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loungelistener ADMIN September 9, 2012
Hey everyone, hope the new name hasn't thrown you, but we felt it was time to "spiff" it up a little, streamline a little.

We'd love to see more geotagging on the photos you upload too. (Though we won't force it.) It will help others see what you've see, help them share experiences. Thanks!

Group Description

Welcome to US Route 66 (The Mother Road)... we're glad you're here.

US Route 66 (US 66 or Route 66), also known as the Will Rogers Highway and colloquially known as the Main Street of America or The Mother Road, was a highway within the U.S. Highway System. One of the original U.S. Highways, Route 66 was established on November 11, 1926, with road signs erected the following year.

The highway, which eventually became one of the most famous roads in America, originally ran from Chicago, Illinois, through Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and California, before ending at Los Angeles, covering a total of 2,448 miles (3,940 km). It was recognized in popular culture by both a hit song (Written by Bobby Troup and the Route 66 television show in the 1960s.

Route 66 served as a major path for those who migrated west, especially during the Dust Bowl of the 1930s. It supported the economies of the communities through which the road passed, and in a few cases, it was the entire economy of some towns. People doing business along the route became prosperous due to the growing popularity of the highway, and those same people later fought to keep the highway alive in the face of the growing threat of being bypassed by the new Interstate Highway System.

Route 66 underwent many improvements and realignments over its lifetime, but on October 13, 1984, the Interstate finally devoured it, the last remaining stretch of Route 66 was bypassed by the opening of a six mile segment of Interstate 40 at nearby Williams, Arizona. 66 was officially decomissioned as a United States Highway on June 27, 1985. One would think that was the end of the story for Route 66, as it is for many highways, but no... it's biggest fame was yet to come.

In February, 1987, The Historic Route 66 Association of Arizona was formed by a small group of people from Arizona Route 66 communities, led by Angel Delgadillo of Seligman, and Jerry Richard and David Wesson, both of Kingman. From this small beginning, a movement grew, and the Route seemed to take on an almost magical, almost religious quality. Many in the USA felt the need to "explore" Route 66, but even stronger was the desire to travel Route 66 by those from Europe. Indeed, traveling Route 66 today, it's almost impossible not to run into people from all over the world, let alone all over the USA. Hit any of the more popular stops, and you'll find them. Tour buses of people pouring into the streets of Seligman, Asian tourists photographing sites in Oklahoma, folks from the U.K. autographing cars at the Cadillac Ranch. Route 66 is no longer just a US Highway that people take to get somewhere, it is the somewhere they're heading to.

What's welcome here:

This group is for photos taken on U.S. Route 66, or within sight of Route 66 (on ANY official alignment of the highway). Photos can be of most anything (historical sites, places, signs, parades, small towns, etc) as long as they're located on US-66. In particular, stuff like:

• Old Motels, Cafes, Diners, Stores, businesses, operating or abandoned.

• Shots of the road itself. (Please, make them interesting.)

• Old signs. ...NOT new signs or roadsigns, unless it's something funny or strange.

• Roadside weirdness or kitsch, including vintage roadside attractions and tourist traps.

• Since there's a LOT of scenery along Route 66, your scenery shots are welcome, but we don't want to become a "flowers & sunsets" kinda group. We don't need you to post 57 scenic shots of the same mountain, or the same portion of the road.

• Photos from all offical alignments of Route 66 are welcome. Please be sure to label your photos "route 66", and geotag if possible. If not, then please include state/city (nearest) in your tags.

• Ephemera (postcards, pennants, etc) of vintage businesses or roadside attractions directly relating to Route 66 are also welcome. Such items must be for subjects located directly on the route.

What we're not looking for:

• No "people shots". We're not really looking for your family or friends, we're looking for things we'd see along the route. HOWEVER... photos of special people along the route (especially the well known) ARE welcome. We also do NOT want to see photos of your car (no matter what it is) on the route. We know, that's a popular photo to take, but this isn't a car group. Thanks.

• Please post your best shots, not just every/anything you've taken. Please don't post 10 views of the same thing. Pick your best, post that.

• Route 66 signs. Unless it's an original, vintage Route 66 shield, we probably have 100 shots of them in here already. Unless yours is special (or an original), you might want to not bother. (I mean, how many times can we look at the same thing?) Photos of those reproduction Route 66 signs (available in seemingly every store along the route) are NOT allowed. There's nothing special about those.

• No "urban grit" sort of stuff. While rural abandonment is fine here, there's other groups for Urbex, graffiti and other big city decay. "Big city" shots that fit the "what's OK" list are fine however.

If you're not sure if your photo(s) fit, bring them along. If they don't, we'll remove them, no hard feelings, ok?

NOTE: Please tag your photos with at least the city (or nearest city) and with "Route 66". Folks might want to see what you photographed for themselves, so help them find it!

Please help us grow!

If you see photos you think should be in this group, simply cut-n-paste this into a comment box to invite the photo:
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Please add this to the "<a href="https://www.flickr.com/groups/usroute66">US Route 66 (The Mother Road)</a>" group.
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Likewise, if you know people that don't have such photos, but would enjoy the topic, bring them along too. Let's share the experience of Route 66 together! :-)

Group Rules

Please Show respect!!!!

Please just post Route 66 photos Only!!!!

Additional Info

  • Members can post 5 things to the pool each day.
  • Accepted content types: Photos, Videos, Images, Art, Screenshots
  • Accepted safety levels: Safe
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