Route 66 on the 6th

#Route66onthe6th

Windy City Road Warrior presents a Zoom talk series by David Clark:
Take a virtual tour of the Mother Road — on the 6th of every Month!
Get your Route 66 Kicks along with a History Fix!

  • Discover the WHO, WHAT, WHY, and WHERE of the Mother Road
  • Uncover the HIDDEN HISTORY of Route 66
  • A different Deep Dive in every Episode!

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Episode List:

  1. Route 66 in Chicago: Where the Road Begins 8/6/2020 — Video Available!
  2. Diners, Snake Pits, & Long–Haul Truckers: The Commerce of Route 66 9/6/2020 — Video Available!
  3. The Ghosts of Route 66 10/6/2020 — Video Available!
  4. Time and Place on Route 66 11/6/2020 — Video Available!
  5. Motoring West the Wright Way: Frank Lloyd Wright & Route 66 12/6/2020 — Video Available!
  6. Before the Mother Road: Route 66, Illinois 4 & the Pontiac Trail 1/6/2021 — Video Available!
  7. The Roads that Lead to Lincoln: Honest Abe on the Historic Highways of Illinois 2/6/2021 — Video Available!
  8. The Crossroads of Cause and Coincidence: Illinois Route 66 & the Mother Road 3/6/2021 — Video Available!
  9. Route 66 Roundtable 4/6/2021 — Video Available!
  10. The Rails that Blazed the Trail 5/6/2021 — Tickets Available NOW on Eventbrite!

The Rails that Blazed the Trail – May 6th 2021

Long before the first Model T motored west on the highway that’s the best, the trail that winds from Chicago to L.A. was blazed by shining steel rails. The Chicago & Alton took travelers from the Windy City to St. Louis, and the Frisco ran west from the Gateway city to Tulsa. Travelers could then take the mighty-fine Rock Island Line from Oklahoma City to Tucumcari, New Mexico. And from Albuquerque to Los Angeles, it was the Santa Fe, all the way. All aboard for a trip through time on the Rails that Blazed the Trail!

Here is a 1:31 preview, featuring a song by Johnny Horton!

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Route 66 Roundtable – April 6th 2021

Get your kicks as a panel of ROAD Scholars discuss a variety of Route 66 Topics!
Ride along as we journey into lively discourse

  • Sherry Meyer of InSites To Go on the economic development of cultural and historical assets in Chicago’s North Lawndale Neighborhood
  • Cheryl Eichar Jett on women-owned businesses and the Extraordinary Women Initiative
  • Jim Hinckley on the story of his personal journey and a virtual tour of Jim Hinckley’s America
  • Jim Livingston on the I Am Route 66 Project
  • Dave Clark on the re-opening plans of Chicago Route 66 businesses

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The Crossroads of Cause and Coincidence: Illinois Route 66 & the Mother Road – March 6th 2021

Get your kicks as we take a Road Trip on the trail across the tall-grass prairie!
Ride along as we journey into history:

  • Discover the origins of the old ILLINOIS Route 66
  • Learn of the coincidence of IL 66 and the Mother Road
  • See how the US 66 designation caused changes to the Illinois Highway Map
  • Hear about the two Illinois Routes 126
  • And how only in Illinois does IL66 + US66 = 126 ?

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The Roads that Lead to Lincoln: Honest Abe on the Historic Highways of Illinois – February 6th 2021

Get your kicks as we take a Road Trip on the trail across the tall-grass prairie!
Ride along as we journey into history:

  • Explore the life of Abraham Lincoln in Illinois
  • Learn how Abe championed the Internal Improvements of Transportation
  • Discover Lincoln’s role in building our railroad infrastructure
  • See Lincoln-related sites along Route 66 and the Lincoln Highway
  • See the bizarre ways we have used the Lincoln Legacy

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Before the Mother Road: Route 66, Illinois 4 & the Pontiac Trail – January 6th, 2021

Get your kicks as we take a Road Trip on the trail across the tall-grass prairie!
Ride along as we journey into history:

  • Explore the ancient trail that led from the Chicago River southwest across the Prairie
  • Learn how Illinois pulled out of the mud!
  • See how the Good Roads Movement led to the Pontiac Trail
  • Hear how we voted for the State to build Hard Roads
  • And how Illinois 4 blazed the trail for Route 66
Here is a 1:42 Preview of Before the Mother Road

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Motoring West the Wright Way: Frank Lloyd Wright & Route 66 – December 6th, 2020

Get your kicks as we take a Road Trip with Frank and the Fellowship!
Ride along as we Caravan from the Midwest to the Southwest

  • Follow Frank Lloyd Wright from Wisconsin to Chicago
  • Early career as draftsman for Louis Sullivan
  • Success and Scandal
  • Founding of the Taliesin Fellowship and Taliesin West
  • Wright designs in Route 66 towns, Chicago to L.A.
Watch this 2:43 minute Preview

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Time and Place on Route 66 – November 6th 2020

Get your kicks as we take a trip through Time before the Mother Road!
Discover the events of a certain Place, over many different Times:

  • The devastation of the Great Chicago Fire
  • Mary Lincoln’s Time of Distress
  • The place where Time became Standard
  • An airship’s final Landing Place
  • Plus architects, hoteliers, robber barons, and so much more!
Watch this 2:05 minute Preview

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The Ghosts of Route 66 – October 6th 2020

Get your kicks as we take a “Spirited” trip down the Mother Road!
Discover the Ghost Stories — and the Ghost Towns of the Highway

  • Stories of the Supernatural from all 8 States
  • A Tour of Ghost signs, Ghost businesses, and Ghost Towns
Watch this 2:25 minute Preview – If you Dare!

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Diners, Snake Pits & Long‐Haul Truckers: The Commerce of Route 66 – September 6th 2020

Get your kicks doing Business on Route 66!
Discover the unique ways highway travel transformed U.S. Commerce:

  • Railroads concentrated economic growth in clusters near depots
  • But Route 66 allowed for Commerce at ANY SPOT along the road
  • Goods and services spread across rural and small town America
Watch this 3:25 minute preview!

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Route 66 in Chicago: Where the Road Begins – August 6th 2020

In this episode:

  • WHY Route 66 BEGINs in Chicago
  • WHERE to find 66 in the City
  • A “virtual DRIVE” of the Mother Road in the Windy City
Watch this 91 Second Preview!

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