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Old 07-04-2015, 08:02 PM
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Originally Posted by pnwguy2 View Post
By the 1950's, many of todays major freeway routes had a primary U.S. or State highway either in the exact same place, parallel or very nearby. Not everyone, but many of todays two digit freeways did. I have old maps from 1950-52 to prove it! True, you had to drive through almost every little town, but as someone put it earlier, traffic was nothing compared to what it has become today.
It's the red lights and stop signs that get you even in the small towns. Back then you'd have hit a lot of them since even the small towns still mostly preserved city blocks instead of long stretches of main road with strip centers and apartment complexes on the side,
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Old 04-14-2017, 09:35 PM
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To accurately answer this question the proper point of view and a few assumptions must be taken. First, it was 1955, before the interstate highway system, so the proper maps need to be used for reference (here is a good one: http://www.vidiani.com/maps/maps_of_...em_of_1955.jpg).
Second, they said it was a two week trip, mostly because of the side trips Lucy wanted to make, but roads were not as direct as today so it would take longer to travel anywhere.
Anyway, it's a safe bet they ultimately wanted to get on Route 66, so normally they would have traveled west through NJ, PA, OH, and OK on Routes 22 and 40. But since they got put in jail in Bent Fork, TN it can be assumed they decided to visit Mamoth Caves, KY, and then travel across western TN on Route 33 to Route 70 and then Route 64 through AR and then OK.
Picking up Rt 66 in Oklahoma City they would then proceed to Ethel's hometown of Albuquerque, NM and then Los Angeles, CA.
The trip could have been made in less than two weeks, but it was a leisure trip, not the Gumball Rally, so time wasn't necessarily a factor.
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