Friday, November 4, 2016

The beginning and the end of Route 66



I have been meaning to post these two pictures for several months, but it took me awhile to go back through my archives and find the older one. I took the first photo back on December 15, 2011 while I was in Chicago, Illinois. It is the sign that marks the beginning of Route 66 in Illinois. The Willis Tower is partially visible in the background. I took the second picture this past summer on the Santa Monica Pier in California. This sign marks the end of the Route 66, which originally covered 2,451 miles and was one of the most famous roads in America. You can read more about Route 66 here.

21 comments:

Haal Adem said...
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BeachGypsy said...

so many neat old stories about Route 66 if you go searching! Cool pictures, Lois!

Francisco Manuel Carrajola Oliveira said...

Gosto destes olhares urbanos.
Um abraço e bom fim-de-semana.
Andarilhar

biebkriebels said...

That is funny you caught the begin and the end of it. It is a long way to go. I have been on a part of it too.

Marleen said...

I think it is on many people's bucket lists!

Lowell said...

Well, you jogged the old memory with this post. Lois Anne and I drove Route 66 on several occasions on trips between Minnesota and Arizona back in the late 50s and early 60s. Our car at the time was a 1955 Chevy, aqua and white, and I remember once losing a muffler somewhere in the middle of nowhere in Oklahoma or Texas.

As a youngster I spent many happy days at the pier in Santa Monica when I lived with my folks in Los Angeles.

Do you remember the TV show, "Route 66"?

Barbara Farr said...

A couple of great shots. My dream road trip is to rent a classic convertable, maybe a caddie. We would probably start getting n St Louis.

PerthDailyPhoto said...

So from Illinois to California, that's route 66! Excellent! It was worth waiting to make the pair Lois 😊

bill burke said...

I have been to both those places back in the 80s and never took a photo. What was I thinking. :)

carol l mckenna said...

What unique post and great photos ~ thanks ~ RT 66 history fascinates.

Wishing you the weekend you choose ~ ^_^

Sandra said...

I love both photos and did not know where the beginning or end was, I have heard of route 66 all my life and seen it in movies of course, but did not know this fact. great shots

Kate said...

Going to New Mexico in the past I tried to follow Route 66 as much as I could from my starting point in Minnesota. Like Lowell, that era brings back many memories. Fun to see both of your photos.

Adam said...

Before the interstate which was created for emergencies only. Would be better if people didn't use them as often as they do. Even if they're going less than ten miles, they'll use it every chance they get

William Kendall said...

That was quite a long stretch!

Small City Scenes said...

Golly such an interesting story about route 66. Heard many tales but I have never been on it. Remember the TV show with Buzz and ?---I forget but I never forgot the handsome young men. LOL
MB

Sharon Anck said...

This is great! When I was a kid I used to travel Route 66 with my parents many times.

RedPat said...

This is a great post, Lois! I've never been on any of it yet!

Halcyon said...

How cool that you've seen both sides of this famous route!

Tanya Breese said...

i've been to chicago and grew up in southern california but not sure if i've seen either of these signs!

Karl Demetz said...

Ah, the famous Route 66 !
Interesting post, Lois, thanks !

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Didn't think this looked like Tallahassee ;>)! We've traveled all of Route 66 that you still can (not all at once)... lots of fun iconic places though all along it.