Route 66
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"The cars of the migrant people crawled out of the side roads onto the great cross-country highway, and then took the migrant way to the west."

Route 66 was also known as the “super highway” as thought of in 1926. It was a highway that aloud freedom to travel across the American West. It went from Chicago to California. It was made from the rapidly changing demands of America. Cyrus Avery of Tulsa, Oklahoma and John Woodruff of Springfield, Missouri thought of the idea of linking Chicago to Las Angeles. They then began lobbying efforts to promote this new highway. There were other East/West highways but they mostly followed a linear path and they failed to go through rural communities that were dependant upon transportation for farm products and other goods.

Route 66 highway

It was no doubt a really hard task for the two of them to complete, but the government finally agreed to have to highway built. They saw it as linking the small town America with the metropolitan capitals. It was decided in the summer of 1926 and designated the road as 66. Unfortunately shortly after the work began on the Mother Road, came the depression and it stopped the construction of the “super highway”.

But, in 1933, thousands of unemployed men were put back to work and road gangs paved the final stretches of the road. The 2,300 mile highway was finally completed in 1938. It was paved from Chicago to Los Angeles.

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John Woodruff and Cyrus Avery

In 1939, John Steinbeck proclaimed Route 66 as the “Mother Road” in his classic novel The Grapes of Wrath. A year later it was made into a movie and it immortalized Route 66. More than 200,000 people migrated to California to escape the Dust Bowl of the Midwest; this symbolized the highway as the “road to opportunity”.

Video with pictures of Route 66 and a song called "Get Your Kicks on Route 66.

Works Cited

Google, "Google Images/Route 66". March 12 < q=route+66&um=1&ie=UTF-8&ei=CvC5SffsMZmuMpGE- K4I&sa=X&oi=image_result_group&resnum=4&ct=title.>

Steinbeck, John . The Grapes of Wrath. New York: Penguin Group, 2002.

Weiser, Kathy. "Legendary Route 66". Legends of America. March 10 2009

Youtube, "Tribute to Route 66". March 12 2009 < oq=route+.>