Route 66 is the most famous highway in America, perhaps the world. Jim Casey and the Joad family migrated to California on the highway in Grapes of Wrath, published in 1939. Bobby Troup, Nat King Cole, and many others have urged people to “Get Your Kicks on Route 66” since 1946. From 1960 to 1964, Martin Milner, George Maharis, and later Glenn Corbett traversed the countryside in a Chevy Corvette convertible in the television show, Route 66. It’s no wonder that “Travel Route 66” is on bucket lists worldwide. Then, of course, there is that hot-shot race-car named Lightning McQueen who gets waylaid in Radiator Springs on Route 66 where he finds the true meaning of friendship and family.
In early 2021, using the Adventure Lab app from Geocaching Headquarters, eighty-nine geocachers have teamed up to create Adventures along Historic Route 66 from Chicago, IL to Santa Monica, CA. Each Adventure features up to ten locations that its creator deems worthy enough to bring to your attention. Whether one is doing just a small section or striving to complete them all, the journey should truly be a wonderful Adventure.
U.S. Route 66, also known as “The Main Street of America” or “The Mother Road,” was established on November 11, 1926, and the famous road signs were erected the following year. As part of the national system of public highways, it brought economic prosperity to many of the towns along its route. Motels, gas stations, restaurants, and diners competed for the business of truckers, vacationers, and travelers. From those seeking the economic prosperity promised in the land of milk and honey to families out for a “Sunday Drive,” Route 66 held a magical allure.
The Interstate Highway System, with its multi-lane, limited-access, high-speed roadways proved to be the demise of U.S. 66, which was decommissioned in 1985. Federal and state agencies, private organizations, numerous individuals, and now geocachers are striving to keep the route in the public eye. The road is designated as Historic Route 66.
We hope that you enjoy your Adventures and share your stories.