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The historic Route 66 is endangered. This crew wants to save it by sharing their month-long tour on the road




Route 66 is stenciled on the old road through an abandoned town in California's Mojave desert 14 July 2003.
Route 66 is stenciled on the old road through an abandoned town in California's Mojave desert 14 July 2003.
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Route 66 is one of the most iconic highways in America. But it’s also the most endangered.

Stretching from Chicago to Los Angeles, the quintessential roadtripper’s muse captures the heart of life on the open road. There’s even the song, “(Get Your Kicks) On Route 66” dedicated to it, first sung by Nat King Cole in 1946. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dCYApJtsyd0

Though Congress has considered adding Route 66 to the National Historic Trails list, which would secure federal assistance and permanent protections for the highway, legislation must be passed and signed by President Donald Trump by the end of 2018.

From July 2 to August 3, the nonprofit group National Trust for Historic Preservation has dedicated a month-long road trip to travel the route’s full length, stopping by the places and hearing the stories of the people who have given the road its historic value.

Have you traveled Route 66 before? What are some of your fondest memories on the highway? Share your stories with us by calling 866-893-5722 or comment below.

Public events: The Historic Route 66 Tour will conclude at Los Angeles’ Clifton’s Republic (Thursday 8/2 @ 4-9 p.m.) & Santa Monica’s Mel’s Drive-In (Friday 8/3 @ 5-9 p.m.)

Guest:

Jason Clement, director of marketing campaigns of National Trust for Historic Preservation, a privately funded nonprofit organization that works to preserve historic landmarks in America; he’s also the Route 66 road crew member tasked with launching the trip and tweets @SavingPlaces