Route  66    

        These sites are gathered for further research in aid of verisilimilitude for my Rick Walker series of 1950s noir detective novels, and are available to my readers who may envision a trip along Route 66 'someday'. You can take a virtual trip among the links below, or better yet, get off yer butt and jump in the old Chevy and mosey out on a real road trip.

        Most of the travel on Route 66 was East-to-West, especially during the migrations of The Great Depression – the 'Dust Bowl' Era – and of World War II and the post-war boom. The route thus officially begins on Adams Street in Chicago, Ilinois and wends its way along 2,448 miles and thru eight states to terminate at the bluffs in Santa Monica, California overlooking the Pacific Ocean.

        The highway was established in 1926 and was eventually replaced by the Interstate Highway System. Official deactivation of Route 66 (27 June 1985) stirred up grass roots enthusiasm, and many state and local associations were formed, fancy signs installed, and now there are dozens of celebrations – outdoor fairs, antique car meets & parades, conventions – along Route 66 every year.

Route 66 Books, Signs, Music & Videos at
Spirit of America Bookstore

Route 66 highway signs poster
round Route 66 tin sign        eight shields Route 66 tin sign

eight shields Route 66 tin sign {top)

round Route 66 tin sign (bottom left}

Historic Route 66 tin sign (bottom right}

( shut down their
affiliates program in June 2015)

General & National Sites
National Historic Route 66 Federation
William E. Mutschler's Train Stations of Route 66 site
Route 66 Magazine
Online Route 66 Newsletter
Postcards From The Road
Best Western Hotels Route 66 Trip Planner
Travel Cafe Route 66 Page
Jamie Jensen's 'Road Trip USA' Route 66 pages
Mike Marino's Route 66 fansite
Route 66 Products
Route 66 Store
Route 66 Search
Martin Mathis's gallery of modern Route 66 photos
JAB's modern photos of Route 66
MetroPark Route 66 Directory
Chris Richey's Route 66 photo site
Route 66 page at Googie Art website
Shadows of Old Route 66
Original Route 66 Superstore

National Route 66 80th Anniversary Festival [June 2006] in Albuquerque, NM
The National Route 66 Festival [June 2007] in Clinton, OK

Root 66 brand soda pop from Route 66 Sodas LLC in Lebanon, Missouri

Phillips Petroleum old website
post-merger ConocoPhillips site
service station & truck stop locator

Route 66 Patrol: Law Enforcement on the Mother Road -- website is long dead, but the graphic is nice

International Sites
Norwegian Route 66 Assn.
Norwegian-language Route 66 site

Canadian Route 66 Assn.           really about Route 66; German site in English

"Desert Riff"
Book 2 of the Rick Walker detective novel series
Along Route 66, circa 1954: A jazz-loving short order cook, a young AWOL soldier, the beautiful owner of a honky tonk saloon, and a crazy old desert rat propel Rick into danger from a gang of murdering thieves.
read an excerpt   •   view the cover
Rick Walker novel series page

postcard map of Route 66

Sections Below by State [West to East]

CaliforniaArizonaNew Mexico PageTexasOklahoma & KansasMissouriIllinois

Route 66 image gallery

California here     detailed directions thru California

Calif. Historic Route 66 Assn.
Calif. Route 66 Museum (in Victorville, California)
California Route 66 Preservation Foundation

Santa Monica, California [Pacific Ocean]
Hollywood & Los Angeles via Sunset Blvd. & Figueroa Street
Pasadena CA via Colorado Blvd.
Sierra Madre, California
Duarte, California
Azusa, California
Glendora, California
Donut Man on Route 66 in Glendora, California
Route 66 Territory Gift Shop in La Verne, California
Griswold’s Smorgasbord in Claremont, California [est. 1961]

Claremont Inn & Old School House

Upland, California
Rancho Cucamonga, California
Fontana, California
Rialto, California

San Bernardino [CA] Route 66 Museum
Salute To The Route [Sept] in San Berdoo
Route 66 Rendezvous in San Berdoo in September

Devore, California
Cajon Pass / Summit Inn
Hesperia, California
Victorville, California
Oro Grande, California
Helendale, California
Hodge, California
Lenwood, California

Mojave Desert Route 66 Digital Tour
Route 66 Motel in Barstow, California
Barstow [CA] Route 66 Mother Road Museum [est. 2000]
Virtual Barstow site
Daggett, California
Newberry, California
Ghost Town of Ludlow, California
Roy's Cafe & Motel in Amboy, California
Danby, California
Essex, California
Fenner, California
Goffs, California
Needles, California

G.E. Nordell's California Travel & Business Links Pages

Guy Randall's Photo Tour of Route 66 thru CA & AZ
Steve Varner's Virtual Tour of Route 66 thru CA & AZ

Arizona here     detailed directions thru Arizona

Historic Route 66 Assn. of Arizona
Route 66 USA Arizona page with map

Topock, Arizona on the Colorado River
Semi-Ghost Town of Oatman, Arizona
Oatman, Arizona webpage
The Ore House Rock & Gift Shop in Oatman, Arizona
Olive Oatman Restaurant & Saloon
Jackass Junction Store in Oatman, Arizona
Oatman Ghostriders [shotgun weddings a specialty]
Outlaw Willie's Store in Oatman, Arizona
Gold Road Mine just east of Oatman, Arizona
Lasting Impressions Gift Shop at Gold Road Mine

City of Kingman, Arizona website
Kingman [AZ] Area Chamber of Commerce
Route 66 Bed and Breakfast in Kingman, Arizona

Ghost Town of Hackberry, Arizona
Valentine, Arizona
Peach Springs, Arizona
Angel's Barbershop in Seligman, Arizona
Ash Fork, Arizona

Williams [AZ] Chamber of Commerce
Williams, Arizona Route 66 info
Route 66 Place in Williams, Arizona
Route 66 Inn in Williams, Arizona
Grand Canyon Country Inn in Williams, Arizona

Grand Canyon Railway & Resort, north from Williams, AZ
Parks, Arizona
Ghost Town of Bellemont, Arizona

Flagstaff Online
City of Flagstaff, Arizona
Flagstaff [AZ] Chamber of Commerce
Flagstaff Central (portal)
Museum of Northern Arizona in Flagstaff, Arizona
Homebrewers Outpost [est. 1995] in Flagstaff, Arizona
Lowell Observatory (east of Flagstaff, Arizona) [est. 1894]

Rimmy Jims, Arizona

City of Winslow, Arizona
Winslow, Arizona Chamber of Commerce
La Posada Hotel [est. 1929, closed 1957; reopened 1997] in Winslow, Arizona
Winslow Theater [built 1927], 115 No. Kinsley Avenue in Winslow, Arizona
Moore's Indian Traders [est. 1981] in Winslow, Arizona
Road Works Gift Shop in Winslow, Arizona
Winslow [AZ] Film Festival [Oct 2006 = #4]
Standin' On The Corner {in Winslow, Arizona} Park official website
The Winslow [AZ] Mail newspaper [est. 1894]
The Web Newsroom at

Joseph City, Arizona
Holbrook, Arizona
Navajo, Arizona
Chambers, Arizona
Chieftain Inn on Route 66 in Chambers, Arizona
Sanders, Arizona
Houck, Arizona
Lupton, Arizona

G.E. Nordell's Arizona Travel & Business Links Pages

New Mexico here     detailed directions thru New Mexico

New Mexico Route 66 Page

New Mexico Route 66 Assn.

G.E. Nordell's New Mexico Travel & Business Links Pages
Albuquerque, New Mexico Travel & Business Links Page
Santa Fe, New Mexico Travel & Business Links Page
(pre-1937 route) Los Lunas, New Mexico

Texas here     detailed directions thru Texas
The Texas Panhandle between New Mexico and Oklahoma is 176 miles across.

Texas Old Route 66 Assn. [est.1991] based in McLean, Texas
Ghost Town of Glen Rio, Texas

Oldham County, Texas [est. 1876] includes towns of Adrian, Vega & Wilderado
Oldham County, Texas Chamber of Commerce + Route 66 Page
Adrian, Texas
MidPoint Café & Gift Shop [est. 1928] in Adrian, Texas
Vega, Texas
Wildorado, Texas

Bushland, Texas
Amarillo, Texas
Lark, Texas
Groom, Texas
Jericho, Texas
Alanreed, Texas
McLean, Texas
Devil's Rope {barb wire} Museum in McLean, Texas
Lela, Texas
Shamrock, Texas

G.E. Nordell's Texas Travel & Business Links Pages

Oklahoma here     detailed directions thru Oklahoma
Oklahoma Route 66 Assn.
Oklahoma Route 66 Assn. Links page
Ghost Town of Hext, Oklahoma
National Route 66 Museum in Elk City, Oklahoma
Oklahoma Route 66 Museum in Clinton, Oklahoma
The National Route 66 Festival [June 2007] in Clinton, Oklahoma
Yukon, Oklahoma Railroad Museum
Oklahoma City
City of Chandler, Oklahoma
Restored Phillips 66 Gas Station in Chandler, Oklahoma
Bristow, Oklahoma Chamber of Commerce
Opossum Sally's Sapulpa, Oklahoma site
Tulsa OK
Claremore, Oklahoma Will Rogers Museums website
'Will Rogers Highway' segment of Route 66 [est. Feb 2001]

G.E. Nordell's Oklahoma Travel & Business Links Page

Kansas here     detailed directions thru Kansas
Only about 13 miles of Route 66 passes thru Kansas, so there's not much to report.

a directory of Galena, Kansas
map showing Baxter Springs & Galena on Route 66

G.E. Nordell's Kansas Travel & Business Links Page

Missouri here     detailed directions thru Missouri

Route 66 Assn. of Missouri
Joplin Missouri Historical Museums
map showing Old Route 66 thru Downtown Joplin, Missouri
Route 66 Music Festival [July] in Joplin, Missouri
66 Drive-In [1949] in Carthage, Missouri
Driving Tour of Route 66 thru Carthage, Missouri
Powers Museum [est. 1988] in Carthage, Missouri
Springfield MO
Ghost Town of Arlington, Missouri
Meramac Caverns, Missouri
Red Cedar Inn in Pacific, Missouri
Route 66 State Park near Eureka, Missouri
St. Louis, Missouri Route 66 Page
Ted Drewes Custard {'St. Louis Concrete'} on Route 66 in St. Louis, Missouri

G.E. Nordell's Missouri Travel & Business Links Page

Illinois here     detailed directions thru Illinois

Route 66 Assn. of Illinois [est. 1989] based in Pontiac, Illinois
Illinois Route 66 Scenic Byway Association [est. 1989] based in Springfield, Illinois

Cozy Dog Drive-In in Springfield, Illinois
Route 66 Hotel & Conference Center in Springfield, Illinois
Intl. Route 66 Mother Road Festival [Sept 2016 = #15] in Downtown Springfield, Illinois
Route 66 Museum & Hall of Fame in McLean, Illinois
Funks Grove [IL] Pure Maple Sirup
McLean County Museum of History (in Bloomington, Illinois)
Polk-A-Dot Drive-In in Braidwood, Illinois
Route 66 Raceway & Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Illinois
Group Tour of Route 66: Chicago to St. Louis & return


Route 66  Image  Gallery

teepee motel on Route 66, circa 1930         sign for Roy's Motel & Cafe in Amboy, California         1953 photograph by Andreas Feininger of Route 66 in Arizona, from LIFE Magazine


Sections {above} by State [East to West]
IllinoisMissouriOklahoma & KansasTexasNew MexicoArizonaCalifornia

lots of Route 66 books, signs, music & videos at
Spirit of America Bookstore Route 66 Pages

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