Jan 26 2010
We’ve driven on the Old National Road with its S Bridges; traveled the Lincoln Highway in Pennsylvania; veered off the Interstate for Old Red Ten; and unknowingly followed parts of the Jefferson Highway. Perhaps the most famous of the old roads, however, hadn’t been a part of our path: Route 66.
While the Lincoln Highway enjoys some recognition, the Old National Road, Old Red Ten, and the Jefferson Highway are less widely-known. Route 66, though? Everyone’s heard of it.
The portion of Route 66 we traveled was in Kansas. Kansas only has 13 miles of the famed road, but they connect the rest of the pieces together. The Mother Road was instrumental in guiding us turn-by-turn on our Kansas Route 66 adventure.
The highlight of our short Route 66 tour was the “rainbow bridge” north of Baxter Springs, Kansas. This old bridge is still accessible to one-way traffic, and the kids thought it was fun to drive across it, just as they enjoyed driving across an S bridge in Ohio.
The history of the bridge is marked at the site.
It is the only remaining “marsh arch” bridge on Route 66.
Someday I’m going to drive these old roads from end-to-end, but for now I’ll have to settle for bits and pieces as we come across them. I’m enjoying the ride.