Drive Historic Route 66


In 1926, US Highway 66 was established. This highway ran 2,448 miles from Chicago, Illinois to Los Angeles, California. Route 66 ran through the states of Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and California. This highway was one of the original U.S. Highways in the interstate system. If you drive along the highway in the state of Illinois you will find plenty of hospitals in the Chicago area if you need one.

Overtime, the highway has undergone many improvements and realignments. Many of these changes were meant to make the route faster, safer or detoured around city congestion. This route was a major thoroughfare for migrants heading out west. During the 1930s this road was especially important for those trying to escape the dust bowl. The road is also mostly flat making the route popular for truckers. Since this route was so heavily traveled that the communities along the road benefited heavily from this extra traffic. Business along the highway during its heyday sprung into life that it had never seen before. In 1985 route 66 was officially removed from the U.S. Highway System and it was decided that the route was no longer necessary. The businesses that were along the highway and thriving, were now finding that their businesses were seriously hurting. Many of these businesses closed their doors when the highway changed route.

As you drive along route 66 you will pass the Dwight Illinois hospital. There are plenty of other attractions along the way as well. The road passed through the Painted Desert, an area of badlands in Northern Arizona. The route also ran close to the Grand Canyon. In the 1950s you could find teepee shaped motels, reptile farms, a free 72 ounce steak dinner to anyone who could eat the entire meal, the first drive through restaurant in Springfield Missouri and the first McDonald’s in San Bernardino, California. Route 66 is one of the more famous highways due to the amount of publicity it has received in many movies and songs.

If you are feeling like taking a road trip that will take your mind off of your impending heart bypass surgery, definitely go get your kicks on Route 66. This beautiful road is a quiet, relaxing drive that is sure to take your mind off all your worries and take you back 60 years to the roads busiest time. Route 66 will put you in touch with our nation’s past.