St. Louis is the largest city along Route 66 between Chicago and Los Angeles, and there are some sites related to the Mother Road within the region. Some of the streets have new names, but all of these locations are part of the Route 66 journey.
One of the most famous highways anywhere in the world, Route 66 has become an icon of American culture and history. Route 66 which was established in 1926, this semi-transcontinental highway stretches 2448 miles from Chicago to Los Angeles. In the 1930’s the road became the main thoroughfare for migrants seeking a better life in the promised land of California. Thousands of hopefuls loaded up their battered old cars and trucks and motored west. Route 66 soon entered American folklore with the famous song written by Bobby Troup who urged us all to ‘get our kicks on Route 66’. Route 66 (aka US 66) was a historic highway in the United States extending from Chicago to Los Angeles. It crossed much of the American Midwest, Great Plains, and Southwest. Although US Highway 66 no longer exists, you can still “get your kicks” on the path it took through the United States on other highways and roads.
Show Me 66: Main Street Through Missouri Documentary Film
In this Missouri History Museum production, Show Me 66: Main Street Through Missouri, Missouri takes center stage in the story of the nation’s most famous highway. Although Route 66 existed for less than 60 years, it quickly claimed its place as the Main Street of America and gained mystique as a road for unexpected encounters and personal journeys. It was a road for “getting your kicks” and finding your spirit, an international icon with a complex legacy. Route 66 stretched 2,400 miles across eight states, but some of its most overlooked and essential stories can be found in its 300 miles through Missouri.
You can See it on TV on the Nine Network of Public Media on November 26, 7pm; December 1, 9:30pm; December 4, 3:30pm; and December 6, 830pm
Route 66 Exhibit in St. Louis
June 25, 2016 – July 16, 2017, the Missouri History Museum will open the “Route 66: Main Street Through St. Louis” exhibit. Visitors will be able to explore the local history of the world-famous highway during the Missouri History Museum exhibit on the Mother Road. Learn stories about the motels, custard stands, and tourist traps that could be found along the road as it passed through St. Louis. Visitors will see a number of artifacts ranging from gas pumps to roadside signs and will even get a chance to drive the road themselves.
Route 66 Points of Interest in St. Louis
Get your kicks at locations along the famed Mother Road in St. Louis. For a detailed itinerary and more check out our Route 66 brochure.