Route 66
(Bygone Byways(TM) since 2001)

Folks, it's here!  The DEFINITIVE Highway 80 guide across the American Southwest!  CLICK HERE!

Courtesy of AZ Highways: 
Map excerpts from the 1913 'Good Roads' publication.  Click Here!  See the forerunner of Route 66 and even the National Old Trails Road!

Animated Route 66 Gifs!
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Route 66: an American cultural icon.  Since 1926, Route 66 has been captivating the minds of traveling, adventurous, and sometimes desperate Americans who some imagined better life 'out west'.  For some, the road was a way to get from here to there, for others, an ideal: the embodiment of a dream.

<<< The old Avalon Restaurant & Bar Neon in Albuquerque (gone 2003)

At first a trickle, then eventually a flood, 66 has seen literally millions of Americans on the move.  In the early years, drivers were on their own.  They needed to carry their own food, bedroll and tools.  Inevitably, whole industries sprang up to service these hungry, tired travelers and their vehicles.  In their efforts to bring in the tourist/traveler dollar, motels, gas stations and cafes tried all sorts of tricks to get people to notice and frequent their establishment .  Gimmicks such as traveling restroom inspectors, huge, gaudy neon, and buildings shaped like sombreros were once the norm.  

But as time and the interstates progressed, far too many of these establishments found themselves in the backwaters of the U.S. highway system.  Travelers and businesses dwindled.  Paint peeled, broken neon flickered, then went out forever.  A long twilight seemed destined to bring permanent nightfall to the once proud, lively road.  

However, the generations that grew up with 66 are starting to rekindle their love for the cherished route.  As a seeping sameness spreads across the land, people are remembering the fun of what once was.  I'm thankful for that sunny Flagstaff afternoon when I first met Route 66.  At first, I was only vaguely aware of old 66, but as time went on, I became fascinated by its history and flair.  Its stories and images of a different time evoke a not-so-vague longing.  In my mind's eye, I can, for awhile at least, take a drive in an Edsel, swing on in to a drive in, and spend the night in a room with a blinking, pink neon flamingo out front!  It's been a fun trip, and I hope you enjoy these pages as well.

C'mon!  Click on one of the states below to begin your virtual 66 journey!!
Author's note: I realize some of these pages may be a little slow due to their size, but it's worth it!

 

Though the 2009 Route 66 Festival in Flagstaff is already three years past,  I invite you to share in some of my pictures.  Just click here or on the newly cleaned-up Twin Arrows!

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Our talented young friend, Natalie Grainger from jolly ol' England, has created for us a wonderful 'what-if' animated gif of the 66 Motel in Needles.  Check it out by clicking on the pic below and going to my 66 animated gifs page!  Natalie, please do more of these!

 

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