Exploring Route 66 in Illinois
U.S. Route 66 (US 66 or Route 66), also known as the Will Rogers Highway,
the Main Street of America or the Mother Road, was one of the original highways within the U.S. Highway System.
US 66 was established on November 11, 1926, with road signs erected the following year.
The highway, which became one of the most famous roads in the United States, originally ran from Chicago, Illinois,
through Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona before ending at Santa Monica, California, covering a total of 2,448 miles.
It was recognized in popular culture by both the hit song “(Get Your Kicks on) Route 66” and the Route 66 television show in the 1960s.
From the start in Chicago
off to Missouri
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