Route 66

February 2016

After our day at the Grand Canyon, we slept in Williams. This town in on Historic  Route 66.  Williams was the last town to have its section of Route 66  bypassed, due to lawsuits that kept the last section of  Interstate 40 in Arizona from being built around the town  (October 13, 1984) . U.S. Route 66 (US 66 or Route 66), also known as the Will Rogers Highway and also known as the Main Street of America or the Mother Road, was one of the original highways within the  U.S. Highway System. US 66 was established on November 11, 1926, with road signs erected the following year. The highway, which became one of the most famous roads in America, originally ran from Chicago, Illinois, through Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico and Arizona  before ending at  Santa Monica, California , covering a total of 2,448 miles (3,940 km).

So we took some time in the morning to walk in the town. And of  course, to take a few pics. There was plenty of signs to remind us that the famous Route 66 was once going through the town.

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Plenty of souvenirs  to buy but I think we were in the wrong season as most of the shops were closed. During  the warmer months , the community continues to thrive on tourism. Especially that the Grand Canyon is only one hour driving from there and the coast of accommodations are probably cheaper.

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Murals and old cars  make it a fun  to look around. I read on the net that it is  the best-preserved stretch of Route 66…

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We didn’t see  any cow-boys  but there were some wood sculptures .

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So, we  saw the historic Williams. We would have enough time to stop in Sedona  and take more photography.

Thanks for reading.

 

4 thoughts on “Route 66

  1. Je connaissais la Route 66 de «réputation» seulement, pour en avoir entendu parler, bien sûr; c’est une route mythique! Mais je ne connaissais pas son histoire et tu nous la racontes très bien! Elle est très très longue cette route. Est-elle encore très utilisée?
    J’aime beaucoup que tu nous montres sur une photo les différents états qu’elle traverse!
    Je continuerai mon voyage avec vous deux un peu plus tard!

    • mythique ? pas vraiment . Ce fut une route tres populaire , il en reste maintenant que des sections car l’autoroute est devenue necessaire pour aller plus vite !!! ..un peu comme la 132 et la 20 au Quebec..sauf que la 132 est toujours là en entier. Merci de tes commentaires Mado

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