Main Street of America?

The ‘Main Street of America’ moniker was used for several early highways in America. Of course, its most famous application was and is with Route 66. But this early road brochure, from 1926, show other routes trumpeted it too. U.S. 40 was a true cross-country road. Atlantic City, N.J. is on the eastern end and San Francisco on the west. This vintage brochure highlights the section of 40 connecting St. Louis to Kansas City to Denver. Interestingly, the map shows a rare version of U.S. 66 being labeled as U.S. 60. U.S. 66 was originally given the number 60, but a mini-dispute among states and federal highway authorities saw a last-minute switch. The number 66 was given to the Chicago-Los Angeles route instead. And U.S. 60 was given to the road that stretched from Virginia to Arizona.


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