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This shows why black people aren’t nostalgic about Route 66

This shows why black people aren’t nostalgic about Route 66

Interest in the history of Route 66 largely is fueled by the memories of people who traveled the Mother Road from 1946 to the mid-1960s. It’s nostalgia. Black people don’t share nostalgia as enthusiastically. I surmised it was because Jim Crow laws…

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100 years of drive-in theaters in one map

100 years of drive-in theaters in one map

The first of many drive-in theaters opened in New Mexico in 1914. More than 100 years later, someone has compiled an interactive map that shows more than 4,600 drive-in theaters built in the United States. Below is a screen capture of…

What is the length of Route 66?

What is the length of Route 66?

The length of the original U.S. 66 is commonly cited as 2,448 miles (although Wikipedia lists it as 2,451 miles). Stefan Joppich’s research indicates through bypasses and improvements, the length of Route 66 dropped in miles to 2,278 by 1947 — much…

Kingman Route 66 Walk of Fame inductees announced

Four inductees for the Route 66 Walk of Fame in Kingman, Arizona, during the Best of the West on Route 66 Festival on Sept. 25-27 recently were announced. The inductees also will be recognized as King of the Road, an…

A closer look at the Bicycle Route 66 map set

A closer look at the Bicycle Route 66 map set

I’m no cycling aficionado, but I’ll confidently say the Bicycle Route 66 map series from the nonprofit Adventure Cycling Association will be absolutely indispensable for any cyclist considering travel on the Mother Road. The maps aren’t just a bunch of…

Bicycle Route 66 map set is now available

Bicycle Route 66 map set is now available

The long-awaited Bicycle Route 66 map set for cyclists who want to taste the Mother Road now is available from its creators, the Adventure Cycling Association. The association made the announcement Monday in a news release. A few nuggets I’ve gleaned…

California to allow bicycles on Interstate 40

California to allow bicycles on Interstate 40

The California Department of Transportation granted the Adventure Cycling Association‘s request to allow parts of Interstate 40 to be used as part of its upcoming Bicycle Route 66 Map, according a blog post Thursday from the association. The association had…

New road would partly restore old section of Route 66

The Phelps County commissioners may apply for a grant to build a north outer road near Interstate 44 that would partially restore an old section of Route 66 near Rolla, Missouri, according to The Leader Journal newspaper in St. James, Missouri. The new…

Google Maps Street View comes to the Grand Canyon

Route 66 fans often use Street View on Google Maps to vicariously travel the Mother Road, as this demonstration video from 2010 shows: Now, Street View has arrived at one of the most popular side trips for Route 66 travelers…

A man’s trip on Route 66 in 1967

Magnum Redux, a self-proclaimed “writer, artist, published author, car lover, gun nut, professional musician, and nostalgia expert” on YouTube, describes a trip he took on Route 66 in 1967 from Joplin, Mo., to Santa Monica, Calif. He also gives a…

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