Here are a few quick facts:

  • The Route is 2448 miles long. (about 4000 km).
  • It was commissioned in 1926, picking up as many as possible bits and pieces of existing road..
  • It crosses 8 states and 3 time zones..
  • It starts in Chicago, and ends in L.A. (Santa Monica).. Driving the Route in the opposite direction is historically wrong, and a lot harder as all available documentation goes the "right" way..
  • in 1926 only 800 miles were paved, only in 1937 Route 66 got paved end-to-end..
  • You can only drive parts of Route 66 these days... it has been replaced by the interstate highways I-55, I-44, I-40, I-15 and I-10, but still a surprisingly high amount of old road is waiting to be found by the more adventurous traveler..
  • Route 66 is also know as "The Mother Road", "The Main Street of America" and as "The Will Rogers Highway"..
  • During all of its life, Route 66 continued to evolve, leaving many abandoned stretches of concrete, still waiting to be found by the more adventurous traveler..
  • Route 66 was also the title of a TV series playing from 1960 till 1964.
  • Cyrus Stevens Avery from Tulsa Oklahoma can be called the father of Route 66.
  • In 1985 Route 66 was officially decommissioned, but for daily use it was replaced far earlier by the Interstates..


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