U.S. Route 66 was one of the first official highways. Established in 1926, the highway connected Chicago, Illinois, to Santa Monica, California. The route traversed Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona. While it did not come through Johnson County, Route 66 embodies the optimism and sense of freedom many Americans felt nationwide during the post-war years.
Photographer Natalie Slater traveled the historic Route 66 in her revamped 1964 Shasta camper, collecting vintage postcards and re-photographing the locations. She then combined the two pictures into a single image that shows both the new parts and the vintage aspects of the scene. The resulting collage dramatizes the transformations that have shaped the route over the years. One-way streets have widened for two-way traffic. Motel swimming pools, once brimming with guests, have given way to abandoned lots. This exhibit is an effort to show what has become of America's once-booming symbol of freedom, the «Mother Road.»