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Author: Maria Traska

Where Route 66 Begins in Downtown Chicago

Friday, July 31, 2015 12:00 AM by Maria Traska

Route 66

John Steinbeck wrote about it, Bobby Troup put it to music while driving along it, Nat ‘King' Cole turned it into a pop-chart hit almost overnight, and Stirling Silliphant made it into a cult 1960s TV show. A parabolic arc that connected the Third Coast to the West Coast, U.S. Route 66 linked the Midwest to the Pacific in a southern route that didn't close through the mountains during winter. Everyone who had a car and needed to reach California drove it - blue-collar truckers, movie stars, Dust Bowl escapees, Army transports, and millions of people headed out on family vacations.

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