The Blue Swallow [Motel] is a relic of the postwar period when newly mobile Americans traveled Route 66 to visit the Grand Canyon or Disneyland, and motels and diners sprang up to cater to this pioneer wave of tourism. In 1946, just six years after John Ford’s movie version of The Grapes of Wrath had planted the Route 66 highway sign in Americans’ subconscious, Nat King Cole teamed up with songwriter Bobby Troup to give the route its more upbeat anthem: “(Get Your Kicks on) Route 66.” –Barbara Paulsen

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a scene, poem, or story that is set at The Blue Swallow Motel.

Journaling Prompt: Write about something that you feel nostalgia about.

Art Prompt: The Blue Swallow Motel

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about Route 66 and what it symbolizes to you.

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