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Route 66 was commissioned in 1926 and was finished just before World War II. Only parts of the original highway still exist, ... More
Route 66 was commissioned in 1926 and was finished just before World War II. Only parts of the original highway still exist, but there is a great trend to restore and maintain sections of this historic road. In Albuquerque, remnants of an age gone by still cling to life on what is now Central Avenue. Here, you will find the Route 66 Diner , the Duran Drugstore, and the newly restored KiMo Theater .
I live near the original Rt 66 and travel I-44 and I-40 in OK, NM, and MO often. Just for a change, I take the original path of the highway. It is the main street in every town along the path and is loaded with so many interesting place it is impossible to visit them all. Rt 66 was the all weather route from Chicago to LA. In many places the old concrete road and bridges still exist. I grew up on Rt 6 in southwestern Nebraska. It was the first coast-to-coast US highway. It runs from Boston to SF and much of it is still used. For those interested, it is a living Rt 66 and not a relic.
lived in normal,ill., rt.66 used to run in front of my house. as a kid i watched all the big trucks go by and they would wave and honk at me. wished i would have grabbed the rt. 66 sign that was posted on the telephone pole by our driveway. my sisters and i would set up kool-aid stands and travelers would stop by, it was pretty cool now that i look back.
Consider heading out towards the Rio Puerco 20 min West of Abq. The Old Rt 66 bridge that seperates BLM from Laguna Pueblo land (where Rt 66 casino is) is interesting to get under. This river has the highest mud to water ratio in the US and is often largely dry and firm. Continue south downriver to see some old cabins and sandy bluffs over river basin. Not exactly a National Park material but what the heck.
This is a great tour however many of the buildings are not well maintained. It's a shame because these places are historical sites and a lot more people would visit if the sites were clean and operational.
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