A Little Bit About Route 66

Here are a few bits of information about Route 66. These are answers to some of the many questions that guests have asked while visiting the California Route 66 Museum in Victorville.

Length of Route 66: 2448 miles (3940 km) is the most agreed upon length based on its original alignment of 1926.

Years of Existence: Route 66 was commissioned as part of the United States Highway System in1926. It was decommissioned in 1985. The implementation of the Interstate Highway System within the United States replaced the need of roads like Route 66.

Original Purpose: Route 66 was originally intended as a way for farmers transport their crops and dairy product to the big city. With the implementation of Route 66 commerce was now able to be transported from Chicago to the Los Angeles by way of commercial trucks.

Nickname: Author John Steinbeck used the phrase The Mother Road in his book entitled The Grapes of Wrath. The phrase took on the role of nickname for Route 66.

The Grapes of Wrath is an American realist novel written by John Steinbeck and published in 1939.

Route 66 Creator: A businessman from Tulsa, Oklahoma by the name of Cyrus Avery is known as the creator of Route 66. His goal was to create a direct road to the Pacific Ocean along a southwestern route and most important was to have it pass though his home state of Oklahoma. He sat as the chairman for the Oklahoma State Highway Commission. His idea was approved and designated as highway US 66 (known as Route 66) in 1926.


Route 66 Beginning Sign: The Begin sign of Route 66 is at E. Adams Street between S. Michigan Avenue and S. Wabash Avenue in the City of Chicago, Illinois.

The Route 66 Begin sign is located in Chicago, Illinois.

Route 66 End Sign: The End sign of Route 66 is at the Santa Monica Pier in the City of Santa Monica, California. The pier is located at the end of Colorado Avenue near Ocean Avenue. The sign is marked as End of the Trail.

The End of the Trail sign is located on the Santa Monica Pier in California.

Get Your Kicks on Route 66: There is a place along Route 66 where some people have actually gotten kicked on Route 66. When visiting the town of Oatman, Arizona be careful when standing behind the many burros that roam the town, they are known to give a good kick.

Oatman is known for its Burros which roam the town.

Number of States of Route 66: There are 8 states that Route 66 makes its way through. From Chicago to LA they are Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and California.

The Radiator Springs Question: A very popular question that is asked at the California Route 66 Museum in Victorville is where can they find Radiator Springs on Route 66. This question is due to the popularity of the 2006 hit movie, Cars, produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. The answer to the question is that Radiator Springs is a blend of many real towns, attractions, and of landmarks along Route 66. For the real Radiator Springs it is best to head to the theme park Disney California Adventure in Anaheim, California.