Highway 66 (Route 66) is called the “mother of American roads”. His appearance has seriously affected the development of economic and social life of the United States. The long asphalt ribbon in 4 thousand kilometers connected Chicago and Los Angeles, essentially linking different parts of the country. The American people were going to unite. This road became one of them.
The highway runs from Chicago (Illinois), passing through the States of Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, new Mexico, Arizona, Los Angeles and Santa Monica (California), covering a total of 3940 kilometers (2448 miles). The Americans needed good roads, they just wanted to travel or to seek a better life in other cities. Work on route 66 lasted over 10 years before a suitable asphalt tape.
On the development of the highway was influenced by the Great depression. In search of work, the Americans were ready to travel all over the whole country. Many believed that happiness in California. It there wanted the poor to earn at least a couple of dollars. They drove down 66th street with despair, but with hope. For Americans, route 66 was actually a way of life.
After the Second world war from the 66th decided to give up. President Eisenhower decided to improve American roads, lead them to the German model, to make them high-speed, multiple lanes. Route 66 was ruined by the law on construction of Federal highways. The highway was gradually emptied, and soon they all stopped.
However, the highway survived thanks to the efforts of residents of towns located near the highway. Many of them thought the new law a betrayal of the 66th, who has done so much for Americans. Highway not fit to the modern life of the country was a historic route. Places 66-I is an auxiliary to the road on which it is best to get to some town. Places — abandoned plots where rusty and overgrown with weeds. But the main sections of Route 66 have been preserved, and every day carried by cars and motorbikes with tourists, in an exciting way learn the history of the country. Route 66 is, above all, the fate of thousands of Americans who did not relocate and stayed in small towns along this highway. Every such city has its own Association and produces Souvenirs with symbols of Route 66. People love to organize different events, parties, dances, concerts.
These towns are living monuments of America 50-60-ies. I’m sure many tourists are surprised, having met on route 66 such settlements. Like, as in the middle of nowhere can people live? This saved the atmosphere, which today can be seen only in the movies. One – and two-story buildings, small cafes, shops. The streets calmly wandering dogs and donkeys. These cities are mostly inhabited by tourists. Route 66 is a good lure for travelers from different countries. Here every household is trying to turn into a souvenir — from a regular tin opener to the refrigerator. Something this lifestyle reminiscent of a resort town, which are rich in high season. These cities are mostly inhabited by tourists. Route 66 is a good lure for travelers from different countries. Here every household is trying to turn into a souvenir — from a regular tin opener to the refrigerator. Something this lifestyle reminiscent of a resort town, which are rich in high season. In the morning guests will receive a classic American Breakfast, calorie, that power is enough to drive immediately to Los Angeles. While traveling is really worth to stay in one of these motels to get into the spirit of the old America. Enterprising residents of the towns that are along the highway, trying to make anything. Tourists are ready to pay a dollar for trinkets to bring home a reminder of a great trip. Therefore, almost in every village you can find the Route 66 Museum. Soda, books, photographs, license plates, badges, petrol cans and even jukeboxes — sold everything. Don’t be surprised if some old man will tell you about the meeting with Paul McCartney and try to sell you his autograph. Sir Paul traveled on route 66, it’s a fact. But not the fact that he wrote it down on a piece of paper of this venerable man.
One of the attractions of the highway is an old gas station 1926. It has become almost a Mecca for motorists. Petrol station Soulsby’s Shell is located in the town of mount olive in Illinois. Of course, she had seen much in his lifetime and were not even aware that you would become a place of pilgrimage for tourists.
But this attraction does not require worship. However, not every traveler sees it. We are talking about local nature. The landscape on route 66 is simply amazing. Mountains, forests, deserts constantly replace each other. Some parts remain untouched with 30-ies of the last century. Since then, began the construction of the road. Sometimes you want to scrutinize every cliff or wander through the woods, but in this case, the journey on the 66th will take a week, and will stretch on for months.
But in the caves of the Grand Canyon, which are located near the highway, you need to visit. These are the largest dry underground caverns in the United States. They say that the government wanted to use them in case of nuclear war. So you can find the supplies of food. Here archaeologists found the remains of ancient animals really looked like saber-toothed tigers.
Another feature of the caves — if you turn off the light underground, you can be in perfect darkness. These minutes can not see absolutely nothing, no shapes. Absolute black, which just absorbs people.