Ninety Years | Ninety Memories

November 11, 1926 was a special day… the day a thoroughfare across the heartland of the U.S. was established; the day Route 66 was born. That means that later this year our beloved Mother Road will turn 90 years old.

better cake.jpgAs a way to mark this auspicious occasion, we’re compiling a list of your memories of Route 66. How about a nice round number, like 90 of them? If we start now, we should have no trouble at all coming up with 90 memories that recall fun, nostalgic and endearing times spent along Route 66. Throughout her lifetime, the Mother Road has brought people together and shortened the distance between America’s destinations. She has supported businesses, travelers and lifestyles along her 4000+ miles. How has Route 66 touched your life?

So come on - share your memories from Route 66 with us for our collection! Here are a few general guidelines of the types of submissions we’re looking for:

What? A brief account of a memory or story related to Route 66. Feel free to include any photos you’d like!

How long? Let’s say, for the sake of cleverness, no more than 90-100 words*

When? What are you waiting for?

Where? Send your Route 66 memories here:
Route 66 Association of Illinois
℅ Gina Blitstein
P.O. Box 1940
Matteson, IL 60443

Once the memories are collected, I’ll share details of plans to put them to good use.

*You say your Route 66 memory won’t fit into 90-100 words? Send it on anyway! Longer submissions are welcome for possible publication on our website or in our quarterly members-only newsletter, The 66 News.

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