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Photos: The Autry Celebrates The Iconic Route 66 With A New Exhibit

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The Autry's latest exhibit leads viewers down the most iconic of American roads June 8 through January 4.

Route 66 runs 2,400 miles from Chicago to Los Angeles. While the highway systems may have swiped a great portion of its traffic leading to its decommission in 1985, the nostalgia of the great American roadtrip remains.

The Autry National Center of the American West's "Route 66: The Road and the Romance" presents over 250 artifacts from the Mother Road including Jack Kerouac's manuscript for On the Road, original signage and an early Jackson Pollock painting. The Autry has compiled the items from private collections across the country, and many have never been seen before.

The Autry's Gamble Curator of Western History, Popular Culture and Firearms, Jeffrey Richardson, created the exhibit with Jim Faber, project advisor and contributing curator.

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"The hope is that after seeing this exhibition, visitors will leave with the notion that there is still a lot of work to be done but that there is now a concerted effort to document and preserve what is considered one of America's great resources," Richardson said in a statement.

In addition to the exhibit, there are a few other, fun related events. The Museum of Neon Art is hosting a bus tour of DTLA's neon art on August 21 and there will be a theatrical reading of Beat poetry works on September 11. (Full list here.)

The Autry is located at 4700 Western Heritage Way in Griffith Park. They're open Tues. through Friday, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Admission is $10 for adults, $6 for seniors and students, $4 for children 3-12 and free or children under 2, veterans and museum members. Every second Tuesday of the month is free.