Friday, June 27, 2008

Route 66 - Decommissioned in 1985

On this day in 1985, U.S. 66 was officially removed from the United States Highway System, after it was decided the route was no longer relevant and had been replaced by the Interstate Highway System.

Route 66 was established on November 11, 1926, It originally ran from Chicago, Illinois, through Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and California, before ending at Los Angeles for a total of 2,448 miles. It was a major path of the migrants who went west, especially during the Dust Bowl of the 1930s, and supported the economies of the communities through which the road passed.

Summit Inn - Cajon Summit, California

Pawn Shop - Gallup, New Mexico

Wigwam Motel - Rialto, California

General Store - Joshua Tree, California

Route 66 scene - Joshua Tree, California

Route 66 Gas Station - Williams, Arizona

Coleman Theater - Miami, Oklahoma

Phillips 66 Gas Station - McLean, Texas


Vintage Disneyland Tickets said...

Awesome post, I love Route 66! I bought some great vintage license plates at the exact "gas station" in Williams AZ. I've done parts of 66 a couple times, my dream vacation is to take a couple weeks and to the whole run LA to Chicago and back!

P.s. Totally digging Nat, I have several version of him singing that song; this isn't one of them, THANKS!!!!!

P.s.s. WOW on the Marilyn Monroe Post, Grrrrrrrrr. She was “Hotter” when she was young as in those photos, whoa, call the fire department!

Debbie V. said...

I believe that Summit Inn was the one that had the great Homemade Pies. I am thinking I've been there more than once.
My parents migrated from the coal mines of southern Illinois out to California in 1948 and I was born in Inglewood, grew up in La Mirada. Not every, but almost, summer we drove back to Illinois via Route 66. Back in the day when it was two lanes, up and down those hills and no AC! I remember more than once my dad buying a block of dry ice and setting in the floor of our car to cool us down.
I loved maps since Day 1, so my dad always gave me the job of navigating. We had a little notebook where we recorded each stop for gas (he still has it!) or food or motel. I remember me and my mom waiting in the car while my dad would actually go in to get a room. He had to see the room first before he paid. No fancy Days Inn, Super 8, Holiday Inn etc... although there were Best Westerns.
I still have a few mementos.
Thanks for the great photos as always and yes, I love Nat too. We inherited my father-in-law's collection of records and Nat King Cole was one of his favorites.

Cory Gross said...

It's not a major plan of mine, but some day it would be interesting to retrace Route 66. I know I'll walk a snippit of it in Williams, AZ, when I finally go to the Grand Canyon, but that's just a wee little bit.

Hey I know, Vintage Disneyland Tix, I'll drive across my own country, meet up with you at Chicago and then we'll carry on to LA. It can be the first ever Viewliner Vintage Americana Voyage ^_^

Major Pepperidge said...

I used to want to see what was left of Route 66, but have talked to people who told me "it isn't worth it, there's nothing there anymore". These photos prove that they were wrong!

Viewliner Ltd. said...

Thank you all for your great responses. Rte 66 is still one of the most scenic highways in America. There are literally hundreds if not thousands of places in eight different states that still remain. And in many instances, haven't changed in decades. So hit the road and check it out.

Debbie: I appreciate you sharing your story with us. It feels good. P.S. The Summit Inn also serves Kangaroo Burgers. But not to me.

outsidetheberm said...

Just great stuff!

Have had the pleasure of driving much of 66 - but there's so much more to see.

66 Productions said...

Major Pepperidge said:
"I used to want to see what was left of Route 66, but have talked to people who told me "it isn't worth it, there's nothing there anymore". These photos prove that they were wrong!"

I think you have some people whose a**es you should kick. Nothing there anymore? Really? Than explain that to the National Park Service's Route 66 Corridor Management Program, the National Historic Route 66 Federation, and all of the Route 66 organizations IN FOREIGN COUNTRIES. I think that they would argue it, and as someone living near the western terminus I certainly would think that the 35 National Register of Historic Places landmarks along the Route 66 corridor in Los Angeles County alone would have something to say about it!