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Title:
A guide book to Highway 66
Author:
Rittenhouse, Jack D. (Jack DeVere), 1912-
Publication Information:
Albuquerque : University of New Mexico Press, [1989]

©1989
Physical Description:
128 pages : illustrations ; 15 x 11 cm
General Note:
"A facsimile of the 1946 first edition." Originally published: Los Angeles, Calif. : J.D. Rittenhouse, 1946.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780826311481
Format :
Book

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Central Library F595 .R59 1989 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks
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Summary

Summary

This is an exact facsimile of the first guidebook of its kind to the full length of the famous Route 66, from Chicago to Los Angeles. It was first published in 1946. Route 66 is part of American history now, and this guide is useful for those who wish to follow the old road in lieu of driving on the interstate highways that have replaced it.

The book is divided into nine sections, corresponding to the journeys between stops by the average motorist. In addition, this structure makes the book useful to the traveler who wishes to follow only part of old US 66. Rittenhouse includes altitude and 1940 population figures for each town, with information on reliable garages, tourist courts (the forerunner's of today's motels), and other local attractions.

This fascinating piece of Americana recalls a day before the arrival of franchised restaurants and hotels, when travel still held some surprises. Anyone driving in the West or recalling a trip in the good old days will enjoy it.


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