Experiencing Americana of the 20th Century

There was a time when life was slower paced, travel was an adventure, and retail wasn’t largely made up of national brands. The automobile was just becoming affordable, the West was calling out to the adventurous, and a migration of post WWII families we heading to California. Route 66 was patched together from paths, roads, and trails and grew to a two-lane highway starting at Lake Michigan in Chicago and ending at the Pacific Coast in Santa Monica. It traversed eight states and at its peak was a major artery for east-west traffic. Consequently business flourished in the cities through which it passed.

Interesting motels lined its path. Mom and pop grocery stores, private gas stations, unique diners and many other services sprung up to service all the traffic. It was a time when America was feeling its pride and showing its distinct colors and especially from the 1940s through the 1960, driving Route 66 was a great way to see America.

Though Route 66 was officially decommissioned in 1985, much of the old road can still be driven and some of what could be seen is still there to be admired. What’s not on the Route could be here as collectibles, hence this category.