Why Route 66 became America’s most famous road

Route 66 has gained a reputation as the United States of America’s most famous road. How did that happen, and why does it still matter?

In this episode of Vox Almanac, Vox’s Phil Edwards explores the history of the road and the textures of its present, from the road itself to the roadside attractions along the way, to the people who enjoy its diversions and those who help maintain them. It reveals a road that’s changed a lot over the decades but remains vital in unexpected ways.

When Cyrus Avery helped found Route 66 in the 1920s, he strived to create a road that would connect the Midwest to the West, and he resorted to promotional tricks and wheeling and dealing to get it done. The road quickly became a key route for migrants escaping the dust bowl and depression, forming its early reputation as “the Mother Road.”

That’s because it’s a road that’s more than a strip of concrete (or gravel, or dirt). It’s a historical document of everyone who’s traveled on it — as the many contributions from Vox’s YouTube subscribers show, that keeps it going even as the interstates run alongside it.

The number of Route 66 resources out there is huge, but we found these particularly helpful.

Leo Perez, Dhany G – Jade (D-Rhapsody Remix)

Balkan Connection Mixed is a special series of DJ mixes, complied and mixed by label’s manager Milos Miladinovic who is taking you on a special journey though time, focusing his mixes on some of his favorites, year by year (2010-2019).

Zac & Who Else – Renegade Explorer (Original Mix)

ZAC emerged by unleashing his creativity and exploring his unique talent of reading the uniqueness of every dance oor that he meets. These three letters are now symbol of a cry for freedom, turning events into parties and music into energy. After ten years accumulating knowledge in the most incredible dance oors in Brazil and Latin America, today ZAC is synonymous with “sonzeira”, a very Brazilian word for “tune!”. This creative and tireless music producer has already signed with labels like Sprout, Beat Boutique, Warung, Sublime and Delicious – to name a few. His signature is easily identi ed: that element or texture that escapes de nitions and never lacks of personality, making you dance wherever you are. Every story has a begining…

Through many years of experience as an entrepreneur in Amazon club, a landmark located in the west of Santa Catarina, ZAC learned to understand what makes people vibrate and connect through music, and this is the most important feature he carries to all of his live performances. ZAC doesn’t fail to master his art – and transits with ease through various styles of house music. Recognized for its originality, his sole purpose is to make a difference in the night of someone who is passionate about music, just like himself. https://www.beatport.com/artist/zac/50496

Anartist – Gog O Magog (Original Mix) (Capital Heaven)

Anartist makes his debut on Capital Heaven with two unadulterated club cuts. Gog O Magog and Savages both meld driving warm bass, and solid rhythms, with floating arps and soaring synths to deliver a Progressive House killer EP.