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US Route 66 Overview Challenge

What do you know about the US Route 66 Overview?  Take this quick FUN Roads & Highways Trivia Challenge.  "Check Your Answers" at the end of the quiz.

Cars Trivia from Alan's Fun Trivia Quizzes1) One of the original U.S. highways, with road signs erected the following year, when was Route 66 established?

  • November 11, 1926

  • November 11, 1936

  • November 11, 1946

2) US Route 66 (also known as the Will Rogers Highway after the humorist, and colloquially known as the "Main Street of America" or the "Mother Road") was a highway within the U.S. Highway System.

  • True or False?

3) Lt. Edward Fitzgerald Beale, a Naval officer in the service of the U.S. Army Topographical Corps, was ordered by the War Department to build a government-funded wagon road along the 35th Parallel. His secondary orders were to test the feasibility of the use of camels as pack animals in the southwestern desert. This road became part of U.S. Route 66.
What year did Beale establish a route along the 35th Parallel?

  • 1857

  • 1887

  • 1917

4) Early roads were marked with colored bands on telephone poles, they were intended to help travelers in the early days of the automobile.
What was the system of the informal network of marked routes that existed in the United States and Canada in the early part of the 20th century?

  • Auto trails

  • Band highways

  • Carways

5) How long was Route 66?

  • 2,451 miles

  • 3,451 miles

  • 4,451 miles

6) In 1936, Route 66 was extended from downtown Los Angeles to Santa Monica, terminating at US 101 ALT, today the intersection of Olympic Boulevard and Lincoln Boulevard (a segment of State Route 1). Even though there is a plaque dedicating Route 66 as the Will Rogers Highway placed at the intersection of Ocean Boulevard and Santa Monica Boulevard, the highway never terminated there.

  • True or False?

7) Where was the Eastern terminus of Rout 66?

US 1 - Springfield, IL
US 41 - Chicago, IL
US 50 - St. Louis, MO

8) Route 66 was recognized in popular culture by both a hit song, originally recorded by the Nat King Cole Trio in 1946, and later performed by such artists as Chuck Berry, The Rolling Stones, The Manhattan Transfer and Depeche Mode.
Who wrote the song?

  • Julie London

  • Bobby Troup

  • Jack Webb

9) Route 66 marked the birth of the fast-food industry: Red's Giant Hamburg in Springfield, Missouri, site of the first drive-through restaurant, and the first McDonald's in San Bernardino, California.
Who was the owner of Red's Giant Hamburg?

  • Don “Red Barry”

  • Sheldon "Red" Chaney

  • Tex “Red” Ryder

10) U.S. 66 was officially removed from the United States Highway System after it was decided the route was no longer relevant and had been replaced by the Interstate Highway System.
What was the date?

  • June 27, 1975

  • June 27, 1985

  • June 27, 1995

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US Route 66 Overview Challenge

  1. November 11, 1926
  2. True
  3. 1857
  4. auto trails
  5. 2,451 miles
  6. True
  7. US 41 - Chicago, IL
  8. Bobby Troup
  9. Sheldon "Red" Chaney
  10. June 27, 1985
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