Highway 61 Revisited: 1,699 Miles from New Orleans to Pigeon River

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Stretching from New Orleans to the U.S.-Canada border in Grand Portage, Minnesota, U.S. Highway 61 - like its east-west counterpart Route 66 - is a dying vestige of a time when two blacktop lanes represented the zenith of cross-country highway travel. Unlike Route 66, however, a strong case can be made that Highway 61 - running 1,699 miles through the gut of the nation - is a much truer cross-section of American heritage and geography. From the Deep South, steeped in the tragic legacy of slavery and the magic of ...

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Stretching from New Orleans to the U.S.-Canada border in Grand Portage, Minnesota, U.S. Highway 61 - like its east-west counterpart Route 66 - is a dying vestige of a time when two blacktop lanes represented the zenith of cross-country highway travel. Unlike Route 66, however, a strong case can be made that Highway 61 - running 1,699 miles through the gut of the nation - is a much truer cross-section of American heritage and geography. From the Deep South, steeped in the tragic legacy of slavery and the magic of rhythm and blues, to the lily-white North Shore of Lake Superior, inhabited largely by the descendants of Scandinavian immigrants, this evocative and artfully executed celebration of Highway 61 is organized as a "road trip" book in three acts: 1) Louisiana to Memphis, 2) Memphis to Wisconsin, and 3) Wisconsin to Canada. As such, it provides an unprecedented and visually intense look at the road's past and present, tying into the people associated with the cities and towns along the way (Robert Johnson, Bob Dylan, Elvis), the literary locales (Mark Twain's Hannibal, Mo.), its proximity to historic sites (Vicksburg), and less-famous but nevertheless interesting folks (Supa-Chikan, a folk artist/musician who builds guitars from 5-gallon gas cans). Each of the eight states through which 61 passes is represented.About the Author:Tim Steil has worked as a reporter in radio, television, and print for almost 20 years, including stints with the Chicago Tribune, Daily Southtown, and numerous national magazines. He is also the author of MBI's Route 66 and Fantastic Filling Stations.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780760314517
  • Publisher: Motorbooks
  • Publication date: 3/28/2004
  • Series: Purple Book Series
  • Edition description: First
  • Pages: 160
  • Product dimensions: 11.00 (w) x 12.00 (h) x 0.62 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 6
Act I New Orleans to Tunica 12
Act II Memphis to Dubuque 56
Act III Dickeyville to Pigeon River 100
Resources, Bibliography, and Discography 152
Index 157
Acknowledgments 160
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  • Posted February 23, 2009

    Comprehensive work on what travelers can expect to experience on a trip from the South to the North on one of America's historic 2-lane highways

    A great "coffee table" style book loaded with interesting, informative, and even obscure information and facts about the communities and countryside bisected by U.S. highway 61 as it makes its way from the Gulf Coast to the headwaters of the Mississippi River in Minnesota. Beautifully illustrated with numerous photos of unique eateries, quirky roadside attractions, and scenic vistas, the book is truly a delightful experience for anyone interested U.S. history, travel by automobile, the Civil War, or the roots of blues music. I was so taken personally by the descriptions of what experiences were to be had along the southern portion of the route that we have planned a trip there for this upcoming year.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 7, 2003

    Jefferson HIghway forgotten

    US 61 is better known as the Jefferson Highway.A granite marker stands at Common and St Charles Ave in downtown New Orleans and has inscription The Jefferson Highway New Orleans to Winnepeg.The author slipped up on this one.This from a tourguide of 17 years in New Orleans

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