The highway crosses the western half of the United States providing a major travel corridor from the middle of the country to the coast. Route 66 was established in November 1926 until it was officially displaced as an official highway in June 1985.
The highway runs through Illinois, Missouri, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and California.
For thousands of pilgrims in the 1930s, route 66 offered a way to leave the Dust Bowl to go West to start a new life. It also provided a road to connect hundreds of towns that were previously isolated. An entire travel economy developed along the route.
Route 66 is part of American history. Nostalgia is best shown in the most recent tribute by Disney's movie CARS.