A nostalgic trip through Americana

Learn about this historic highway and why Route 66 is an American treasure worth preserving.

Route 66 was one of the original U.S. highways, established November 11, 1926. Beginning in the city of Chicago, IL, running westward through Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and California, ending in Los Angeles. In one of its realignments, that end point was moved to Santa Monica, where it remains today.

Route 66 was a significant roadway over which westward-bound migrants traveled, beginning during the Dust Bowl days of the 1930's. Many communities sprang up along the road, supporting the travelers and providing for their needs. For decades, Route 66 remained a vibrant and scenic roadway through the heartland of America. Throughout the years, Route 66 had undergone improvements and realignments as it changed with the burgeoning American population and westward movement of that population. As the Interstate highway system was developed, however, Route 66's popularity and practicatlity waned until, on June 27, 1985, it was officially decommissioned, officially removing from the U.S. Highway System.

Since that time, the remaining Route 66 communities have striven to keep this "Main Street of America" alive and well. They honor the nostalgia and lifestyle which existed during the heyday of Route 66. There are numerous organizations and associations across America - and the world - who are dedicated to keeping the spirit of Route 66 in all its glory going strong. We, the Route 66 Association of Illinois - are one of those organizations who have vowed to do all we can to preserve and protect the Mother Road.

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Historic Maps

Highway GuideWatch Route 66 evolve into The Mother Road  with maps and highway guides from 1917-1992 courtesty of the official Illinois Digital Archives.