Could Congress bring back kicks to Route 66? These SoCal boosters hope so
The route has been dubbed the “Main Street of America.” Cultivated by a car culture synonymous with western wanderlust. Immortalized by a 1940s rhythm and blues hit as a place where you can “get your kicks.”
Now, Route 66, the road from Chicago to Los Angeles built in 1926 before the advance of the interstate highway, may become the first road to be established by Congress as a National Historic Trail.
Under two bipartisan bills introduced this week by local Rep. Grace Napolitano, D-El Monte, and two Illinois Republicans, Reps. Rodney Davis and Darin LaHood, the status of the Mother Road, as coined by John Steinbeck, would be permanently etched in the history books and would receive a steady funding stream for preservation, rehabilitation and promotion.