Creator Allan Ferguson has had a lifetime during which to construct his case for his newest ebook, which he calls a love letter to the Midwest.
Ferguson’s “Route 36: Ohio to Colorado — America’s Heartland Freeway,” makes the case for the often-overlooked U.S. freeway being a greater journey choice than the legendary Route 66 for these wanting a real glimpse of American historical past.
“What I’ve found may be very few individuals comprehend it,” Ferguson mentioned of U.S. 36, which runs from Uhrichsville, Ohio, by way of Indiana, Illinois, Missouri and Kansas to simply west of Estes Park, Colorado. “It is one of many straightest highways within the nation. It is 1,500 miles from Uhrichsville to Estes Park. It is the quickest approach from the Midwest to the Rocky Mountains.
“I am attempting to extend normal consciousness of the freeway and get individuals out on it.”
Ferguson started his love affair with Route 36 when he was a school pupil. He grew up in Decatur, which Route 36 bisects, earlier than graduating from Millikin College there. He then went to graduate faculty on the College of Denver, often touring the freeway to Denver and again residence.
“I like all of it,” he mentioned of the journey. “Kansas is way underrated. There are many attention-grabbing small cities and attention-grabbing historical past.”
The route consists of vital chunks of American historical past, from Abraham Lincoln’s Illinois and Mark Twain’s Missouri to Annie Oakley’s Ohio, Walt Disney’s Hometown USA, baseball nice Cy Younger, the Pony Categorical, the “unsinkable” Molly Brown and Gen. John J. Pershing’s boyhood residence.
Whereas Route 36 stays an lively U.S. freeway wealthy with historical past, Route 66 from Chicago to close Los Angeles was decommissioned within the mid-1980s. Nonetheless, it tends to overshadow Route 36, Ferguson mentioned.
“Everyone purchased into the parable of Route 66 however,…