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Santa Monica Pier–It’s Official

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Santa Monica Pier from alongroute66.com

When Susan Croce Kelly and I were researching our book, Route 66: The Highway and its People, we decided that the Santa Monica Pier was the spiritual, if not actual end of Route 66. After all the highway that started on the edge of Lake Michigan should end at the Pacific Ocean.


Merry-Go-Round, Santa Monica Pier

But, we did have ground to stand on. In 1952 the folks of the U.S. Highway 66 Association, a group of business owners the length of 66 who loved road trips as much a the current 66ers, motored down the highway in a caravan to the very edge of the Pacific Ocean, named the highway the Will Rogers Highway, and dedicated a plaque to the highway and Rogers.


U.S. Highway 66 Caravan from Route 66: The Highway and its People

Now the City of Santa Monica has made it semi-official and made the pier the end of Route 66.

For a list of  good books on Route 66, including my Along Route 66, a really good read-aloud guide book, and Route 66: the Highway and its People, a really good history of the road, go to my bookstore.