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Chapter 5. Down the Rabbit Hole: Introdu... > Background: What Is Route 66?

Background: What Is Route 66?

Before the interstate system, “Route 66” was the primary artery for traveling west across the United States. Traversing more than a dozen states as it twisted and turned through America, the two-lane highway became legendary for the travelers and legends it produced. Indeed, “Route 66” became (and remains to this day) a major ingredient in the American “collective conscience,” and our fascination with the open road.

While keeping its legendary status, Route 66 is today primarily a memory for the vast majority of those who travel via automobile. Again, the interstate system made the character and charm of the old road outdated (and, unfortunately, undesirable) as travelers looked for faster (interstate) ways of driving to their destination. Today, while it is possible to piece your way across the country by following the old road, to do so requires a very good map, a lot of patience, and an ability to see through what are now ghost towns, back to a time when such places were vibrant, colorful stops on “the way West.” Figure 5.1 illustrates the path Route 66 took across the western United States.


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