Did You Know?

One of America's most famous roadways technically no longer exists. 2010 marks the 25th anniversary that Route 66, which has been mentioned numerous times in pop culture, was officially removed from the United States Highway System. The reasoning behind the famed route's decertification was its practical irrelevance, as the road had long since been bypassed by travelers for more convenient routes. However, the route's decertification has not done much to decrease its historical notoriety. In fact, several portions of the road have been designated a National Scenic Byway, including stretches in Missouri, New Mexico and Arizona. What's more, a handful of Route 66 associations sprouted up shortly after the route's decertification. These associations were established to preserve and restore the route, while also promoting its rich history. Each state along the route, which spans Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and California, has its own Route 66 association. Travelers with a love of history can even find "Historic Route 66" signs along the old route, and those traveling through Flagstaff, Arizona, can even travel along Route 66 by driving down Santa Fe Avenue, all but a few blocks of which was renamed Route 66. Perhaps due to its presence in pop culture lore, Route 66 might never be forgotten, as there is even a movement afoot to have the famed roadway returned to road atlases.
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