Scottsdale AZ – Route 66 Preservationist Ed Klein announced today he is to author a book about Route 66 through the state of Kansas. The approval for the book came from Arcadia Publishing who has over 9,000 books in their catalog, most written by locals and first time authors. The book will be titled ‘Route 66 in Kansas’ which will be part of their ‘Images of America’ series and is due for release mid 2015. It will cover the early mining days of southeast Kansas through present day Route 66.
Ed Klein is the owner of the website Route 66 World (www.route66world.com) which is dedicated to the preservation, restoration and education of Route 66. He was researching information on several projects with locations ranging from Joplin, a building in Kansas and another project in Oklahoma.
“I scoured the internet and finding the information for Joplin and Oklahoma was much easier than finding certain bits and pieces about a location in Kansas I was working on. I then checked to see if there were actually any books written about Route 66 in Kansas and to my surprise, there were none.”
Klein contacted Arcadia Publishing to check to see if there were any books in the works for Route 66 in the state of Kansas, and they responded with a ‘no, but what do you think about writing a book about the route in Kansas?’
Kansas has the shortest stretch of Route 66 of all the eight states it runs through. Thirteen point two miles connects Kansas from the Missouri stateline to the Oklahoma stateline, two towns which have been affected by tornadoes and in both occasions, Klein has helped by donating much needed funds to local relief efforts.
“Route 66 is not only about the old motels, the diners and the gift shops, it is also about saving history and places so many travelers around the world come to see and experience. It is very easy to have a business close down or suffer a catastrophic loss like this, keeping them open is the hard part!” Klein adds.
About Route 66 World
Route 66 World was created by Ed Klein five years ago to help preserve, restore and educate travelers about Route 66. Ed’s background in architecture, project management, business, sales and marketing has helped him on every level imaginable to spread the word about Route 66. Either appearing on local Phoenix television news programs, speaking to a sold out crowd of nearly 1,000 attendees, presenting to the Arizona Governor’s Tourism Board with delegates from almost every town within the state of Arizona, to being in print and on numerous blogs, Ed always dedicates time to let anyone know ‘you can still drive Route 66’. His preservation efforts have taken place in Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, New Mexico and California. All of this is done ‘for free and no charge’ as it is his way of ‘giving back’.
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