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Here It Is! The Route 66 Map Series Map – May 25, 2005
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About the Author
Jim Ross of Arcadia, Oklahoma, is a writer, researcher, and avid Route 66 enthusiast who has devoted years to photographing, charting, and exploring the Mother Road and its web of intricate routings. His articles and images have appeared in a wide range of publications, and his book, Oklahoma Route 66, is considered the standard for guidebooks documenting the history of America’s most famous highway. Jerry McClanahan of Corsicana, Texas, has been traveling, mapping and painting America’s Main Street since 1980. Drawing on childhood memories for inspiration, Jerry sees his art as a contribution to the commemoration and celebration of our highway heritage. An accomplished artist and photographer, he is also an “old road” detective of the first order, and his findings from years of research were essential ingredients to this maps series.
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One additional reason that I am interested in this is that, in 1977, a honeymoon car trip followed a stretch of the original Route 66 in Arizona. It was hot and uncomfortable (no air conditioning in the car), but it was cool to drive over the pavement from the old Route 66.
There is one map for each state that 66 crossed--Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and California. In some state, there isn't much of Route 66 left. In other states, there are some stretches left (in Arizona, it is designated as a state route 66--not US 66). One of my more enjoyable experiences was--while in Chicago--standing under the sign saying, "Begin Route 66."
There isn't great detail on these maps. They will point out businesses that had relevance when the original highway was a key link across the states. It describes how you can experience as much of the old route as possible.
Anyway, if you want some kicks regarding Route 66, take a look at these maps.
For anyone who has even the slightest interest in driving Route 66, I recommend the map series as one of your resources.
The best feature, in my opinion, is the map showing some of the towns, motels, and other attractions that make (made) Rte 66 what it was in its heyday (and what it still is today). This way you won't drive past that Wigwam Motel or drive-in you've read all about, but didn't know exactly which exit to take. Just highlight the spots you know you want to see before you leave home, and as you read the maps you will know where to get off!
There are many books with photos of Rte 66 attractions; there are many maps showing the location of Rte 66; this set of maps doesn't cover everything, but it covers much that all the others don't. Use the photo books as a resource to decide what you want to see, but use the maps to find it (if its still there).
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