Historic US Higway 66, Wikieup, AZ, USA
Route 66 Wikieup Reviews
US Highway 66 is the "The Mother Road" Feb 07, 2011
From Tucson to Las Vegas and back, I have probably traveled Route 66 more than a dozen times. This historic highways was the pride of the United States when it was first constructed in the 1920s. In just one month, we drove through it 4 times, making a stop at the little town of Wikieup. The charming little stores and merchantiles leave an impression on one's mind. One such location was a small store called Dazzio's.
Perhaps the most popular route among US Highways, Route 66 was named in 1926. The road was built starting at Grant park in the state of Illinois, Chicago to be exact and stretched across three time zones at over twenty four thousand (24,000) miles. The route covered eight states including Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and California. The road work ended in Santa Monica Boulevard in California. This road was the first two way road in the United States to link the shores of Lake Michigan and the Pacific Ocean. Route 66 was also called the “Mother Road” and the “Main Street of America”.
The highway was extremely useful for migrants who traveled west during the 1930s. Several families and businessmen became wealthy just because their shops or offices were located on the highway. Later in the 1980s, these people were the ones who tried to prevent the highway from closing down. As the years ensured, the condition of Route 66 got poorer each year, and the US Government finally decided to remove the road from the United States Highway System and replace it with the more modern and functional road called Interstate Highway System.
The segments of Route 66 that crossed Arizona, New Mexico, Missouri, and Illinois have been renamed the Historic Route 66, whereas the segments in southern California are now called State Route 66.
Part of the 2011 Travels & Adventures! travel blog
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