The Route 66 sign on the Santa Monica Pier is a popular destination for visitors. (File photo)

The Route 66 sign on the Santa Monica Pier is a popular destination for visitors. (File photo)

The Santa Monica Conservancy will present “Route 66: The Allure of the Road,” a discussion by Dan Rice, former president of the California Historic Route 66 Association.

Rice, current national vice president of the Route 66 Alliance, has intimate knowledge of America’s Main Street having traveled the highway 27 times.

Route 66 was established in 1926 and extended to Santa Monica in 1936. It was popularized in the years thereafter when Americans saw the thoroughfare as a pathway to hope and opportunity.

In the 1950s, it became the main highway for  vacationers heading to Los Angeles. In recent years the road has seen a surge of activity hosting large numbers of road-tripping visitors.

Rice will discuss the background of one of America’s most iconic highways during the event.

“There has been some dispute about where in Santa Monica the route ended,” said Carol Lemlein, conservancy president. “Several locations lay claim to being the terminus; this lecture will unwrap the mystery.”

The event takes place at the Main Library, 601 Santa Monica Blvd., on Sunday at 1:30 p.m.

The lecture is free but reservations are advised at www.smconservancy.org. For more information, call (310) 496-3146.