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Route 66: Iconography of the American Highway

Route 66: Iconography of the American Highway

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Overview

Route 66 was the iconic highway of twentieth-century America, stretching from downtown Chicago to the Mississippi River at East St. Louis and proceeding through the Indian lands of Oklahoma and the Southwest to Los Angeles and the Pacific Coast, connecting Americans physically and culturally. In this engaging, meticulously researched, and fully illustrated study, Arthur Krim explores the fascinating history and complex symbolism behind this most famous American highway—both on the ground and in the mind.

Route 66 traces the iconography of US 66 first as an idea, then as a fact, and finally as an enduring symbol found in classic American books and films, songs and television programs, and pop art. While the antecedents of Route 66 are to be found in the prehistoric trade and hunting paths of the Indian peoples, in the Spanish expeditions of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, and in the wagon trails and railroad routes of the nineteenth century, construction of Route 66 during the twentieth century ushered in the revolutionary era of the modern American highway and of cross-country automobile travel.

In his innovative study, Krim discloses how the highway transcended its gravel and concrete physicality to become an enduring metaphor for the American spirit of exploration and discovery, freedom and hope that is historically found by its people heading west. He draws on a wealth of scholarly and visual materials to examine how Route 66 evolved through each passing generation, from Main Street boosters during the road's early development to John Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath during the Dust Bowl years, from Bobby Troup's unforgettable '(Get Your Kicks on) Route 66' to renditions of the song by Chuck Berry and the Rolling Stones during the early rock and roll years, from Jack Kerouac's classic book, On the Road, to the cult film, 'Easy Rider,' and the television drama, 'Route 66,' during the pop culture years, to recent regional and mass-marketing advertising of products that rely on the transcendent Route 66 name.

Combining history and geography, metaphor and captivating iconography, Krim reveals how Route 66 compressed disparate socio-economic events, traditional democratic ideals, and emerging cultural ideas into the national memory of Route 66 that prevails today. Route 66, now available in an elegant paperback edition, is a pioneering book not to be missed.

** Nominated for a 2015 IPPY Award" from the Independent Publishers Association **



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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781938086168
Publisher: George F Thompson Publishing
Publication date: 09/01/2014
Edition description: The Commemorative Edition
Pages: 248
Product dimensions: 7.90(w) x 9.60(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Arthur Krim is an independent writer, geographer, and architectural historian based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and a founding member of the Society for Commercial Archeology. He has worked professionally for decades as a research consultant and lecturer with various institutions, including the Boston Architectural Center, Cambridge Historical Commission, Clark University, Massachusetts Historical Commission, Salve Regina University, and Sotheby's Photographs. His research articles on Route 66 have appeared in Landscape, Journal of Cultural Geography, and Journal of Historical Geography, among other scholarly journals, and in two books, Roadside America and Place, Power, Situation and Spectacle. For his book,Route 66, Arthur Krim was awarded the prestigious J. B. Jackson Prize of the Association of American Geographers for the best book in cultural geography.

DENIS WOOD, an independent writer and geographer based in Raleigh, North Carolina, was a distinguished professor of design at North Carolina State University from 1974 to 1998. His many acclaimed and influential books include The Power of Maps, which was a History Book Club and a Quality Paperback Book Club selection, Rethinking the Power of Maps with John Fels and John Krygier, Everything Sings: Maps for a Narrative Atlas, Five Billion Years of Global Change: A History of the Land, and the classic, Home Rules, with Robert Beck.

Table of Contents


List of Figures
Preface and Acknowledgments
Introduction:  Highway Icon
     Iconography
     Physical Setting
 
Part I
Before the Fact: The Route in the Mind
 
CHAPTER ONE: PREFIGURED PATHWAY
Clovis and Folsom Occupation of the Southern High Plains
Chaco and Cahokia
Spanish and French
Santa Fe Trail
 
CHAPTER TWO: THIRTY-FIFTH PARALLEL ROUTE
Benton and Fremont
California Gold
Simpson and Sitgreaves
Gwin and Kern
Beale Wagon Road
South-West Branch
Chicago Pullmans
 
CHAPTER THREE: CONSTRUCTING THE ROUTE AS A RAILROAD
Palmer and Greenwood
Santa Fe Railroad
Lewis Kingman
William Hood
Grand Canyon
Indian Territory
Rock Island Line
 
Part II
From Idea to Fact:  Putting Route 66 on the Ground
 
CHAPTER FOUR:  NATIONAL AUTO TRAILS
Automobiling
New York to Paris
Sixty-Second Mile
Sunset Trail
Ocean-to-Ocean Highway
National Old Trails Road
Ozark Trails Association
 
CHAPTER FIVE: ROUTE NUMBER 66
Federal Roads
Federal Route Numbers
Shield Signs
Final Numbering
Kentucky Objections
Number 66
U.S. Highway 66
Final Numbering
Resignations
Numbered Legacy
 
CHAPTER SIX: MAIN STREET HIGHWAY
Highway 66 Association
Bunion Derby
Phillips 66
Los Angeles Olympics
 
CHAPTER SEVEN: DUST BOWL HIGHWAY 83
Black Sunday
Pare Lorentz
Dorothea Lange
Sallisaw
On U.S. 66
Postscript
 
Part III
From Fact to Symbol:  The Route 66 of Our Imagination
 
CHAPTER EIGHT:  MOTHER ROAD
Salinas
Harvest Gypsies
Oklahoma Trip
The Oklahomans
Sallisaw
Highway 66
The Grapes of Wrath
Die Route 66
Ikari No Budo
 
CHAPTER NINE: FILMING HIGHWAY 66
Daryl Zanuck
Nunnally Johnson
Otto Brower
Joad Family Trek
Woodie Guthrie
 
CHAPTER TEN:  (GET YOUR KICK ON) ROUTE SIXTY-SIX!
Jack Rittenhouse
Bobby Troup
Howard Johnson's
Get Your Kicks
Nat King Cole
Capitol Sessions
Song Map
Christmas Song
 
CHAPTER ELEVEN:  INTERSTATE HIGHWAYS
Highway 66 Association
Postcard Motels
Turner Turnpike
Magic Motorways
Interstate Highways
Interstate Numbering
Interstate 66
Route 66 is Dead! Long Live Route 66!
 
CHAPTER TWELVE: ROCK AND ROLL
On the Road
The Searchers
Route 66
Chuck Berry
The Rolling Stones
Route 66
Them
 
CHAPTER THIRTEEN:  POP ART HIGHWAY
Twentysix Gasoline Stations
Easy Rider
Cadillac Ranch
Micro-Soft
 
CHAPTER FOURTEEN:  MAGICAL ROAD
Chicago Signs
Williams, Arizona
Magical Road
 
CHAPTER FIFTEEN:  HIGHWAY ICON REVISITED
Imaginary Lines and Magical Numbers
Auto River
Western Highway
Brief Moments
Postwar Memory
 
NOTES
INDEX
ABOUT THE AUTHOR AND THE EDITOR

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