Project Forgotten America. Helen McLain Photography


All pictures were taken in rural areas along the famous historical Route 66 in USA. For nearly six decades, a two-lane road, running 2,448 miles, connected Chicago to Los Angeles. Route 66 was once considered an essential artery, its travelers a measure of America’s pulse. Americans called it Mother Road. Along this road — there were prosperous cities and towns, hotels, motels, shops and restaurants. Route 66 towns were full of life But by the mid-1980s, speedways were built, and Route 66 became obsolete… And life has gone from many used to be bustling towns… Motels and shops along the road disappeared… Ghost towns remained… Empty land, empty post boxes, empty churches… This is America forgotten… This is America that is waiting for a miracle rebirth to happen….