Friday, May 30, 2014

Route 66 Themed Rest Stop on I-44

While traveling eastbound on Interstate 44 in Missouri yesterday we stopped for a break at the unique rest stop near Mile Post 111.   It has a Route 66 theme – retro gas pumps, a map of the historic route from Chicago, Illinois, to Santa Monica, California, painted on the floor, and picnic shelters with Route 66-related "storefronts," including a barber shop and a diner.

The walkway through the center of the picnic area has a yellow dotted line painted in the center and there are a variety of Route 66 signs all along the walkway.

As we traveled from Oklahoma City, OK, to St. Louis, MO, on present day I-44 we have seen many businesses and community organizations celebrating Historic Route 66 -- colloquially known as the Main Street of America or the Mother Road.  Route 66 was one of the original highways within the U.S. Highway System.