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Route 66 Remembered [Hardcover]

Michael Karl Witzel
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June 2 1996
Interstates have largely replaced the old Route 66, "the Mother Road" that was the main connector between Chicago and Los Angeles for so many years. In this richly illustrated portrait of the old route, Witzel showcases an amazing variety of diners, motels, roadside attractions, and pictureesque scenery, plus historical photos, contemporary shots of now defunct locations, and period ads. 200 photos, 125 in color.

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Route 66 was, from the 1920s to the 1970s, the principal highway from Chicago to Los Angeles, until it was displaced by interstate highways. As this splendid contribution to American popular history shows, it played a significant role in our national development. Witzel (The American Gas Station) profiles many kinds of travelers, from carefree vacationers to weary Okies headed for what they hoped was a better life. He covers four principal subjects: attractions along the road (from phony totem poles to snake pits), filling stations, roadside eateries and motor hotels. While his text is very good, it is carried by 200 photos, more than half in color, which pay tribute to the twin gods Schlock and Kitsch. Readers will also pick up much Americana along the way, including the origins of corn dogs, carhops, chicken in the rough and house trailers. A minor defect is the absence of a capsule history of the highway, telling exactly when it began and ended, and, above all, a map. Even so, Witzel has produced a gem of nostalgia.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From the Author

This title was inspired by the early road trips I took with my parents and later, the tours of discovery I made on Highway 66. From early childhood to present day, I've been fascinated with roadside America and the many amazing sights that may be found there. And that's where 66 comes in: Along the "Mother Road," today's adventurers may still travel back into the past! Motorists that take the time to look will find tourist courts with dramatic neon, filling stations where attendants wipe the windows, drive-in diners that serve food by carhop, and tourist attractions that set the imagination free! Packed with full-color images taken by myself and other talented photographers of the roadside genre, this title is a veritable scrapbook of the old road. It's a must-read for anyone with a hankering to hit the open road and a desire to get their "kicks on Route 66!"

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5.0 out of 5 stars I got my kicks with Route 66 Remembered June 29 2000
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
This book isn't a travel guide or a map-style publication, but a really cool scrapbook of the Mother Road. Witzel's sidebars on interesting segments of road culture are fascinating. The photography is great, too. Unlike a lot of the other 66 books, this one is divided up into chapters on gas stations, motels, restaurants, and other roadside attractions. The final chapter, "Mother Road Memories," recounts the true tales of people who actually took the trip down 66 and really takes you back to the way it used to be when traveling across country. Of all the roadside books I have in my library, I would highly recommend this treasure. It's one of Witzel's best ......
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5.0 out of 5 stars Driving the Old Mother Road July 12 2000
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
I got this book before going on a trip down 66, along with a few others. I loved it. I had a lot of the people I met along the way sign the book and once in a while, got some of the owners of restaurants, gas stations, roadside attractions, and diners featured in the book to sign it. What a wonderful scrapbook to have of one of the last great American road trips!
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Format:Hardcover
When I bought this book I was looking for help planning a Route 66 trip. While it hasn't really served that purpose, it has provided pages of nice pictures and some degree of inspiration to get on the road. Maybe I'll like the book even more once I've completed the trip and want to take an occassional look back.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I got my kicks with Route 66 Remembered June 29 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
This book isn't a travel guide or a map-style publication, but a really cool scrapbook of the Mother Road. Witzel's sidebars on interesting segments of road culture are fascinating. The photography is great, too. Unlike a lot of the other 66 books, this one is divided up into chapters on gas stations, motels, restaurants, and other roadside attractions. The final chapter, "Mother Road Memories," recounts the true tales of people who actually took the trip down 66 and really takes you back to the way it used to be when traveling across country. Of all the roadside books I have in my library, I would highly recommend this treasure. It's one of Witzel's best ......
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Driving the Old Mother Road July 12 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I got this book before going on a trip down 66, along with a few others. I loved it. I had a lot of the people I met along the way sign the book and once in a while, got some of the owners of restaurants, gas stations, roadside attractions, and diners featured in the book to sign it. What a wonderful scrapbook to have of one of the last great American road trips!
5.0 out of 5 stars History of Route 66 Sept. 18 2012
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This is an excellent review of the history of Route 66 with the history of Motels, Gas Stations, Foods, etc. How they got started by the needs of traveling people and entrepreneurs who learned how to earn a living on travelers.
As a young child I remember Route 66 in the 50s very fondly. When a 2 lane road was the beginning of the interstate. On Route 66 at least there was lots of different things to see and do. The interstate is the high speed bullet train in the U.S. for cars and trucks. I'll will still remember when life was a little less hectic and more enjoyable. More of a trip of exploration and enjoyment to see what was around the next bend. I will also remember the Burma Shave signs at the side of the road.
4.0 out of 5 stars Get your kicks on Rt. 66... April 10 2009
By G - Published on Amazon.com
Great idea for the traveler/reader wanting to taste a slice of true Americana. Lots of nostalgia in this big, colorful table size book. Takes you back in time and down one of America's iconic byways...Chock full of unique photos and stories of a time and place that may never come our way again...
5 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Nice pictures but not much use in planning a trip. May 19 2000
By R. Tomlin - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
When I bought this book I was looking for help planning a Route 66 trip. While it hasn't really served that purpose, it has provided pages of nice pictures and some degree of inspiration to get on the road. Maybe I'll like the book even more once I've completed the trip and want to take an occassional look back.
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