I learned from being a tourism volunteer that Route 66 is not just about the past, but it is also about the present and the future. In the past, people used Route 66 to escape the Dust Bowl, and soldiers used the road during WWII. After the war, mom and pop diners as well as gas stations emerged to help weary travelers. Today, when tourists hear about Route 66, they see it as a symbol of the USA. A lot of people in all 8 states that Route 66 goes through have worked hard to preserve the past and show it to everyone, and they still do for the future. My grandmother traveled Route 66 as a teenager in the 1950s, today, I drive some of the Route whenever I can (hopefully all of it soon), and I have a dream that, in the future, I would share my grandmother’s stories as well as mine with my children on Route 66.