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Jalopies, Junkyards, & Route 66
also known as the Will Rogers Highway after the humorist, and colloquially known as the "Main Street of America" or the "Mother Road" (In
The Grapes of Wrath
, the highway is called "The Mother Road")
established on November 11, 1926
originally went from Chicago, Illinois to Las Angeles, California covering about 2,448 miles.
Route 66 was a major path of the migrants who went west, especially during the Dust Bowl of the 1930s
Route 66 song!
tons of route 66 links at
extensive route 66 timeline:
Unlike the 1920s, in which car manufacturers focused mainly on aesthetics, cars of the 1930s were more function oriented
The 1930s had many new innovations when it came to cars including hydraulic brakes and V16 engines
Cars also became smoother and more aerodynamic reducing wind resistance and increasing performance
Low pressure balloon tires took the place of hard-riding high-pressure tires, thus improving stability
The 1930s also saw the rise of the "Big 3" automakers: Ford, GM, and Chrysler
A list of many cars produced in the 1930s:
The video below shows many cars made in the 1930s. In the 1930s, it is unlikely that this many cars would have been on the road given the depression, however this video was made by the U.K. Commercial Travelers Association to increase awareness of the usefulness of cars.
Because of the amount of cars created in the 1920s, junk yards were made a popular place to send worn out cars
The rise of junk yards was also because automotive technology progressed so quickly that many old cars became obsolete
Before being placed in junk yards, cars were scrapped for their parts to make new, better cars
Below is a junk yard filled with cars from the 1920s
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