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Route 66 in California (Images of America Series)
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Route 66 in California (Images of America Series)

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by Glen Duncan, California Route 66 Preservation Foundation
 

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The “Mother Road” hauled it all, traversing the American West from Chicago to Santa Monica Beach, the last 350 miles through Southern California. For settlers, Depression-era “Okies” and “Arkies,” and post–World War II families bound for suburbia, Route 66 was a migration funnel for generations. Wending through the

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The “Mother Road” hauled it all, traversing the American West from Chicago to Santa Monica Beach, the last 350 miles through Southern California. For settlers, Depression-era “Okies” and “Arkies,” and post–World War II families bound for suburbia, Route 66 was a migration funnel for generations. Wending through the mountains and badlands of San Bernardino County into Los Angeles County, Route 66 became a state of mind and a catchphrase for travelers everywhere, especially after singer Bobby Troupe popularized the hit song “(Get Your Kicks on) Route 66” and actors Martin Milner and George Maharis hit the road with the ragtop down and the shades on in the namesake television series that seemed to go anywhere every week. The shield of the Route 66 sign has become iconography for the growth of Southern California’s economy, population, popularity, and folklore.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780738530376
Publisher:
Arcadia Publishing SC
Publication date:
09/01/2005
Series:
Images of America Series
Pages:
128
Sales rank:
581,034
Product dimensions:
6.66(w) x 9.38(h) x 0.34(d)

Meet the Author


Author Glen Duncan, with the help of Jim Conkle of the California Route 66 Preservation Foundation, has compiled this tour along California’s part of the two-lane corridor that Will Rogers called “Main Street America.” With fascinating archival photographs gathered from many museum, library, and governmental collections, and current images of what still exists, they have created a mosaic of transportation, tourism, and wayside heritage along a blacktop ribbon that has been seminal to the American idea of “the road” as poetry.

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Route 66 in California (Images of America Series) 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was anxiously anticipated and is another crown in the Arcadia Publishing Company collection of local history photograph and postcard collections. Despite the justification in the Introduction, though, I would have preferred that the photographs be centered just on US 66 and nothing else. By expanding to Disneyland and the beaches, the book tends to wander into Southern California pre-1960 rather than stay focused on The Mother Road. A great bunch of photographs however.