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The Route 66 Encyclopedia

By (author) Jim Hinckley

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An encyclopedia with a twist, " The Route 66 Encyclopedia" presents alphabetical entries on Route 66 history, landmarks, personalities, and culture, from Bobby Troup s anthem Route 66 to "The Grapes of Wrath" to the Wigwam Motel, illustrated with over 1,000 old and new, color and black-and-white photos and memorabilia. You'll learn about Jack Rittenhouse and Will Rogers as well as the contributions of lesser-known figures like Arthur Nelson and Angel Delgadillo. With references to the old (including the history of the U Drop Inn Cafe in Texas) and new (including a section about the recent "Cars" movie), "The Route 66 Encyclopedia" provides a sweeping look at a highway that has become more than just a road. These pages cover the history of Route 66 and the people who played a role in its transformation from highway to icon between 1926 and the present, but like the highway itself, this work does not fit within the traditional confines of generalities or terminology. Yes, this is an encyclopedia, a reference book for all things Route 66. However, it is also a time capsule, a travel guide, a history book, a memorial, a testimonial, and a chronicle of almost a century of societal evolution. "

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  • Hardback | 288 pages
  • 220.98 x 281.94 x 25.4mm | 1,564.89g
  • 15 Nov 2012
  • Voyageur Press Inc
  • Stillwater
  • English
  • 750 colour illustrations
  • 0760340412
  • 9780760340417
  • 194,068

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Author Information

Since his childhood, Jim Hinckley dreamed of being an author. After numerous detours into truck driving, mining, ranching, and a variety of other endeavors, he turned to writing a weekly column on automotive history for his local newspaper, the "Kingman Daily Miner," in his adopted hometown of Kingman, Arizona.From that initial endeavor more than twenty years ago, Hinckley has written extensively on his two primary passions: automotive history and travel. He is a regular contributor to "Route 66," " American Road," " Hemmings Classic Car," and "Old Cars Weekly," and he is an associate editor at "Cars & Parts." Book reviews and original features on automotive history and travel can be found on his blog, www.route66chronicles.blogspot.com.

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"Highly recommended and essential" - "Route 66 News"

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A reference book with a twist, "The Route 66 Encyclopedia "presents alphabetical entries on Route 66 history, landmarks, personalities, and culture, from Bobby Troup's anthem "Route 66" to "The Grapes of Wrath "to the Wigwam Motel, illustrated with over 1,000 old and new, color and black-and-white photos and memorabilia. You'll learn about Jack Rittenhouse and Will Rogers as well as the contributions of lesser-known figures like Arthur Nelson and Angel Delgadillo. With references to the old (including the history of the U Drop Inn Cafe in Texas) and new (including a section about the recent "Cars" movie), "The Route 66 Encyclopedia "provides a sweeping look at a highway that has become more than just a road. These pages cover the history of Route 66 and the people who played a role in its transformation from highway to icon between 1926 and the present, but like the highway itself, this work does not fit within the traditional confines of generalities or terminology. Yes, this is an encyclopedia, a reference book for all things Route 66. However, it is also a time capsule, a travel guide, a history book, a memorial, a testimonial, and a chronicle of almost a century of societal evolution.

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