Sunday, August 8, 2010

Route 66 Backroads

Route 66 Backroads: Your Guide to Scenic Sidetrips and Adventures From the Mother Road
by James Hinckley [917.3 qHin]

Route 66 is synonymous with the open road. It was a federal highway from 1926 until 1985 when it was decertified. Today it is a state highway in some places and a frontage road for I-40 in others. Preservation organizations worked hard to preserve this strip of pavement that wends its way from Chicago to the Pacific Ocean. This book is a tribute to Route 66 and a travel guide for people who want drive all or part of the highway. The author, Jim Hinckley offers suggestions for places to visit such as the New Salem Historic Site in Illinois. New Salem is a re-creation of the village where Abraham Lincoln lived. National Geographic photographers, Kerrick James, Rick Bowers and Nora Mays Bowers, lace this immensely readable travel guide with photos. The author, Jim Hinckley paints great word pictures about the scenery one passes while driving through the countryside. [If you enjoy this, you may also wish to try The Route 66 Cookbook by Marlin Clark, Traveling Route 66 by Nick Freeth or Route 66 Remembered by Michael Witzal.] -- recommended by Donna G. - Virtual Services Department

[ official Jim Hinckley blog ]

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