Western Terminus of Route 66:
The busy but plain intersection of Lincoln Boulevard and Olympic Boulevard in Santa Monica, California was the western end of Route 66. When first built Route 66 ended in downtown Los Angeles but later it was extended west to end at Alternate US-101, Lincoln Boulevard, in Santa Monica. Contrary to popular belief the highway never ran to the coast.
Route 66 General Information:
Route 66, also known as U.S. Route 66, The Main Street of America and The Mother Road, was one of the original federal routes in the U.S. Highway system long before the Interstate era. Stretching from Chicago, Illinois to Los Angeles, California Route 66 was truly the road to the west from its opening in 1926 until it was replaced by the Interstate System and finally decommissioned in 1985. Route 66 was a major path of migrants who went west, especially during the Dust Bowl of the 1930s, and was an artery for much of the growth of the southwestern United States and southern California.