US ROUTE 66: THE DEATH OF AN AMERICAN ICON

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US Route 66 no longer exists. It died in 1977, when it lost its Department of Transportation designation as a United States highway. For fifty years, the 2297-mile highway was the major route between Chicago and Los Angeles. For much of its life, Route 66 was an American cultural icon, embracing the uniquely American culture of the road. Today, only remnants of this highway and its culture remain. I traveled what is left of Route 66 in order to capture in photographs the haunting spirit of what once was, and what now is. 

 

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