Route 66 is one of the most iconic routes in America, celebrated in story, song, films, folklore and personal recollections for years. Known as “The Mother Road,” it opened the West to millions of travelers, tourists, and fortune-seekers as early as 1926 and has since served as a vital and eclectic pathway for years. In the mid to late 1950s, travelers began to favor super highways with the introduction of the new Interstate system, abandoning the historic highway’s scenic mystique for faster, more efficient travel.
In its post-war heyday, Route 66 was home to roadside attractions, serving as a passageway for those making the pilgrimage West. Gas stations, motels, and diners looked to attract tourists with unconventional, yet memorable features—a wigwam motel, an iceberg café, even a Reptile Ranch—to name a few.
In 66 ON 66: A Photographer’s Journey (Schaffner Press), acclaimed photographer Terrence Moore, chronicles this historic highway with 66 of his finest 35 mm color film images, with Foreword by Michael Wallis, Pulitzer and National Book Award-nominated journalist and historian of the American West, and Afterword by renowned photographer and historian Clark Worswick.
Moore first traveled Route 66 and other roads with his parents in the early 1950s. Though he has covered this subject for more than forty years as a professional photographer, his work has never been collected in book form—until now.
Moore’s stunning collection of these iconic images— taken over the course of 40-years, from Missouri to California, is a striking visual record of years gone by, and the sights and scenes we’ve left behind on one of America’s most celebrated and iconic travel destinations. More at www.TerrenceMoore.com.
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