The Route 66, also called Will Rogers Highway, is maybe the most famous original highway of the USA. It was established in 1926 and it ran from Santa Monica CA to Chicago IL. As time passed it was bypassed by the Interstate road system and it was officially removed from the US highway system in 1985.

However, as a historic reminiscence its remnants are now labeled as a scenic byway with ‘Historic Route 66’ signs. Many roadside reminiscences and curiosities are left reminding the traveller of the exciting past when the country was developed for long distance car travels.

While some old historic motels and gas stations are still in use, many are abandoned and prone to decay. In August 2016 photographer Ralph Graef created a portrait of the Historic Route 66 from California to New Mexico. My photo series is split in two parts: 1. California and 2. Arizona and New Mexico.

Within this series, the photo ‘Gassing up at Roy’s’ won the travel category in the Sony World Photography Award 2017 and the Germany National Award in the same contest.

Enjoy the ride…

[MORE] – Far Out’s complete guide to Death Valley, California. 

 

For more of Ralph’s work visit his portfolio website or check our his Behance profile. 

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