• TRACING ROUTE 66: Route 66 decommissioned 34 years ago

    Updated:

    Route 66 used to be the Mother Road of the United States. 

    Linking Chicago to Santa Monica with a highway across the country. Route 66 came to life in 1926. The stretch of road helped small communities grow, created cities in rural areas and changed the way of life across America. 

    SEE MORE: Route 66 coverage from FOX23 

    Then, the rise of turnpikes and four lane highways led to more and more of the route being bypassed by travellers, until officials removed the signs and stopped maintaining Route 66 as a highway. 

    The death of one use of the higway led to a new life as a tourist icon and acros the country small communities still survive due to tourists from across the world traveling to the United States to travel the route. 

    Coming this July FOX23 is launching a special digital series, taking a closer look at Route 66-- the history and legacy.  

    Join us July 11th on our digital platforms for the first episode of "Tracing Route 66." 

    Want to watch on your streaming television? Make sure to get our apps! 

    Next Up: