Route 66 historian Jim Ross has been exploring, mapping, photographing, and writing about the Mother Road since 1990. He is author of the book Oklahoma Route 66, publisher of the acclaimed Here It Is! The Route 66 Map Series, and is a co-founder of American Road Magazine. As a preservationist and advocate of vintage highways, he has appeared in numerous television productions, and in 1998 he co-produced the documentary film, Bones of the Old Road. In 2001, Jim was inducted into the Oklahoma Route 66 Hall of Fame, and later that same year became the 4th recipient of the prestigious John Steinbeck Award for historic preservation.
Jim's photographs have been published in a wide array of magazines and books, to include Route 66 Remembered, Drive-In Deluxe, Route66:The Mother Road (75th Anniversary Edition), Route 66: Spirit of the Mother Road, Route 66 Magazine, and the AAA magazine Home & Away, among others. Though his first love remains color transparencies, digital images are gradually becoming the mainstay of his ever-expanding photographic archives.
Jim lives with his miniature dachshund on an original stretch of America's Main Street near the tiny Mother Road town of Arcadia, Oklahoma.
The name Shellee Graham is perhaps the most widely recognized among Route 66 photographers. She has published two books about the road: Return to Route 66
, and Tales from the Coral Court: Photos and Stories from a Lost Route 66 Landmark
(named "Book of the Year" in 2002 by Route 66 Magazine). Her work has appeared in regional, national and international shows, to include venues as distant as Samara, Russia. For over a decade, her traveling Route 66 photo exhibition has circulated all over the U.S. and is booked well into the future.
An advocate of vintage and endangered highways, she has worked on countless restoration projects and fund raising initiatives aimed at preserving our historic highway heritage. In 2004 she co-produced the documentary film, Built for Speed: The Coral Court Motel
, which chronicles the rise and fall of St. Louis's legendary Route 66 landmark, and in 2005 she became the 8th recipient of the coveted John Steinbeck Award for historic preservation.
While living in St. Louis, Missouri for twenty years, Shellee was strongly influenced by the city as well as Route 66. In 2007, she moved to Oklahoma for a slice of life in the historic, small town of Chandler - also on Route 66.