Along Route 66

Overview

It was the way out. Invented on the cusp of the depression, Route 66 was the road out of the mines, off the farm, away from troubled Main Street. It was the road to opportunity. Between 1926 and 1956, many people from the southern and plains states trekked west to California on Route 66, the Mother Road. Some never reached California. Instead, they settled along the road, building restaurants, tourist attractions, gas stations, and motels. The architecture of each structure reflected regional building traditions ...

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Overview

It was the way out. Invented on the cusp of the depression, Route 66 was the road out of the mines, off the farm, away from troubled Main Street. It was the road to opportunity. Between 1926 and 1956, many people from the southern and plains states trekked west to California on Route 66, the Mother Road. Some never reached California. Instead, they settled along the road, building restaurants, tourist attractions, gas stations, and motels. The architecture of each structure reflected regional building traditions and the difficulties of the times. The designs of buildings and signs served as invitations for passing travelers to stop, fill their tanks, have a bite, and stay the night.

Along Route 66 describes the architectural styles found along the highway from Chicago, Illinois, to Santa Monica, California, and pairs photos with stories of the buildings and of the people who built them, lived in them, and made a living from them. With striking black-and-white images and unforgettable oral histories of this rapidly disappearing architecture, Quinta Scott has docomented the culture of America’s most famous road.

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Editorial Reviews

BookPage
Professional photographer Quinta Scott has compiled a fun and unforgettable collection of images that immortalizes the great American odyssey.
Library Journal
In contrast, Scott's tour from Chicago to Santa Monica on the fabled Route 66 is a rich history of the minutiae of a string of motels, diners, and gas stations built to serve the streams of tourists and migrants who headed west to the golden climes of California. Concentrating on the basics of who built which buildings in the little roadside towns, now mostly bypassed by the new interstate highways, Scott also provides a large black-and-white photo of each building. Unfortunately, the photos vary widely in quality, and the attempt to provide a complete graphic record dilutes the artistic impact of the book. Both books are well suited to academic architecture collections, while public libraries along the old Route 66 will enjoy Scott's book.--David McClelland, Philadelphia Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780806132501
  • Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press
  • Publication date: 5/1/2000
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 8.94 (w) x 11.34 (h) x 1.15 (d)

Meet the Author

Quinta Scott received her BA degree from Connecticut College, New London, Connecticut. She is the photographer for two other published books.

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Table of Contents

TABLE OF CONTENTS:


Acknowledgements
The Architecture of America's Highway
Illinois
St. Louis
Missouri
Kansas and Oklahoma
Texas
New Mexico
Arizona
California
The Ultimate Road Trip
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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