Route 66 Beef Jerky has the best beef jerky in the world! Try our world famous green chile beef jerky, red chile beef jerky, peppered beef jerky or traditional beef jerky. 7500 Central SE
Albuquerque, New Mexico 87108
505.255.7950


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Historic Route 66, US Highway 66, "The Mother Road" -
Get Your Kicks on Route 66

Route 66 Beef Jerky is located on the world famous route from Chicago to Los Angeles, originally named U.S. Highway 66, and dubbed “America’s Main Street” by an advertising copywriter* before the road was born in 1926. As numerous pieces of state highways were connected to each other to complete the road and the automobile became more and more important in the lives of Americans, Route 66 became very popular.

Route 66 had many nicknames, among them "the Mother Road" by John Steinbeck, who devoted a whole chapter* in Grapes of Wrath to the path that led poor Oklahoma farmers out of the Dust Bowl drought that plagued their state and into the agricultural paradise that was California.

Route 66 was responsible for mobilizing Americans. Many other adventurers, including servicemen returning home from World War II, followed the “Okies” and followed their dreams down the highway in both directions.

Merchants along the way took advantage of the Route 66 phenomenon. “In New Mexico, historian David Kammer says, at one point in a 17-mile stretch in and around Albuquerque, New Mexico, 110 motor courts thrived.”*

When Bobby Troupe arrived in California with his song immortalizing the highway, Nat King Cole became the first of close to 200 performers to record “Get Your Kicks on Route 66.”**

And in the fall television lineup of 1960, Martin Milner and George Maharis traveled up and down the highway in a baby-blue Corvette convertible, stopping and filming in just about every city and town along the way before the series ended. The name of the series? “Route 66”

*Amy Wilson. “U.S. Route 66: Historic Road Is Time Line of America,” from the Orange County (California) Register, January 18, 2002.

* Bandleader Bobby Troupe wrote "Get Your Kicks On Route 66," in 1946 as he and his wife traveled “America’s Highway” to California in search of their American Dream.

If you ever plan to motor west
Travel my way, take the highway that's the best
Get your kicks on Route 66.
It winds from Chicago to L.A.
More than 2,000 miles all the way.
Get your kicks on Route 66.
You go through St. Louie, Joplin, Missouri
And Oklahoma City looks mighty pretty.
You'll see Amarillo, Gallup, New Mexico
Flagstaff, Arizona, don't forget Winona
Kingman, Barstow, San Bernardino.
Won't you get hip to this timely tip
When you make that California trip
Get your kicks on Route 66.

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