Photography: Ghosts of Route 66

Photography: Saroyan Humphrey

Arts | U.S. Route 66 has beckoned road trippers since 1926. Before interstate freeways were rolled out across the United States in the mid 20th-century, “The Mother Road” served as a primary route for those migrating west, especially during the Dust Bowl of the 1930s. “America’s Main Street” became one of the most famous roads in the U.S., routing from Chicago, through Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, before ending in Santa Monica, CA, covering 2450 miles. Much has faded and crumbled to dust along Route 66 but a resurgence of interest and mindful preservation efforts has kept some of the highway buzzing with nostalgic and curious travelers from all over the world.

All images were shot with a Hasselblad 500cm, between 2009 and 2013.