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Route 66: 2297 Miles From Chicago to LA [Hardcover]

Nick Freeth
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Nov. 12 2001 Purple Book
Following an overview of the roads early history and its construction in the 1920s, this visual odyssey accompanies readers from Illinois to California, presenting narratives that trace the course of Route 66 across each state. An odometer map at the top of the page ticks off the miles traveled and the sights featured, while newly commissioned photography and entertaining text highlight the landmarks, people and places associated with the region.

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From its starting point in downtown Chicago, Route 66 heads southwest across the prairies to the state capital, Springfield, and on toward the low-lying plains around the Mississippi River, which forms the border with Missouri. Read the first page
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5.0 out of 5 stars Got my kicks on route 66 Nov. 19 2001
Format:Hardcover
I absolutely relived my tour on route 66 in august of this year. The author gives a beautifull description of every enjoyable feature on this road. He shows you great full-color pictures, the beautifull countryside en great architecture and collector's items. Besides that the book shows and tells you the history of one of thé most historic roads in the world.
The book gave me the feeling that I got when I visited in august this year: The USA are a beautifull country, with outstanding architecture that you should preserve and with very nice and warm people living in it.
Hope to visit you again soon! And keep the faith in these difficult times.
Greetings from the Netherlands, Europe!
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By Donald Mitchell #1 HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
´¿Route 66 came closer than any other highway to becoming the National Road.´¿
´¿And in the halcyon days of US 66, it became the most magical road in all the world.´¿
I grew up about 1 mile from Route 66 in San Bernardino, California, and loved to hear the name of our town in the famous Bobby Troup song. I was even more thrilled when I found Route 66 in The Grapes of Wrath.
But the ultimate for me was when the television series, Route 66, ran from 1960-64.
For anyone with nostalgia or curiosity about Route 66 in its heyday, this pictorial tribute will be very rewarding. I recommend the book for personal pleasure, as a gift to those who loved Route 66, and to show to your children who missed the experience of this great road.
Many more dimensions of Route 66 are captured here than in any other book I have seen, including:
the speed traps; gangsters who made their getaways on the road; Burma Shave signs; water bags on car radiators; Phillips 66 gasoline signs; buses; diners; motels; and truck stops. To add to this color, you see photographs of classic automobiles and motorcycles, tourist sights, bridges, gas stations, drive-in theaters, and meet many of the famous people who operated well-known businesses along the route.
Route 66 started in the east in downtown Chicago, near the headquarters of the Santa Fe Railway (the company where my father worked), and there´¿s a nice photograph of the building here. You then mosey through Illinois (including Mitchell, Illinois), Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and California through to Santa Monica. Each state´¿s section shows you the names of the key towns passed through, the mileage to each one, and visual highlights from many of these areas.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Got my kicks on route 66 Nov. 19 2001
By Wim Verheijen - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I absolutely relived my tour on route 66 in august of this year. The author gives a beautifull description of every enjoyable feature on this road. He shows you great full-color pictures, the beautifull countryside en great architecture and collector's items. Besides that the book shows and tells you the history of one of thé most historic roads in the world.
The book gave me the feeling that I got when I visited in august this year: The USA are a beautifull country, with outstanding architecture that you should preserve and with very nice and warm people living in it.
Hope to visit you again soon! And keep the faith in these difficult times.
Greetings from the Netherlands, Europe!
24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Visual Tribute to America´¿s First Highway of Dreams Nov. 18 2001
By Donald Mitchell - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
�Route 66 came closer than any other highway to becoming the National Road.�
�And in the halcyon days of US 66, it became the most magical road in all the world.�
I grew up about 1 mile from Route 66 in San Bernardino, California, and loved to hear the name of our town in the famous Bobby Troup song. I was even more thrilled when I found Route 66 in The Grapes of Wrath.
But the ultimate for me was when the television series, Route 66, ran from 1960-64.
For anyone with nostalgia or curiosity about Route 66 in its heyday, this pictorial tribute will be very rewarding. I recommend the book for personal pleasure, as a gift to those who loved Route 66, and to show to your children who missed the experience of this great road.
Many more dimensions of Route 66 are captured here than in any other book I have seen, including:
the speed traps; gangsters who made their getaways on the road; Burma Shave signs; water bags on car radiators; Phillips 66 gasoline signs; buses; diners; motels; and truck stops. To add to this color, you see photographs of classic automobiles and motorcycles, tourist sights, bridges, gas stations, drive-in theaters, and meet many of the famous people who operated well-known businesses along the route.
Route 66 started in the east in downtown Chicago, near the headquarters of the Santa Fe Railway (the company where my father worked), and there�s a nice photograph of the building here. You then mosey through Illinois (including Mitchell, Illinois), Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and California through to Santa Monica. Each state�s section shows you the names of the key towns passed through, the mileage to each one, and visual highlights from many of these areas.
For my own home area, I was delighted to see a nice section on Cajon Pass, just a few miles northwest of my childhood home, a photograph of the Wigwam Motel in Rialto (about 10 miles away) where I always wanted to stay overnight on my birthday (until I found out how expensive it was to stay in a small concrete teepee), and the first McDonald�s restaurant on E Street in San Bernardino (about a mile from my home) where I began eating fast food hamburgers and those great french fries in 1948.
Sadly, the Interstate Highway program was begun in 1956 and began to replace Route 66. Two of the first sections were from San Bernardino to Los Angeles and Barstow (through Cajon Pass). We loved the speed of the new roads, and our lives have been busier and faster ever since. Sometimes when I�m back in Southern California, I�ll take a slow, relaxing drive however down Foothill Boulevard, which was Route 66 in this area. I enjoy those trips enormously!
Route 66 was decertified as a federal highway in 1985. You will still find signs along parts of its route letting you know you are on �historical Route 66.) The roads glories are fading now, as the many seedy motels and rundown diners will show you in this book.
But, if you should be near any of these sights, take time to go see them. And say hello to the people described in the book who operate them. I particularly recommend the Genuine Giant in Elwood, Illinois.
What did you enjoy doing when you were young that is disappearing today? Have you taken time lately to stir up a little reunion with those happy experiences?
Stop, look, and listen . . . for America�s romance with the open road!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If You...Have Plans...to Motor West March 18 2008
By Eric Mayforth - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
This pictorial contains hundreds of photographs of old Route 66. The pictures are mostly present-day photographs of old (both surviving and defunct) businesses as well as of the natural landscape in the eight states that the "Mother Road" and "America's Main Street" traversed.

The book follows old U.S. 66 from east to west, from Chicago to Los Angeles. This is more than a coffee-table book. It contains ample text describing the history of the road, the story of some of the people who owned businesses along the highway, how and when the road was supplanted by the Interstate Highway System, and driving tips for those who want to try to follow surviving stretches of the original road today.

There are also separate brief features describing the restaurants, truck stops, cars, motorcycles, semis, gas stations, and motels that were all a part of Route 66 during its mid-century heyday.

Looking at all of the pictures of the wide-open spaces of the sun-splashed Southwest is a great way to "get your kicks" on a cold, gloomy day.
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Book May 8 2014
By zev - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
If you are a Route 66 fan as I am, This is the book to buy. Clear, color pictures and great descriptions.
5.0 out of 5 stars Go For It Feb. 7 2012
By Joyce Mayberry - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
We bought this book to use as a gift to raffle off at one of our car shows. The recipient was very very happy, trust me.
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