The Route 66, also known as the mother road, is one of the most famous streets in the USA and in the world. One of the dreaming trips I would like to do at least once in my lifetime is a USA Coast to Coast. One of the POI of that trip will be, of course, the exact starting point of the Route 66.
Looking on the internet I’ve learned that the point has been moved several times in the past. In 1933 Route 66 starting point was at the corner between Jackson Blvd and Michigan Ave. , Chicago, IL.
Here is a nice image of that, shot from Google Maps.
In 1933 the starting point of Route 66 was moved east for the world fair to Jackson and Lake Shore Drive.
In 1955 Jackson Dlvd. become one Jackson Blvd became one way (in the pic above, it’s the street on the left, the one where to yellow bus is going out), Adams St. became the westbound US-66. In the pic below, Adams St. is the one on the right.
Basically, even if today the starting point of Historical Route 66 is marked at the corner between Adams Street and Michigan Avenue (pic number 2), the real 66 never started from there, but from Jackson Blvd. and Michigan Ave. (pic number 1). That’s a thing not everyone knows, now me and you do.
As a suggestion, please visit www.historic66.com to have more informations about 66 and all the way this amazing street does along the USA.
Here is a pic of the road sign of beginning of Historical Route 66. Geo-coordinates are: