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Route 66 - Cloze

Karen Hess
Activity set by Karen Hess: Profesor Particular

First, do these activities: verbs and other. Listen to the MP3s from recording if necessary: MP3 slow (slow) or MP3 fast (fast). Fill in all the gaps with the missing words, then press "Check" to check your answers. Use the "Hint" button to get a free letter if an answer is giving you trouble. Click this button again for another letter. You can also click on "[?]" for a different hint. Note that you will lose points if you ask for hints or clues! Then, do the Cloze. Finally, do the Quiz.

Primero, haz las actividades de vocabulario. Luego escucha la grabación si es necesario. Rellena los espacios en blanco con las palabras que faltan. Haz click en "Check" para comprobar tus aciertos. Si te resulta difícil la respuesta utiliza el botón "Hint" y te revelará una letra de la casilla en la que te encuentres, puedes clickear varias veces en "Hint" y te dará cada vez una letra más de la palabra. Para obtener ayuda también puedes clickear en el botón "[?]" y te dará una pista. Perderás puntos con las pistas. Luego haz el Cloze y el Quiz.


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Modified extracts from Wikipedia.
U.S. Route 66, also known as the Main Street of America or the Mother Road, was one of the original within the U.S. Highway System and was established on November 11, 1926. The highway, which became one of the most famous roads in America, originally ran from Chicago, Illinois, through Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico and Arizona before ending at Los Angeles, California, covering a total of 3,940 km. Route 66 served as a major for those who migrated west, especially during the Dust Bowl of the 1930s, and it the economies of the communities through which the road passed. People doing business along the route became prosperous to the growing popularity of the highway, and those same people later fought to keep the highway alive in the face of the growing threat of being by the new Interstate Highway System.

BEFORE THE U.S. HIGHWAY SYSTEM
In 1857, Lt. Edward Fitzgerald Beale, in the service of the U.S. Army Corps , was ordered by the War Department to build a government-funded road along the 35th Parallel. His secondary orders were to test the of the use of camels as pack animals in the southwestern desert. This road became part of U.S. Route 66.

Although Cyrus Avery of Tulsa, Oklahoma, and John Woodruff of Springfield, Missouri deserve most of the for promoting the idea of an interregional link between Chicago and Los Angeles, their efforts were not realized until their dreams merged with the national program of highway and road .
From the outset, public road planners intended U.S. 66 to connect the main streets of both rural and urban communities along its course for the most practical of reasons.

BIRTHPLACE AND RISE OF ROUTE 66
Officially recognized as the birthplace of U.S. Route 66, it was in Springfield, Missouri on April 30, 1926 that officials first the name of the new Chicago-to-Los Angeles highway.

In 1928, the U.S. Highway 66 Association made its first attempt at publicity with the "Bunion Derby", a footrace from Los Angeles to New York City, of which the path from Los Angeles to Chicago would be on Route 66. The publicity worked: several dignitaries the runners at certain points on the route. The race ended in Madison Square Garden, where the $25,000 first was awarded to Andy Hartley Payne, a Cherokee runner from Oklahoma. The U.S. Highway 66 Association also placed its first advertisement in an of the Saturday Evening Post. The ad invited Americans to take Route 66 to the 1932 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles.
Traffic grew on the highway because of the geography through which it passed. Much of the highway was essentially and this made the highway a popular truck route. The Dust Bowl of the 1930s saw many farming families west for agricultural jobs in California. Route 66 became the main road of travel for these people. And during the Depression, it gave some to communities located on the highway. The route passed through numerous small towns, and with the growing traffic on the highway, helped create the rise of mom-and-pop businesses readily accessible to passing .

Much of the early highway was mostly . Due to the efforts of the U.S. Highway 66 Association, Route 66 became the first highway to be completely in 1938. Several places were dangerous: more than one part of the highway was "Bloody 66" and gradually work was done to these segments to remove dangerous curves. However, one section just outside Oatman, Arizona was full of hairpin turns and was the along the entire route, so much so that some early travelers, too frightened at the prospect of driving such a potentially dangerous road, hired locals to navigate. Despite such in some areas, Route 66 continued to be a popular route and, not surprisingly, it still is today.