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Get Your Kicks on Route 66


Get Your Kicks on Route 66
Gere Branch, February 13, 2012
Pat S.

Pat S., from the Gere Branch, shares a variety of materials — fiction, non-fiction and non-book — all dealing with the rich cultural history of “The Mother Road” — United States highway Route 66, which stretched from Chicago, IL to Los Angeles, CA. Established November 11, 1926, Route 66 was one of the main methods of getting to California for decades, particularly during the Dust Bowl era of the 1930s. Communities along the Route thrived, until the Interstate Highway System was instituted following the Federal-Aid Highway Act of 1956. Route 66 was officially discontinued in 1985, although large portions of the old route have been maintained as Historic Route 66, and others have been absorbed by other highways.

In addition to the following items in the libraries’ collections, Pat also discussed a variety of websites related to the classic television series Route 66 (available on DVD through our InterLibrary Loan service).

Smithsonian Magazine, February 2012, Vol. 42, #10, pages 52-59
by David Lamb [Periodical Smithsonian]

Article is also online: “The Mystique of Route 66”.

[DVD j Cars]

Animated film from Disney/Pixar: Hotshot rookie race car Lightning McQueen is living life in the fast lane until he hits a detour on his way to the most important race of his life. Stranded in Radiator Springs, a forgotten town on old Route 66, he meets Sally, Mater, Doc Hudson, and a variety of quirky characters who help him discover that there’s more to life than trophies and fame.


Route 66 Remembered
by Michael Karl Witzel [917.3 qWit] [1966]

Photos and text about the tourist traps, filling stations, roadside food, motels, and other memories along ‘The Mother Road.”

Route 66: The Mother Road, 75th Anniversary
by Michael Wallis [917.3 qWal] [1990]

Chapter for each state along the route from Illinois to California.

Route 66 Backroads: You Guide to Scenic Side Trips and Adventures From The Mother Road
by Jim Hinckley [917.3 qHin] [2008]

Features scenic sights along Route 66 and near by.

Route 66: Lives on the Road
by Jon G. Robinson [917.3 Rob] [2001]

Chronicles the author’s travel along Route 66 as he seeks out the souvenir shops, burger joints, and nostalgic motels and museums he found along the way.

The Route 66 Cookbook: Comfort Food From The Mother Road
by Marian Clark [641.5 Cla] [1993 and 2000 editions]

Features recipes from restaurants and diners along the road.

The Route 66 Traveler’s Guide and Roadside Companion
by Tom Snyder [917.3 Sny] [1990]

Contains parts from original maps showing the location of Route 66 with newer roads indicated as well.

Traveling Route 66: 2,250 Miles of Motoring History from Chicago to L.A.
by Nick Freeth [917.3 Fre] [2001]

Nostalgic sights along the way as the author follows Route 66.


The Hatbox Baby
by Carrie Brown [Brown] [2000]

A baby is delivered in a hatbox to the Chicago World’s Fair in 1933.

Hope’s Highway
by Dorothy Garlock [Garlock] [2004]

A father and his daughter travel to California along Route 66 with a mixture other families. Tragedy and danger lurk along the way.

Mother Road
by Dorothy Garlock [Garlock] [2003]

A mysterious Texan stops at Andy’s Garage Gas Camping along Route 66 in Oklahoma. Tragedy and romance develop as he is attracted to Leona, an unmarried woman living with her sister’s widowed husband.

Find Me
by Carol O’Connell [O’Connell] [2006]

A mutilated body found in Chicago triggers a caravan of parents traveling along Route 66 looking for their missing children. New York detective Kathy Mallory joins them as children’s gravesites are discovered along the way.

California Girl
by Patricia Rice [Rice] [2005]

Elderly and eccentric Mame sneaks out of the hospital to take trip along Route 66 to relive the memories of her honeymoon. Her young friend, Alys Seagraves, and Mame’s nephew, Dr. Elliot Ross trail after the spunky senior.

The Grapes of Wrath
by John Steinbeck [Steinbeck] [1939]

A classic set in the dustbowl era the Joad family travel along Route 66 from Oklahoma to California. It is in this book that Steinbeck coined the now familiar term “Mother Road” when speaking of Route 66.

Murder of a Smart Cookie
by Denise Swanson [Swanson] [2005]

A cozy Skye Denison mystery with humor sprinkled throughout. The First Annual Route 66 Yard Sale in Scumble River brings more than bargain hunters – a murder!