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The Kicks Stop Here: Route 66 Decertified This Day in 1985

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It was the iconic freewheelin' American roadway for much of the mid-20th century, but on June 27, 1985, the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials decertified the road and voted to remove all its highway signs, after 59 years of operation.

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Often called the "Main Street of America," Route 66 became a pop culture mainstay over the years, inspiring its own song (written in 1947 by Bobby Troup, "Route 66" was later recorded by artists as varied as Nat "King" Cole, Chuck Berry and the Rolling Stones) as well as a 1960s television series. More recently, the historic highway was featured prominently in the hit animated film "Cars" (2006).

Your video lunch today is a cruise down the historic route's memory lanes via some songs from the vault.

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