The Route 66 Learn More page provides useful information covering a wide range of topics that relate to Route 66. The resources by State are organized by State in the order they appear in the List of Sites
, as they would be encountered if you were traveling along Route 66 from east to west. Websites for the places featured in this travel itinerary and the communities where they are found are listed first. Next, State resources and additional travel information are listed in alphabetical order. Learn More also includes a section with links to other tourism and preservation websites, and a bibliography.
State & Local Tourism Websites of Places Featured on Route 66 Travel Itinerary
Lou Mitchell’s Restaurant
Chicago, Illinois Convention and Tourism Bureau
Dell Rhea's Chicken Basket
Village of Hinsdale, Illinois
Ambler's Texaco Gas Station
City of Pontiac, Illinois
Sprague’s Super Service
The Palms Grill is in the Downey Building.
Belvidere Cafe, Motel and Gas Station
Soulsby Service Station
Mount Olive, Illinois
Chain of Rocks Bridge
St. Louis, Missouri
Trailnet is an organization that promotes active, living projects.
Other Route 66 Resources and Places in Illinois
Illinois Route 66 National Scenic Byway The National Scenic Byways Program is part of the U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration. The program is a grass-roots collaborative effort established to help recognize, preserve, and enhance selected roads throughout the United States.
Illinois Route 66 Scenic Byway promotes Illinois Route 66 and the communities along it and provides information for tourists.
Illinois Route 66 Red Carpet Corridor consists of the communities on historic Route 66 between downtown Joliet and south to Towanda dedicated to bringing awareness of the historic importance of the area.
Illinois State Historical Society is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to preserving, promoting, and and publishing historical research about the State.
Illinois Historic Preservation Agency is home to the State Historic Preservation Office, which works throughout the State to protect Illinois' valuable and diverse range of historic resources.
Joliet Area Historical Museum and Route 66 Welcome Center offers an interactive experience where you can meet life-size models, interact with touch-screen visuals, and view award-winning audio-visuals in the Route 66 Welcome Center.
Landmarks Illinois is a not-for-profit organization and a strong voice in Illinois for historic preservation.
National Parks and the National Park Service in Illinois
Route 66 Association of Illinois is a not-for-profit corporation dedicated to preserving, promoting, educating, and enjoying Route 66 in Illinois.
Route 66 Hall of Fame and Museum makes Route 66 comes alive as you stroll down Memory Lane - full of historical items, photos and more. Reminisce through memorabilia from over 70 Illinois Route 66 Hall of Fame members in an authentic 100 year old restored firehouse.
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Meramec River U.S. 66 Bridge
Route 66 State Park includes the historic bridge in its acreage.
Big Chief Restaurant
Wagon Wheel Motel
Pulaski County Courthouse
Rock Fountain Court
Springfield, Missouri Convention and Visitors Bureau
Other Route 66 Resources and Places in Missouri
Missouri Alliance for Historic Preservation is a not-for-profit organization that promotes, supports, and coordinates historic preservation activities throughout the State.
Missouri History Museum offers exciting exhibits, archival resources, and special events.
Missouri State Historic Preservation Office works throughout the State to protect Missouri's valuable and diverse range of historic resources.
National Parks and the National Park Service in Missouri
Route 66 Association of Missouri is a non-profit corporation established to preserve, promote, and develop Historic Route 66 in Missouri.
The organization encouraged and assisted in the placement of "Historic Route 66" markers along the major alignments of the road.
Route 66 Museum and Research Center is a 3,500 square foot museum featuring recreations of a 1950s gas station; a classic diner; rotating display of antique cars; a collection of Route 66 books, magazines and videos.
Route 66 State Park is a 419-acre park that showcases the history of Route 66 and offers various outdoor activities for the family.
The State Historical Society of Missouri collects, preserves, publishes, and makes Missouri's history accessible to the public.
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Kansas Travel and Tourism
Kansas Route 66 Historic District East Galena
Williams' Store (Eisler Brothers Old Riverton Store)
Brush Creek Bridge
Baxter Springs, Kansas
Other Resources and Places in Kansas
Kansas Historic Route 66 Association is dedicated to the preservation, promotion and protection of both the surface and memories of Route 66.
Kansas Route 66 Visitors' Center is housed in a historic Phillips 66 Service Station, which was built in 1929 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Several years ago, the Baxter Springs Heritage Center & Museum purchased the property, and restored the building to its original appearance. It now serves as the Route 66 Visitors' Center.
Kansas State Historical Society's mission is to identify, collect, preserve, interpret, and disseminate materials and information pertaining to Kansas history in order to assist the public in understanding, appreciating, and caring for the heritage of Kansas.
Kansas State Historic Preservation Office works throughout the State to protect Kansas' valuable and diverse range of historic resources.
Kansas Preservation Alliance, Inc. is dedicated to preserving historic places in Kansas.
National Parks and the National Park Service in Kansas
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Oklahoma Tourism & Recreation Department
Miami Marathon Oil Company Service Station
Ed Galloway's Totem Pole Park
Rogers County Historical Society
Vickery Phillips 66 Station
11th Street Arkansas River Bridge--Vision 2025
Tulsa Convention and Visitors Bureau
Bridge #18 at Rock Creek
Arcadia Round Barn
Milk Bottle Grocery
Lake Overholser Bridge
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Convention and Visitors Bureau
Avant's Cities and Jackson Conoco Service Stations
El Reno, Oklahoma
McLain Rogers Park
Y Service Station and Café
Clinton, Oklahoma Parks and Recreation
Beckham County Courthouse
West Winds Motel
Erick, Oklahoma Chamber of Commerce
Other Resources and Places in Oklahoma
National Parks and the National Park Service in Oklahoma
Oklahoma Route 66 Association is a non-governmental body dedicated to the promotion and preservation of Route 66. The Association coordinates the statewide economic development, enhancement, improvement, preservation, and recognition of U.S. Route 66 in Oklahoma.
National Route 66 Museum uses a road motif to allow visitors to travel through all eight states along Route 66 "The Mother Road". The trip begins in Chicago and ends in California. Murals and different vignettes depict the eras of the road and the interesting places that made Route 66 so famous. As you travel along, you can listen to recorded histories and personal accounts of the road from overhead audio kiosks.(Follow the link for museums)
Oklahoma Route 66 Museum is operated by The Oklahoma Historical Society, a State agency.
Oklahoma Route 66 State Scenic Byway provides tourist information including points of interest and maps.
Oklahoma State Historic Preservation Office works throughout the State to protect Oklahoma's valuable and diverse range of historic resources.
Preservation Oklahoma's mission is to promote preservation statewide.
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Route 66 Bridge over the Chicago, Rock Island, and Gulf Railroad
The Tower Conoco on Route 66
Shamrock's Tower Station & U-Drop Inn
McLean Commercial Historic District
Devil’s Rope Museum
U.S. Route 66-Sixth Street Historic District
Amarillo Convention & Visitor Council
Glenrio Historic District, Glenrio (TX-NM)
Quay County, New Mexico
Deaf Smith County, Texas
Other Resources and Places in Texas
Friends of the Texas Historical Commission is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to supporting the historic preservation endeavors of the Texas Historical Commission.
National Parks and the National Park Service in Texas
Texas Historical Commission is the State agency for historic preservation that works throughout the State to protect Texas' valuable and diverse range of historic resources.
Texas Old Route 66 Association is involved with preservation projects on Route 66 and maintains the Texas Route 66 Exhibit, the first Route 66 museum on the route.
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New Mexico: Land of Enchantment Tourism Department
Blue Swallow Motel
Tucumcari, New Mexico
Quay County, New Mexico
Park Lake Historic District
Santa Rosa, New Mexico
Santo Domingo Pueblo
New Mexico Tourism Department Santo Domingo Pueblo entry
Sandoval County, New Mexico
Tewa Motor Lodge
De Anza Motor Lodge
Nob Hill-Highland District
Jones Motor Company, now home to Kelly’s Brew Pub
Barelas-South Fourth Street Historic District
Maisel's indian Trading Post
New Mexico Madonna of the Trail
Albuquerque Convention & Visitors Bureau
City of Albuquerque, New Mexico
Pueblo of Laguna
New Mexico Tourism Department Pueblo of Laguna entry
Valencia County, New Mexico
Bowlin’s Old Crater Trading Post
Cibola County, New Mexico
Grants, New Mexico
El Rancho Hotel
Gallup, New Mexico
Other Resources and Places in New Mexico
Historical Society of New Mexico is a group of New Mexico history enthusiasts that sponsors an annual history conference and speakers bureau and is dedicated to increasing the knowledge of and disseminating information on New Mexico history and encouraging preservation of historic objects and property.
National Parks and the National Park Service in New Mexico
New Mexico Heritage Preservation Alliance is a statewide, private non-profit organization that promotes, protects, and advocates for New Mexico's heritage.
New Mexico Route 66 Association focuses on the promotion and preservation of Route 66. The association provides images and travel information for visitors and works with the State to preserve the signs of Route 66.
New Mexico Route 66 National Scenic Byway The National Scenic Byways Program is part of the U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration. The program is a grass-roots collaborative effort established to help recognize, preserve, and enhance selected roads throughout the United States.
New Mexico Historic Preservation Division is the State agency that works throughout the State to protect New Mexico's valuable and diverse range of historic resources.
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Arizona Travel & Vacation Guide
Querino Canyon Bridge
Apache County, Arizona
Painted Desert Inn
Petrified Forest National Park
Wigwam Village Motel #6
Desert USA: Holbrook, Arizona A comprehensive resource and guide to the American Southwest and Desert Regions. Under the City of Holbrook, Arizona, it presents information about some of the historic resources of the city along Route 66.
La Posada Historic District
Winslow, Arizona Chamber of Commerce
Walnut Canyon Bridge, Winona
Coconino County, Arizona
Railroad Addition Historic District and Boundary Increase
Flagstaff, Arizona Convention and Visitors Bureau
Hotel Monte Vista
DuBeau International Hostel
Seligman Historic District
Peach Springs Trading Post
Schoolhouse at Truxton Canyon Training School
Hualapai Tribal Nation
Intertribal Council of Arizona Inc. Hualapai entry
Kingman Commercial Historic District
Kingman, Arizona Tourism and Visitors Bureau
Desert USA: Oatman, Arizona
Old Trails Bridge
Moabi Regional Park
Other Resources and Places in Arizona
Arizona Historical Society serves as the steward of State and regional history, fulfilling its mission to collect, preserve, interpret, and disseminate the history of Arizona, the West, and northern Mexico as it pertains to Arizona.
Arizona Preservation Foundation is a not-for-profit statewide historic preservation organization.
Arizona Route 66 National Scenic Byway The National Scenic Byways Program is part of the U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration. The program is a grass-roots collaborative effort established to help recognize, preserve, and enhance selected roads throughout the United States.
Arizona Scenic Roads A website that takes the traveler through scenic roadways of Arizona. You can build your own travel itinerary of roads, places to stay, eat, and things to do in Arizona.
Arizona State Historic Preservation Office works throughout the State to protect Arizona's valuable and diverse range of historic resources.
Historic Route 66 Association of Arizona is a not-for-profit corporation dedicated to the preservation, promotion, and protection of both the surface and memories of this magnificent old highway.
Kingman, Arizona, the Heart of Historic Route 66 This website provides information about the city’s history and mayor attractions including Route 66 historic sites.
National Parks and the National Park Service in Arizona
Old Trails Museum, operated by the Winslow Historical Society, has exhibits about Route 66, the Santa Fe Railroad, ranching, and trading posts.
Powerhouse Historic Route 66 Museum building is on the National Register of Historic Places and has recently been renovated. The museum depicts the historical evolution of travel along the 35th parallel that became Route 66. Brilliant murals, photos and life-size dioramas capture each of the groups that have traveled the route that has come to be known as the Mother Road. The office and gift shop of the Historic Route 66 Association of Arizona, and a tourist information desk also located here.
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Harvey House Railroad Depot
Western American Railroad Museum
Barstow Route 66 Museum
Barstow Chamber of Commerce
Foothill Boulevard Milestone
Howard Motor Company
Colorado Street Bridge
Bekins Storage Co. Roof Sign
Pasadena, California Convention and Visitors Bureau
Rialto Theatre, South Pasadena
South Pasadena, California
Broadway Theater and Commercial District
Los Angeles, California
Los Angeles, California Convention and Visitors Bureau
Los Angeles Conservancy
Los Angeles Theatre
Million Dollar Theater
Other Resources and Places in California
California Historic Route 66 Association is dedicated to the preservation, promotion, and enjoyment of Route 66. The website offers information useful when planning a trip along Route 66 in California.
California Historical Society's mission is to inspire and empower Californians to make the past a meaningful part of their contemporary lives.
California Preservation Foundation is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to promoting historic preservation in the State.
California State Office of Historic Preservation works throughout the State to protect California's valuable and diverse range of historic resources.
Los Angeles Conservancy Modern Committee is a volunteer group formed in response to the rapid destruction of a generation of postwar buildings. Its focus is 20th century architecture and related fields which reflect the heritage of Modernism and popular culture.
Los Angeles Convention and Visitors Bureau is the official guide to Los Angeles and features a wealth of helpful travel information.
National Parks and the National Park Service in California
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More Route 66 Resources
Kids on Route 66 From this site travelers can download a free guide to Route 66, which highlights kid-friendly attractions.
Legends of America is a travel site for the nostalgic and historic minded.
Mother Road: Historic Route 66 website is dedicated to providing free information for those who want to learn more about Route 66. It features a turn-by-turn road description, guiding the visitor from Chicago to Los Angeles.
National Historic Route 66 Federation is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to preserving Route 66 across the country.
National Park Service Route 66 Corridor Preservation Program is a program administered by the National Park Service that collaborates with private property owners; non-profit organizations; and local, State, Federal, and tribal governments to identify, prioritize, and address Route 66 preservation needs. It provides cost-share grants to successful applicants for the preservation and restoration of the most significant and representative properties dating from the route’s period of outstanding historical significance, 1926 through 1970.
River Pilot Tours is a tour company offering guided or self-guided Route 66 tours by motorcycle or car. Offers a Route 66 attraction GPS software guide.
Roadside Peek is a website dedicated to the old roads, stops, and interesting landmarks across the country.
Road Trip USA is a website dedicated to the various routes across the United States and gives travel information. Road Trip 11 is historic Route 66.
Route 66 Corridor Preservation Act of 1999
Route 66 Food is a blog dedicated to finding food along the Main Street of America.
Route 66 Magazine is a publication dedicated to Route 66.
Route 66 Motels is dedicated to places to stay along Route 66.
Route 66 Motorcycle Tour provides information to those who wish to experience Route 66 from their motorcycle.
Route 66 News is a clearinghouse of news and events along historic Route 66, the Mother Road.
Route 66 Pulse is dedicated to the happenings on Route 66.
Route 66 Search is a specially designed website to find Route 66 motels, restaurants, local businesses, places of interest, and merchandise.
Route 66 University is dedicated to educating people about Route 66 and making resources available.
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Other Relevant Tourism and Preservation Websites
American Express and World Monuments Fund Sustainable Tourism Initiative Launched in 2007 by American Express and the World Monuments Fund, the Sustainable Tourism Initiative rewards and encourages the responsible stewardship of historic sites by supporting projects that address the issue of sustainable tourism.
American Scenic Byways This website, maintained by the U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration, includes information on State and nationally designated byway routes throughout America based on their archeological, cultural, historic, natural, recreational, and scenic qualities. Visit the Scenic Byways Presidential Pathways website for more ideas.
Amtrak This is the official Amtrak website.
Bygone Byways gives information and photographs about stops along Route 66.
Discover Our Shared Heritage Online Travel Itineraries Other travel itineraries in the National Park Service's ongoing series include many historic destinations that you can visit online or in person. Each itinerary spotlights a different geographic region, community, or theme.
Greyhound Bus Lines This is the official Greyhound website.
Heritage Documentation Programs in the American Memory: Built in America Heritage Documentation Programs, National Park Service, administers HABS (Historic American Buildings Survey), the Federal Government’s oldest operating preservation program, and companion programs, HAER (Historic American Engineering Record), HALS (Historic American Landscapes Survey), and CRGIS (Cultural Resources Geographic Information Systems). Drawings, maps, photographs, and historical reports produced through the programs and archived at the Library of Congress constitute the nation’s largest collection of historical architectural, engineering, and landscape documentation.
Historic Hotels of America A feature of the National Trust for Historic Preservation's Heritage Traveler program that provides information on historic hotels and package tours in the vicinity of this itinerary.
Historic Roads is dedicated to the identification, preservation and management of historic roads.
Historic Route 66 is a companion to Route 66, complete with historical information, book list, traveling ideas, and platforms to interact with other road trippers and Route 66 enthusiasts.
National Park Service The main National Park Service website is the gateway to national parks, information on preserving America’s history and culture in parks and communities, and a vast amount of other useful information on National Park Service programs, history and culture, nature and science, education, and other topics.
National Park Service Office of Tourism National Parks have been interwoven with tourism from their earliest days. This website highlights the ways in which the National Park Service promotes and supports sustainable, responsible, informed and managed visitor use through cooperation and coordination with the tourism industry.
National Park Service Preservation BriefsThe National Park Service has publications that provide information on various preservation topics such as 46: The Preservation and Reuse of Historic Gas Stations.
National Register of Historic Places is the nation’s official inventory of historic places worthy of preservation. Districts, sites, buildings, structures, and objects significant in American history, architecture, archeology, engineering, and culture are included in the National Register, which is expanded and maintained by the National Park Service (NPS). The National Register website is the gateway to information on authentic registered historic places, the benefits of recognition, and how to become involved in identifying, nominating to the National Register, and protecting these irreplaceable reminders of our heritage.
National Trust for Historic Preservation is a United States Congress-chartered non-profit group that preserves historic places, publishes information about preservation, and operates preservation initiatives. Learn about the programs and membership in the oldest national nonprofit preservation organization.
Teaching with Historic Places This website, maintained by the National Park Service, offers online classroom-ready place-based lesson plans created by historians and educators to help teachers use historic places in the classroom. Each lesson is linked to national standards for history and the social studies. One lesson plan of interest: Teaching with Historic Places Lesson Plan: Roadside Attractions.
World Monuments Fund is the leading private organization dedicated to saving the world’s most treasured places.
World Monuments Fund Watch List of 100 Most Endangered Sites In 2008, the World Monuments Fund listed Route 66 on the Watch List of 100 Most Endangered Sites. The Watch calls international attention to threatened cultural sites around the world, and seeks to build capacities and constituencies for the long-term, sustainable protection of those sites.
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Selected Route 66 Bibliography
The National Park Service Route 66 Corridor Preservation Program provides a long list of useful publications. The program's website also provides links to the following historic context studies, each of which has its own bibliography at the end of each document.
Public Law 106-45 to preserve the cultural resources of the Route 66 corridor and to authorize the Secretary of the Interior to provide assistance. The law authorized creation of the National Park Service Route 66 Corridor Preservation Program.
Route 66 Special Resource Study Public Law 102-400, the Route 66 Study Act of 1990, directed the National Park Service to conduct a
special resource study that would consider management and preservation options for Route 66.
Route 66 Study Act of 1990 Public Law 101-400 authorized a study on methods to commemorate the nationally significant highway known as
Route 66, and for other purposes.
Route 66 Corridor National Historic Context Study This study was undertaken by the National Park Service to provide a statement of historic context to facilitate the evaluation and listing of historic resources along Route 66 on the National Register of
Illinois Route 66 Historic Context Study (National Register of Historic Places Multiple Property Documentation Form)
Missouri Route 66 Historic Context Study (National Register of Historic Places Multiple Property Documentation Form)
Kansas Route 66 Historic Context Study (National Register of Historic Places Multiple Property Documentation Form)
Oklahoma Route 66 Historic Context Study (National Register of Historic Places Multiple Property Documentation Form)
Texas Route 66 Historic Context Study (National Register of Historic Places Multiple Property Documentation Form)
New Mexico Route 66 Historic Context Study (The Historic and Architectural Resources of Route 66 Through New Mexico by Dr. David Kammer, October 1992. Prepared for the New Mexico Historic Preservation Division.)
New Mexico Route 66 Historic Context Study (National Register of Historic Places Multiple Property Documentation Form)
Description and Historic Context for Pre-1937 Highway Alignments Excerpt from "Route 66 Through New Mexico: Re-Survey Report" by Dr. David Kammer, March 2003. Prepared for the New Mexico Historic Preservation Division through grant funds from the National Park Service Route 66 Corridor Preservation Program.
Arizona Route 66 Historic Context Study (National Register of Historic Places Multiple Property Documentation Form)
National Register of Historic Places Nomination Forms:
Dell Rhea’s Chicken Basket
Lou Mitchell’s Restaurant
Soulsby Service Station
Standard Oil Gas Station
Route 66-Litchfield to Mount Olive
Route 66-Cayuga to Chenoa
Route 66-Girard to Nilwood
Route 66 by Carpenter Park
11 Street Arkansas River Bridge
Milk Bottle Grocery
Jackson Conoco Service Station
Arcadia Round Barn
Historic American Buildings Survey links:
Rio Puerco Bridge
Route 66 Corridor Preservation Program: Cost-Share Grant Award Recipients:
2007 Grant Awards
Wigwam Motel, Holbrook, AZ
Ariston Café, Litchfield, IL
Blue Swallow Motel, Tucumcari, NM
2006 Grants Awards
Vickery Phillips 66 Station
2005 Grant Awards
Eisler Bros Store, Riverton, KS
Brush Creek, Cherokee Co, KS
Seaba Station, Chandler, OK
Round Barn, Arcadia, OK
2004 Grant Awards
Soulsby Station, Mt. Olive, IL
2003 Grant Awards
Village, Holbrook, AZ
El Rancho, Gallup, NM
2002 Grant Awards
Ambler’s Gas Station, Dwight, IL
Litchfield-to-Mt. Olive Bike Trail, IL
2001 Grant Awards
Aztec Hotel, Monrovia, CA
Rock Café, Stroud, OK
Cunningham, Rich and Bob Moore, The Complete Route 66 Guidebook and Atlas, Route 66 Magazine, 2003.
Curtis, C. H., Missouri US 66 Tour Book, Curtis Enterprises, 1994.
Davies, Vivian and Darin Kuna, Guide To Historic Route 66 in California, California Historic Route 66 Association, 1994.
Jakle, John A. and Keith A. Sculle, Fast Food: Roadside Restaurants in the Automobile Age, Baltimore: The John Hopkins University Press, 1994.
Jakle, John A. and Keith A. Sculle, The Gas Station in America, Baltimore, MD: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1994.
Knowles, Jim, Route 66 Adventure Handbook, Santa Monica, CA: Santa Monica Press, LLC, 2006.
Krim, Arthur, Route 66: Iconography of the American Highway, Center for American Places, 2006.
Liebs, Chester H., Main Street to Miracle Mile: American Roadside Architecture, Baltimore, MD: Little, Brown and Company, 1985.
Magnum, Richard K. and Sherry G. Mangum, Route 66 Across Arizona: A Comprehensive Two-Way Guide for Touring Route 66, Flagstaff, AZ: Hexagon Press, Inc., 2001.
McClanahan, Jerry, EZ66 Guide, National Historic Route 66 Federation, 2008.
National Historic Route 66 Federation, Route 66 Dining and Lodging Guide, 2008.
Olsen, Russell A., The Complete Route 66 Lost & Found, Saint Paul, MN: MBI Publishing Company, 2008.
Piotrowski, Scott, Finding the End of the Mother Road: Route 66 in Los Angeles County, 66 Productions, 2003.
Priddy, Emily, Route 66 For Kids. (this resource is only available online)
Rittenhouse, Jack, Guide to Highway 66, University of New Mexico Press, 1989.
Ross, Jim, Oklahoma Route 66, Arcadia, OK: Ghost Town Press, 2001.
Snyder, Tom, Route 66 Traveler's Guide and Roadside Companion, New York: St. Martin's Griffin, 2000.
Wallis, Michael, Route 66 The Mother Road, New York: St. Martin’s Griffin, 1990.
Weiss, Jim, Traveling the New, Historic Route 66 of Illinois, Frankfort, Illinois: A. O. Motivation Programs, 1997.