Some Beautiful Paths Can’t Be Discovered Without First Getting Lost – the Story of U.S. Route 66

Wherever You Go Becomes a Part of You Somehow

The U.S Route 66 was one of the most iconic highways in the world. Covering a stretch of 2,448 miles or 3,940 kilometers, it ran through a total of eight different US states. This ranged from Chicago, Illinois, going through Kansas, Kentucky, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and finally to California.

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Over the years, it has been made famous by some different writers and artists in their creations. Also known as the Will Rogers Highway, this route was first established and opened on November 11, 1926, and was decommissioned on June 26, 1985. Even after 90 years, it still is one of the most celebrated routes or highways in the United States.

The all-famous Route 66 was not called Route 66 initially. It was originally known as Route 60. However, a few years from its inception, the three states of Virginia, West Virginia and Kentucky together decided to rename the route as per the interstate. And that is when the route was rechristened to Route 66 which later became quite a popular name.

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