Route 66 Today

A look at stops along the Route 66 historic road.

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The following images of Route 66 were taken in 2007.
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Pedestrians cross Jackson Boulevard at the intersection of Michigan Avenue in Chicago.
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The Castle Car Wash building, constructed in 1925, sits empty and decaying along Ogden Avenue in Chicago. This stretch of Ogden on Chicago's Westside is part of the historic U.S. Route 66.
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A sign marks the end of U.S. Route 66 on Jackson Boulevard near the intersection of Michigan Avenue in Chicago, Illinois. Route 66 opened in 1926 stretching from Chicago to Los Angeles and became a western migration route for people looking for work during the great depression of the 1930's or to escape the Dust Bowl disaster.
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Later it offered vacation getaways and driving adventures until 1985 when it was decommissioned as a federal highway. A gate blocks off a closed section outside Lexington, Illinois.
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The Skyline Motel along the historic U.S. Route 66 sits across from an electrical transmission station in McCook, Illinois.
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A rusting truck is parked by an old drive-inn restaurant along historic U.S. Route 66 in Lexington.
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A sign offers for sale the Wishing Well Motel along historic U.S. Route 66 June 12, 2007 in Countryside, Illinois. The motel was built in 1941 as 10 separate cabins and was later converted to a single building.
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A sign declares an old section of historic U.S. Route 66 closed near Dwight, Illinois.
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A car passes "Gemini Giant," a fiberglass spaceman which marks the location of the Launching Pad restaurant along historic U.S. Route 66 June 12, 2007 in Wilmington, Illinois. The restaurant has been serving travelers along the road since the 1960s.
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A weed grows through a crack in a closed section of the road.
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A statue of Elvis strikes a pose as a nearby McDonalds restaurant is reflected in the window outside the Polk-A-Dot diner in Braidwood, Illinois. The restaurant has been serving travelers along the road since 1956.
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A traveler passes by new and old power lines near Dwight, Illinois.
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Patrons wait in line for ice cream at the Rich & Creamy stand in Joliet, Illinois.
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A sign marks the route through Joliet, Illinois.
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An old corn crib stands above a stretch near Odell, Illinois.
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New housing and shopping mall developers use new Route 66 signs as a marketing theme along old Route 66 in Rancho Cucamonga, California.
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Although collectors of bottles and other items found in the desert have all but gone by the wayside, Elmer Long carries on the tradition with his continual creation of a forest of bottle trees near Oro Grande, California.
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An old gas station, now a mechanic's shop, in Joliet, Illinois.
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A car passes a burned out building near Oro Grande, California.
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The Wigwam Motel, built in 1949 on old Route 66, consists of teepee-shaped individual rooms in Rialto, California.
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New housing and shopping mall developers use new Route 66 signs as a marketing theme in Rancho Cucamonga, California.
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A cat walks past a Route 66 signs at the El Rancho Motel, once a major Route 66 landmark but now in a state of decline in Barstow, California.
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The El Rey Motel is still open for business on old Route 66 in Rialto.
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Aging hotels, many used by long-term residents, are seen along old Route 66 in Barstow.
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The El Rancho Mote in Barstow.
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Shopping carts accumulate in the parking lot of a hotel in Barstow.
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A truck passes an abandoned gas station near Oro Grande.
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Night comes to the El Rancho Motel.
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The sign on the El Rancho restaurant.
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A construction worker works near a new Route 66 sign used by the new home developer as an ironic marketing theme on old Route 66.
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On Nov. 11, 2009, Santa Monica tourism officials and Route 66 enthusiasts unveiled an "End of the Trail" marker at the Santa Monica Pier.
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