Route 66 Encylopedia

Route 66 Encylopedia

Book - 2012
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An encyclopedia with a twist, The Route 66 Encyclopedia presents alphabetical entries on Route 66 history, landmarks, personalities, and culture, from Bobby Troup's anthem "Route 66" to The Grapes of Wrath to the Wigwam Motel, illustrated with over 1,000 old and new, color and black-and-white photos and memorabilia. You'll learn about Jack Rittenhouse and Will Rogers as well as the contributions of lesser-known figures like Arthur Nelson and Angel Delgadillo. With references to the old (including the history of the U Drop Inn Café in Texas) and new (including a section about the recent Cars movie), The Route 66 Encyclopedia provides a sweeping look at a highway that has become more than just a road.

These pages cover the history of Route 66 and the people who played a role in its transformation from highway to icon between 1926 and the present, but like the highway itself, this work does not fit within the traditional confines of generalities or terminology. Yes, this is an encyclopedia, a reference book for all things Route 66. However, it is also a time capsule, a travel guide, a history book, a memorial, a testimonial, and a chronicle of almost a century of societal evolution.

Publisher: Minneapolis, Minn. : Voyageur Press, 2012.
ISBN: 9780760340417
Characteristics: 288 p. : ill., maps ; 29 cm.

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glenneaton
Dec 03, 2013

A good read, I think it would have been better set out in the order of Route 66 itself. Then you could go on a virtual run of the route.

Instead it goes in alphabetical order which is totally meaningless. Alphabetical order is best kept for the index, not the contents itself.

The photos and stories behind the Route 66 icons are great to view and read.

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