Why Not Get Your Kicks on Rt. 66– The Bucket List Trip for a Generation

Photos by David D. Taylor

Rocking chair in Fanning, Missouri. Photos by David D. Taylor

Route 66 is a the makings of America folklore around the world. People come from every corner of the world to take a few miles on this venerable route full of history and Americana.

U.S. Route 66, also known as the Will Rogers Highway, the Main Street of America or the Mother Road, began its mythic existence as one of the original highways within the U.S. Highway System. It was established on November 11, 1926, with road signs erected the following year leading a great western migration to a new start and the lure of the cowboy days.

Though the Rt. 66 has changed many times over the years the mystic and romantic notions haven’t dwindled with many folks placing this trip firmly on their bucket list of things to do before they die.

The highway, which became one of the most famous roads in the United States, originally ran from ChicagoIllinois, through MissouriKansasOklahomaTexasNew Mexico, and Arizona before ending in Santa MonicaCalifornia, near Los Angeles, covering a total of 2,448 miles.

Additionally, in popular culture it has been immortalized in song, television and literature.   The hit song “(Get Your Kicks on) Route 66” and the Route 66 television show in the 1960’s both set heart yearning to head out west in search of gold, fame and a new life.

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