Where can I find contact information for Route 66 Original Clothing Company?

I suggest you call J.C. Penney, Kmart, or Target. They all carry the brand and should be willing/able to help you.

What to do along Route 66 from Texas to Missouri?

what happened to the good ol days where we just pack up the car and driiive... no? We did that earlier this year... picked a destination and drove. No planning, have no clue what towns we statyed over night. But it was fun. Whatever you guys do, have a blast!!

How long would it take to drive Route 66 nonstop?

You are over-estimating the problems with the Rockies and severely under -estimating the problems with crossing the big empty spaces of the Great Plains in winter The stretch of I-70 that you have devoted two questions to is about 200 miles and 5 hours Once you get west of Grand Junction CO on I-70 then really crappy winter weather ceases to be a major issue From Soldier Field in Chicago there are 4 ways to do this trip and Yes I have driven them all under winter conditions 1) Lake Shore Drive >I-55 S >>I-94 E [Dan Ryan } I-57 S>I-55 S >I40 W>I-15S Assuming that you leave Chicago in good weather then the weather on that stretch starts getting funky around OKC >Possibily of snow from St Charles NM to ABQ and then more snow possible from Winslow to Ashfork AZ >West of Ashfork you lose the weather and start hauling ashes into LA >allow 2.-2.5 days This is your best bad weather option 2) LSD >I-55S>I-44W >I-40 W >I-15 S This is your Rt 66 option and you already know where the weather is .Try not to hit STL during rush hour 3)LSD>I-55S >I-80 W>I-76 W>I-70 W >I-15S This is your dreaded crossing of the Rockies at high altitude via the Eisenhower Tunnel If the weather is crap then Des Moines to Denver and especially Grand Island NE to Denver can be a cold and lonely stretch of road 4)If the weather is good across the Plains then this is the fastest way to do it LSD>I-55S >I-80 W >I-15S You have low altitude crossing of the Continental Divide in WY and the only really nasty stretch is from I-80 at the WY/UT line downhill thru Echo Canyon to I-15 S In all cases carry chains and whatever you need to safely spend a night sleeping in your vehicle

What are some ways that I can marketing and/or advertise the Route 66 Interpretive Center?

Hey I love Route 66 and travel it all the time! I even know where you place is. Glad to hear that it is open, can’t wait to come see you all. Have you ever thought of advertising in the Route 66 Pulse? Great newspaper that focuses on all things Route 66. A lot of people use their website and get their paper. I always recommend it to anyone traveling 66. Here is their website for more: http://www.route66pulse.com/ Also be sure that your visitors center and or chamber of commerce has information about the Interpretive center. When ever I plan my trips on 66 I always contact the visitors center to ask them about new things, and the must do’s on 66. Again I always tell people to do this when driving the mother road. They are so helpful and can point out things that a lot of books do not have! Make sure that hey have pamphlets that they can mail out. I would also check into some of the tour companies. Upon my travel I have met several Europeans that rent Harley’s, Cars and RV’s from companies that plan their tours. I am sure that advertising with them or offering some type of admission discount through them would help you. They give them information on where to stop, so why not have them recommend your place! http://www.route66rv.com/Home/Hidden/USRoute66Sites/tabid/11040/Default.aspx I would also advertise with the local towns and cities around you, see if you can put pamphlets or flyers in other Route 66 locations. Such as when we went to Pops they had info on the Round Barn and stuff like that. As you know Route 66 is such a tight community and a lot of other businesses will help you out if you help them advertise. It is worth checking into and we have found so many great places this way. Maybe you could get a link put onto this website, they do list attractions and it has the best Turn By Turn directions of the Route. This is my “Bible” of 66, the directions are free and the best, very accurate! http://www.historic66.com/ I would also advertise with the Route 66 Associations for each state. Trust me people use these sites to plan their trips and well the associations plan trips all over 66 so they can really help you. They can also help you with the word of mouth thing and connect you to other businesses and places to advertise! I am a member of the Missouri Route 66 Assc and use them when planning my trips! Also check out the National Route 66 Federation I am sure they can help you and you can advertise on their website. People from all over the world view their page! http://www.national66.com/ http://www.route66ca.org/ http://www.missouri66.org/ http://www.oklahomaroute66.com/ http://www.azrt66.com/ http://www.rt66nm.org/ http://il66assoc.org/home/ http://www.ksrt66association.us/ http://www.barbwiremuseum.com/TexasRoute66.htm http://www.route66usa.com/info.html Here are some websites for International Route 66 Associations. There are a lot of people that come from other countries to travel Route 66 it would not be a bad idea to contact them or even advertise with them: http://www.route66.ca/cdnr66/Welcome.html http://www.sinergic.com/route66/ http://www.route66.no/ http://www.route-66.com/links.htm http://www.onlib.org/website/pathfinders/route66.htm Get yourself put on these websites. A lot of people use them when planning any road trip. I also use them and recommend them to people. Write reviews and submit them be sure to include admission price, pictures and a great description of you place. http://www.roadsideamerica.com/ http://www.roadtripusa.com/ http://www.eccentricamerica.com/ http://roadsidetourist.com/ http://www.wlra.us/ When we go through OK they visitors center always sends out this great newspaper with wonderful directions and point of interest. You might want to check with them on how you can get the Interpretive center included in this. They also send out a pamphlet thing that has the outline of the road and interesting spots such as the Blue Whale. This is very helpful to the traveler and we made it a point of stopping at the places listed so it really could help you. Make sure you contact the OK Route 66 Association and get include on their “road rallies” and 66 Cruises. A lot of people participate in these. Great way to get some business. Well I hope this helps, I will be sure to recommend the center to fellow travelers. I can’t wait to come see it myself. It is so wonderful to see Route 66 coming back to life. It is a part of history that should never be lost. Some of my best memories are from my travels on 66 the people are just so nice, and there is so much to learn about this wonderful country!

Is it true that Route 66 was built by individual cities and counties-each one building their own piece?

The old US highway system originally just hung the US highway shield on existing state and county 2 lane roads in exchange for US Government paying money to maintain them . Then the US gov't began to pay for repaving and widening of the 2 lanes into 4 lanes . Then in the 1950's the Interstate system began with all new 4 lane limited access . When the Interstate system was completed in the 1990's some of the old US highways were de certified like route 66 among others .

How long would it take to drive the old Route 66?

You know it winds from Chicago to L.A..More than 2,000 miles all the way.Get your kicks on Route 66.Actually you can't do it. Most of 66 is now part of the giant, four lane interstate system. There are still a few parts that exist independently, but for the most part, it's gone.

New Zealanders Riding Route 66 If we buy motorbikes Who can we get insurance from for the motorbikes?

You can try http://motorcycle.progressive.com/ (They're the people who insure me.)

What happened to route 66 and why is it so important to american history?

thats where the yanks get their kicks.

How much of Route 66 is still driveable today?

85% is still drivable. Many Route 66 maps are still available to travellers who want to follow the old route.

Route 66... ?

Great American Highway The Beginning Although entrepreneurs Cyrus Avery of Tulsa, Oklahoma, and John Woodruff of Springfield, Missouri deserve most of the credit for promoting the idea of an interregional link between Chicago and Los Angeles, their lobbying efforts were not realized until their dreams merged with the national program of highway and road development. While legislation for public highways first appeared in 1916, with revisions in 1921, it was not until Congress enacted an even more comprehensive version of the act in 1925 that the government executed its plan for national highway construction. Officially, the numerical designation 66 was assigned to the Chicago-to-Los Angeles route in the summer of 1926. With that designation came its acknowledgment as one of the nation's principal east-west arteries. From the outset, public road planners intended U.S. 66 to connect the main streets of rural and urban communities along its course for the most practical of reasons: most small towns had no prior access to a major national thoroughfare. The Formative Years Route 66 was a highway spawned by the demands of a rapidly changing America. Contrasted with the Lincoln, the Dixie, and other highways of its day, route 66 did not follow a traditionally linear course. Its diagonal course linked hundreds of predominantly rural communities in Illinois, Missouri, and Kansas to Chicago; thus enabling farmers to transport grain and produce for redistribution. The diagonal configuration of Route 66 was particularly significant to the trucking industry, which by 1930 had come to rival the railroad for preeminence in the American shipping industry. The abbreviated route between Chicago and the Pacific coast traversed essentially flat prairie lands and enjoyed a more temperate climate than northern highways, which made it especially appealing to truckers. The Depression Years and the War I n his famous social commentary, The Grapes of Wrath, John Steinbeck proclaimed U. S. Highway 66 the "Mother Road." Steinbeck's classic 1939 novel, combined with the 1940 film recreation of the epic odyssey, served to immortalize Route 66 in the American consciousness. An estimated 210,000 people migrated to California to escape the despair of the Dust Bowl. Certainly in the minds of those who endured that particularly painful experience, and in the view of generations of children to whom they recounted their story, Route 66 symbolized the "road to opportunity." From 1933 to 1938 thousands of unemployed male youths from virtually every state were put to work as laborers on road gangs to pave the final stretches of the road. As a result of this monumental effort, the Chicago-to-Los Angeles highway was reported as "continuously paved" in 1938. Completion of this all-weather capability on the eve of World War II was particularly significant to the nation's war effort. The experience of a young Army captain, Dwight D. Eisenhower, who found his command bogged down in spring mud near Ft. Riley, Kansas, while on a coast-to-coast maneuver, left an indelible impression. The War Department needed improved highways for rapid mobilization during wartime and to promote national defense during peacetime. At the outset of American involvement in World War II, the War Department singled out the West as ideal for military training bases in part because of its geographic isolation and especially because it offered consistently dry weather for air and field maneuvers. Route 66 helped to facilitate the single greatest wartime manpower mobilization in the history of the nation. Between 1941 and 1945 the government invested approximately $70 billion in capital projects throughout California, a large portion of which were in the Los Angeles-San Diego area. This enormous capital outlay served to underwrite entirely new industries that created thousands of civilian jobs. The Postwar Years A fter the war, Americans were more mobile than ever before. Thousands of soldiers, sailors, and airmen who received military training in California, Arizona, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas abandoned the harsh winters of Chicago, New York City, and Boston for the "barbecue culture" of the Southwest and the West. Again, for many, Route 66 facilitated their relocation. One such emigrant was Robert William Troup, Jr., of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Bobby Troup, former pianist with the Tommy Dorsey band and ex-Marine captain, penned a lyrical road map of the now famous cross-country road in which the words, "get your kicks on Route 66" became a catch phrase for countless motorists who moved back and forth between Chicago and the Pacific Coast. The popular recording was released in 1946 by Nat King Cole one week after Troup's arrival in Los Angeles. Store owners, motel managers, and gas station attendants recognized early on that even the poorest travelers required food, automobile maintenance, and adequate lodging. Just as New Deal work relief programs provided employment with the construction and the maintenance of Route 66, the appearance of countless tourist courts, garages, and diners promised sustained economic growth after the road's completion. If military use of the highway during wartime ensured the early success of roadside businesses, the demands of the new tourism industry in the postwar decades gave rise to modern facilities that guaranteed long-term prosperity. Roadside Architecture T he evolution of tourist-targeted facilities is well represented in the roadside architecture along U. S. Highway 66. For example, most Americans who drove the route did not stay in hotels. They preferred the accommodations that emerged from automobile travel - motels. Motels evolved from earlier features of the American roadside such as the auto camp and the tourist home. The auto camp developed as townspeople along Route 66 roped off spaces in which travelers could camp for the night. Camp supervisors - some of whom were employed by the various states - provided water, fuel wood, privies or flush toilets, showers, and laundry facilities free of charge. The national outgrowth of the auto camp and tourist home was the cabin camp (sometimes called cottages) that offered minimal comfort at affordable prices. Many of these cottages are still in operation. Eventually, auto camps and cabin camps gave way to motor courts in which all of the rooms were under a single roof. Motor courts offered additional amenities, such as adjoining restaurants, souvenir shops, and swimming pools. Among the more famous still associated with Route 66 are the El Vado and Zia Motor Lodge in Albuquerque, New Mexico. In the early years of Route 66, service station prototypes were developed regionally through experimentation, and then were adopted universally across the country. Buildings were distinctive as gas stations, yet clearly associated with a particular petroleum company. Most evolved from the simplest "filling station" concept - a house with one or two service pumps in front - and then became more elaborate, with service bays and tire outlets. Among the most outstanding examples of the evolution of gas stations along Route 66 are Soulsby's Shell station in Mount Olive, Illinois; Bob Audettes' gas station complex in Barton, New Mexico; and the Tower Fina Station in Shamrock, Texas. Route 66 and many points of interest along the way were familiar landmarks by the time a new generation of postwar motorists hit the road in the 1960's. It was during this period that the television series, "Route 66", starring Martin Milner and George Maharis drove into the living rooms of America every Friday. By today's standards, the show is rather unbelievable but in the 1960's, it brought Americans back to the route looking for new adventure. Excessive truck use during World War II and the comeback of the automobile industry immediately following the war brought great pressure to bear on America's highways. The national highway system had deteriorated to an appalling condition. Virtually all roads were functionally obsolete and dangerous because of narrow pavements and antiquated structural features that reduced carrying capacity. Ironically, the public lobby for rapid mobility and improved highways that gained Route 66 its enormous popularity in earlier decades also signaled its demise beginning in the mid-1950's. Mass federal sponsorship for an interstate system of divided highways markedly increased with Dwight D. Eisenhower's second term in the 'White House. General Eisenhower had returned from Germany very impressed by the strategic value of Hitler's Autobahn. "During World War II," he recalled later, "I saw the superlative system of German national highways crossing that country and offering the possibility, often lacking in the United States, to drive with speed and safety at the same time." The congressional response to the president's commitment was the passage of the Federal Aid Highway Act of 1956, which provided a comprehensive financial umbrella to uderwrite the cost of the national interstate and defense highway system. By 1970, nearly all segments of original Route 66 were bypassed by a modern four-lane highway. In many respects, the physical remains of Route 66 mirror the evolution of highway development in the United States from a rudimentary hodge-podge of state and country roads to a federally subsidized complex of uniform, well-designed interstate expressways. Various alignments of the legendary road, many of which are still detectable, illustrate the evolution of road engineering from coexistence with the surrounding landscape to domination of it. Route 66 symbolized the renewed spirit of optimism that pervaded the country after economic catastrophe and global war.