by Michael Wallis & Michael Williamson
Published by W.W. Norton, July 2007
The best-selling author of Route 66 and a Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer celebrate America’s first transcontinental highway in all its neon glory.
It began in 1913 with a glorious new highway—stretching across 3,389 miles and 13 states—that connected the bright lights of Broadway with the foggy shores of San Francisco. It was a magnificent and meandering road that enticed millions of newly motoring Americans to hop into their Model Ts and explore the fading frontier. The Lincoln Highway. It was the road of Gettysburg, Pretty Boy Floyd, Notre Dame, the Great Salt Lake, and the Gold Rush Trail. Once a symbol of limitless potential, it is now undergoing (as Route 66 did twenty years ago) a miraculous revival. With hundreds of new and rare photographs provided by two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Michael S. Williamson, this ode to a bygone era guides us across the true spine of the country, exploring vintage diners, Art Deco buildings, and funky roadside attractions, all waiting to be discovered. 300 color illustrations.
Michael Wallis, a historian and biographer of the American West whose Route 66: The Mother Road has sold over half a million copies. He portrayed the Sheriff in the animated Pixar feature Cars and is the author of over thirteen books. He lives in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Michael S. Williamson, a photographer for the Washington Post, won a Pulitzer Prize for his book And the Children After Them and another for his war photography in Kosovo. He lives in Washington, DC.
"Boy meets highway; boy travels highway; boys writes book about highway.”
-- Stephen Colbert
"Michael Wallis, author, historian. . . hit the road with Michael S. Williamson, Pulitzer Prize-winning Washington Post photographer, to rediscover the meandering concrete, asphalt and dirt relic, digging up history, photographing the present and creating a rich, insightful American travelogue.”
-- The Washington Post
"With a chapter dedicated to each of the 13 states that the highway passes through, this book will delight those looking to uncover their local roots as well as adventurers yearning for that American rite of passage-a cross-country road trip. .”
-- Publishers Weekly