The Ultimate Vintage Businesses on Historic Route 66 Quiz
About This Quiz
Route 66 is a famous highway linking Chicago and Los Angeles via small, rural towns. Besides providing a path for landlocked American towns to the Pacific, it also brought business and tourism to the towns it passed through. Many of these businesses remain historic landmarks today. Take this quiz to learn more about the vintage businesses on Route 66.
In what year was Route 66 opened?
Route 66 was opened in 1927. It was formally decommissioned in 1985 after being overshadowed by modern interstate highways.
Why did people like to visit the Georgian Hotel in Santa Monica, California?
It was a speakeasy during Prohibition.
The Georgian Hotel was opened in 1933 and is in walking distance from Santa Monica Pier, which is the end of Route 66. It was a speakeasy during Prohibition, attracting many illicit beer lovers as well as travelers.
It offered free accommodation.
It was the only hotel in Santa Monica in the 1930s.
Roy and Velma Crowl owned most of what comprised the town of Amboy in the 1930s. This included a cafe, motel and service station. The business, named Roy's, was taken over by Roy's daughter, Betty, and her husband, Buster Burris. When Buster retired in 1995, the town was taken over by the Route 66 Museum in San Bernardino, California, and has been restored back to its 1950s charm.
Ed Galloway built a 90-foot (30-meter) totem pole, using 28 tons of cement, 6 tons of steel and 100 tons of sand and rock. Foyil, Oklahoma, is the home of the totem pole, which is the largest in the world. It was made as a tribute to Native American culture.
How many drive-in theaters were there in the 1950s and 1960s?
The 66 Drive-In Theater, located in Carthage, Missouri, was one of about 5,000 drive-in theaters that existed in the middle of the 20th century, and is now one of about 800 drive-ins still operating in the U.S.
What did Ted Drewe sell in his store, located on Route 66 in St. Louis, Missouri?
Ted Drewe started a frozen custard business using his own recipe, and opened a stand in St. Louis in 1931. He opened another store along Route 66 in 1941. The store sold the frozen custard in the summer months and Christmas tress in the winter.
How did the Cozy Dog Drive-In in Springfield, Illinois, get its name?
The owner loved dogs.
The owner invented corn dogs.
Ed Waldmire invented the corn dog -- a breaded hot dog on a stick. He set up his stand in Springfield in 1946 and began to sell his invention. The business grew into the Cozy Dog Drive-In and continues to flourish.
What is significant about Buckingham Fountain in Chicago, Illinois?
It is where Route 66 began.
Buckingham Fountain represents Lake Michigan and is located in Chicago's Grant Park, where Route 66 began. The fountain has four sea horses, representing the four states that border the lake: Indiana, Illinois, Michigan and Wisconsin.
How much water comes out of the jets of the fountain each minute?
Some 14,000 gallons (53,000 liters) of water are propelled out of the fountain's 134 jets each minute. They shoot the water 150 feet (46 meters) into the air and there is a music and light show at the fountain in the evenings.