Get Your Kicks
When someone mentions Route 66, do you immediately think, “Get your kicks on Route 66”?
If you do, you’re not alone. A lot of people think that.
What’s on Route 66 that justifies the lyrics, “Get your kicks on Route 66”?
Today it is mostly iconic diners and businesses, many of which have been restored. Then, in big cities, like Pasadena, California, there are modern businesses that didn’t exist when Route 66 was in its prime.
Back in the pre-Interstate highway days, Route 66 hosted many gas stations, motels and restaurants. It wasn’t unusual for your car to overheat on Route 66 in California, Arizona or other southwestern states. For that reason, there were service stations and garages along the way.
More Than Just Ghost Towns
Route 66 is more than just ghost towns. There are small communities that have survived the I-40 devastation. (When Interstate 40 was opened, many businesses and communities died.) These communities benefit from the tourist traffic. They host gift shops, restaurants, and other delights for the Route 66 travelers today.
Once you hit the L.A. basin, those portions of Route 66 are thriving as they are surface streets in cities like Pasadena and Santa Monica, for example. It is when you get out of town that Route 66 becomes a piece of Americana from the past.
Here’s Bobby Troup…
For your entertainment, here’s Bobby Troup’s version of the Route 66 theme song. Bobby Troup WROTE the song, and then Nat King Cole brought it to the top of the Billboard hits that same year. (click here for the Wikipedia story) Since then at least 50 artists have covered the Route 66 Song.