Tattered Past

Tattered Past: My ongoing journey through genealogy, history, writing, self-exploration and art. ~~~ Rita Ackerman

Saturday, April 20, 2013

R = Route 66: A to Z Blogging Challenge

 Route 66 was a two-lane highway running from Chicago to Los Angeles. It was the chosen route for road trips across the country and also for those chasing dreams in a better place. "Route 66" was a television show in the early 60s which added to the nostalgia with stars Martin Milner and George Maharis.

As faster cars and lifestyles required smoother more efficient roads four-lane highways took over and much of the old route was lost construction and side routes. Interstate 40 took travelers through northern Arizona away from the main streets.

The need for business in the bypassed towns led to a growth of tourism and nostalgia did the rest.

Route 66 runs through northern Arizona with sections of the original route being refurbished. The route takes the traveler past volcanoes, pine forests, the Petrified Forest, Meteor Crater and the London Bridge.  There are many relics of the old days along the route and more are being rebuilt as the history of Route 66 becomes more and more of an icon.
Route 66 was The main drag of Flagstaff is Route 66. In Holbrook is the most famous spot along the route; the Wigwam Motel with its teepee rooms. In Winslow the traveler finds a monument to the famous corner of the Eagles song "Take It Easy."

To learn more about the A to Z Blogging Challenge go here.