- Additional Details
- Format: Closed-captioned, Color, DVD-Video, NTSC
- Rating: Not Rated
- Number of Discs: 1
- Run Time: 50 Minutes
- Region: Region 1
- Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
- Language: English
- Studio: History Channel
- DVD Release Date: July 6, 2005
Cross the West on the road that stands alongside the Pony Express as one of the nation's most famous.
- Travel its remaining stretches.
- Explore the legend and the lore of the old highway from Chicago to Los Angeles.
- See rare photos and footage of its construction.
It stretched for 2,400 miles across eight states from Illinois to California and 2,400 miles It represented an American myth--that something better lay over the rainbow. Today, one can trace its remnants along byways, bridges, and abandoned roadside attractions.
Route 66 began in the early 20th century when a confluence of technologies--automotive, steel construction, and concrete paving--merged with population explosion, westward migration, and prosperity after WWI. The federal government responded with highway bills that converted existing roadways into an interstate called Route 66. Later, WWII highlighted the need for a strategic system similar to Germany's Autobahn--wider, safer, and more advanced. As federal and state governments worked on a superhighway, millions sought "their kicks on Route 66." By 1985, the abandoned roadway no longer "officially" existed, yet it remains a destination for nostalgic travelers wishing to recapture a simpler, more adventurous era.