Route 66 News

Major Route 66 exhibit coming to Autry Center in a year

I just got this news release today. Some of you folks already know about it. But for those who don’t …

We are one year away from the opening of a major exhibition on the history of the Mother Road. “Route 66: The Road and the Romance” will open on June 7, 2014, at the Autry National Center in Los Angeles.

The exhibit will focus on the role Route 66 has played in American history, literature, fine art, photography, popular culture and the “art” of the roadside attraction.

Some the remarkable objects the exhibit will bring together include John Steinbeck’s original hand-written manuscript of “The Grapes of Wrath,” the oldest existing Route 66 shield (compliments of Jim Ross), a 1960 Corvette, Dorothea Lange’s “Migrant Mother,” Jack Kerouac’s “Scroll Manuscript” of “On the Road,” Thomas Hart Benton’s painting “Boom Town,” a display about the making of “Cars” and so much more.

The exhibit will run from June 7, 2014 until Jan. 4, 2015. Look for information to appear at

The Autry Center emailed the preview poster shown above.