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Where Does Route 66 Really End?

Dan Rice, former president of the California Historic Route 66 Association, says he will "unwrap the mystery" Sunday at a talk at the Santa Monica Main Library

Jack Kerouac got his kicks on it, "Oakies" took it to flee the Dust Bowl, and it's storied in music and movies. The destination of Route 66 is one of Santa Monica's claims to fame.

But several locations are said to be the terminus, according to the Santa Monica Conservancy, so where does it truly end?

Dan Rice, Past President of the California Historic Route 66 Association, promises to "unwrap the mystery" Sunday during a lecture at the Santa Monica Main Library. The talk, titled "The Aullure of the Road" is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Sunday at the library, 601 Santa Monica Blvd.

Rice, who has traveled the route 27 times, and who runs the "66-to-Cali" shop on the Santa Monica Pier, will of the famed highway and reveal its true final location in Santa Monica.

The highway became obsolete with the emergence of the interstate highway system in the 1960s, but Route 66 "has enjoyed a nostalgic resurgence" according to the conservancy.

Rice will discuss the history of "America’s Main Street," and "how everyone from real life characters like Jack Kerouac and Al Capone to fictional ones like Forrest Gump 'got their kicks on Route 66.'"

Sunday's event is free, but reservations are recommended. Leave a message at  (310) 496-3146 or email rsvp@smconservancy.org.

Scott Piotrowski February 28, 2013 at 03:16 PM
Historians know where the road really ended: 7th and Broadway in the heart of the Theater District in Downtown Los Angeles. In 1936 it was extended to Lincoln and Olympic in Santa Monica then in 1964 it was truncated to Colorado and Arroyo Parkway in Pasadena. In 1974 it was truncated again to the California / Arizona border and in 1984 it was decertified. Any other questions regarding the terminus?
Harry Chauncy February 28, 2013 at 04:07 PM
Thanks Scott. Very interesting. I am a fan of Patch and don't want to be hypercritical, but I don't like being teased in the news. I don't plan to go to the talk but I would like to be able to read the information to which they refer.

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