The Along Route 66 Bookstore

The first two books are my own. Most of the rest I have used in my research.

Along Route 66: The Architecture of America's Highway: This proports to be a book on the architecture of the old highway, but actually it is a great read aloud guide book. Take it with you on your trip and read the stories about the places that you see and the people who built them. For this book I picked up where Kelly and I left off, with one great advantage: the internet had been invented and I used Yahoo! people search to locate the people I interviewed and phoned them.

Route 66: The Highway and Its People: Published in 1988, it was the first book on Route 66 and, according to Amazon's reviewers, still the best. Susan Croce Kelly and I spent seven years traveling Route 66, taking it one state at a time, interviewing the people who invented Route 66. We started in 1978, in the nick of time, before the inventors had retired from the roadside. We used their buildings to locate them. If the person behind the counter was not the original owner of the building, he/she could tell us who was and help us locate them.

Bunion Derby: The 1928 Footrace Across America: CC Pyle's Bunion Derby was the first of the great events that put Route 66 on the map and into America's lexicon.

C.C. Pyle's Amazing Foot Race: The True Story of the 1928 Coast-to-Coast Run Across America: A second Bunion Derby book.

A Guide Book to Highway 66: Jack D. Rittenhouse wrote this guidebook in 1946 and brought it back into print after the Route 66 boom started. It is a picture of the road after the Great Depression and World War II and before the boom that followed the war.

Searching For 66 : Tom Teague set out on Route 66 at about the same time I did and conducted interviews, including one with Gladys Cutberth the widow of Jack Cutberth, who worked for the U.S. Highway 66 Association and traveled and promoted the road.

Route 66: Traveler's Guide and Roadside Companion: Tom Snyder's guide is a useful complement to Along Route 66 and Rittenhouse's guide.

Route 66: The Mother Road 75th Anniversary Edition: Michael Wallis's book is the second Route 66 book and a huge bestseller.

Tales From the Coral Court: Photos & Stories from a Lost Route 66 Landmark: Shellee Graham's ode to the Coral Court, the classic steamline moderne, no-tell-motel on Watson Road, Route 66 in St. Louis.

The Missouri U. S. 66 Tour Book: Skip Curtis's Guide to Missouri 66, illustrated with old photographs and postcards.

Route 66 Across New Mexico: A Wanderer's Guide: Jill Schneider's very informative book on the history and configuration of Route 66 in New Mexico.

The Route 66 Cookbook: Marian Clark's cookbook is more that recipes. It is stories about the people who fed us as we took to the road.

Hogs On 66: Best Feed and Hangouts for Roadtrips on Route 66: Wallis and Clark teamed up for a second book on food.

Here It Is! The Route 66 Map Series: A series of helpful maps to the road.

Route 66 Adventure Handbook: Expanded Third Edition (Route 66 Series)

Route 66 Lost & Found: Ruins and Relics Revisited

Traveling Route 66: 2,250 Miles of Motoring History from Chicago to L.A.

If you want a feel for what the road was like during the Great Depression, buy a WPA Guide of each state the road passes throuhg. Some are pricey, but worth the price. They are books you will pass on to your children.

THE WPA GUIDE TO ILLINOIS (American Guide Series.)

Missouri: The Wpa Guide to the

The WPA Guide to 1930s Kansas

The WPA Guide to 1930s Oklahoma

The WPA guide to Texas: With a new introduction

The Wpa Guide to 1930's New Mexico

The Wpa Guide to the 1930's Arizona

The WPA Guide to California