The Route 66 Museum in Clinton, Oklahoma
would a museum be dedicated to a highway? Because Route 66 is no
Route 66 was built in 1932 and it runs from Chicago, Illinois,
to Los Angeles, California, then known as the "Promised
Land." That's 2,400 miles of road! It is different from most
other highways because it takes a diagonal course instead of going
in a straight line.
It was designed this way so that small towns
would have access to main roads, giving farmers the ability to
transport grain and produce. This two-lane road passes through
eight states and three time zones.
During the Great Depression, Route 66 was the road from
Oklahoma and the Dust Bowl to California and a better life, so it
became known as the "road to opportunity." Author John
Steinbeck wrote about Route 66 in his classic The Grapes of
Wrath, calling it the "Mother Road."
The Route 66 Museum was built in Clinton, Oklahoma, because
Route 66 passes through 400 miles of Oklahoma. Dozens of artists
have recorded the song "(Get Your Kicks on) Route 66."
Have you ever heard it?
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