Route 66, the most famous road of history
Most of our readers have heard of the famous route 66, or they have been reflected in several American films such as the latest creation Disney "Cars". This mythical road has completely changed the history of an entire country. This is a small summary of a text Mike Leco, You have rescued a user of forocoches:
Before the 20th century, the western United States Costa was extremely isolated from the East Coast and Midwest by great barriers of mountains, deserts and desolate land, which meant sailing routes without signs, without any maintenance, and sometimes even simple dirt roads.
A few natural entrepreneurs Oklahoma and Illinois they thought that the United States needed an intercontinental highway connecting both coasts. Naturally, they thought it was appropriate that this route will pass through the villages they originated. After convincing of the importance of this route to their rulers, it began its construction, which lasted 12 years and ended in 1938.
Route 66 began in the Lake Michigan, Chicago, and ended 4000 km then beaches Santa Monica, Los Angeles. The great advantage of this road was that it allowed to cross the country at any time of year due to its layout.
Residents of all areas where he passed Route 66, soon discovered that this incessant flow of motorists need gasoline, food, and entertainment places to stay along the way. So thousands of gas stations, restaurants, cafés, bars, markets and tourist attractions rose. Route 66 earned the reputation of being "the motel driver".
During the 30s, when the Great Depression caught the country, a drought struck regions Midwestern field. Route 66 became the road to the promised land, California, where there was always sunshine, abundant crops, and jobs that paid well.
Unfortunately the mother road fell victim to progress. Super highways and interstates were larger, straighter and faster and from the 50s onwards began to replace the old Route 66. In October 1984, the new Interstate 40 He replaced the last remaining stretch of Route 66 near Williams Arizona. Today only traces of the mother road.
Still, there are some perfectly usable sections, which attract lots of curious adventurers and tourists. If you want to do this tour in style, rent a Corvette or one Harley Davidson, and will taste like no American dream.
More info: Wikipedia (English)