Get Your Kicks on Route 66

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Rout 66, AKA the “Main Street of America” and the “Mother Road” stretches from Chicago to Santa Monica covering a total of 2,448 miles. This historical stretch of road has been featured in popular songs and movies as well as immortalized in The Grapes of Wrath novel and movie.

“Western Motel” neon sign, circa 1950. Collection of the Museum of Neon Art. (Photo courtesy of Museum of Neon Art)

“Western Motel” neon sign, circa 1950. Collection of the Museum of Neon Art. (Photo courtesy of Museum of Neon Art)

The Autry National Center will take you back to this historical stretch of road with their exhibit Route 66: The Road and the Romance on view now through  Jan 4th, 2015. More than 250 extraordinary artifacts  trace this famed highway’s history and impact on American culture.

“Western Motel” neon sign, circa 1950. Collection of the Museum of Neon Art. (Photo courtesy of Museum of Neon Art)

Route 66 End of the Trail Sign | Photo courtesy of C H Ogawa Photography, Flickr

Route 66: The Road and the Romance presents historical artifacts from institutions and private collections across the United States, many displayed together for the first time. Read on for highlights of this remarkable exhibit, including special programs taking place at the Autry during the exhibit’s run.

 

 

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