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During war time, Route 66 was used as a means to transport military equipment to the western part of the United States. Route 66 allowed for rapid mobilization of the United States military. According to the National Historical Route 66 Federation, “Route 66 helped to facilitate the single greatest wartime manpower mobilization in the history of the nation.”
It was once a common sight to see convoys of military vehicles travel on Route 66 heading to the California coast. Today such sight is rare, but during the fall of 2017 a convoy of vintage military vehicles made its way from Chicago to Santa Monica.
The California Route 66 Museum in Victorville was honored to host a stopping point for the Military Vehicle Preservation Association (MVPA) 2017 Military Convoy.
Below are photos of that day: