Ruta 66: Curiosidades sobre la ruta más famosa del mundo

Más de 3900 kms de Historia de América. Descubre las curiosidades de una de las rutas más famosas del mundo…en inglés.


Main Street of America

When you think of America and its history, there is no road that better tells the story than Route 66.  It was one of the original highways to cross the United States and still maintains a living history.  Here are 6 bits of trivia about Route 66 that you definitely didn’t know:

1.   Main Street of America – Covering 2448 miles (3940 km) and passing through 3 time zones, it’s been called the “Main Street of America” as well as the “Mother Road.”  The road was opened in 1926 and originally went from Chicago, Illinois to Santa Monica, California, passing through 8 states including Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico and Arizona.

2.   The Mother Road – John Steinbeck’s novel, Grapes of Wrath (1939), details the adventures of the Joad family as they travelled across the U.S. via this route.  Parts of the original road provided true adventure, as it wasn’t fully paved until 1938.  Steinbeck was the first to refer to Route 66 as the “Mother Road”.

3.   Road closed! – Current maps do not include old Route 66, and there are no original signs.  In 1985 Route 66 was officially decertified as a U.S. Highway, and over time has been replaced largely by “interstate” highways.  Currently, only about 80% of the road is still driveable, and there are several associations dedicated to its preservation.  All documentation of the route is done in the direction from Chicago to L.A., so if you want to drive it in the opposite direction it is more difficult.

route66_randyheinitz 4.   McDonald’s museum – The route is known for numerous museums.  The first McDonald’s restaurant was  actually located in San Bernardino, California in 1945.  The site is currently the home to the McDonald’s Route 66 Museum.

 5.  Birth of the motel – The oldest hotel on the route is the Eagle Hotel in Wilmington, Illinois, where stagecoach travellers once stayed in 1836. Currently empty, it has plans for restoration.  The motor-hotel, or “motel”, originated from the popular roadside lodging.  Many early motels were “themed”, such as log cabinswigwams, or claiming to having “the largest [whatever] in the world”– all in hopes of attracting the tired travellers. Elvis Presley used to like staying at the Best Western Trade Winds Motel in Clinton, Oklahoma.

 6.  Song and screen – It was first popularized by the jazzy song, “Get Your Kicks on Route 66” (written by Bobby Troup), originally recorded by Nat King Cole in 1946.  Since then, it has been re-recorded by more than 55 musicians including Chuck Berry, the Rolling Stones, Depeche Mode, and John Mayer (featured in the recent Disney movie Cars).  There was also a 1960’s T.V. series by the name Route 66.

So, as the song says «If you ever plan to motor west, just take my way, that´s the highway, that´s the best.»

i360-by-diverbo-useful-vocabulary VOCABULARY

bits = trocitos

to pass through = pasar por /a través de

grapes of wrath = uvas de la ira

to be paved = ser/estar pavimentada

signs = carteles

drivable = conducible / manejable

stagecoach = diligencia (vehículo)

lodging = alojamiento

log cabins = cabaña de madera

wigwams = tienda de indios (tippies)

to stay = quedarse

get your kicks = Lánzate



06/11/2016Level - difficulty 2AudioText