New book gets behind the wheel to some of the undiscovered secrets of Route 66

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OKLAHOMA CITY – Just in time for the holidays, Author Jim Ross has released his new book; Secrets of Route 66: A Guide to the Weird, Wonderful and Obscure, featuring 90 fascinating tales that reach deep into the history and lore of America’s Main Street.

Ross and Photographer Shellee Graham traveled the historic highway discovering the secrets, memorable characters and little-known facts behind many of the route’s enduring icons.  You’ll learn why Hooker, Missouri, disappeared, and why the murder of Billie Grayson in Chandler, Oklahoma, shocked the nation.

Existing for almost 100 years, this road holds many secrets that Ross has committed his life to uncovering. Answering questions like, what strongbox full of gold still lies buried near the Colorado River? Or, what cartoon was named after a tragedy that occurred at a tiny place in Arizona?

Ross is a leading authority on the highway’s history and it’s multitude of pathways. He is also the author or co-author of 10 books, including Oklahoma Route 66Route 66 Sightings, and Route 66 Crossings, and is co-creator of the best-selling Route 66 Map Series.

Along with Ross’ expert knowledge of the roadway, Graham is said to be the highway’s best-known photographer and is also the author of Return to Route 66 and Tales from the Coral Court, and is co-author of Route 66 Sightings.

Get the answers in Secret Route 66 this holiday season as Ross and Graham venture into the shadows to peel away the layers of history and expose the weird, wonderful and obscure of America’s Mother Road.

Ross will be holding a presentation and book signing Saturday from 2-4 p.m. at the Barnes and Noble on 13800 N. May Ave.