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On this day in 1960, CBS aired the first episode of the television drama “Route 66.” 

The program had a simple premise…It followed two young men, Buz Murdock (George Maharis) and Tod Stiles (Martin Milner), as they drove across the country in an inherited Corvette, doing odd jobs and looking for adventure.

“Route 66” was different from every other show on television. For one thing, it was shot on location all over the United States instead of in a studio – By the time its run was up in 1964, the show’s cast and crew had traveled from Maine to Florida and from Los Angeles to Toronto.

The real Route 66 was a two-lane highway that ran from Chicago to Los Angeles. From its completion in the late 1930s, it was one of the major routes across the American Southwest.