Route 66: Finding the Mother Road

Route 66: Finding the Mother Road

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Marilyn Monroe epitomizes the lost world of the 1950s with fast cars, sweater girls, and malted milkshakes. Here she poses on the Main Street of Seligman, Ariz., as if she were looking for a ride.
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Stretching from Chicago to Los Angeles, Route 66 became known as the Mother Road, as thousands of Americans fled the Midwest to seek their fortune in California. The highway inspired a song, “Get Your Kicks on Route 66,” and also a television series.
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Route 66 is a blend of fact, fiction and fun, and so is this car outside Delgadillo’s Snow-Cap in Seligman, Ariz.
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Railroad passengers stayed in hotels, but auto tourists slept in tourist courts that included sheltered parking for cars. Later, chain motels evolved. On Route 66, unique innovations included the Zuni Motor Lodge.
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Route 66 is a moving memorial to America’s love for automobiles. Two old cars, symbolic of Detroit’s heyday, sit outside Delgadillo’s Snow-Cap in Seligman, Ariz.
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The Aztec Motel in Seligman not only features cold air conditioning but also murals that depict movie themes and motel-room fantasies.
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This mural decorates the Aztec Motel in Seligman.
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Main Street in Seligman, Ariz., draws tourists from all over the world, including Europeans riding Route 66 on rented Harley-Davidson motorcycles and Japanese tourists by the busload.
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Angel Delgadillo sits outside Angel’s and Vilma’s Gift Shop and Visitor Center in Seligman, Ariz. Angel helped spur historic status for the two-lane Route 66 in Arizona after Interstate 40 was built.
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