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Holbrook in Navajo County, Arizona — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

Route 66

 
 
Route 66 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, September 2, 2013
1. Route 66 Marker
Inscription. You are standing near old Route 66. The line of the roadbed and the telephone poles in front of you mark the path of the famous "Main Street of America" as it passed through Petrified Forest National Park. From Chicago to Los Angeles, this heavily traveled highway was not only a road. It stood as a symbol of opportunity, adventure, and exploration of travelers.

A trip from Middle America to the Pacific Coast could take about a week - no interstate speeds here! For many, the journey was not just across miles, it was across cultures and lifestyles - from the most mundane to the exotic. Of course, getting to your destination was important, but the trip itself was a reward. From the neon signs of one-of-kind motels to burgers and chicken fried steaks of multitudes of restaurants, from the filling stations that served as miniature oases to gaudy tourist traps, these more than 2,200 miles of open road were magical.

Gaze down the long road and listen. You may hear echoes of the past - echoes of Route 66.

It winds from Chicago to L.A., More than two thousand miles all. Get your kicks on Route Sixty-six.
Bobby Troupe, Route 66, 1946
 
Erected by National Forest Services - Petrified Forest.
 
Marker series. This marker
Route 66 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, September 2, 2013
2. Route 66 Marker
is included in the U.S. Route 66 marker series.
 
Location. 35° 3.075′ N, 109° 48.318′ W. Marker is in Holbrook, Arizona, in Navajo County. Marker is on Petrified Forest Road, on the left when traveling north. Click for map. Located near I-40 and Petrified Forest Road. There is no exit off I-40. You have to enter through the Painted Desert Park Entrance to access the road or access it through Highway 180. Marker is at or near this postal address: Petrified Forest Road, Holbrook AZ 86025, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Painted Desert (approx. 0.8 miles away); Early Explorers (approx. 1.2 miles away); A Gap in the Geologic Record (approx. 1.4 miles away); Painted Desert Community Complex Historic District (approx. 1.8 miles away); Painted Desert / Finding Fossils (approx. 2 miles away); Desert Vistas (approx. 2.1 miles away); Painted Desert Inn (approx. 2.4 miles away); Badlands (approx. 2.5 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Holbrook.
 
Also see . . .  Wikipedia Entry for Route 66. “While legislation for public highways first appeared in 1916, with revisions in 1921, it was not until Congress enacted an even more comprehensive version of the act in 1925 that the government executed
Route 66 Marker and Monument image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, September 2, 2013
3. Route 66 Marker and Monument
its plan for national highway construction. The original inspiration for a roadway between Chicago and Los Angeles was planned by entrepreneurs Cyrus Avery of Tulsa, Oklahoma and John Woodruff of Springfield, Missouri. The pair lobbied the American Association of State Highway Officials (AASHO) for the creation of a route following the 1925 plans. From the outset, public road planners intended US 66 to connect the main streets of rural and urban communities along its course for the most practical of reasons: most small towns had no prior access to a major national thoroughfare.” (Submitted on June 25, 2016.) 
 
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Route 66 Monument image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, September 2, 2013
4. Route 66 Monument
"Ghost" From the Past image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, September 2, 2013
5. "Ghost" From the Past
Route 66 Emblem image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, September 2, 2013
6. Route 66 Emblem
U.S. Route Shield for Route 66 Used from 1926 to 1948 image. Click for full size.
Drawn by Levente Jakab for Wikipedia
7. U.S. Route Shield for Route 66 Used from 1926 to 1948
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Denise Boose of Tehachapi, California. This page has been viewed 738 times since then and 14 times this year. Last updated on , by Denise Boose of Tehachapi, California. This page was the Marker of the Week Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on , by Denise Boose of Tehachapi, California.   7. submitted on , by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 25, 2016.
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