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The definitive, fully illustrated state-by-state atlas of the shifting alignments, historic sites, and current points of interest along the United States' beloved Route 66.
Route 66 changed immensely in the six decades between its opening in 1926 and its removal from the U.S. highway system in 1985. Since that time, Route 66 has enjoyed a renaissance, and interest in America's Mother Road as both a historical byway and a travel destination continues to grow. In this unprecedented volume, prolific Route 66 author Jim Hinckley presents an illustrated Route 66 atlas that explores the road's history from its inception into the present day. The Illustrated Route 66 Historical Atlas features sections on eight U.S. states that include points of interest along or near Route 66, divided into six categories: pre-1926 historic sites (such as Lincoln's home and presidential library); noteworthy landmarks; the locations of infamous crimes and disasters; parks of interest; key sites in Route 66's evolution (such as Hooker's Cut, Missouri, an engineering marvel when completed); military-specific sites (including Civil War battlefields and POW and internment camps); historic attractions from the road's midcentury heyday (such as Little Beaver Town and Geronimo's Trading Post); film-related sites; and locations important to Route 66's modern resurgence. Illustrated with photography and memorabilia, The Illustrated Route 66 Historical Atlas is a unique, colorful, and visually dynamic look at 500 of the Mother Road's most significant sites from the past and today.
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The Illustrated Route 66 Historical Atlas
The definitive, fully illustrated state-by-state atlas of the shifting alignments, historic sites, and current points of interest along the United States’ beloved Route 66.
Built of white granite in 1908, Atlanta’s distinctively designed octagonal library dominates the west end of the town’s historic district. The library is shadowed by the 40-foot clock tower that replaced an older wooden structure. A viewing window allows an opportunity to watch the winding of the original 1909 Seth Thomas clock, required every eight days, and an innovative program initiated in 2013 to promote tourism allows visitors to partake in the clock’s winding. Also of historical importance are the J. H. Hawes Grain Elevator Museum, housed in a building from 1903, and the Downey block that dates to the 1860s.
The unusual octagonal library in Atlanta dates to 1908. Joe Sonderman
St. Louis, Missouri
The Mississippi River crossings utilized by Route 66 at St. Louis are numerous. Many of the bridges predate the highway. Named for Congressman William B. McKinley, the McKinley Bridge was built in 1910 and served as the initial river crossing for Route 66 in 1926. The bridge reopened in 2007 after six years of restoration with the inclusion of a bicycle and pedestrian path. The Municipal Bridge opened as the first nontoll bridge over the Mississippi River at St. Louis in 1916.
The Chain of Rocks Bridge on the north end of St. Louis. iStock.com/Gim42
In the closing years of the nineteenth century, Harry Houdini was eking out a living working for a traveling show managed by a “Dr. Hill.” Looking for ways to boost attendance, Hill decided to capitalize on the popularity of mediums by offering a séance as part of the program bill. Houdini made his debut as a “spiritualist” on January 8, 1898, at a theater in Galena. To prepare for his performance he studied old newspapers and memorized dates and names on headstones in the local cemetery.
The onetime Four Women on the Route in Galena, now known as Cars on the Route. Judy Hinckley
Elk City, Oklahoma
Located at the intersection of Pioneer and 3rd Street (Route 66), the National Route 66 Museum is part of Elk City’s award-winning Old Town Museum complex. Additional components include the National Transportation Museum, Farm & Ranch Museum, and Blacksmith Museum. The Route 66 museum features a variety of displays ranging from photographs to detailed dioramas featuring real vintage automobiles, as well as a gift shop. A pair of towering kachina from the Queenan Trading Post dominate the parking lot.
The replica opera house at the Old Town Museum Complex in Elk City. The complex also houses the National Route 66 Museum. iStock.com
In the city of Amarillo, two different alignments of Route 66 reflect the highway’s evolution. The earliest alignment snaked through the heart of the city’s business district on 8th Avenue (later signed as Amarillo Boulevard), Fillmore Street, 6th Street, and Bushland Avenue. The later alignment bypassed most of the original business district by following Amarillo Boulevard, a four-lane corridor now utilized as the I-40 business loop. The realignment spawned development of tourist courts and other service industry facilities along this roadway.
Cadillac Ranch near Amarillo. Andrey Bayda/Shutterstock
Tucumcari, New Mexico
Tucumcari has served as a setting for or been referred to in numerous films and television programs as well as in many songs. The television program Rawhide (1959–1966), starring Clint Eastwood, featured many onsite locations around Tucumcari and Tucumcari Mountain. Tucumcari-area locations appear in another Eastwood production, Sergio Leone’s 1965 film, For a Few Dollars More, which utilized some of the same locations as Rawhide.
The Palomino Motel in Tucumcari has long been serving travelers along the Mother Road. Andrey Bayda/Shutterstock
Cool Springs, Arizona
Framed by stunning western landscapes, the Cool Springs Camp was built by N. R. Dunton in 1927 and provided travelers on Route 66 with a wide array of amenities as the complex evolved through the 1940s. Initially the property consisted of simply a gas station and a couple of rustic cabins with water piped from nearby Warm Springs Canyon. After buying the property in 1936, James and Mary Walker expanded Cool Springs into a fullservice facility with restaurant and bar, cabins, garage, and filling station.
Cool Springs. iStock.com/Gim42
Santa Monica, California
Palisades Park, overlooking the historic Santa Monica Pier, is located several blocks from the western terminus of Route 66, but it has a direct association with that highway. In January 1936, seven California communities appointed representatives to meet with the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors to discuss designation of U.S. 66 in the state as the Will Rogers Highway.
US 66 in California was officially christened Will Rogers Highway in 1952. Steve Rider