All day today, we have been traveling on I-40. Much of this road goes along the same path as Route 66 did. We’ve seen signs for Historic Route 66 and have enjoyed looking at the sights and old businesses that once served Route 66, like this leaning water tower in Texas and diner in Santa Rosa, New Mexico (where I had a great dinner). The famous road was built in the late 1920s to connect Chicago, Illinois and Los Angeles, CA. In the 1930s, many families traveled on Route 66 from the Midwest to California during the Dust Bowl. This encouraged lots of businesses that competed with fun road signs and neon lights. The road became a pop culture icon because of these businesses and the beautiful natural scenery and has been written about by Jack Kerouac and John Steinbeck, sang about in the song “Get Your Kicks On Route 66”, and has appeared on camera for commercials, movies, and has even given its name to a TV show. Everything about this road has a kitsch-like character and is fun to travel along!
UPDATE: When we arrived in Las Vegas, I found out that the Bellagio’s Conservatory was having a botanical tribute to Route 66, so we checked that out after putting our stuff into a storage unit until we move into our house. The conservatory was made to look like an old fair and roadside market. Thousands of flowers and plants were used to create scenes from the legendary highway.