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Route 66 and the Landscape It Crosses–Chicago, Part I

Route 66 begins on the edge of Lake Michigan at the foot of Jackson Avenue

Route 66 begins on the edge of Lake Michigan at the foot of Jackson Avenue

I have conducted oral history interviews with the people who invented Route 66 and published the first book, Route 66: the Highway and its People, on the old highway in 1988.

I have documented the architecture along the roadside, conducted more interviews, and published a book on the architecture generated by the old road, Along Route 66: the Architecture of America’s Highway. The University of Oklahoma Press published both books.

Now, I am thinking about the landscape the road crosses between Chicago and L.A and how it was formed.

So in the next few weeks I will dig through my files and find images of the Route 66 landscape, some in color some in black and white and publish a little information about it.


One Response

  1. I traveled 66 once….just before I enlisted in the Marines.
    My bestfriend and myself rode our motorcycles from end to end.
    As I was riding I could not help but think what it must have been like in its hayday.

    Thanks for the trip back down memory lane.


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