Route 66 Lost and Found

Ruins and Relics Revisited
Route 66 Lost and Found


Return Again to Route 66.

Route 66 Lost & Found!

~ Mother Road Ruins & Relics:
The Ultimate Collection

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75 Brand New Sites to Explore! - This new omnibus combines author Russell Olsen’s successful Route 66 Lost & Found volumes 1 and 2 and adds 75 new sites along the Mother Road not included in those two editions. All of the sites featured, 225 in all, are reordered from Illinois to California to provide a continuous journey along 66. The maps included in the previous two volumes are updated to feature the locations of the new sites included here.


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Route 66 Lost and Found Volume 1

Wander Back to Route 66

Route 66 Lost & Found vol 1
     ~ the Original Book!

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For more than three decades, Route 66 was America's main east-west artery, pointing the nation toward all the promise that California seemed to hold. To serve these hordes of travelers, Route 66 once boasted bustling commercial hubs, many of which remain today, many more of which crumbled or vanished long ago.

This is the book that started it all, featuring 75 classic Route 66 service stations, main streets, motor courts, cafes, campgrounds, honky-tonks, truck stops, barbecue joints, and more. Thanks to the research and photography of author Russell Olsen, all these sites and structures are shown both as they appeared during their mid-century heydays, in the 30s, 40s & 50s, and as they appear today, at the dawn of the twenty-first century. Taken together, all of the marvelous visual and descriptive elements assembled in Route 66 Lost & Found - period postcards and imagery, specially commissioned modern photography and maps, and capsule histories of each business and town featured - comprise a unique, state-by-state look back at America's Main Street.


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Route 66 Lost and Found Volume 2

Wander Back in Time Again!

Route 66 Lost & Found vol 2

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At last the companion book to the original Route 66 Lost and Found is here! This set of unique Route 66 books is your guide to "The Mother Road," both past and present. But Route 66 Lost and Found is much more than a Route 66 guide book; vintage Route 66 postcards and historic Route 66 photographs bring the celebrated highway to life and detailed maps guide the modern highway traveler to these historic Route 66 locations today.

Much more than just a ribbon of crumbling asphalt, Route 66 today appeals to the world for its nostalgia value - for the promise that Steinbeck's "The Mother Road" once held and the places that stood alongside it. Motor courts, cafes, main streets, filling stations, and greasy spoons - all are represented in this new book featuring dozens of lost-and-found sites not featured in photographer and author Russ Olsen's first volume. As does its predecessor, this new installment presents 75 locations along the Mother Road's entire 2,297 miles, showing them both during their heydays as seen in black-and-white photographs taken for period postcards from the 30s, 40s & 50s, and as they appear today from the same angle and also with black-and-white photographs. Each site featured is accompanied by a detailed capsule history tracing the locale's rise and fall, as well as an exclusive map pointing out its location along Route 66.


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Lucille's Route 66 Memories

Russell A. Olsen: Author and Photographer  

Russell Olsen began exploring and photographing Route 66 in 1995 while driving from his brother's home in Chicago to his home in Los Angeles. On his first trip down America's Main Street, Olsen unexpectedly shot 27 rolls of film. Annual road trips followed and in 1998 Olsen set out on this project, shortly after he began collecting mid-century postcards depicting classic stops along Route 66. Born and raised in South Chicago, Illinois, Olsen lives in North Hollywood, California. In addition to Russell Olsen's beautiful books Route 66 Lost and Found volume 1 & 2, you can purchase 8 x 10, 11 x 14, and 16 x 20 inch Art Photographs from the Ghosts of the Road and Gallery pages of this web site using your credit card. Contact Russell Olsen:



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