In Patrick Carr's review of Michael Wallis' "Route 66--The Mother Road" (May 6), Route 66 was listed as "the first paved connection between Lake Michigan and the (Pacific) Ocean." Later in the review, completion date of the pavement was listed as 1937.
At least three years earlier, though, by driving to Salt Lake City and thence east on the "Lincoln Highway," one could travel all the way from Los Angeles to Chicago without leaving pavement. I know, because in a 1932 Pontiac I made such a trip in September, 1934, having avoided Route 66 because of its many unpaved sections.
Please pardon this intrusion by an old-timer who is also a faithful reader of The Times.
ARTHUR H. HURD
SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO