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Why Route 66 became America’s most famous road

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Route 66 is iconic. Why?
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Route 66 has gained a reputation as the United States of America’s most famous road. How did that happen, and why does it still matter?
In this episode of Vox Almanac, Vox’s Phil Edwards explores the history of the road and the textures of its present, from the road itself to the roadside attractions along the way, to the people who enjoy its diversions and those who help maintain them. It reveals a road that’s changed a lot over the decades but remains vital in unexpected ways.
When Cyrus Avery helped found Route 66 in the 1920s, he strived to create a road that would connect the Midwest to the West, and he resorted to promotional tricks and wheeling and dealing to get it done. The road quickly became a key route for migrants escaping the dust bowl and depression, forming its early reputation as “the Mother Road.”
That’s because it’s a road that’s more than a strip of concrete (or gravel, or dirt). It’s a historical document of everyone who’s traveled on it - as the many contributions from Vox’s TRvid subscribers show, that keeps it going even as the interstates run alongside it.
The number of Route 66 resources out there is huge, but we found these particularly helpful.
Check out Ron's site!
www.route66news.com/
The Curt Teich Archives
www.newberry.org/curt-teich-p...
You won't find essays here, but you will find a treasure trove of postcards that we used in this piece, including tons of Route 66 arcana.
Route 66: The Highway and Its People
www.amazon.com/gp/product/080...
I got to speak with Quinta Scott about her gorgeous photographs of Route 66, as well as the interviews she recorded with coauthor Susan Kelly. This book is a pleasure to look at and is packed full of information and interviews that you just can’t get any more.
The Route 66 Road Ahead Partnership
route66roadahead.com/
If you’re curious about Route 66 preservation and revitalization, this group is one of the strongest interstate partnerships searching for new ways to promote and improve the road.
Our video about the Green Book, a critical resource for black Americans wanting to travel across the country on Route 66 and beyond in the mid-1900s. trvid.com/video/video-b33PN2NB2Do.html
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Cory R
Cory R 2 saatler önce
a long forgotton section of the road lies outside of my town, it sees very little travel due to how roads went around it and still have a few miles of original road left falling apart. Sometimes travelers show up in town looking for how to get to it.
John Smith
John Smith Gün önce
"On the Road" by Jack Kerouac
Elmo Missing!!!
Elmo Missing!!! Gün önce
Rte 66: I am the mother road Rte I-80: *“Am I a joke to you?”*
Quix
Quix 2 gün önce
11:27 This stands in Japan wich I believe is NOT suoth east asia.
Holiday Bread
Holiday Bread 2 gün önce
As someone who has lived like than 500FT from the mother road in a small town just located west of OKC, ive never really thought about the sentimental value the road has to The world. My town even has a little roadside attraction, two flour mills one on each side with a large glowing sign reading "Yukons Best Flour" and it litterally is a state landmark. Ive been as far west on 66 as new Mexico visting The Cadillac Ranch, Big Texan Steak House. And as Far east as Uranus to visit the fudge packing plant. There are so many more hidden jems that I havent been to, when I get done with my contract and head home I'll probably drive the Mother Road.
Samy
Samy 4 gün önce
Whats the name of the song at 5:16 ?
Allicia C
Allicia C 5 gün önce
"very very close apart" 17:04
Michael Inglis
Michael Inglis 5 gün önce
Unfortunate name...
SuicideBunny6
SuicideBunny6 5 gün önce
I didn't even know Route 66 wasn't a thing anymore
aarblg
aarblg 5 gün önce
As someone from a city being forgotten this brings me hope, that one day they will see it how I do.
Kanoshe
Kanoshe 6 gün önce
oh god a vox video? i left the room i didn't mean it go away vox you wil NOT have ad revenue
Niks Eris
Niks Eris 8 gün önce
Because of the pixar movie Cars (duh) but yeah _childhood days_
Bora Gul
Bora Gul 8 gün önce
I crossed it in Arizona just two weeks ago. I was in Seligman. It’s awesome
Adonis Top of Men
Adonis Top of Men 9 gün önce
good documentation …….
Noey Tindol
Noey Tindol 11 gün önce
I couldn't understand the lady in Magnolia. What did she say was in the gas station?
Jonathan Madi
Jonathan Madi 13 gün önce
someone flip that 6 making it route 69
GershwinDecoBeck
GershwinDecoBeck 13 gün önce
My city o' Tulsa!
مولانا أكبري
The Rolling Stones.
Pedro Provan
Pedro Provan 14 gün önce
May the road rise up to meet your wheels
Elias Chen
Elias Chen 14 gün önce
Amazing video! You guys should over America’s loneliest road in Route 50 in Nevada!
Edo Ragadna P Saragih
Edo Ragadna P Saragih 14 gün önce
What a great video
IEJ7to1 *IEJ7654321*
IEJ7to1 *IEJ7654321* 15 gün önce
But taking route 66 from Chicago to Santa Monica is slower than what Google maps recommends.
aman deep
aman deep 15 gün önce
I am going there one day.
Marshall Cohen Carter
Marshall Cohen Carter 15 gün önce
*Cars enters chat*
jesust_is _bigmac
jesust_is _bigmac 15 gün önce
*causally drives near a cow* *_“hey”_*
Terry Himes
Terry Himes 16 gün önce
explain why route 66 is almost the number 666 the devil created that road!?!?!?!?!?
lyle recollet
lyle recollet 16 gün önce
Wouldn't it nice if they recommissioned Route 66 and out some money into refurbishing the highway
ACDC Fan
ACDC Fan 16 gün önce
What about Route *666* ?
Lucas Reid
Lucas Reid 17 gün önce
Pantura roads in indonesia almost has the same story.
Chiara Maria Inocencio
Yup, gonna watch Cars now
Lorinda Strouse
Lorinda Strouse 17 gün önce
This is such an amazing documentary! Thank you, I truly appreciate this video. Please do more. I will be your biggest fan! Since my road trip to California in 2014 I have been so amazed by Route 66. I love it’s history, It reminds me of the true American Dream. I love Route 66, because it allows me to step back in time, dream, and wonder what it would’ve been like. Next to Heaven it gives me hope and excitement. I pray that before I leave this earth I will be able to travel the whole thing and explore the old American Dream. Thanks again. I look forward to more Route 66 videos by you.
Wally & Tony !!!
Wally & Tony !!! 17 gün önce
I remember Oklahoma Joe's. It was so racist in there it was hilarious.
joseph Rapoza
joseph Rapoza 18 gün önce
Thank GOD for the new Highways.
joseph Rapoza
joseph Rapoza 18 gün önce
It was the only road. That is the only reason it mattered. No different than Route 6 in Massachusetts to Cape Cod, it was the only tourist trap road. Thank you GOD for the new highways.
XxXedy Roblox!
XxXedy Roblox! 18 gün önce
Roblox :Road 66 Middle in story a wolf that looks like an human End train. Sign up or login and go to road 66 to find part 2
Solomon Ayalew
Solomon Ayalew 18 gün önce
Route 66 It's not about the destination, it's about the journey.
Sam Stephens
Sam Stephens 18 gün önce
take a shot everytime he says "66"
BulletproofMerc
BulletproofMerc 18 gün önce
I wish we could petition to make route 66 an interstate highway
Nathan Johnson
Nathan Johnson 19 gün önce
This made me surprisingly emotional.
Caliado
Caliado 19 gün önce
those dogs werent angry - look at their tails :) Also a sweet doggo at 12:17 !
Diego Moreno
Diego Moreno 19 gün önce
Every time he says "Amarilo" instead of "Amarillo" I get ear cancer
bastet469
bastet469 19 gün önce
Who's gonna clean up after that site with the hunk of metal stuck in it?😆😆😆
imnotgay_butineedthemoney
Wait did that guy compare his trip to Oregon trail.
Phil Edwards
Phil Edwards 18 gün önce
Yes! He had a lot of crazy stuff happen on the way that I didn't include for time (got stranded due to weather for a couple days, etc). It sounded pretty epic.
Duncan Pohl
Duncan Pohl 20 gün önce
While I have had the opportunity to only travel a limited part of Route 66, my wife's family has had a long history of traveling on it. Starting with her parents moving from Missouri to California back during the WWII period and traveling on a regular basis back and forth on 66 to visit family in Missouri. In fact, her Mom died at the age of 73 after she and my wife's Dad drove back to Missouri to visit family. When her father died, one of his requests was to have some of his ashes scattered along Rt 66. [Dare I say] one of his sons carried out his wishes. So now if traveling Route 66 I can think about how he is with us along the way.
ChannelX24
ChannelX24 20 gün önce
Because CARS
roger hazeldon
roger hazeldon 21 gün önce
Can any one please id the music @ 6:50 ?
Kobe Lebron
Kobe Lebron 21 gün önce
where are my overwatch route 66 players
Jaydon Faal
Jaydon Faal 21 gün önce
0:37 Pasadena babyyyyyyyy
Twice Trash
Twice Trash 21 gün önce
*I aM sPeEd*
Simply Katherine
Simply Katherine 21 gün önce
Such a boring drive for me.
finn bell
finn bell 21 gün önce
this is me next road trip!
Bhavya Prakash Gupta
Bhavya Prakash Gupta 21 gün önce
Bruhh I did my Corsun Killer on Route 66!
Minecraft Boy
Minecraft Boy 21 gün önce
1 Septa bus Route i picked is the 66! It's a trolleybus! And also the Route 59 and 75 are Trolleybuses but both are at previous MFL Station: 66: Frankford Transportation Center 59 & 75: Arrott Transportation Center *3: 33rd & Cecil B Moore* _I think_
Scott Harris
Scott Harris 22 gün önce
I think it would be very cool to do a Lincoln Highway / Route 66 round trip
eder jair de jesus hernandez torres
What is the beginning song?
Conner Broeker
Conner Broeker 22 gün önce
I think there is something to be said about country that up until the 60s people wanted to travel and explore the country. Now everyone wants to travel to other countries. We have forgotten about the wonder of this great nation
Conner Broeker
Conner Broeker 22 gün önce
If you wanna drive through Route 66 in Oklahoma check out Red Rock Cafe, the circle barn, and Pops
ShapedSquare
ShapedSquare 22 gün önce
kachow kachow kachow kachow kachow kachow kachow kachow kachow kachow kachow kachow kachow
Fishie Fish
Fishie Fish 22 gün önce
K A C H O W
I H
I H 22 gün önce
I remember reading all the books at borders in Schaumburg
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