Route 66 -- The Mother Road -- Main Street of America -- The Will Rogers Highway
Theme your Android phone or tablet with this HD+ selection of vintage and modern Route 66 photos depicting the beginning of the westward path from Chicago to St. Louis.
The idea of Route 66 is deeply ingrained in our American culture in a myriad of ways. It evokes memories of those heading west to escape the days of the Dust Bowl, or the post-WWII migration to California that led to the boom of Los Angeles. It represents uncounted family vacations out to discover new sights with destinations ranging from the Grand Canyon to Disneyland. For most, it is the simple promise of freedom on the open road.
Each stretch of Route 66 maintains a distict character that contributes to the overall lore of the road.
The stretch through Illinois not only represents the disputed beginning of the famed road at Michigan Ave. or Lakeshore Drive, but one of the most urban stretches of the road and at the time of establishment the two largest cities along the way; Chicago and St. Louis. The beginning of the journey today is dominated by the former Sears Tower (now Willis Tower), and ends in sight of the St. Louis Gateway Arch. Along the way it passes by the Illinois State Capitol, near the home of Lincoln, and Ray Kroc's first McDonald's restaurant is just north of Route 66 in Des Plaines, inspired by the McDonald brothers at the other end of Route 66 in San Bernardino, California.
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