Photographer's Note

If you ever plan to motor west,
Travel my way, take the highway that's the best.
Get your kicks on route sixty-six.

Well, it winds from Chicago to L.A.
More than two-thousand miles all the way.
Get your kicks on route sixty-six.

Now you go through St. Louis... Joplin, Missouri
And Oklahoma City looks mighty pretty.
You'll see Amarillo... Gallup, New Mexico
Flagstaff, Arizona... don't forget Winona,
Kingman... Barstow... San Bernadino

Won't you get hip to this kindly tip
When you make that California trip.
Get your kicks on route sixty-six.
Get your kicks on route sixty-six.

U.S. Route 66 (also known as the Will Rogers Highway after the humorist, and colloquially known as the "Main Street of America" or the "Mother Road") was a highway in the U.S. Highway System. One of the original U.S. highways, Route 66, US Highway 66, was established on November 11, 1926. However, road signs did not go up until the following year.[1] The famous highway originally ran from Chicago, Illinois, through Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and California, before ending at Los Angeles, encompassing a total of 2,448 miles (3,940 km)[2]. It was recognized in popular culture by both a hit song and a television show in the 50s and 60s.
Route 66 underwent many improvements and realignments over its lifetime, changing its path and overall length. Many of the realignments gave travelers faster or safer routes, or detoured around city congestion. One realignment moved the western endpoint further west from downtown Los Angeles to Santa Monica.
Route 66 was a major path of the migrants who went west, especially during the Dust Bowl of the 1930s, and supported the economies of the communities through which the road passed. People doing business along the route became prosperous due to the growing popularity of the highway, and those same people later fought to keep the highway alive even with the growing threat of being bypassed by the new Interstate Highway System.
US 66 was officially removed from the United States Highway System on June 27, 1985[3] after it was decided the route was no longer relevant and had been replaced by the Interstate Highway System. Portions of the road that passed through Illinois, Missouri, New Mexico, and Arizona have been designated a National Scenic Byway of the name "Historic Route 66". It has begun to return to maps in this form. Some portions of the road in southern California have been redesignated "State Route 66", and others bear "Historic Route 66" signs and relevant historic information.

The Historic Route 66 is separated from Interstate 40 between Seligman and Kingman and this photo is taken near Peach Springs (see map). You can also see an eastbound freight train on the BNSF line between Los Angeles and Chicago.

I have chosen this sepia format here to emphesize the nostalgic feeling.

But getting my kicks? Hardly!

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