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  1. The historic U.S. Route 66 (US 66, Route 66) ran east–west across the central part of the state of New Mexico, along the path now taken by Interstate 40 (I-40). However, until 1937, it took a longer route via Los Lunas, Albuquerque, and Santa Fe, now roughly New Mexico State Road 6 (NM 6), I-25, and US 84.

    • November 11, 1926–June 26, 1985
    • US 66 at the Arizona state line
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    Before the U.S. Highway System

    In 1857, Lt. Edward Fitzgerald Beale, a naval officer in the service of the U.S. Army Corps of Topographical Engineers, was ordered by the War Department to build a government-funded wagon road along the 35th Parallel. His secondary orders were to test the feasibility of the use of camels as pack animals in the southwestern desert. This road became part of US 66. Parts of the original Route 66 from 1913, prior to its official naming and commissioning, can still be seen north of the Cajon Pass...

    Birthplace and rise of US 66

    The numerical designation 66 was assigned to the Chicago-to-Los Angeles route on April 30, 1926, in Springfield, Missouri. A placard in Park Central Square was dedicated to the city by the Route 66 Association of Missouri, and traces of the "Mother Road" are still visible in downtown Springfield along Kearney Street, Glenstone Avenue, College, and St. Louis streets and on Route 266 to Halltown, Missouri. Championed by Avery when the first talks about a national highway system began, US 66 was...

    Changes in routing

    Many sections of US 66 underwent major realignments. In 1930, between the Illinois cities of Springfield and East St. Louis, US 66 was shifted farther east to what is now roughly Interstate 55 (I-55). The original alignment followed the current Illinois Route 4(IL 4). From downtown St. Louis to Gray Summit, Missouri, US 66 originally went down Market Street and Manchester Road, which is largely Route 100. In 1932, this route was changed and the original alignment was never viewed as anything...

    Over the years, US 66 received numerous nicknames. Right after US 66 was commissioned, it was known as "The Great Diagonal Way" because the Chicago-to-Oklahoma City stretch ran northeast to southwest. Later, US 66 was advertised by the U.S. Highway 66 Association as "The Main Street of America". The title had also been claimed by supporters of US 40, but the US 66 group was more successful. In the John Steinbeck novel The Grapes of Wrath, the highway is called "The Mother Road", its prevailing title today. Lastly, US 66 was unofficially named "The Will Rogers Highway" by the U.S. Highway 66 Association in 1952, although a sign along the road with that name appeared in the John Ford film, The Grapes of Wrath, which was released in 1940, twelve years before the association gave the road that name. A plaque dedicating the highway to Will Rogers is still located in Santa Monica, California. There are more plaques like this; one can be found in Galena, Kansas. It was originally located o...

    Several alternate alignments of US 66 occurred because of traffic issues. Business routes (BUS), bypass routes (BYP),alternate routes(ALT), and "optional routes" (OPT) (an early designation for alternate routes) came into being. 1. U.S. Route 66 Alternate: Bolingbrook–Gardner, Illinois 2. U.S. Route 66 Business: Towanda–Bloomington, Illinois 3. U.S. Route 66 Business: Lincoln, Illinois 4. U.S. Route 66 Business: Springfield, Illinois 5. U.S. Route 66 Business: Mitchell–East St. Louis, Illinois 6. U.S. Route 66 Business: St. Louis–Sunset Hills, Missouri 7. U.S. Route 66 Optional: Venice, Illinois–St. Louis, Missouri 8. U.S. Route 66 Bypass: Mitchell, Illinois–Sunset Hills, Missouri 9. U.S. Route 66 Business: Springfield, Missouri 10. U.S. Route 66 Bypass: Springfield, Missouri 11. U.S. Route 66 Alternate Business: Springfield, Missouri 12. U.S. Route 66 Alternate: Carthage, Missouri 13. U.S. Route 66 Business: Carterville–Webb City, Missouri 14. U.S. Route 66 Alternate: Webb City–Jop...

    US 66 has been a fixture in popular culture. American pop-culture artists publicized US 66 and the experience, through song and television. Bobby Troup wrote "(Get Your Kicks on) Route 66", and the highway lent its name to the Route 66 TV series in the 1960s, which itself had a popular theme song arranged by Nelson Riddle. The Grapes of Wrath (novel) and The Grapes of Wrath (film) each depict the Joad family, the members of which have been evicted from their small farm in Oklahoma and travel to Californiaon US 66. The 2006 animated film Cars had the working title Route 66, and described the decline of the fictional Radiator Springs, nearly a ghost town once its mother road, US 66, was bypassed by Interstate 40. England cricket captain Joe Rootuses the number 66, a play on words of the famous road.

  4. Where Route 66 crosses Route 66 I don't have any references on the matter, but it should be noted soon that the city of Albuquerque is tearing up the 4th street mall and rebuilding the street. This would make the pre-1937 alignment (4th St.) cross over the post-1937 Alignment (Central Ave.) ®amos likes messages! 22:13, 15 October 2014 (UTC)

    • U.S. Route 66New Mexico State Roads
  5. The historic U.S. Route 66 (US 66, Route 66) ran east–west across the central part of the state of New Mexico, along the path now taken by Interstate 40 (I-40). However, until 1937, it took a longer route via Los Lunas, Albuquerque, and Santa Fe, now roughly New Mexico State Road 6 (NM 6), I-25, and US 84. Large portions of the old road parallel to I-40 have been designated NM 117, NM 118 ...

  6. One of the original U.S. highways, Route 66 was established on November 11, 1926. However, road signs did not go up until the following year. [4] The famous highway originally ran from Chicago , Illinois , through the U.S. states of Missouri , Kansas , Oklahoma , Texas , New Mexico , Arizona , and California , before ending at Los Angeles ...

    • November 26, 1926–June 26, 1985
    • Historic Route 66
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