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There’s a good reason Route 66 is known as “The Mother Road”; it’s the quintessential cross-country road trip experience. The 2,500 mile route stretched from Chicago through the beating heart of America and down to Los Angeles, officially ending at the Santa Monica Pier. The road reached peak popularity in the late 40’s and early 50’s before being officially removed from the US Highway System in 1985. Nostalgia immediately set in, and by 1989, people were working to revive the route that inspired so many road trips.
Miraculously, despite the fact ...