MO—Visit Missouri: Route 66 By Derek Anderson, Joel Anderson, 2023
- MO—Visit Missouri: Route 66
Route 66, AKA "The Mother Road" was established on November 11, 1926, and ultimately stretched 2,448 miles from Chicago to Los Angeles. Starting in Chicago, westbound travelers traversed a series of towns in Illinois before arriving in St. Louis. Route 66 across Missouri stretched 317 miles and connected a variety of large cities and small towns, traversing rolling hills and valleys. Heading westbound the route traveled through these cites and towns in Missouri: St. Louis, Cuba, Rolla, Lebanon, Springfield, Carthage and Joplin. The Mother Road followed much of the Kickapoo, or Osage, Trail, an Indian trail that later became the Old Wire Road. Experience the iconic and legendary Route 66 in all its glory in Missouri. The state is home to some of the most iconic attractions along the historic highway, including Meramec Caverns, Gary's Gay Parita Sinclair Gas Station, and many more. This poster depicts Hooker's Cut, the four lane section of of Route 66 through the 90 feet of solid rock. The cut itself is only about 4/10 of a mile long in the middle of a mile long section of new road but it required blasting, crushing and moving 280,000 cubic yards of limestone at a cost of about $245,000.00, in 1942 dollars, not including paving. The artists of Anderson Design Group rendered this classic Route 66 road trip design in the spirit of a vintage travel poster. This original illustration is available as a poster, print, notecard, postcard, canvas, or metal sign.