Even if you simply know it as that place to “get your kicks,” Route 66 has a place in American history and pop-culture. And while it was decommissioned in 1985, there is still a great appreciation for the route west from Chicago that ended at the Pacific Ocean on Santa Monica Blvd. As a whole it doesn’t exist anymore, you have hop on and off of the closest interstate (following the 44 and 40 from St. Louis).
Local Route 66 icons include the Aztec Hotel on the corner of W. Foothill and Magnolia in Monrovia, the Astro Motel in Pasadena, The Colorado Street Bridge in Pasadena, 7th and Broadway (which is where Clifton’s is…hmmm…coincidence? I think not!) was once the terminus of Route 66 until it continued to Santa Monica and the ocean. Click here for more details of the western end of 66.
Read more about Route 66 and other cross country history at Neatorama.
Check out a few of the websites dedicated to Route 66:
Happy Birthday 66! I hope to make a proper tour of 66 someday. Who’s with me? Who’s been already? Who has pictures to share?