Route 66, the "Mother Road" of the United States, ran from Chicago Illinois all the way to the southern coast of California in Santa Monica. A total of 2,448 miles of highway running through Illinois, Missouri, the southeast corner of Kansas, Oklahoma, the Texas Panhandle, New Mexico, Arizona and Southern California. Route 66 had several paths it took through St. Louis. The original route was across the McKinley Bridge. Another went across Mac Aurther Bridge. Those routes created huge traffic problems for the city. The last, actually a "by-pass" went across the "Old" Chain of Rocks Bridge. The McKinley is the only bridge still open traffic. Those routes took motorists past the Eat-Rite Diner or along Chippewa and the many motor lodges located there. One of Ted Drewes Frozen Custard stands opened in 1941 when the Route 66 alignment was following Chippewa. Today in Missouri, it is possible to travel on 300 miles of roadways that were once part of the original Route 66 Highway. Below is a list of some of the places that have a connection to Route 66.