Once the main road from Chicago to Los Angeles, Route 66 is now the home of dilapidated gas stations, crumbling motels, and battered signs, along with souvenir shops, restored gas stations, museums and cafes selling nostalgia.
This new book, with wonderful photographs by Kerrick James, covers the whole route from Illinois to California, with special attention to 25 communities that have faded from their lively existence in Route 66’s heyday. Some were old mining towns, others were farming villages, but all shared in a brief burst of prosperity before the interstate highway system bypassed Route 66.
Author Jim Hinckley, who partnered with James on three other books, Ghost Towns of the Southwest, Route 66 Backroads and Backroads of Arizona, describes what tourists can see today as they travel the old road and what used to be there. Hinckley is well versed in Route 66 lore and maintains a blog called Route 66 Chronicles at route66chronicles.blogspot.com.
This 160-page large-format book includes a map and travel tips, and points out places that tourists should not miss.
Ghost Towns of Route 66 is published by Voyageur Press and carries a cover price of $25.