Why Route 66 became America’s most famous road

Pubblicato il 16 ago 2019
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 It’s a historical document of everyone who’s traveled on it - as the many contributions from Vox’s IT-tvs subscribers show, that keeps it going even as the interstates run alongside it.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!
The Curt Teich Archives
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
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
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. it-tvs.com/tv/video-b33PN2NB2Do.html
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  • @4:28 Soooo, is it paved or not paved?

  • 666!!!! \m/

  • Never been to US. But always dream to drive from NY to LA. Or atleast from the start of route 66

  • It was an ok video but I've been disappointed by no mention at all of the "Angel of route 66" who wrote to lawmakers to revive small towns along route 66. He was responsible for turnung route 66 into historic route 66.

  • If you ever plan to motor west, Travel my way, take the highway that is best. Get your kicks on route sixty-six. It winds from Chicago to la, More than two thousand miles all the way. Get your kicks on route sixty-six. Now you go through Saint Louis Joplin, Missouri, And Oklahoma City is mighty pretty. You see Amarillo, Gallup, New Mexico, Flagstaff, Arizona. Don't forget Winona, Kingman, Barstow, San Bernandino. Won't you get hip to this timely tip When you make that California trip…

  • Is this dubbed lol?

  • Ok but an old lady whose hobby is dinosaurs is amazing

  • Fairly nonconclusive

  • this is fantastic great job vox

  • 14:08 I can see some of the iconography from Cars inspiration...

  • 11:28 that’s Japan, and Japan is not Southeast Asia, it’s northeast Asia

  • I'm moving to Vegas for my 30th Birthday. I'm so excited for my maiden voyage down that lovely road.

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  • 9:50 Wow. I saw the movie 'Green Book'.

  • It’s just a road

  • Disney made it famous, they could’ve chose ANY HECKING HIGHWAY yet they chose this

  • I live in flagstaff AZ so we drive on 66 every day

  • Route 66 was famous for two reasons. 1-Martin Milner and 2-A 1960 Corvette.

  • I live in Asia, dunno why I am very interested in Route 66. I never been to US.

  • "That yellow house in Williams Arizona"... They say as I look across the street and see a yellow house by the safeway...in Williams arizona

  • No mention of Kerouac? Parts of his On the Road take place on Route 66!

  • Satanic numerology. I'm not a superstitious of fundamentalistic (or satanistic) person, but I find this fact entertaining.

  • I'm here after the cars movie

  • hats off to you for this homage.

  • Ah, the Big Texan, I often passed it but never went in unfortunately. Still, I always enjoyed staying in the area at the TA that was nearby

  • KaChOw !

  • I live off of Route 66 🙂

  • Kachow

  • That's such a beautiful video thank you ❤

  • I live in Amarillo!!!

  • Im not american, i thought road 66 were fiction back then. Hahaha

  • I can't believe why isn't there Cars referenceS everywhere. Like EVERYWHERE

  • Route -Execute Order- 66

  • 3:45 Today i learned i have a family connenction to Route 66.

  • The music in this video is amazing

  • Cars

  • Wait, you mean one of the worst maps ever invented in Overwatch for sniping?

  • what did the lady say? "i dont know what to tell you?"

  • Two issues with this: Y'all forgot to reference that 60's show, Route 66, with Martin Milner! Also, no "Life Is A Highway" in the background? Overall, very informative video. Road tripping Route 66 has been on my bucket list since I was 16. One day, one day...

  • Thought I got an iMessage at 10:40

  • I would like to see a the run style race through route 66 it can help the economy of roadside towns and motels and also can be fun

  • Oklahoma wants to rename a section of rt 66 to memorialize a president who won his seat by fear mongering, pushing racist and xenophobic wall and accepting help from a foreign power. Nice going Oklahoma... not. Why save it just to rename it after someone who fails at being a human?

  • one of the very few good things we have in new mexico (,:

  • It seems to me that white middle class American Nostalgia is what keeps Route 66 alive

  • I was born in Tucumcari NM. Not my proudest moment.

  • wow look at vox being all wholesome :)))

  • I remember driving past that Texas steak place. Feels weird

  • ROAD TRIP!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Guys they made Route 66 from Cars into a real thing.

  • The pictures at 14:40 are so beautiful

  • I know the yellow house! It hosts a salon nowadays, in a corner of the parking lot of Safeway (the only grocer in Williams). Our family does a traditional trip to the Dairy Queen next door each time we camp up at Whitehorse Lake. I love Williams and I'm so glad to see such a tiny little landmark mentioned as a piece of someone's history

  • Good narrative. 💥👍

  • ok.. fair enough

  • Creepy intro

  • The real reason why its popular. The time has come execute order 66

  • 10:40 I really thought I got a text 😂

  • 3:00 Uhh... How much in metric, please?

  • the fact that the movie cars was not mentioned in this video is a disgrace

  • Take note the Route 66 shield has 6 points on it Route 666.