1926 – U.S. Route 66 formally proclaimed

Although the signs proclaiming its existence were not installed until the following year, Route 66 was signed into law by Congress on this day in 1926. One of the most important arteries connecting US cities, it ran from Chicago to Los Angeles, and along the way passed through the states of Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, before terminating in California.

It was later decomissioned, but in its day it was one of the most important highways in the country, earning the nicknames “The Mother Road” and “The Main Street of America”. And considering that it ran through many different types of terrain and god only knows how many population centres along its nearly 2500 mile length, if you couldn’t get your kicks on Route 66, there was something terribly wrong with you 🙂

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(Get Your Kicks On) Route 66 – Nat King Cole

“Route 66” is one of the most frequently covered songs in existence, and as such, I’ve listed only the very first version above, although the cds linked to contain numerous versions. A reasonably complete list of versions can be found here.