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• In 1926, Route 66 was officially commissioned, a 2,448-mile (3,940-km) road from Chicago to Los Angeles, winding through Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and California. At the end of that year, just 800 miles (1,287 km) were paved. Road signs didn’t go up until the following year. It wasn’t until 1938 that the entire route was paved, the first highway to have this completed. • Because the route passed through hundreds of small towns, there was a dramatic increase in the number of “mom and pop” businesses, service stations, roadside diners, and motels. America’s first drive-through restaurant, Red’s Giant Hamburg opened along the road in Springfield, Missouri. The Cozy Dog Drive Inn, still in operation today in Springfield, Illinois, offered some of the route’s first fast food and the introduction of the corn dog. The first McDonald’s opened in 1945 in San Bernardino at the end of the road, offering 19_ cheeseburgers and 20_ malts. It’s now a museum and Route 66 historic site. Turn the page for more!
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• During the massive dust bowl storms of the 1930s in the Midwest, when millions of tons “I love the drive-thru window. No walking through a large store just to pick up my medicine.” of topsoil were blown away, over 200,000 a large store just to pick up my medicine.” - Another Satisifed Medicap Patient people migrated to California along Route 66 - Another Satisifed Medicap Patient in search of a better life. John Steinbeck wrote of the migration in his 1939 book The Grapes HOURS HOURS M-F 9-7 M-F 9-7 of Wrath, dubbing the highway the “Mother Sat. 9-1:30 Sat. 9-1:30 Road” and the road of flight for “refugees JeffJeff Theige R.Ph. Med Park Mall • 1395 S. Columbia Road • 746-1800 Theige, R.Ph. Med Park Mall • 1395 S. Columbia Road • 746-1800 Jeff Theige, R.Ph. Med Park Mall • 1395 S. Columbia Road • 746-1800 from dust and shrinking land.” the 1950s, Route 66 became a vacation desComplete hearing aid care • In tination with a wide variety of roadside attrac• Advanced Digital Technology tions. Teepee-shaped motels, trading posts, • FREE Hearing Evaluation • 60 Day Hearing Aid Trial and tourist traps catered to those visiting • Service Most Makes caves, canyons, mountains, and deserts. The highway ran through Arizona’s Painted Desert, Meteor Crater, and near the Grand Canyon. During the 1940s, the Wigwam Village 2514 S. Washington • Grand Forks chain of motels sprang up along the highway. Hours: • Mon-Fri 9-5 • Sat 9-1 746-7000 • 1-800-658-3442 • www.wakefieldhearing.com With individual cabins built in the form of teepees, there were seven original locations. Two 6. What is the softest known mineral of the three remaining motels are located on in the world? 7. The song “She’s Like the Wind” Route 66, in Holbrook, Arizona and Rialto, 1. What percent of Route 66 is still was used in which film? California. drivable? 8. What classic rock song contains
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• Full-service gas stations popped up along the length of the route. One major company even took its name from the highway. In 1927, the Phillips Company’s newly-developed high-octane gasoline was tested along U.S. Highway 66 in Oklahoma. As the automobile reached its top speed, it was noted that the number was 66 mph (106 km/hr), a fast pace for that era. The new fuel was named Phillips 66, and the company’s shield logo was designed to resemble the road sign.
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ROUTE 66 (continued): • Restored to its original grandeur, the world’s largest ketchup bottle stands proudly near Collinsville, Illinois, formerly along Route 66. Built in 1949, this 170-ft.-tall (50-m) structure is actually a water tower painted like a Brooks Rich & Tangy Ketchup bottle, and could actually hold 640,000 14-oz. bottles of ketchup. The Brooks Company left the area in the 1970s. • In 1946, songwriter Bobby Troup was on a crosscountry trip from Pennsylvania to Los Angeles and came up with the idea of writing a song about the journey. The result was “Get Your Kicks on Route 66,” a song that became a huge hit that year for Nat King Cole. When Troup had trouble coming up with lyrics for the tune, he simply filled it with names of towns along the way, starting with the Missouri cities of St. Louis and Joplin, then on to Oklahoma City, Amarillo, Texas, Gallup, New Mexico, the Arizona communities of Winona and Kingman, and California cities Barstow and San Bernardino. Of the eight states that Route 66 passed through, Kansas is the only state not mentioned in the song. • Interest in Route 66 was revitalized in 2006 when Pixar released the animated film Cars, which
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ROUTE 66 (continued): • The 1939 AAA travel directory lists Cuba, Missouri’s Wagon Wheel Cabins as one of the finest motor courts in the state. Constructed in 1934 of Ozark stone, each cabin had its own private tub or shower bath with rates of $2.50 per day for two persons. It’s still in operation today. Cuba also opened Carr’s Phillips 66 service station in 1932 to accommodate the increase of travelers along the route.
• Route 66 began its slow decline in 1953, when Oklahoma opened the Turner Turnpike between Tulsa and Oklahoma, bypassing 100 miles and each of the towns along the road. In 1956, President Eisenhower signed the Interstate Highway Act, calling for a modern four-lane highway system with no intersections. Service stations and commercial businesses were prohibited at the highway access sites and within a few short years, as small towns were bypassed, businesses began to fail from lack of traffic. In 1965, the Highway Beautification Act restricted the road signs that urged travelers to pull off the exit to reach Route 66. • Route 66 was officially decommissioned and removed from the U.S. Highway system in 1985, and was taken off road maps. Motorists can no longer drive Route 66 uninterrupted from Chicago to Los Angeles. Parts of it are the “business loop” in many cities, while other sections are state and local roads, and some are completely abandoned. Several stretches have been preserved, with some having been placed on the National Register of Historic Places.
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GRACE KELLY (continued): • Grace returned to America, going right back to work on a new movie in which, coincidentally, she played the part of a princess. She began corresponding with the prince, and at the end of the year, Rainier came to America, met Grace’s family, and after three days, proposed marriage. The Kelly family was required to put up a dowry of $2 million in order for the marriage to take place. • French law required both a civil and religious ceremony. The 40-minute civil ceremony was broadcast on April 18, 1956 from the Palace Throne Room of Monaco. That evening the couple attended the opera, where Grace was seen in a hand-embroidered silk gown embellished with 800,000 sequins and 1,500 pearls and rhinestones. • The religious ceremony held the next day was attended by 600 guests and watched by 30 million people on television. Grace’s dress, designed and sewn by MGM Studio’s costume masters, used 25 yards of silk taffeta, 100 yards of silk net, and 125-year-old lace that had been purchased from a museum. Thirty-six seamstresses worked for six weeks to complete the gown. The couple invited the entire 3,000 adult population of Monaco to the celebration that followed. The principality’s citizens gifted the newlyweds with a cream and black Rolls Royce convertible. • Following their seven-week Mediterranean honeymoon cruise aboard the Prince’s yacht, the couple settled into their 15th-century mansion, where they raised three children, Caroline, Albert, and Stephanie during their 26-year marriage. In 1982, while driving on a mountain road accompanied by Stephanie, Grace suffered a stroke and lost control of the vehicle, which plunged down the mountainside. Grace died the next day from her injuries at age 52.
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ANIMAL CRACKERS (continued): • In 1958, Nabisco added new machinery that imDEERE. JOHN DEERE. (continued): proved the appearance of animal crackers. Ro•tary It was while living in Illinois that John no-of dies actually engraved intricate details ticedanimal the problems farmers faced when each onto thethat cracker. Previously, they attempting to till soil. Because the had were simply stamped out of a sheetarea of dough beenwere woodland, the soil only. was rich byformerly a cutter and animal-shaped with hummus, which clumped and clung to • Pick a box Animals today and the up blades of of theBarnum’s plows farmers were accusinside findWhile a bear, camel, acrocodile, tomedyou’ll to using. repairing broken cir-elephant, giraffe, gorilla, horse, lion, cular saw, Deere stumbled upon an seal, idea. tiger, He employed hiscrackers smith skills toThe fashion steel and zebra, 22 in all. onlythe four aniblade thebeen shape of a since plow.the Hebeginning affixed mals thatinto have around spokes, then the device aretwo thewooden bear, elephant, lion, hitched and tiger. to a horse. It plowed the heavy Illinois soil • Inlike 1930, Paramount Animal a charm. In fact,Pictures a farmerreleased who happened Crackers, a zanythecomedy the put four to be observing test run starring immediately Marx Brothers, Groucho, Chico, Harpo, in an order for his own John Deere plow. and Zeppo. The plot revolved around a valuable • In short order, Deere gave up his blacksmith painting going missing during a party honorshop and focused on making plows. The ing a famous African Captain company grew steadilyexplorer and added many Geofemfrey Spaulding, played by Groucho. The the film ployees. In the late 1840s, John relocated featured one of Groucho’s quoted lines, entire operation to Moline, most Illinois. Ashamed “One morning I shot an elephant in my of his own lack of education, John sent pajahis mas. How to he the got state’s in my pajamas, I don’tOne know.” children finest schools. of his proudest days occurred when son Charles • The 1935 film Curly Top featured the charming earned theShirley equivalent of an as MBA from Bell’s 7-year-old Temple an orphan, who Commercial College in Chicago. sang, “Animal crackers in my soup, monkeys •and With his son Charles managing company, rabbits loop the loop.” The the song immediJohnbecame found time pursue philanthropic ately a hit,tolanding a spot on theinHit terests. He co-founded both the First NationParade chart. The only glitch about this is that al Bank and never the First Congregational rabbits have been included in Church. a box of He was elected the mayor of Moline in 1873, Barnum’s Animals. where one of his first actions – the replace• How an animal cracker? mentdoofyou theeat city’s open drains withStudies a sewerindicate that nearly everyone bites thebyheads pipe system – saved countless lives reduc-off ing the spread of disease. first! • The original JohnSports Deere logo,Answers registered in 3. 2007to Afri1. L.A. Memorial THANKS 1876, depicted a deer that was native 4. Western 10, Coliseum ca.FOR Thirty-six years later, in 1912,Eastern it was5 reBiggio 2. Craig 5. Michigan State (Houston), placed with the image of a North American READING in overtime Barry Larkin white-tailed deer. (Cincinnati), In the decades fol6. Hethat led HRs & Tidbits! each, Paul Molitor lowed, the now-familiar “outline” RBIs logo4xtook bat. avg. twice over as the symbol (Milwaukee) of the John Deere brand.
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