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Route 66 in Chicago

Route 66 in Chicago


David G. Clark



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Arcadia Publishing

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200 Black and White

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It winds from Chicago to L.A.”—so says Nat “King” Cole’s classic hit “(Get Your Kicks on) Route 66.” Beginning in 1926, Route 66 was the only U.S. highway providing a direct connection between the Windy City and the City of Angels; thus, it is no wonder that Route 66 would become the metaphor of the American journey. The crescent-shaped route from the shore of Lake Michigan to the southern Pacific Coast followed a corridor blazed by Native American footpaths, pioneer waterways, and transcontinental railroads. As the frontier moved across the Great Plains to the ocean, Chicago was the point of embarkation for people emigrating from the east, and it was the marketplace for the products harvested in the west. During the golden age of the car culture, Chicago was where people started their California trips as they took “the highway that’s the best.”

Author Bio: Historian David G. Clark has collected images symbolizing and interpreting the city and highway’s shared past. The postcards, vintage and modern photographs, and periodical illustrations in Route 66 in Chicago lead to an inescapable conclusion: there could be no Route 66 without Chicago, and Chicago would be a far different place without the “Mother Road.”

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