hackberry, Arizona
Coffee in Winslow
Coffee in Winslow
Living in Hackberry
Living in Hackberry
Cigarettes 40 cents
Cigarettes 40 cents
Roadkill Cafe, Seligman Arizona
Roadkill Cafe, Seligman Arizona
The facilities
The facilities
Williams, Arizona
Williams, Arizona
The old West
The old West
Canyon Club,  Williams Arizona
Canyon Club, Williams Arizona
Winslow motel
Winslow motel
Holbrook, Arizona
Holbrook, Arizona
Very clean
Very clean
Seligman, Arizona
Seligman, Arizona
Inside Grand Canyon Caverns
Inside Grand Canyon Caverns
Stuck in Goffs
Stuck in Goffs
Mummified bobcat
Mummified bobcat
Fifties memories
Fifties memories
Cruiser's
Cruiser's
Winslow motel
Winslow motel
Holbrook, Arizona
Holbrook, Arizona
Goffs, California
Goffs, California
Shack at Two Guns
Shack at Two Guns
Long ago abandoned
Long ago abandoned
Hackberry, Arizona
Hackberry, Arizona
The pause that refreshes
The pause that refreshes
Golden Inn, Holbrook Arizona
Golden Inn, Holbrook Arizona
Kachinas, Holbrook Arizona
Kachinas, Holbrook Arizona
Cabins
Cabins
Welcome
Welcome
Bagdad Cafe
Bagdad Cafe
Hackberry,  Arizona
Hackberry, Arizona
Williams, Arizona
Williams, Arizona
Earls Motor Court,  Winslow Arizona
Earls Motor Court, Winslow Arizona
Standin' on the corner
Standin' on the corner
Cool Springs, Arizona
Cool Springs, Arizona
Old cash register
Old cash register
Noon in Flagstaff
Noon in Flagstaff
Desert Sun Motel,  Winslow
Desert Sun Motel, Winslow
Peeling in Holbrook
Peeling in Holbrook
Rust and age,  Goffs California
Rust and age, Goffs California
Mining at Goffs ,California
Mining at Goffs ,California
Carriage, Holbrook Arizona
Carriage, Holbrook Arizona
Entrance to abandoned ranch
Entrance to abandoned ranch
Here's a champion
Here's a champion
Hackberry, Arizona
Hackberry, Arizona
Goffs, California
Goffs, California
Oatman Arizona
Oatman Arizona
Mural in Winslow Arizona
Mural in Winslow Arizona
Old gas station
Old gas station
Winslow
Winslow
Chevron pump
Chevron pump
Goffs, California
Goffs, California
Flagstaff church
Flagstaff church
Vacancy
Vacancy
Laundry day
Laundry day
$5.00
$5.00
When dinosaurs attack
When dinosaurs attack
With a name like that...
With a name like that...
Classy
Classy
Old dash
Old dash
Coke
Coke
The Red Garter
The Red Garter
Place your calls
Place your calls
Lucky horseshoes
Lucky horseshoes
Maybe not 24 hours...
Maybe not 24 hours...
Rod's
Rod's
Motel Du Beau
Motel Du Beau
Colorado River Round Up, Needles Calif.
Colorado River Round Up, Needles Calif.
Near Bagdad California
Near Bagdad California
Old Greyhound bus stop,  Hackberry Arizona
Old Greyhound bus stop, Hackberry Arizona
Shoe tree on Route 66
Shoe tree on Route 66
Inside Roy's cafe, Amboy
Inside Roy's cafe, Amboy
Classic Zenith
Classic Zenith
Goffs, California
Goffs, California
Neon
Neon
Standing on the corner
Standing on the corner
Old post office
Old post office
Telegraph
Telegraph
The place for malts
The place for malts
The cures
The cures
Old wagon
Old wagon
Shoe tree on Route 66
Shoe tree on Route 66
No vacancy
No vacancy
Old gas station
Old gas station
York Safe and Lock Co.
York Safe and Lock Co.
Old truck
Old truck
Roys sign
Roys sign
At the malt shop
At the malt shop
Meteor Crater, Arizona
Meteor Crater, Arizona
Shopping on Route 66
Shopping on Route 66
Mens room, Hackberry general store
Mens room, Hackberry general store
Mens room, Hackberry general store
Mens room, Hackberry general store
Insulators
Insulators
The San Francisco Peaks
The San Francisco Peaks
Studebaker
Studebaker
Dick's Deli
Dick's Deli
Old soda machine
Old soda machine
Poles along old Route 66
Poles along old Route 66
Holbrook Arizona
Holbrook Arizona
Wigwam Motel, Holbrook Arizona
Wigwam Motel, Holbrook Arizona
Fine dining in Holbrook
Fine dining in Holbrook
Pancake House
Pancake House
El Don Motel, Albuquerque
El Don Motel, Albuquerque
Route 66, New Mexico
Route 66, New Mexico
Lobby at the El Rancho Hotel, Gallup NM
Lobby at the El Rancho Hotel, Gallup NM
Wigwam Motel at night, Holbrook
Wigwam Motel at night, Holbrook
KiMo Theater, Albuquerque
KiMo Theater, Albuquerque
The Victor
The Victor
Desert Sands Motel, Albuquerque
Desert Sands Motel, Albuquerque
Whiting Brothers Gas Station
Whiting Brothers Gas Station
Albuquerque Giant
Albuquerque Giant
Aztec Motel, Albuquerque
Aztec Motel, Albuquerque
Aztec Motel, Albuquerque
Aztec Motel, Albuquerque
Wigwam Motel, Holbrook Arizons
Wigwam Motel, Holbrook Arizons
The Plainsman, Holbrook Arizona
The Plainsman, Holbrook Arizona
Budville, New Mexico
Budville, New Mexico
Kress, Albuquerque
Kress, Albuquerque
Armco
Armco
Once a Motel
Once a Motel
Zia Motor Lodge, Albuquerque
Zia Motor Lodge, Albuquerque
Lupton,  Arizona
Lupton, Arizona
KiMo Thearter, Albuquerque
KiMo Thearter, Albuquerque
Winslow Arizona
Winslow Arizona
Motel
Motel
Monument to Route 66
Monument to Route 66
Abandoned in Holbrook
Abandoned in Holbrook
Top of a Wigwam Motel Tepee
Top of a Wigwam Motel Tepee
Aztec Motel, Albuquerque
Aztec Motel, Albuquerque
Holbrook Mural
Holbrook Mural
Hiway House Motel, Albuquerque
Hiway House Motel, Albuquerque
Ford truck in Holbrook
Ford truck in Holbrook
Aggies in Holbrook
Aggies in Holbrook
Fort Courage, Arizona
Fort Courage, Arizona
Inside the Wigwam Motel
Inside the Wigwam Motel
Theater Facade, Albuquerque
Theater Facade, Albuquerque
Westward Ho, Albuquerque
Westward Ho, Albuquerque
Made it part way...
Made it part way...
Holbrook Pet
Holbrook Pet
Still operating
Still operating
Fort Courage Trading Post
Fort Courage Trading Post
Monterey Motel, Albuquerque
Monterey Motel, Albuquerque
Old Chevy at the Wigwam
Old Chevy at the Wigwam
Whiting Brothers
Whiting Brothers
Ancient heap
Ancient heap
Tewa Lodge, Albuquerque
Tewa Lodge, Albuquerque
It was something
It was something
La Puerta,  Albuquerque
La Puerta, Albuquerque