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 It’s a historical document of everyone who’s traveled on it - as the many contributions from Vox’s GRfilms subscribers show, that keeps it going even as the interstates run alongside it.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. grfilms.net/v-%CE%B2%CE%AF%CE%BD%CF%84%CE%B5%CE%BF-b33PN2NB2Do.html
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SwiPia Sci
SwiPia Sci

I came here to hear about Pixar’s Cars Anyone else?

Πριν 10 ώρες
Moris Sombre
Moris Sombre

But what about route 69?

Πριν ημέρα
Jason Learakos
Jason Learakos

It's an important piece of history. Neon signs, diners, drive-ins, motels, roadside attractions, the many streetcars and interurbans that followed it, etc

Πριν ημέρα
Jaysen Bresnahan
Jaysen Bresnahan

The bridge at 14:14, that goes in to Oro grande a small town in California that has one of the best pizza places I’ve ever been to and me and my freinds still go there all the time. My school is there as well so I cross it literally everyday. Strange to see something I see everyday on a video

Πριν 2 ημέρες
Amelie Xoxo
Amelie Xoxo

If you ever.. plant to mayor west... Travel my way take the highway that’s the best. Get your kicks On Route 66!

Πριν 4 ημέρες
Amelie Xoxo
Amelie Xoxo

If you ever.. plant to mayor west... Travel my way take the highway that’s the best. Get your kicks On Route 66!

Πριν 4 ημέρες
Cory R
Cory R

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.

Πριν 4 ημέρες
John Smith
John Smith

"On the Road" by Jack Kerouac

Πριν 5 ημέρες
Elmo Missing!!!
Elmo Missing!!!

Rte 66: I am the mother road Rte I-80: *“Am I a joke to you?”*

Πριν 5 ημέρες
Quix
Quix

11:27 This stands in Japan wich I believe is NOT suoth east asia.

Πριν 7 ημέρες
Holiday Bread
Holiday Bread

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.

Πριν 7 ημέρες
Samy
Samy

Whats the name of the song at 5:16 ?

Πριν 9 ημέρες
Allicia C
Allicia C

"very very close apart" 17:04

Πριν 9 ημέρες
Michael Inglis
Michael Inglis

Unfortunate name...

Πριν 9 ημέρες
SuicideBunny6
SuicideBunny6

I didn't even know Route 66 wasn't a thing anymore

Πριν 10 ημέρες
aarblg
aarblg

As someone from a city being forgotten this brings me hope, that one day they will see it how I do.

Πριν 10 ημέρες
Kanoshe
Kanoshe

oh god a vox video? i left the room i didn't mean it go away vox you wil NOT have ad revenue

Πριν 11 ημέρες
Niks Eris
Niks Eris

Because of the pixar movie Cars (duh) but yeah _childhood days_

Πριν 13 ημέρες
Bora Gul
Bora Gul

I crossed it in Arizona just two weeks ago. I was in Seligman. It’s awesome

Πριν 13 ημέρες
Adonis Top of Men
Adonis Top of Men

good documentation …….

Πριν 14 ημέρες
Noey Tindol
Noey Tindol

I couldn't understand the lady in Magnolia. What did she say was in the gas station?

Πριν 16 ημέρες
Jonathan Madi
Jonathan Madi

someone flip that 6 making it route 69

Πριν 18 ημέρες
GershwinDecoBeck
GershwinDecoBeck

My city o' Tulsa!

Πριν 18 ημέρες
مولانا أكبري
مولانا أكبري

The Rolling Stones.

Πριν 18 ημέρες
Pedro Provan
Pedro Provan

May the road rise up to meet your wheels

Πριν 18 ημέρες
Elias Chen
Elias Chen

Amazing video! You guys should over America’s loneliest road in Route 50 in Nevada!

Πριν 18 ημέρες
Edo Ragadna P Saragih
Edo Ragadna P Saragih

What a great video

Πριν 19 ημέρες
IEJ7to1 *IEJ7654321*
IEJ7to1 *IEJ7654321*

But taking route 66 from Chicago to Santa Monica is slower than what Google maps recommends.

Πριν 19 ημέρες
aman deep
aman deep

I am going there one day.

Πριν 20 ημέρες
Marshall Cohen Carter
Marshall Cohen Carter

*Cars enters chat*

Πριν 20 ημέρες
jesust_is _bigmac
jesust_is _bigmac

*causally drives near a cow* *_“hey”_*

Πριν 20 ημέρες
Terry Himes
Terry Himes

explain why route 66 is almost the number 666 the devil created that road!?!?!?!?!?

Πριν 20 ημέρες
lyle recollet
lyle recollet

Wouldn't it nice if they recommissioned Route 66 and out some money into refurbishing the highway

Πριν 21 ημέρα
ACDC Fan
ACDC Fan

What about Route *666* ?

Πριν 21 ημέρα
Lucas Reid
Lucas Reid

Pantura roads in indonesia almost has the same story.

Πριν 22 ημέρες
Chiara Maria Inocencio
Chiara Maria Inocencio

Yup, gonna watch Cars now

Πριν 22 ημέρες
Lorinda Strouse
Lorinda Strouse

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.

Πριν 22 ημέρες
Wally & Tony !!!
Wally & Tony !!!

I remember Oklahoma Joe's. It was so racist in there it was hilarious.

Πριν 22 ημέρες
joseph Rapoza
joseph Rapoza

Thank GOD for the new Highways.

Πριν 22 ημέρες
joseph Rapoza
joseph Rapoza

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.

Πριν 22 ημέρες
XxXedy RBLX and more!
XxXedy RBLX and more!

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

Πριν 23 ημέρες
Solomon Ayalew
Solomon Ayalew

Route 66 It's not about the destination, it's about the journey.

Πριν 23 ημέρες
Sam Stephens
Sam Stephens

take a shot everytime he says "66"

Πριν 23 ημέρες
BulletproofMerc
BulletproofMerc

I wish we could petition to make route 66 an interstate highway

Πριν 23 ημέρες
Nathan Johnson
Nathan Johnson

This made me surprisingly emotional.

Πριν 23 ημέρες
Caliado
Caliado

those dogs werent angry - look at their tails :) Also a sweet doggo at 12:17 !

Πριν 23 ημέρες
Diego Moreno
Diego Moreno

Every time he says "Amarilo" instead of "Amarillo" I get ear cancer

Πριν 24 ημέρες
bastet469
bastet469

Who's gonna clean up after that site with the hunk of metal stuck in it?😆😆😆

Πριν 24 ημέρες
imnotgay_butineedthemoney
imnotgay_butineedthemoney

Wait did that guy compare his trip to Oregon trail.

Πριν 24 ημέρες
Phil Edwards
Phil Edwards

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.

Πριν 23 ημέρες
Duncan Pohl
Duncan Pohl

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.

Πριν 24 ημέρες
ChannelX24
ChannelX24

Because CARS

Πριν 25 ημέρες
roger hazeldon
roger hazeldon

Can any one please id the music @ 6:50 ?

Πριν 26 ημέρες
Kobe Lebron
Kobe Lebron

where are my overwatch route 66 players

Πριν 26 ημέρες
Jaydon Faal
Jaydon Faal

0:37 Pasadena babyyyyyyyy

Πριν 26 ημέρες
Twice Trash
Twice Trash

*I aM sPeEd*

Πριν 26 ημέρες
Simply Katherine
Simply Katherine

Such a boring drive for me.

Πριν 26 ημέρες
finn bell
finn bell

this is me next road trip!

Πριν 26 ημέρες
Bhavya Prakash Gupta
Bhavya Prakash Gupta

Bruhh I did my Corsun Killer on Route 66!

Πριν 26 ημέρες
Minecraft Boy
Minecraft Boy

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_

Πριν 26 ημέρες
Scott Harris
Scott Harris

I think it would be very cool to do a Lincoln Highway / Route 66 round trip

Πριν 26 ημέρες

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