The Laughlin River Run began Thursday in Laughlin, Nevada. This weekend, thousands of motorcyclists, tourists, and car enthusiasts will head for the open road, especially Historic Route 66, now known as the Mother Road. At the height of its popularity, Route 66 covered 2,448 miles between Chicago, Illinois and Los Angeles, California. Portions of the road still exist in Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and California.
In the 1950s, the glamour of California drew tourists across country along Route 66. Mom-and-pop businesses sprang up all along the road, giving rise to the first fast-food restaurants and unique styles of architecture. Tourists still travel through northern Arizona to see the Grand Canyon, the Painted Desert, and Meteor Crater. Long stretches of Route 66 have been well-preserved, thanks to the efforts of the Route 66 Association.
Historic Route 66 has been immortalized in a popular hit song and the Route 66 TV show from the 1960s.
The most treacherous portion of Route 66 is between Kingman and Oatman, Arizona. The hairpin turns and narrow road will make you tremble with fear! Imagine escaping the Dust Bowl of the 1930s along this route!
The Interstate Highway Act of 1956 led to the decline of the Mother Road, and it was officially declared defunct in 1985. The road has been included in the National Register of Historic Places. Kingman, Arizona hosts an informative Route 66 Museum, and Route 66 memorabilia can be found in the National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C.
April 27, 2012
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