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Route 66 - "The Main Street of America" - also see ArizonaRoute 66 was originally the only route to take going west when it was named in 1926, and is said that prior to this, the Spanish explorers seeking gold followed this same "Glory Road" route, as did the earliest Native Americans. When completed, Route 66 ran from Santa Monica, Ca. to Chicago (over 2,448 miles of road).
By 1938, it was completely paved, the first highway of the kind in the country. Businesses and tourism flourished along the route during the 1950s.It was further made famous by a TV series of the same name, and numerous songs (Listen to the Route 66 TV show theme song-Real Audio needed). The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck was based around the highway (he also penned the nickname "The Mother Road"). The majority of the road is said to be still driveable within the town sections (we haven't driven it all...yet).
Dedicated on November 11, 1926, Route 66 originally ran from Chicago to Santa Monica, California. It was the first completely paved transcontinental highway in the country.
It still holds a special place in the hearts of young and old alike, and an aura of on the road adventure and nostalgia that we hold dear.
Within the historic section of Flagstaff, the old Monte Verde Hotel is said to contain a ghost. In Room 305, workers continually report that a rocking chair is mysteriously moved each night... We ate in town at the Galaxy Diner, a 50's style diner along Route 66.
An hour east of Flagstaff is Winslow, made famous by an Eagles' song in the 1970s). In Holbrook, is the Old West Museum which is in the old courthouse. Route 66, which is 11th Street in town. We passed several old buildings, with neon signs, many still in business. Route 66 epitomizes America at it's best, and we are glad to see it preserved. We will be returning soon to highlight more aspects of this historic area in upcoming features.