"Get Your Kicks" on the New Route 66 Archives and Research Website!

Our thanks to Robert Warren, Illinois State Museum for providing this information about this helpful resource for everyone interested in Route 66.

Do you have an interest in Route 66, the legendary American highway and tourist mecca? Are you looking for photos, maps, postcards, or descriptions of historic Route 66? Wondering where you can find information on old motels, gas stations, restaurants, or other businesses that served travelers on the Mother Road long ago? Visit the new Route 66 Archives and Research Collaboration (Route 66 ARC) website. You'll discover a tremendous variety of historical collections and web resources extending along Route 66 from Chicago to Los Angeles.

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The new Route 66 ARC website is a portal to historical collections and memories that bring to life the fading sights and sounds of U.S. Highway 66. It will help curious students, educators, and travelers find primary-source information housed in museums, libraries, and archives. Plus hundreds of online links to maps, photos, artwork, audio, video, and oral histories that illuminate the rich history of Route 66.


The Route 66 ARC was established in 2008 by the National Park Service Route 66 Corridor Preservation Program. The ARC's goal is to promote multi-state collaboration in collecting, archiving, and providing access to research materials that promote education, preservation, and management of the historic Route 66 corridor. Member institutions include the Illinois State Museum and nine other state representatives in Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and California.

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Colorful rack cards promoting the new Route 66 ARC website are available at the Illinois State Museum reception desk in Springfield. Look for them soon along the entire 2,450 miles of historic Route 66 from Chicago to Los Angeles.

For further information, contact:
Robert E. Warren
Illinois State Museum RCC
1011 East Ash St.
Springfield, Illinois 62703-3500

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