Route 66 terminus
Adams and Michigan

Rear view of the pole on which the R66 sign is posted-

2003 NB

Route 66 is synonymous with endless open road and quirky roadside stops, but its origin lies at the feet of skyscrapers. Before reaching westward as the shortest year-round roadway between the Midwest and West Coast, Route 66 began here, on the corner of Adams and Michigan, dead-ending at the Art Institute. As the first stop on what is possibly the most filmed, written and sung about highway ever, Chicago ensured it would be at the center of the nation's automobile travel, just as it had been a hub of travel by rail, and would later be by air. The terminus was located at the corner of Jackson and Lake Shore Drive in 1933 and moved to the corner of Adams and Michigan in 1955. -NB

-More on the terminus locations in Chicago from Geocities and Historic66.com
-More about Route 66 from the National Park Service, from Yale American Studies online, Route66.com, Route66.org, MotorCycleCruiser.com
-Postcards and memories of Route 66 at PostcardsFromTheRoad.net
-Route 66 and Route 40 compared at Route40.net


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Nathan L.K. Bierma