Route 66, the “Mother Road”, opened California up for both vacationers and travelers seeking a new life there. Running over old established trails that the earliest settlers blazed while heading west, Route 66 became the highway of dreams to “The Promised Land”. It crossed the desert, then entered the San Bernardino Valley and ended up at the famous pier in Santa Monica, overlooking the Pacific Ocean. The road became legendary, as did the Golden State, in oft repeated stories of sunny, warm weather and lack of rainfall in the land of palm trees.
It’s U.S. Route number was assigned by the American Association of State Highway Officials in late 1926 when the highway got it’s start and was accepted by the Automobile Club of Southern California in 1928. Seen above are a two hard working Route 66 sign inspectors assuring quality while living the easy life there in the late 1930′s. You can find many more Route 66 related articles with photos from the Joe Sonderman Collection previously posted on here The Old Motor. And take a moment to check out Joe’s new book, Route 66 in Texas.