For some, Route 66 is just a road sign. However, for millions of Americans it is the Main Street of America, a legend, the symbol of freedom, blue skies and the culture of the open road.
The purpose of Route 66 was to provide a way for those “Going West,” especially in the 1930s. Along with its popularity, many businesses and communities were created to serve those on the move.
Route 66 spans eight states from Chicago to Santa Monica in California. We only drove a tiny portion of this historic route to get a sense of what we had got ourselves into. Our interest is always in what is forgotten and abandoned so we decided to leave areas close to Santa Barbara, California, for the next time. While exploring Route 66 it is important to distinguish real history from commercial ventures that attach themselves to the legend of this incredible road.
As we said, we visited only a few places. We found some areas of Route 66 closed, with many historical sights in really bad shape. The distance between marked attractions and the condition of some sections of Route 66 made it difficult to explore in such a short time. We will certainly organize a trip dedicated to exploring this fascinating road in the future.
Here are a few images we were able to capture (Classic Chrome film simulation), all taken with the Fuji X100T, X-T1 paired with the XF 14mm F2.8.
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