The Blues, Steinbeck and Burma-Shave: Route 66, IL

I leave Chicago the only way there is to leave (aside from that other time, when I just left on the freeway): Route 66. It is a legendary piece of Americana, serving as an artery from Chicago to Santa Monica, a distance of nearly 2,500 miles. It goes through eight states (Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Nevada and California) and was a major part of American history during the Dust Bowl era when families migrated west. The Mother Road is enshrined in such classics as “(Get Your Kicks On) Route 66” and the always upbeat The Grapes of Wrath.

Route 66

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