If you're lucky enough to remember the TV show, Route 66, you may be impressed by the fact that Historic Route 66 runs through our fair city of St. Clair!

Route 66 was officially established on November 11, 1926, and this date is celebrated every year at various sites along what's affectionately called “the mother road”. It was decommissioned on June 27, 1985, and although a somewhat sad date, it too is remembered every year.

Cyrus Avery, known as the “father of Route 66”, was responsible for first mapping the route that would become Route 66. Beginning at Jackson Blvd. and Michigan Avenue in Chicago, the road runs through Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico and Arizona, finally ending up in Santa Monica, California. It covers a total of 2400 miles, and was originally the “National Old Trails Highway”.

Route 66 is more than just a road, however, since it has become a symbol of our country's 20th century trek west. It embodies all the dreams, tears and trials that motivated Americans as they made the long trip west throughout the years of the road's heyday.

While old Route 66 no longer shows up on maps, anyone interested in taking a tour of Historic Route 66 may want to purchase a map or guide on the Historic 66 site. There are also great books, DVD's, and lots of other info on this site, as well as links to various photos that might be of interest to history buffs.

For those traveling Route 66 or coming to St. Clair by any other road, if you've decided this is the place you want to call home, the Hickinbotham Real Estate Team is ready to help you find the perfect spot in this beautiful countryside. Contact us online or give me, Scott Hickinbotham or Cathy Wilson, a call today at 636-399-2296/636-399-4285.