Today, November 11, marks the birthday of our favorite “lady,” The Mother Road!
It was on this day that, in 1926, the American Association of State Highway Officials adopted the 2,448-mile roadway from Chicago to Los Angeles and number for U.S. Highway 66.
Let’s keep the “Old Girl” in good condition for many more fun-filled, nostalgic years!
To celebrate this exciting anniversary, how about a special outing on the Main Street of America before the weather turns against us here in the Midwest? Here’s a suggestion: This Saturday, November 13, there’s going to be a joint celebration along IL66 in Wilmington, honoring both veterans and the birthday of Route 66. The ceremony will feature the rededicating of a Blue Star Memorial Highway plaque. This special location is directly alongside the original Route 66.
For an in-depth history of the origins of Route 66, read Route 66: The History and Adventures of the Mother Road.
Additionally, Ron Warnick (as always) has some interesting insights about Route 66 on the occasion of her 95th birthday.