Elrond Lawrence 192 pages hardcover
This book explores the relationship between US Highway 66 and the Santa Fe Railway in the American Southwest. For 90 years and more then 800 mile,s these famous routes have been constant companions through California, Arizona and New Mexico. This book is a visual road trip over these icons and the land they traverse, filled with spectacular photography and engaging text. Nine decades of history bind these ribbons of steel and asphalt; each has experienced triumph, decline and rebirth. US Highway 66 was decommissioned in 1985, not long after the final section in Williams, Arizona was bypassed by Interstate 40. The Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway, which built into California during the 1880's passed into history in 1995 when it merged with the Burlington Northern Railroad to become today's BNSF Railway. Nearly 300 dramatic photographs will transport you up California's Cajon Pass, across the Mojave Desert and Arizona Divide, and past the mesas of New Mexico. Experience places where the worlds of road and railroad meet, and reclal the days when crossing the Southwest was an adventure.