Celebrating 90 years of the Main Street of America
On November 11, 1926, a highway opened that would become one of the most famous roads in America – U.S. Route 66.
Since 1926, Route 66 served as a path for people traveling cross-country, especially those migrating West during the Dust Bowl of the 1930s. From Santa Monica to Chicago, this highway served as a gateway for communities and businesses all across the Midwest and opened many opportunities for states west of the Mississippi River.
The Mother Road – the nickname created by John Steinbeck in the novel “Grapes of Wrath” – winds its way through eight states. From California, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Missouri and Illinois, Route 66 stretches 2,451 total miles.
Route 66 has 90 years of memories and ties together many historical landmarks in the United States. Located in Santa Fe, New Mexico, the San Miguel Mission is the oldest church in the U.S. The chapel was built sometime between 1610 and 1626. There is also a stretch of road between Afton and Miami, Oklahoma, that is the only nine-foot-wide segment left from the original Route 66.
To celebrate the 90th anniversary, a special 1 oz Get Your Kicks on Route 66 Silver Round has been produced. This incredible design features the famous Route 66 sign, as well as a spot for each state Route 66 crosses through. The reverse shows the Route 66 sign, as well as the phrase “Get your kicks” along with the weight and purity of the round.
As part of commemorating this anniversary of America’s Highway, APMEX is giving away 66 - 1 oz Get Your Kicks on Route 66 Silver Rounds. Between November 11 and November 25, 2016, any purchase of qualifying 1 oz Silver Route 66 rounds automatically enters you for a chance to win a 1 oz Get Your Kicks on Route 66 Silver round. You can read the full rules and other ways to enter here!