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A State by State detail of the Historic sites located along Route 66: Complete information on each of the Historic Places or points of historic interest that are located along the alignment of Route 66. A State by State, Town by Town detail.

The Monuments, places significant to U.S. History: battlefields, forts, churches and cemeteries, old trails and bridges as well as places or buildings listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

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Historic Sites on Route66

States are listed alphabetically. Towns from East to West within each state.

Arizona

Motel 66 today, Flagstaff Route 66,Arizona

Motel 66, Flagstaff, Arizona by A. Whittall

Hotels, bridges, trading posts

Historic Querino Canyon Bridge
1923 bridges on old Route 66 (Houck)
Little Lithodendron Wash Bridge (Sanders)
Historic Painted Desert Inn (Holbrook)
South Central Av. Commercial Historic District (Holbrook)
Bucket of Blood Saloon (Holbrook)
Historic Navajo County Courthouse & Museum (Holbrook)
Historic Painted Desert Inn (Holbrook)
Historic Wigwam Motel (Holbrook)
La Posada Hotel (Winslow)
Hubbell Trading Post (Winslow)
Route 66 Canyon Diablo Bridge
Historic Route 66 bridge (Winona)
La Posada Hotel (Winslow)
Winslow's Historic Commercial District
Flagstaff Historic Downtown District
Williams Historic Downtown District and Urban Route 66
Historic Valentine School
The Kingman Comercial Historic District
The historic Durlin (Oatman) Hotel in Oatman.
Trails Arch Bridge 1916 - 1947 US 66 Bridge (Topock)

A 1950s postcard of vintage Holbrook Motel on Route 66 in Holbrook  Arizona

Vintage 1950s postcard of the Holbrook Motel
James R. Powell Route 66 Collection, Lake County Discovery Museum

Cafés, Trading Posts and Route 66 classics

Painted Desert Trading Posts (Holbrook)
Little Lithodendron Wash Bridge (Holbrook)
Bucket of Blood Saloon (Holbrook)
Hubbell Trading Post (Winslow)

Historic Districts

Holbrook - South Central Av. Commercial Historic District
Winslow's Historic Commercial District
Flagstaff Historic Downtown District
Williams Historic Downtown District
Seligman Historic Downtown District
The Kingman Comercial Historic District

California

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Mystic Maze, Needles

The stone patterns at Mystic Maze, this photo is courtesy of TripAdvisor

Hotels

El Garces Hotel (Needles)
Stone Hotel (Daggett)
Casa del Desierto Harvey House (Barstow)
Wigwam Motel #7 (San Bernardino)
Historic San Dimas Hotel (San Dimas)
Aztec Hotel (Monrovia)
the Art Deco Sunset Tower Hotel (West Hollywood)
The Beverly Hills Hotel (Beverly Hills)

Other sites

San Bernardino Historic railway depot

San Bernardino, historic railway station. Oakshade

Historic Goffs Schoolhouse (Goffs)
Mystic Maze archaeological site (Needles)
Trails Arch Bridge 1916 - 1947 US 66 Bridge (Needles)
Desert Market (Daggett)
Fout's Garage (Daggett)
Calico Ghost Town (near Daggett)
Santa Fe and Salt Lake Trail Monument (Cajon Pass)
Blue Cut Marker (Cajon Pass)
Santa Fe Railway Station and Depot (San Bernardino)
Bono's Restaurant and Deli with its Giant Orange (Fontana)
Oldest Winery in Califorina (1839) (Rancho Cucamonga)

giant orange-shaped fruit stand at Bono’s, Fontana

The Giant Orange fruit stand at Bono's

Historic Rains House (1860) (Rancho Cucamonga)
Madonna of the Trail (Upland)
Euclid Avenue (Upland)
Ygancio Palomares Adobe (Pomona)
Primera Casa Adobe (Pomona)
Historic Pomona Fox Theater (Pomona)
Charles Straight House (La Verne)
Historic Azusa Civic Center (Azusa)
Harding Court Apartments (Monrovia)
Foothill Boulevard Milestone (Mile 11) (Pasadena)
Colorado Street Bridge (Pasadena)
Howard Motor Company Building (Pasadena)
Gamble House (Pasadena)
Bekins Storage Co. Roof Sign (Pasadena)
Arroyo Seco Parkway (Pasadena)
Rialto Theatre (South Pasadena)
Flores Adobe (1839) (SouthPasadena)
Historic Broadway Theater and Commercial District (Los Angeles)
Hollywood's Chinese Theatre (Los Angeles)
Griffith Observatory (Los Angeles)
City Hall (Beverly Hills)
Santa Monica Pier (Santa Monica)

Read more about the state of California

Illinois

Coming soon, read more about the state of Illinois

Kansas

Sites listed from East to West

KANSAS, a summary of the state.

Some Selected Historic Sites in Kansas

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Kansas Route 66 Historic District-East Galena

In Galena

Galena Historic District

Historic Place: Downtown District, Galena, Kansas
by

Main Street, Galena, KS.

Listed in the National Register of Historic Places

The classic buildings of an early 1900s American city along the original Route 66 alignment.

Williams' Store, now Eisler Brothers Old Riverton Store, Kansas

Williams' Store, now Eisler Brothers Old Riverton Store, Riverton Kansas
Static Image by Google Street View

The Williams' Store (Eisler Brothers Old Riverton Store)

In Riverton

Listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 2003

7109 SE Highway 66, Riverton, KS.

The oldest continuously operating store on Route 66: Open since 1925.

Bush Creek Bridge

Rainbow Bridge

In Riverton

Rainbow Bridge, by Marcin Wichary

Old Route 66, Riverton, KS.

Listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1983

Original Route 66 concrete arch bridge built in 1923, also known as the "Rainbow Bridge".

Site of Fort Blair - Fort Baxter

In Baxter Springs

Route 66th and 6th St.

Site of a fort built in 1863 during the American Civil War, and place where the Baxter Springs Massacre took place on October 6, 1863.

Baxter Springs Independent Oil and Gas Service Station

Historic Service Station

In Baxter Springs

Independent Oil & Gas Service Station, by Kevin

Listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 2003

940 Military Avenue - Highway 66, Baxter Springs, KS.

This service station is an example of the 1930s "cotttage" styl typical of the major oil companies during the Great Depression.

Missouri

Dales Ole 66 Barber shop on US 66 in Joplin

View of Dales Ole 66 Barber on Route 66 in Google Street View

Route 66 classics

Dales Ole 66 Barber (Joplin)
Bonnie and Clyde Garage Apartment (Joplin)
U.S. Filling Station (Webb City)
66 drive-in theater (Carthage)

Buildings and Districts

The Joplin Union Depot (Joplin)
Fox Theatre (Joplin)
Fifth and Main Historic District (Joplin)
Murphysburg Residential Historic District (Joplin)
Downtown Historic District (Webb City)
Middle West Hotel (Webb City)
Jasper County Courthouse (Carthage)

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Work is ongoing on the MO historic sites. Read more about the state of Missouri

New Mexico

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A list of New Mexico's US 66 Historic sites and places

Below we list the main historic places located along Route 66 in New Mexico. They are listed from east to west along the main alignment, followed by the Santa Fe Loop.

San Miguel Mission Oldest Church in the US

Historic Place: Oldest Church in the US, San Miguel Mission, Santa Fe
by A. Whittall

Churches

San Felipe de Neri (Albuquerque) Historic Site
Saint Joseph Church (Laguna Pueblo) Historic Site
San Esteban del Rey Mission Church (Acoma) Historic Site
Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe (Old Zuni) Mission (Zuni Pueblo) Historic Site
Mission Nuestra Señora de los Ángeles de Porciúncula de los Pecos (Pecos) Historic Site
Nuestra Señora de Luz Church (Canoncito) Historic Site
Cathedral Basilica of Saint Francis of Assisi (Santa Fe) Historic Site
San Miguel Mission oldest church in the U.S. (Santa Fe) Historic Site
Our Lady of Sorrows Church (San Lorenzo Sanctuary) (Bernalillo) Historic Site

Motels

Blue Swallow Motel (Tucumcari) Historic Site
Cactus Motor Lodge (Tucumcari) Historic Site
El Vado Auto Court Motel (Albuquerque) Historic Site
De Anza Motor Lodge (Albuquerque) Historic Site
Tewa Lodge (Albuquerque) Historic Site
Luna Lodge (Albuquerque) Historic Site
El Rancho Hotel (Gallup) Historic Site
Plaza Hotel (Las Vegas) Historic Site

Other Historic Sites and Places to See

Ruins at Pecos Pueblo

Ruins at Pecos Pueblo, Public Domain

Theaters

Odeon Theater (Tucumcari) Historic Site
Kimo Theater (Albuquerque) Historic Site

General Stores and Trading Posts

Richardson Store (Montoya) General Store Historic Site
Maisel's Indian Trading Post (Albuquerque) Historic Site
Acoma Curio Shop (San Fidel) Historic Site
Bowlin's Old Crater Trading Post (Bluewater) Historic Site
Santo Domingo Trading Post (Santo Domingo) Historic Site

Historic Districts

Park Lake Historic District (Santa Rosa) Historic Site
Nob Hill District (Albuquerque) Historic Site
Barelas-South Fourth Street Historic District (Albuquerque) Historic Site
Old Colonial Town of Albuquerque (Albuquerque) Historic Site
Barrio De Analco (Santa Fe) Historic Site

Bridges

Rio Puerco Bridge (Suwanee) Historic Site

St. Joseph Church, Laguna Pueblo

Saint Joseph Church, Laguna Pueblo
by A. Whittall

Other...

County Courthouse (Santa Rosa) Historic Site
Greene Evans Garage (Moriarty) Historic Site
Jones Motor Company (Albuquerque) Historic Site
Nob Hill Shopping Center (Albuquerque) Historic Site
Fort Wingate (Wingate) Historic Site
Glorieta Pass Battlefield (Glorieta) Historic Site
Oldest House in the U.S (Santa Fe) Historic Site
Palace of the Governors (Santa Fe) Historic Site

Service Stations

Roy T. Herman's Garage and Service Station (Thoreau) Historic Site

Archaeological and Native American Sites

Tijeras Pueblo (Tijeras) Historic Site
Sandia Cave (Tijeras) Historic Site
Laguna Pueblo Historic Site
Pecos National Historical Park (Pecos) Historic Site
Taos Pueblo (Taos) Historic Site
Kewa Pueblo (Santo Domingo) Historic Site
Coronado Historic Site and Kuaua Ruins, (Bernalillo) Historic Site

Oklahoma

A list of Historic Sites in Oklahoma along Route 66

Below we list the main historic places located on Route 66 in Oklahoma, there are many more. They are listed from east to west.

Motels and Hotels

Riviera Courts Motel (Miami) Historic Site
Hotel Vinita (Vinita) Historic Site
the Chelsea Motel (Chelsea) Historic Site
Historic Will Rogers Hotel (Claremore) Historic Site
Casa Loma Hotel (Tulsa) Historic Site
Hotel Lincoln (Stroud) Historic Site
St. Cloud Hotel (Chandler) Historic Site
Hotel El Reno (El Reno) Historic Site
Casa Grande Hotel (Elk City) Historic Site
West Winds Motel (Erick) Historic Site

Theaters

1920s Ribbon Road Narcissa, Afton and Miami, Oklahoma

The 9 foot wide 1920s Route 66 "Ribbon Road", Miami, Narcissa, Afton
by Jimmy Emerson, DVM

Coleman Theatre (Miami) Historic Site
Historic Circle Theater (Tulsa) Historic Site

General Stores and Trading Posts and Cafes

Rock Café (Stroud) Historic Site
Engel's Dry Goods Store (Luther) Historic Site
Mulvey Mercantile (Yukon) Historic Site
1903 Gillespie Building (Geary) Historic Site

Seaba's Filling Station, Warwick, Oklahoma

An original 1921 Service Station that predates Route 66. Warwick, Oklahoma
by Melodibit

Historic Districts

Sayre Downtown Historic District (Sayre) Historic Site

Route 66 Bridges

Horse Creek Bridge (Afton) Historic Site
Little Cabin Creek Bridge (Vinita) Historic Site
Pryor Creek Bridge (Chelsea) Historic Site
11th Street Arkansas River Bridge (Tulsa) Historic Site
Bridge #18 at Rock Creek (Sapulpa) Historic Site
Captain Creek Bridge (Wellston) Historic Site
Lake Overholser Bridge(Oklahoma City) Historic Site
Canadian River Bridge (Geary) Historic Site

NAME, Tulsa, Oklahoma

Vickery Phillips 66 Service Station, Tulsa, Oklahoma
by W. R. Oswald

Other Historic Sites...

Places listed in the National Register of Historic Places

Commercial buildings

Randall Tire Company (Vinita) Historic Site
Beard Motor Company (Bristow) Historic Site
Bristow Tire Shop (Bristow) Historic Site
Bristow Motor Company Building (Bristow) Historic Site
Crane Motor Co. (Chandler) Historic Site
Historic Tuton's Drugstore (Arcadia) Historic Site
Citizen's Bank (Edmond) Historic Site
Hedlund Motor Company Building (Elk City) Historic Site
First National Bank (Erick) Historic Site

Rock Cafe, Stroud, Oklahoma

Historic Rock Cafe, Stroud, Oklahoma
by Chuck Coker

Homes and Houses

Hogue Home (Chelsea) Historic Site
Belvidere Mansion (Claremore) Historic Site
1895 Farmhouse (Edmond) Historic Site
Storm House (Elk City) Historic Site

Miscellaneous....

The World's Largest Totem Pole (Foyil) Historic Site
Brick Paved Broadway Street (Davenport) Historic Site
The Chandler Armory (Chandler) Historic Site
Round Barn (Arcadia) Historic Site
Armory (Edmond) Historic Site
First School in Oklahoma (Edmond) Historic Site

NAME, Tulsa, Oklahoma

Examples of Art Deco, Tulsa, Oklahoma

Czech Hall (the largest dance hall in the state) (Yukon) Historic Site
Carnegie Library (El Reno) Historic Site
Municipal Swimming Pool (El Reno) Historic Site
Historic Public Water Trough (Geary) Historic Site
Historic Weatherford Armory (Weatherford) Historic Site
McLain Rogers Park (Clinton) Historic Site
Historic Armory (Clinton) Historic Site
Whited Grist Mill (Elk City) Historic Site
Rock Island Depot (Sayre) Historic Site
Beckham County Courthouse (Sayre) Historic Site
Historic Park (Sayre) Historic Site

Route 66 Service Stations

Marathon Oil Service Station (Miami) Historic Site
McDougal Filling Station (Vinita) Historic Site
Sinclair Service Station (Tulsa) Historic Site
Phillips 66 Station (Tulsa) Historic Site
Cities Service Station #8 (Tulsa) Historic Site
Vickery Phillips 66 Station (Tulsa) Historic Site
Bristow Firestone Service Station (Bristow) Historic Site
Texaco Service Station (Bristow) Historic Site

Phillips 66 Chandler

Phillips 66 Station, Chandler A. Whittall

Phillips 66 Station (Chandler) Historic Site
Historic Seaba's filling staton (Warwick) Historic Site
Threatt Filling Station (Luther) Historic Site
Avant Service Station (El Reno) Historic Site
Jackson Conoco Service Station (El Reno) Historic Site
Bridgeport Hill Service Station (Geary) Historic Site
Provine Service Station - Lucille's Place (Hydro) Historic Site
Y Service Station (Clinton) Historic Site
Canute Service Station (Canute) Historic Site
Champin Service Station (Sayre) Historic Site
Magnolia Service Station (Texola) Historic Site

Archaeological and Native American Sites

Claremore Mound (Claremore) Historic OK Marker
Fort Reno (El Reno) Historic Site

Historic Segments of Route 66

Some segments are Listed in the National Register of Historic Places

Ribbon Road - Nine-foot section (Miami to Afton) Historic Site
Original roadbed of 1926 (Sapulpa) Historic Site
Historic 1926 roadbed and Original Ozark Trail (Stroud) Historic Site
original 1928 Route 66 roadbed (Arcadia) Historic Site
Bridgeport to Hydro (Bridgeport) Historic Site

Texas

Sites listed from East to West

TEXAS, a summary of the state.

Some Selected Historic Sites in Texas

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CONOCO Tower Station

In Shamrock

CONOCO Tower Station, Shamrock

Historic Place: Art-Deco Conoco service station and diner, Shamrock, Texas
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Listed in the National Register of Historic Places

The "Conoco Tower Station" is an iconic and unique Art Deco landmark crowned by a 100 foot tower located six blocks from Shamrock's commercial center.

James Tindall and R. C. Lewis built it in 1936. It was the first commercial business to be built on U.S. Highway 66 in Shamrock and was quickly nicknamed the «Tower Station». It comprised a Conoco gas station, a diner named "U-Drop Inn"

It is one of the tallest structures in the center of Shamrock and the neon-lighted tower lured in the customers.The building's facade is decorated with green and gold terracotta tiles and a distinctively Art Deco relief motif on canopies and tower bases.

Route 66 Bridge over the Chicago, Rock Island and Gulf Railroad

Listed in the National Register of Historic Places

Also in Shamrock; More Details, on the south frontage road of I-40, 8.5 mi (13.7 km) east of Shamrock.

Lela Elementary School

In Lela

Texas Historical Commission Marker

McLean Commercial Historic District

In McLean

McLean Phillips 66 Service Station

Phillips 66 service station at McLean, TX by David Spigolon

The Historic District is defined by 2nd Street on the north, Railroad St. on the south and Rowe St. to the east and Gray St. to the West (McLean TX). The Route 66 corridor runs along 1st and Railroad Streets.

Listed in the National Register of Historic Places

The Classical layout of a "Mother Road" town between 1930 and 1970: assortment of vintage gasoline stations, stores, garages and motels. Relive the heyday of Route 66.

World War II Prisoner of War Camp Site

Texas Historical Commission Marker

Read more about this WWII POW camp, in McLean.

Conway on Route 66

Historic segment of Route 66, Conway, TX,

Alanreed Cemetery

In Alanreed

Historic Route 66 Marker: The Oldest Cemetery in Texas along Route 66.

First Baptist Church, Alanreed

Historic Route 66 Marker: Oldest church on Texas Route 66

Jericho Cemetery

In Jericho

Texas Historical Commission Marker

Historic segment of US Highway 66, Conway

In Conway

Listed in the National Register of Historic Places

Texas FM 2161 (Historic Route 66) from TX207 to Exit 89 of I-40, Conway TX.

The seven mile portion of Texas Farm to Market Road 2161 between Conway (TX 207) in the east and I-40's exit 89 was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 2007.

This segment of US Highway 66 was chosen for protection because it is the best preserved and also one of the longest sections of untouched US Highway 66 in the State of Texas.

U.S. Route 66-Sixth Street Historic District

In Amarillo

Cazzell 2806 Bldg., Amarillo

Cazzell Buildings, by A. Whittall

Listed in the National Register of Historic Places

The Historic Route 66 - 6th Street District spans 13 blocks along Sixth Street in the San Jacinto Heights district between Georgia and Forrest Avenues. It has several vintage service stations and buildings in different architectural styles from the 1920s to 1940s including stores, shops and a motel. Time travel to the classic Route 66 days.

Its current asphalt paving dates back to 1942 when the street was widened, blending 1940s features into buildings of the 1920s.

The Sixth Street became a part of town catering to the 1920s travelers: a City Tourist Camp accommodated them; "auto campers" slept by their cars in the open, there were 12 service stations by the end of the 1930s. Service Stations were now designed to attract customers, with canopies, restrooms and pumps that were set away from the roadside. There were 25 tourist courts along route 66 in Amarillo by 1928.

US Route 66 moved to its newer alignment in 1953 when the four laned Amarillo Blvd. was completed to bypass the congested downtown area. Motels with swimming pools and restaurants soon sprung up along the new route, ending the golden era for the old Sixth St.

The district was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1994.

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Amarillo Helium Plant

9913 Hwy 66, south east corner of Helium Rd. and W. Amarillo Blvd., Soucy

Texas Historical Commission Marker

Ranchotel in Amarillo

Ranchotel, Amarillo

Ranchotel, by A. Whittall

Listed in the National Register of Historic Places

Built in 1940, it is a "U" shaped building with 16 units linked by alternating garage parking spaces.

It created a Western ranch air with its stucco-covered walls, chimneys, wooden windows & shutters. Gabled roofs with exposed rafter ends and wagon-wheel handrails added to the charm.

They were furnished with rustic beads, tables and chairs; the lamps had cowhide lampshades, the mirrors were horseshoe shaped.

When traffic moved to Amarillo Blvd. in 1953, it became an apartment building (and remains so until today) which was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1995.

Historic Triangle Motel, Amarillo

Triangle Motel, Amarillo

Triangle Motel, by A. Whittall

Listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 2010.

Silas Clayton built the Triangle Motel between 1946 and 1952 on a triangular site at the intersection of US 66 and US 60 (E. Amarillo Blvd.) to serve the growing flow of motorists along Route 66

The Historic Motel is on Triangle Dr. and E. Amarillo Blvd., Amarillo TX.

The buildings were built in Streamline Moderne style and remodeled in 1956 replacing the stucco finish with a brick veneer. The rooms were located in two linear buildings that face each other with inset garages between rooms.

The site included a café and service station (Triangle 66), and was hit by a small tornado in the 1950s.

Clayton retired in 1977 and sold the business.

Glenrio Historic District, Glenrio, Texas & New Mexico

In Glenrio

Little Juarez cafe, Glenrio

Closed Little Juarez Diner & Café in Glenrio, Texas
by Worldbuilder

Listed in the National Register of Historic Places

The Historic District is defined by Historic Route 66 in Glenrio, TX and NM.

The Historic District preserves several vintage gasoline filling stations, motels and diners of the period when Route 66 was the main road through the Panhandle region of Texas, between 1926 and 1976.

Glenrio is a ghost town that spans the Texas - New Mexico state line, with derelict buildings. It is located on the Historic alignment of U.S. Route 66, which shortly after entering NM, turns into a gravel surfaced road.