10 things you may not know about Route 66

Route 66: Undoubtedly one of the most famous routes in the world and perhaps the most beautiful one. It stretches for more than 4000 kilometers and starting from Chicago, it "ends" in Santa Monica, California, where the largest ocean on the planet opens its “wet arms”.

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Along the way, you can visit dozens of cities that cross most of the United States.

Here are some facts you may not know about the famous Route 66:

1. John Steinbeck, the American novelist, gave the route one of its most famous nicknames, “the mother road”.

2. Route 66 became the first national highway to be completely paved, in 1938.

3. In the early 1960s a popular TV show gave the street its name: "Route 66". It was about two young adventurers driving down the road in their Corvette for 116 

episodes.

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4. A former marine, Bobby Troup, wrote the song that helped make the route famous. Specifically, in 1946 the singer Nat King Cole performed the successful single entitled "(Get Your Kicks on) Route 66".

5. Which states had the longest, and shortest mileage, on Route 66?

Illinois – 301
Missouri – 317
Kansas – 13
Oklahoma – 432
Texas – 186
New Mexico – 487
Arizona – 401
California – 314

TOTAL - 2,448

6. There are three time zones across the route.

7. The first McDonald's on Route 66 opened in the 1940s in San Bernardino.

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8. Lucille Hamons had a service station along Route 66 in Hydro Oklahoma known as Lucille’s Place. Because of the kindness she showed to the less fortunate who came to her service station along Route 66, she was known as the  “Mother of the Mother Road”.

9. When Route 66 was commissioned, approximately 20 million cars, aka 80% of all registered cars worldwide at the time, were in the United States.

10. Recently, the U.S. National Historic Heritage Foundation listed the Route as one of 11 U.S. sites facing the spectrum of irreversible extinction, as it is threatened by natural disasters and inevitable human negligence.