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U.S. Route 66 also known as the Will Rogers Highway, the Main Street of America and the Mother Road, was one of the original highways in the United States. Established on November 11, 1926, it became one of the most famous roads in America, running from Chicago to Santa Monica California and covering 2448 miles – 3940 Km.
This Road served as a major path for those who migrated west, especially during the Dust Bowl of the 1930s, and was instrumental in the growth of the communities through which it passed. People doing business along the route became prosperous due its growing popularity.
Chicago Springfield and the Mississippi River 301 miles – 484 km. Chicago is the Gateway to the Midwest and the start of your Route 66 journey. From this great American city’s magnificent architecture, excellent cuisine, the shops on Michigan Avenue and beaches along Lakeshore, you go to Springfield, the Illinois State Capitol and President Lincoln’s home and National Historic Site.
Cozy Dog Drive In this Route 66 diner became a part of the history of the Road when inventor Ed Waldmire introduced the famous “hot dog on a stick” in 1946. Inside, find an amusing selection of Route 66 memorabilia, souvenirs, and tasty treats.