Route 66 Trivia - Route 66 Information

Old vehicles on the side of the road in Seligman, Arizona on Historic Route 66.

Get Your Kicks Origin and other Route 66 Information

One of the most popular road songs ever written, and a prime force behind the international popularity of Rt 66, “Get Your Kicks on Route 66” was penned by jazz musician Bobby Troup in 1946 while he was driving west to seek fame and fortune in Los Angeles. Route 66 trivia.

Route 66 Kicks Lyrics

Route 66 information and Route 66 trivia:

If you ever plan to motor west,

Travel my way, take the highway that is best.

Get your kicks on route sixty-six.

It winds from Chicago to la,

More than two thousand miles all the way.

Get your kicks on route sixty-six.

Now you go through Saint Louis

Joplin, Missouri,

And Oklahoma City is mighty pretty.

You see Amarillo,

Gallup, New Mexico,

Flagstaff, Arizona.

Don't forget Winona,

Kingman, Barstow, San Bernandino.

Won't you get hip to this timely tip

When you make that California trip

Get your kicks on route sixty-six.

Won't you get hip to this timely tip

When you make that California trip

Get your kicks on route sixty-six.

Get your kicks on route sixty-six.

Get your kicks on route sixty-six.

Nat King Cole and the King Cole Trio first recorded the song in 1946 and recorded and later by various artists. 

November 11th, 1926

On November 11th, 1926 a committee of federal and state highway officials met in Pinehurst, North Carolina, and signed off on the interstate routes for all 48 states. Rt 66 was born.

Why the Road was Named 66

Route 66 information: Route 66 was originally numbered Route 60. When Kentucky, West Virginia and Virginia insisted on that designation for their interstate, Route 60 was forced to accept the seemingly inferior title of Rt 66.

Length of Route 66

RT 66 is approximately 2,488 miles long and runs through 8 states Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma,Texas, New Mexico and California. Route 66 information Route 66 trivia

Paving of Route 66

When Route 66 was commissioned in 1926, only 800 miles of it were already paved. It would be 10 years before the remainder of the route was completely paved. Route 66 information and Route 66 trivia add to your Route 66 Experience.

"Source Open Wide the World"

Iconic "Americas Highway"

Route 66 information - iconic -- a symbol of a changing America. Known as "America's Highway" during its heyday, Route 66 was driven by millions of drivers between Illinois and California. ... The same plan for national highways that birthed Route 66 also helped bury it. After World War II, the highway system needed an overhaul.

The "Mother Road"

 The label Mother Road was coined by John Steinbeck in his novel "Grapes of Wrath" (1939). Enjoy Route 66 information and Route 66 trivia 

Oklahoma - Longest Stretch of Original Road

  Oklahoma has more miles of the original Route 66 than any other state. You can own or adopt a stretch of old Rt 66. Arizona has the longest stretch of the historic highway still in use today. 

Arizona - Longest continuous stretch of Route 66

 Arizona has the longest continuous stretch of uninterrupted two-lane  travel experience on Rt 66:  Route 66 information - There are 158 miles stretching from just outside Ash Fork in  the east to the Colorado River in the west. 

The Grapes of Wrath in Arizona

For Route 66 trivia fans Portions of the Academy Award-winning 1940  John Ford movie were filmed in Arizona on Rt 66. The Joads enter Arizona under  the red sandstone cliffs at Lupton along Route 66, and the family  crossed the Colorado River and into California on the Old Trails Bridge  near Topock. Arizona.. 

Mileage by State

Route 66 information: 

  • Illinois           301
  • Missouri        317 
  • Kansas            13
  • Oklahoma      432
  • Texas             186 
  • New Mexico   487 
  • Arizona           401
  • California        314 

       TOTAL - 2,448