Google’s new doodles celebrate the famous Route 66 2022-04-30 11:10:40


(CNN) – Google knows where to get its kicks…

The search engine’s newest Google Doodle celebrates the historic cross-country highway Route 66.

The artwork is an animated video of over 100 paintings and drawings by Google Art Director Matthew Cruikshank during a road trip.

Route 66 was built in 1926 and “made cross-country travel affordable for the first time,” Google says in a new version. The highway, which connects Chicago to Santa Monica, California, allowed displaced families to move west during the Dust Bowl and was the inspiration for John Steinbeck’s “The Grapes of Wrath.”
Today, the road remains a popular route for travelers hoping to experience Final road trip“And explore American history. Route 66 was decommissioned in 1985, but many parts have been retained as scenic public or national roads,” Google says.
Google’s color video shows highlights from the highway, such as the Old Chain of Rocks Bridge in Mississippi, Cadillac Ranch In Texas, the statue of the gold digger is in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

“I set out to create an animation brochure for my ride complete with artistic turns and zigzags,” Cruikshank said in a Google press release.

Cruikshank said he hopes the doodles will show viewers “that life in the slow lane can be incredibly worthwhile from time to time!”