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Quiz about Places on Route 66
Quiz about Places on Route 66

Places on Route 66 Trivia Quiz

Well, it winds from Chicago to LA. But do you know what's in between? Match the places mentioned in the famous Bobby Troup song with the marks on the map. The numbers refer to the order in which the places are mentioned in the song.

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Jun 10 24
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San Bernadino Flagstaff Oklahoma City Kingman Winona Joplin Barstow Gallup Amarillo St. Louis
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Quiz Answer Key and Fun Facts
1. St. Louis

"(Get Your Kicks on) Route 66" is a popular rhythm and blues song written by American songwriter Bobby Troup in 1946. The song was first recorded by Nat King Cole and has since become a classic, covered by numerous artists including Chuck Berry, The Rolling Stones and Depeche Mode.

The song captures the essence of America's iconic Route 66, celebrating the journey and the destinations along the way. The lyrics highlight various cities and towns along the route, from Chicago to Los Angeles, inviting listeners to take a journey along this historic highway.

Bobby Troup wrote the song after a road trip he took with his wife from Pennsylvania to California. Inspired by the adventures and scenic route, Troup crafted the lyrics to reflect the excitement and allure of the open road. The catchy melody and memorable lyrics contributed to the song's enduring popularity, making it an anthem for road travel and a symbol of the American spirit of adventure.

Not surprisingly, the first stop mentioned in the song is St. Louis, known for its role in the westward expansion of the United States, epitomised by the Gateway Arch. The city served as a starting point for many pioneers heading west.
2. Joplin

Route 66, also known as the "Main Street of America" or the "Mother Road", is one of the most famous highways in the United States. Created on 11 November 1926, it originally ran from Chicago, Illinois to Santa Monica, California, a total of 2,448 miles (3,940 km). Route 66 crossed eight states: Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and California.

This iconic road played a significant role in American history, especially during the Dust Bowl of the 1930s when many families travelled west in search of better opportunities. Route 66 became a symbol of freedom and the open road, encouraging the development of roadside culture with numerous motels, diners and tourist attractions springing up along its route.

The highway was officially removed from the United States Highway System in 1985, having been largely replaced by the Interstate Highway System. However, Route 66 remains a cultural icon, celebrated in literature, music and film. Efforts to preserve and commemorate the road continue, with many sections designated as National Scenic Byways, known as "Historic Route 66".

The second place mentioned in the song is Joplin. Located in the southwest corner of Missouri, Joplin was an important mining town in the early 20th century, producing lead and zinc. It became an important stop on Route 66, providing travellers with services and a glimpse of small-town Americana. Today, Joplin celebrates its Route 66 heritage with museums and restored historic sites.
3. Oklahoma City

As the capital of Oklahoma, Oklahoma City was a major stop on Route 66, offering travellers urban amenities and a taste of the American West. The city's cowboy culture is celebrated through events such as the annual Oklahoma State Fair and landmarks such as the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum.
4. Amarillo

Known for its location in the Texas Panhandle, Amarillo was a major stop on Route 66. The city's economy revolved around cattle ranching and oil. Sights include the Cadillac Ranch art installation and the Route 66 Historic District, which features preserved buildings and memorabilia.
5. Gallup

This city in New Mexico is often called the "Heart of Indian Country" because of its proximity to the Navajo and Zuni reservations. Gallup became an important stop on Route 66 because of its trading posts and rich Native American culture. The city remains a centre for Native American arts and crafts and hosts the annual Inter-Tribal Indian Ceremonial.
6. Flagstaff

As the gateway to the Grand Canyon, Flagstaff, Arizona was an essential hub for travellers seeking natural wonders. Its location on Route 66 provided access to breathtaking scenery and outdoor activities. Flagstaff's historic downtown and nearby Lowell Observatory are notable attractions.
7. Winona

The small community mentioned in the famous song is part of the larger Flagstaff area. Although less well known, it has historical significance for Route 66 travellers as a waypoint between major destinations. Winona represents the many small, often overlooked stops that contribute to the Route 66 experience.
8. Kingman

Known as "The Heart of Historic Route 66", Kingman offers a wealth of historic sites and museums dedicated to the iconic highway. Its location in western Arizona made it an important stop for travellers passing through the Mojave Desert. The city preserves its Route 66 heritage through events and landmarks such as the Powerhouse Visitor Center.
9. Barstow

Located in the Mojave Desert, Barstow, California was an important rest stop for travellers on Route 66. The town's rich railroad history and its location at the crossroads of several highways made it a bustling hub. Barstow is home to several Route 66 museums and historic sites, reflecting its importance to the highway's legacy.
10. San Bernadino

This city is one of the last major stops on Route 66 before it reaches Los Angeles. San Bernardino's citrus industry and strategic location contributed to its growth. The city is home to the first McDonald's restaurant, now a museum, which highlights its role in the development of American fast food culture.

And for those who want to sing along to "Route 66", here are the full lyrics:

"If you ever plan to motor west
Travel my way, take the highway that is best
Get your kicks on Route 66

It winds from Chicago to L.A.
More than two thousand miles all the way
Get your kicks on Route 66

Now you go through Saint Louis
Joplin, Missouri
And Oklahoma City looks oh so pretty
You see Amarillo
Gallup, New Mexico
Flagstaff, Arizona
Don't forget Winona
Kingman, Barstow, San Bernandino

Won't you get hip to this timely tip
Go and take that California trip
Get your kicks on Route 66."
Source: Author wellenbrecher

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