- Heartbeat of America’s Mother Road
Jim Conkle speaks about one of America’s most treasured but often forgotten icons is fading. Route 66 – sprinkled with mom ‘n’ pop diners, neon signs and funky roadside attractions – tells a compelling story of not only America’s historical move West, but of our country’s culture itself.
Route 66 historian and preservationist Jim Conkle (often referred to as the modern day “Will Rogers of Route 66”) is taking a 66-day pilgrimage across the U.S. to raise awareness about protecting the nation’s “Mother Road.”
Jim led a 66-day caravan from “pier to pier” – Santa Monica to Chicago – posting “Roadside Attraction” signs highlighting special sites, treasured landmarks and vintage establishments along the 2,448-mile historical route. The signs will serve as a road map for future travelers who want to know where to stop and take in the road’s unique history.