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 Issue # 45 July 2007 
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  • Route 66
    by mike Rochelle
    July 2007

    "Life doesn't happen along the interstates. It's against the law."  - William Least Heat Moon, Blue Highways

    Legends of America

    "The Mother Road as people named it, inspires in many of us our nostalgic side.

    While some may see Route 66 as a link to our parents and  grandparents, others perhaps feel the sense of freedom that the road  provided to those early travelers. And then, for those of us that live  continuously in the nostalgic past, the Mother Road is, but yet, the  next adventure beyond the Santa Fe Trail.

    Whatever the reason, the  Mother Road is an experience, a feeling, a perception, a taste of sight  and sound, and a mystery that can only be resolved by driving the  pavement itself.  The super-highway, as it was thought of in 1926, represented  unprecedented freedom to travel across the American West. While other  East/West highways existed at the time, most followed a linear course,  leaving out the rural communities, dependent upon transportation for  farm products and other goods. 

    Almost immediately, the tourist industry began to grow, giving rise to  countless tourist courts, motels, service stations, garages and diners.  However, the excessive truck travel during World War II and the ever  expanding automobile industry had left the Highway in appalling  conditions, with narrow pavements and poor road conditions. 

    In the mid 1950s public lobby was demanding a federal sponsorship for a  system of divided highways and in 1956, the Federal Aid Highway Act was  passed for a national interstate highway program. With the passing of  the Interstate Highway Act, Route 66 would soon be doomed. 

    Obviously, the route today is not what it was in the past. The sights  and sounds of the Mother Road change daily with the emergence of new  businesses and development along the old highway. You will want to take  a lot of pictures, because what is here today might be very well gone  tomorrow.'

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