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Route 66 officially came into existence on November 11, 1926. Following a successful campaign by Tulsan Cyrus Avery, Tulsa was included on the route for the new highway. Avery served on the planning commission for the U.S. Bureau of Public Roads, a group formed in the mid-1920s to connect hundreds of existing roads across the country into an improved nationwide network for the automobile age.
Originating in Chicago, Route 66 runs through eight states before ending in Santa Monica, California. The highway became one of the most famous roads in the U.S. with many references in popular culture and multiple nicknames. The “Mother Road” became a symbol of freedom, mobility, and independence and also spurred economic growth along its path.
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