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Friday, August 19, 2016

Political Economy of Route 66

Geography is all about connections, and just as the Mother Road connects Chicago to L.A., the stories of the road connect it to the political and economic changes that shaped the twentieth century, particularly its music.

I had not really thought of it in these terms, until I recently heard a couple segments of Fugitive Waves, which examines the cultural legacy of Route 66 from several perspectives, including the the music inspired by its role as a route in the Dust Bowl migrations.

In the process of looking for the Kitchen Sisters podcast, I encountered another radio program about Route 66, also broadcast via PRX -- Route 66 Forever. In turn, I learned that this oral history is part of  Across the Tracks, hosted by the University of New Mexico.

With so much scholarship and journalism already produced, we are going to need all of the time between now and our own journey, just to read and listen to it all!

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Mythique 66

Once again, I wish I had paid better attention in French class. I only took one semester, and it was during the lowest ebb in my study habits. The only things I learned were that I would never be good at spelling in French, that pronouncing plural words is supposed to stop a few letters short of the end, and that Pam Hayes-Bohanan would be the love of my life.

Actually, I did not learn that last bit until later, but it was in Dr. Stan's French 101 that we first met, and she still marvels that my attendance was sufficient to remember who she was.

Anyway, had I paid better attention to Dr. Stan and had I stuck with it for more than part of a semester (we had a generous pass/fail policy at our university, so I did get credit), then I might know what is being said in the sole entry (so far) on a blog known as route' mythique route 66. I found it only because it has the URL that I wanted for this blog, so my browser keeps "remembering" it for me by accident.

For my Francophone friends, enjoy this take on sur la route de la mère.  And perhaps someone can explain the "hb" in its URL.

Meanwhile, thanks to Google, I know that the banner refers to a Route 66 Foray -- I like the sound of that.

Banner from route' mythique 66.

Sunday, July 10, 2016

32 Attractions

Let's hope that these 32 attractions are still findable when we make our journey -- especially the whale in Catoosa, Oklahoma! The Murder Bordello in Galena, Kansas also seems quite important, and reminiscent of our own local Lizzie Borden B&B.

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Solar System Road

If, by the time we take our Route 66 trip, solar roads have become better known than the Mother Road, we will know that it started at a rest stop in Conway Missouri, where the first U.S. field test of LED-embedded solar pavement was recently installed.

By the time of our trip, the questions of durability and sustainability will have been resolved, though at this point we know not how.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

End of the Mother Road

It was on this date in 1985 that the Mother Road was decertified. Many miles of the original Route 66 had been bypassed by or upgraded to interstate highways that are numbered according to their own distinct system. This was causing sufficient confusion that a majority of the states  along the route asked for the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials -- which apparently decides these things -- to decertify the route. Meeting on June 27, 1985, these representatives of highway authorities from throughout the United States voted to end the Route 66 designation.

Memorials were built, of course, and even some of the petitioning states honored the historic route by designating some sections "Old U.S. 66." The New York Times told the entire story the day after the decision in the article "Final Chapter is Written for Route 66."  The article has a dateline of Duluth, Minnesota, which of course is not on the route; it was just the location of the annual highway meeting that year.

The most fascinating thing I learned from the article is that the origins of the route can be traced to a camel caravan led by Navy Lt. Edward Beale in 1857. Which is more surprising -- the involvement of camels or the involvement of the navy?
Camels are a far cry from the Chevy's and other classic cars that would eventually be associated with this route.
Lt. Beale and his camels are commemorated by the Beale Wagon Road Historic Trail, one of the features we have missed in prior visits to Kaibab National Forest in Arizona.

Friday, June 12, 2015

66 bookstores

It will be interesting to see how many of these are still in business when we make our "Mother Road" trip.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014


Wish we could go to L.A. to see this.