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Route 66 from Lupton to Winslow

Driving Route 66 in Eastern Arizona

Last Updated: By Austin Whittall

On this page we describe all the different alignments of Route 66 from Lupton to Winslow.

It is 105 miles along the freeway, but in the 1930s, 40s, 50s, and 60s it was a long and steaming drive across the desert, along a winding highway with many curves, grades and stops. Those cars guzzled gas!

When Route 66 was originally created back in 1926, it was a dirt road across most of Arizona. Later it was paved, and in the process, straightened out several times. Bridges were built to cut across gullies and canyons with a straight and safe course. Curves were eliminated, and the roadbed moved. This page describes all of these alignments and guides you to find the gaps, the lost roadway, and much more. Enjoy your Road Trip along Route 66!

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arch crossing US66 looking west from NM into AZ at the state line. 1938 black and white picture, cliffs to the right, arid landscape

Welcome Arch at NM AZ state line. US 66 Lupton, 1938. Source
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The Alignment of Old Route 66 from Lupton to Winslow

This segment starts in Lupton.

You can see all of the missing segments in our custom map with the eliminated segments of Route 66. advertisement


map of Lupton Arizona black and white from 1937

Map of US 66 and Lupton AZ, 1937. Source

The Arizona segment of Route 66 starts in Lupton. To the east is New Mexico.

The original alignment ran to the north of the freeway west of Manuelito on the northern bank of the rio Puerco River. As it approached the state line, it continued straight, but is now cut by I-40 as marked with a yellow line in our custom map.

The eastbound lanes of the freeway cover the original road from state line to the access to I-40 on the south side, at Exit 359. Here the old roadway follows the access ramp, and continues west along the South Frontage Rd. You can only drive this segment if you enter the freeway heading east as shown in this map of Lupton ramp.

West along the South Frontage Road

map from 1937 with US66 from Lupton to Houck

Lupton to Houck, detail of 1937 map. Source
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But from the underpass' on the south side of I-40 you can turn right and head west along the original 1926 to 1965 US 66 (in 1965 the highway was realigned as a four-lane superhighway where I-40 now runs). This segment is shown in this map from Exit 359 to 354.

Just over 1 mile west of Lupton, the highway crosses the steep and narrow gully of Lupton Wash (Original Bridge) built in 1927 and rehabilitated in 1939 this section was known as the "Adamana to Lupton Highway" (map showing where it is.)

On this alignment there was a Trading Post (?) (map), and just west was Stafford's Cafe mentioned by Rittenhouse in 1946 just before Exit 354; this map marks the spot. It was torn down in the late 1990s, but you can clearly see it in this 1970 aerial photo. Below is a view of the highway in this section.

old paved road surface in rolling country, bushes, arid setting, red and brown banded cliffs in the background, junipers near the dry grassy shoulder
Route 66 (1926-65) west of Lupton, AZ. Click for street view

At Exit 354 the original highway is now cut by the freeway, and it headed north, running under I-40 as shown with the green line in our custom map. The curved segment see map north of the freeway was part of the N.O.T. but never carried US 66.

Then, for it reappears and for the next 2.5 miles the old 1920s-1965 US 66 runs along the north side of the freeway (map) as the N Frontage Rd., it curves around a rest area and reaches Allentown at Exit 351. Here there is a fork in the alignments.


Where there is a fork in the alignments

The "town" of Allentown

Elevation 6,065 ft. (1.850 m).

Allentown was named after Allan Johnson, who was part of the Atlantic and Pacific Railroad staff in the construction Department. In the 1880s, the Johnson brothers settled there and raised cattle.

The Apache County map further up, the USGS map of 1923 and the AT& SF Railway map of 1915 both show it as "Allantown" not "Allentown", so the "A" must have become an "E" after the early 1920s.

The railway depot was roughly half way between Lupton and Houck it was the center of the community until Route 66 was realigned further north and the few houses of Allentown are located by I-40's Exit 351.

Below we describe the two alignments west of Allentown:

  1. N.O.T. and 1926 to 1930 Route 66
  2. 1930 to 1947 Route 66

1. The N.O.T. 1926-30 Route 66 alignment

The highway crossed the Rio Puerco at Allentown, ran along its south side all the way to Sanders, where it crossed the river again. This is the map of 1926-30 Route 66 from Allentown to Sanders. Drive it with care it is a rough dirt surfaced road.

Old Bridge (1923) at Allentown

Listed in the National Register of Historic Places

Built in 1923 as part of the National Old Trails Road. Three years later it was included in the first alignment of Route 66 through this area. See this vintage photo of the "Allentown" bridge on the "Adamana to Lupton Highway" taken in 1924, two years before US 66 was created.

Map showing where it is. This original alignment ran south what is now I-40, and also, south of the Rio Puerco River, so it crossed it twice, one here, next to Allentown, and again further west, at Sanders. Built in 1923 on the Old Trails across the often flooding Puerco of the West River. It had a wood deck supplied locally to reduce the construction costs.

steel bridge with mid river concrete pier crosses a wide canyon with bushes and stream below
Route 66 (1923) Allentown Bridge, AZ. Credits

The Allentown Bridge was a Pratt deck truss bridge. Truss is the steel structure formed of triangular units that give the bridge its strength. A "Deck" truss is one where the deck (roadbed) is placed on top of the truss. And a Pratt truss is shaped so that the diagonal beams face towards the center of the bridge. The deck was built in wood, this was supplied locally and lowered the bridge's construction costs

It is closed to traffic, but you can see it to your left, on the eastern side of the modern bridge that replaced it.

This alignment did not go through Houck, it passed well to the south of the village.

You can drive this segment along the original roadbed along Co. Rd. 7240, covering 15.5 miles along a rough back-country road with no services along it.


As you reach Sanders you will have to backtrack a very short distance, and then drive through Sanders to continue your journey because the old bridge at the end of the 1920s alignment is closed to traffic.

Historic 1923 Bridge in Sanders

Listed in the National Register of Historic Places

Built in 1923 on the Old Trails it also crossed the often flooding Puerco of the West River. It was a Pratt pony truss bridge. A "pony" is a bridge where the sides of the truss extend above the deck, but are not connected.

2 span steel truss bridge with mid river concrete pier crosses a wide river without much water
Route 66 (1923) Sanders Bridge, AZ. Click for St. view

2. The 1930 - 1947 Alignment from Allentown to Sanders

This alignment ran along the north side of the Rio Puerco River, and in doing so, went through the small community of Houck.

The two 1923 bridges and the Old Trails alignment required improvement (the wooden deck wore out quickly), and a straighter and shorter route was desireable. So the Arizona Highway Department chose a route along the north side of the railroad, west from Allentown. It was built in 1929 and in 1930 it replaced the old segment, which is a now county road used by the Navajo reservation residents.

The segment from Allentown to Houck is probably overlapped by the lanes of I-40 built in the mid 1960s. However, some maps state that it runs along what is now the North Frontage Rd. into Houck we will follow this alignment; see the Map (1930-65) Allenton-Houck.

dome shaped building trading post

Ortega's dome-shaped store on US66, Houck AZ in 1979. Credits

There was a domed Trading Posts built in the late 1960 in Allentown; it was already standing in 1969 (See aerial photo). The dome was replaced by the current building between 1981 and 1997. It is still operating as "Ortega Indian City Arts". John Margoulis pictured it in 1979 while it was a dome.


At Houck there wasn't much, a tourist attraction was built here in the mid 1960s (Fort Courage) pictured below.

The octogonal shaped "Pancake House" next to a replica of a wild west Fort and a sign
The octogonal shaped "Pancake House" next to Fort Courage, Houck AZ, and the sign. A. Whittall.

After Houck Route 66 alignment continued as the north frontage Road and then departs from current I-40, running further north to cross Querino Canyon.
You can drive along it westwards as shown in this 1930 - 47 Houck - Querino Canyon - Cedar Point map.

Box Canyon and Big Arrows Trading Post

About 3 miles west of Houck, there is a bridge across Box Canyon and after passing by the "new" Querino Trading Post at the junction with Hwy 9407, the old highway passes by the ruins of Claude and Clara Lee's Old Querino Trading Post and reaches the deep Querino Canyon and the historic bridge that spans it. It is 4 mi. west of Houck

This was the Big Arrows Trading Post that was once owned by Claude and Clara Lee. Nowadays an old chimney and a column stand among the rubble. Rittenhouse described it in 1946 as "another one-structure "town," consisting of the Querino Trading Post. Curios and gas." They moved to a new location when the highway was realigned in 1949, building a second Big Arrows west of Houck that their daughter Arlene managed well into the 1960s. Below are two pictures in a "Then and Now" sequence of the post at Querino Canyon:

collapsing building, vacant and in ruins

Querino Trading post in ruins. Credits

chimney, rubble seen from a bridge

Remains of the Querino Trading Post. Credits

Historic Querino Canyon Bridge

bridge in the distance seen from the freeway, shrubs, arid gully, and an inset with an enlarged view of the bridge

Querino Canyon bridge seen from I-40. A. Whittall. St. View
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Located on Old Route 66, 4 miles west ofHouck, AZ.

Listed in the National Register of Historic Places

Historic bridge built in 1929 across the deep Querino Canyon on U.S. Highway 66. The Arizona Highway Department decided to shorten the 1926 US66 alignment and avoid crossing the Puerco River twice To do so it laid down a this new roadbed westwards from Houck to Sanders, it only required a big bridge at this canyon. The bridge is 77 ft. long and 20 ft. wide with a steel tressle supported by very tall steel piers rising from the canyon's bed.

It has 307 cubic yards of concrete 288,000 pounds of structural steel and 34,000 pounds of reinforced steel. It was built by F.D. Shufflebcager of Phoenix. Route 66 ran along this alignment an across this bridge until a newer alignment was build in 1947 where I-40 is now located. The bridge is still in use and is part of the local highway network.

steel bridge with two steel piers crosses a steep narrow canyon with bushes on its walls
Route 66 (1929) Querino Canyon Bridge, AZ. Credits
map from 1937 with US66 from Houck to Chambers

Houck to Chambers, detail of 1937 map. Source
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One mile west, Rittenhouse mentions a Trading Post that didn't sell gas. This aerial photo from 1969 shows the building, that is still standing.

The 1937 map from Houck to Chambers (click on it to enlarge) shows the buildings along Route 66.
Highway continues towards the SW and meets the freeway, where it turns west as the North Frontage Rd. The original 66 here runs beneath the freeway towards Cedar Point, just ahead at Exit 341.

1947 Realignment bypassing Querino

The Querino Canyon and the Box Canyon bridges were bypassed with the 2-lane upgrade of the highway that runs where the eastbound lanes of I-40 run. The original bridges on this alignment were also replaced in the late 1970s.

The Second Big Arrows

The Lee's moved to the new alignment and built their second Big Arrows on the north side of the highway (right), with a Shell station. It was located just 0.5 mi west of Houck's Exit 346 as shown in this Satellite view the drives and parking area can still be seen from space, the building has gone. You can see the complex in this 1970 aerial photo. Below is a postcard of the Big Arrows, which had big arrows next to the building (you can see them in the postcard).

color postcard, with mid 1960s cars, trading post, gas pump and Shell station, large arrow resting on building, and another to the right, tow truck and police car
Mid 1960s postcard, Big Arrows, Houck AZ. Source

Back to Querino Road

Cedar Point

West of the junction where Querino Rd. becomes the N. Frontage Rd., the original US 66 1930-47 roadbed is buried by the freeway (west of Sanders it also comprises the N.O.T. and 1926-65 US66). We marked this alignment with a purple line in our map.

Cedar Point and Indian Ruins

Indian Ruins

Rittenhouse mentions, 3 miles west of the Querino bridge another establishment: "A building here houses some excavations of Indian ruins. Private enterprise." This is where Exit 341 is now located at Cedar Point. The building of I-40 here disturbed the buildings.

This 1970 aerial photo shows, from left to right, the foundations of the Log Cabin and zoo (left) , Ortega's Trading Post (Indian Ruins) and the Cedar Point trading Post (right).

Rittenhouse mentions the "Log Cabin Trading Post" and gas station was ran by Allen "Al" J. Berry who built it with logs in 1927 on the north side of Route 66. He was next to some Indian ruins and after excavating them, he put a fence around the site and charged visitors an admission fee to visit them. His matchcovers promoted "Wild Birds & animals... Beer Liquor." It had burned down in 1945, but Berry rebuilt it.

log cabin trading post, cars and two gas pumps from the 1930s black and white postcard

Log Cabin Trading Post, 1930s. Source

rubble of foundations marked with red arrow in a satellite picture, highway lower right corner

Log Cabin Trading Post rubble 2023. Click for satellite view.

The remains of the foundations are on the north side of the freeway where the frontage road straightens to run beside I-40 (See satellite view above).

Indian Ruins

There is a newer trading post and Navajo handicrafts store to the east of the old Log Cabin site, it was part of the Ortega family's string of trading posts along Route 66 it dates back to the mid 1960s. This one was operated by Armand Ortega. The Indian Ruins store is on the north side of the overpass.

color postcard, car, trading post from the early 1980s

Indian Ruins, Sanders Source

foundations and rubble among the trees next to the highway

Cedar Point ruins, Sanders. Click for St. view

Cedar Point Trading Post

On the south side of the freeway was G. C. Wallace's "Cedar Point Trading Post", offering "General Merchandise, Tourist's Supplies, Navajo Rugs" and a Conoco Gas station. Below is a photograph taken in 1962, looking south from where I-40s eastbound lanes now run (at that time the 2 lanes of US66). The image above shows the same spot now, with the red arrow marking the foundations and part of the wall of the building.

black and white postcard, trading post, gas station,seen from Route 66
1962 view of Cedar Point Trading Post, Sanders AZ. Source

Heading one mile west, Rittenhouse mentions a "Gas station and garage" and at that spot are the remains of a building, east-sanders-gas to your right, on the north side of the frontage Rd. it is pictured below.

vacant builiding hipped roof under some trees with US 66 running in front

Old gas station, Sanders AZ. Click for st. view

map of Sanders Arizona black and white from 1937

Map of US 66 at Sanders AZ, 1937. Source


Just ahead, US 66 reaches Sanders. Described by Rittenhouse in 1946 as having 88 residents, "Tipton Bors. Store and two gas stations." The 1962 phone book mentions a Whiting Bros. station in town.

US 66 alignments meet in Sanders

The original 1926 and all the later alignments meet where Exit 339 is now located. The buildings at the junction of Route 66 with what is now US 191, that before was US 666 (more on this below) were razed when the freeway was built, with the overpass and ramps at Exit 339. The map above shows Sanders in 1937 (at that time US 191 was Arizona Hwy 81). All of these, and the depot named Cheto have gone.

The Route of the Beast, U.S. 666

Once there was a spur of Route 66 (spurs add a digit in front of the US highway number so this was the sixth spur on US 66) into the Four Corners region: It was the U.S. Highway bearing the number 666 but on May 31, 2003, the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials approved a new number for it: the route became U.S. 491, a spur of U.S. 191.

Route 66 and U.S. 666 shared the roadbed between Gallup NM and Sanders in Arizona (where US 666 headed south all the way to Douglas on the Mexican border).

It was an unsafe highway and things were made worse by those D.U.I. But state officials thought that the cause was supernatural and voted to have the number changed for the following reasons:

WHEREAS, people living near the road already live under the cloud of opprobrium created by having a road that many believe is cursed running near their homes and through their homeland; and
WHEREAS, the number "666" carries the stigma of being the mark of the beast, the mark of the devil, which was described in the book of revelations in the Bible; and
WHEREAS, there are people who refuse to travel the road, not because of the issue of safety, but because of the fear that the devil controls events along United States route 666; and
WHEREAS, the economy in the area is greatly depressed when compared with many parts of the United States, and the infamy brought by the inopportune naming of the road will only make development in the area more difficult....

Route 66 West of Sanders

West of Sanders

The former roadway of Route 66 is overlaid by the freeway through Sanders and westwards (purple line in our custom map.)

At the junction in Sanders, the Sanders Trading Post and Conoco gasoline service were located on the north side of the highway more or less where the school is now located. All that remains is a vacant former gas station and cafe on the N Frontage Rd. northwest side of the Exit, pictured below. The Arizona Route 66 Survey says it was built in 1965.

former gas station, boarded and vacant, trees, and Route 66
The now defunct "Stop Go Cafe and Filling Station" in Sanders, AZ. Route 66, Sanders AZ. Click for street view

White Elephant

black and white postcard Berry Trading Post, solid two story white building, gas pumps, cafe, bar and motel signs

Berry's White Elephant, Sanders AZ, 1940s. Source

The White Elephant was a lodge, bar and curio shop had been built by Mitchell Dickens and R.W. "Bob" Cassady Jr. They had run it as the Chamese Lodge. In 1948, Cassady was tried in 1948 for the bribes he paid to avoid prosecution "in the operation of a certain gaming device by the use of slot-machines at Chamese Lodge, adjacent to U.S. Highway 66, Apache County, Arizona" (Source).

After they went broke, it was acquired by Al Berry, of the Log Cabin Trading Post further east; his name appears painted on the building -see image.

image combines two postcards with same bluff in the background and current street view

Site of White Elephant Lodge. St. view
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He sold it to Skeet and Maude Eddens; their postcard below says:"Skeet and Maude's White Elephant Lodge (Hi-way 66). 83 miles E. of Winslow, Arizona - 44 miles W. of Gallup, N. Mexico... Open 24 hrs. One stop. Cafe-Bar-Curios-Motel-Gas-Oil-Garage." The 1953 telephone directory mentions Skeet and Maude's White Elephant Lodge as being located in Chambers. These distances, considering the 1950s highway alignment would have placed it in the spot marked by this map and you can see the building (L-shape, upper right) in this aerial photo taken in 1969. The image below show the same bluff whose western and eastern tips can be seen in the two postcards, and nowadays.

color postcard, trading post motel, gas station and cars, 2 story block shaped building
1950s White Elephant Lodge. Source

Next to it are the ruins of a bar, cafe (?) that can be seen in the 1969 aerial photo mentioned further up.
Just one and a half miles west, the alignments part again.

aerial photo black and white showing right to left: Puerco River, railroad, I-40 under construction and Route 66 with buildings, and countryside.

Aerial photo of Navapache in 1964. Source
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The original Route 66 alignment follows Highway 7060. Here the north Frontage Rd. of I-40 forks to the right away from the freeway. At the fork was the "town" of Navapache described by Rittenhouse in 1946 as "another small "town" consisting of one tourist court, a gas station, garage and store."

The image, looks west, and was taken during the freeway construction in 1964. Click on it to enlarge it. You can see the original Route 66 heading off to the right towards Chambers. Navapache trading post and complex was located at the fork and can be seen in the image.

building with navajo style, canopy, rugs for sale and cafe sign, a black and white 1940s postcard
Navapache Trading post US 66 near Chambers Arizona. Source


The highway continues straight west for another 2 miles and reaches Chambers. Rittenhouse gives it a population of 59 and mentions two gas stations, Riggs Cafe and a small tourist court (motel) plus a few buildings. Little remains of them.

map of Chambers Arizona in black and white from 1937

Map of US 66 in Chambers AZ, 1937. Source
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block shaped building with 2 gas pumps c.1940 in a black and white photo captioned Eaves Trading Post

Eaves trading post, Chambers c.1940. Source

The Wide Ruins Trading post is often mentioned as being located on Route 66, however it isn't. Wide Ruins is about 17 miles north of Chambers along US 191. It is the site of a former pueblo ruin known as Kin-Tiel with formidable stone walls, lost when they were pillaged to build the trading post in the 1890s.

Chambers had several stores and trading posts over the course of the years, but we don't know where they stood: Richard Eaves owned a grocery and station with a post office (see picture), Norris Douglas a service station, and there was the Cassady & Dickens cafe in 1948. Young Frank added his general Store in 1949.

At the junction of the 1926 - 1940s US 66 with US 191 in Chambers, there was a gas station on the NW corner. Later it became a restaurant. Still standing, now as the local Baptist Church. The image below shows the former 1930-1940s alignment west of Chambers (dashed red lines) overgrown with shrubs. The power poles mark the road's course. Perhaps it was Eaves?

building, trees and electric poles heading towards an arid bush covered ridge
Former gas station in Chambers Arizona. Click for St. view

Chambers depot was located further south, and a dirt trail linked it with the buildings along Route 66, this road can be seen in the 1937 map on the left side with an upper right-to-lower left course.

Route 66 West of Chambers

The 1926-40s US66

From the old gas station Route 66 in its N.O.T. to 1940s alignment ran westwards. Our missing segments map marks the gap in the N.O.T to 1926 alignment with a pale blue line, and the gap in the 1930-40s US66 with a blue line.

The road reappears beyond this gap and has some attractions along it (the Indian Village and the Rio Puerco gas station). You have to take the later alignments to visit them. Below we describe this itinerary.

1926-60s alignment

Perhaps due to WW II and the heavy traffic it caused, the highway was improved across Arizona around 1947. So Route 66 in Chambers turned sharply south along a new road, what is now US 191 Frontage Rd., as shown in this 1940s-60s alignment map (or maybe 50s?). It turned sharply west where the westbound lanes of I-40 are now located, and run west as shown in orange in our custom map.

1950s? Alignment

It is possible, but the evidence in the maps does not show this, that in the 1950s, a straighter course was built through Chambers as marked with a red line in our custom map. These lanes were overlaid by I-40s eastbound lanes. The USGS maps don't provide evidence of this but the aerial photographs taken during the construction of I-40 ⁄ US66 in 1964 do show that the highway no longer ran through Indian Village. And that modern US-191 was built with the overpass.

The May 1955 Arizona Highways magazine describes the highway at that time as having been upgraded -though still a two-lane highway, to where Exit 330 is now located:

Up sto four miles west of Chambers, "66" has been modernized all the way from the state line, with wide asphaltic paving, easy curvature ad grades. From there westward the highway is being modernized as fast as possible because the daily traffic count indicatwes a total of almost 3,000 cars per day... Arizona Highway Magazine 05/1955

aerial photo black and white of I-40 construction, road being built, ramps, highway and countryside with text indicating what is what, taken in 1964

1964 aerial picture of Chambers. Source
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satellite view of Chambers in 2022

2022 Satellite view of Chambers. Click for Satellite view

The two images above (click on them to see large size views of them) show the current Exit 333 when it was being built in 1964 and nowadays. You will see that what is now US 191 that uses the overpass, did not exist at that time. Instead what is now the Frontage Rd. of US 191 was the only link at that time (just west of the bridge), and part of the post-1940s US66. The main landmarks are identified in the picture. It seems possible that the EB lanes of I-40 upto the exchange, and then, the WB lanes beyond it, carried US 66 in the 1950s and early 1960s, as marked with the dashed line.

The Motel in Chambers

The motel predates the 1964 freeway construction as you can see in the image above. The pool is still there, but enclosed in a pavillion. The slanting roof on the main building (right) is now interrupted by a second floor with a gabled roof matching the rest of the rooms. The sign has moved further west, in front of the main building.

A 1980s postcard of the Chieftain Motel, Best Western, in Chambers, AZ. Route 66

A 1980s postcard of the Chieftain Motel, 2 floors, gable roof, pool, neon sign, Best Western, in Chambers, AZ. Route 66
A 1980s postcard of the Chieftain Motel, Best Western on Route 66. Chambers, AZ
Route 66 Classic 1970s motel still in operation, Chambers, AZ
Days Inn Motel on Route 66, Chambers Arizona. Click for Street View

Drive west, you can take the N Frontage Road to visit the garage and gas station from the 1950s.

Red Mesa Garage

On the north frontage road, to your ritght. This building dates back to the 1950s. according to the Arizona Route 66 Survey, and is pictured below.

vacant decrepit building with grafitti, trees and Us 66 running by it.
Former gas station on US 6, Chambers AZ. Click for St. view

Now head west along the freeway, it overlays the 1940s-1979 US 66 alignment. Below is a view, west of Chambers, in 1964 and nowadays.

aerial photo black and white of I-40 construction, road being built, ramps, highway and countryside with text indicating what is what, taken in 1964 west of Chambers AX

1964 aerial picture west of Chambers. Source
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satellite view west of Chambers in 2022

2022 Satellite view West of Chambers. Click for Satellite view

The red box in the 1964 image marks the same spot that can be seen in the "Then and Now" sequence below that shows a 1950s alignment west of Chambers, with only 2 lanes, long before the freeway construction began.

Same ridge on Route 66 now (top) and 1950s (bottom=

Same ridge now and in the 1950s. Click for St. view. 1950s view, Street view.
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The image above shows the ridge west of Chambers in the 1950s and now. The cliffs to the left, and the ridge are the same. The billboard in the 1950s picture is one mentioning the "Big Arrows" trading post in Houck.

Rio Puerco Gas Station

At Exit 330, the highway took a NE to SW direction, and here was the "Rio Puerco Service station; gas only" mentioned by Rittenhouse

We believe that the gas station was located on the north side of Exit 330 (1969 aerial photo) though it could have been on the south side too. Both spots are shown in the images below.

buildings, trees, arid scenery and red arrow marking highway heading to the right

Looking east from Rio Puerco gas station. St. view
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building to the right, bushes, arid scenery and highway

Looking west from Rio Puerco gas station. St. view
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Indian Village

Ahead, at Exit 330, take a right and drive east along old Route 66 (map), this is private property, and the site of a Trading Post. Beyond it is aa small creek, whose concrete Route 66 bridge is still standing, Rittenhouse mentions " Indian Village Trading Post. No gas", you can see where it is, in this map showing the spot, the aerial photograph shows that the Post has several hogans still standing; they also appear in this 1969 aerial photo. It was owned in the 1950s by Charley Jacobs. Below is a vintage picture from the 1930s:

hogans, 1930s car and stalls at a trading post in a vintage black and white postcard
Some hogans and a vintage 1930s car at Indian Village, Chambers AZ. Source

West of this point, the alignment towards the town of Navajo is cut by the freeway at Exit 330, here, the original roadway that ran parallel to a long cliff, moves to the south side of I-40, the brown line in our custom map shows the gap in the road.

Head to the south side of I-40 and drive west along Hwy 7386, it is paved for about one mile to the McCarrell Memorial Cemetery, after there it becomes a rough, dirt-surfaced, back country trail So think twice before trying to drive along it. This segment is almost 4 miles long and is shown in this map (Exit 330 to Navajo).

map of Navajo Arizona black and white from 1937

Map of US 66 in Navajo AZ, 1937. Source

marker beside highway and truck parking area

Navajo Springs marker, Navajo AZ

Navajo is a small community located half a mile south of I-40s Exit 335 next to the railroad tracks and Rio Puerco. Rittenhouse reported Marty's Trading Post with gas, cafe, five tourist cabins and groceries. Long gone, there are no pictures of the place. The map from 1937 above, shows several stores along the highway, on the SE side of the village. Nothing remains of them.

There is a Historic Marker at Exit 325; Park at the gas station and Navajo Center and walk to it, it is to your right on the eastbound lanes of I-40 access ramp (map).

The highway continues west of Navajo as shown in this Map followed by a gap caused by I-40's alignment and marked with a brown line in our custom map.

The dirt surfaced, back country road -rough and poorly maintained, continues west on the north side of the freeway as marked in this map all the way to Painted Desert Trading Post. Check with owners before driving private roads or at the National Park if the road has restricted access.

Painted Desert Trading Post

This is the first landmark west of Navajo mentioned by Rittenhouse in his 1946 guidebook; he describes it as "... bus stop... gas, cafe and curios." However he gives its distance from Navajo as 15 miles, and this is further than the former inn actually is. Maybe he made a mistake in his records or, he gave the distance to the Painted Desert Inn or the Painted Desert Park - Zoo that were further west and about 15 miles from Navajo.

The Painted Desert Trading post offered rugs, curios, jewelry, and also sandwiches and cold beverages. It had two gas pumps in the front (no canopy), and a simple white building with a flat top and the three windows that faced forward with a single entry door.

It was built by Dotch Windsor in 1942, who ran it with his first wife Joy Nevin until they divorced in 1956. It was the dawn of the Interstate period and Dotch closed the post.

Painted Desert Trading Post in the 1930s. Petrified Forest National Park near Holbrook, AZ. Route 66

Painted Desert Trading Post, Petrified Forest National Park near Holbrook, AZ. Route 66
A vintage postcard of the Painted Desert Trading Post in the 1930s
Holbrook, AZ.

Over the course of eighty years the passing of time has caused, ruin and decay. As you can see below it was in ruins. The dorway was empty and the windows gone. The words Desert Trading Post were faded but could still be made out on the front of the former store:

Painted Desert Trading Post until recently. Petrified Forest National Park near Holbrook, AZ. Route 66

Painted Desert Trading Post today, Petrified Forest National Park near Holbrook, AZ. Route 66
The ruins of the Painted Desert Trading Post before it was restored
Holbrook, AZ.

Fortunately it was recently restored and has recovered its former grandeur. Learn more about the rescue project:

white building with 2 vintage gas pumps. With signs indicating it is Dotch Trading Post, American flag on mast to the left
Restored Painted Desert Trading Post in 2021. Source
concrete bridge, bushes, arid setting, gravel road

Dead Wash bridge. Source

Head westwards. 800 ft from the old trading post is the bridge over Dead Wash (named so because a prospector named Lewis was found dead there by his neighbor, Jackson, in 1897).

The highway continues west from the Inn for 5.3 miles and meets the current access road into the National Park (map). Just half a mile east of the crossroads is the site of the "Lion Farm."

Painted Desert Park - The Lion Farm (Gone)

Set on the north side (to your right) of the highway, see the map showing where it was, it was the brainchild of Harry E. "Indian" Miller, who also owned the Zoo and Trading Post & gas station further west along US 66 in Two Guns AZ. Miller had partnered with his nephews Paul and William Jacobs in 1927 to build a farm by the Painted Desert. He owned the land, and it was not located within the original boundaries of the Petrified Forest National Monument. At that time the railroad marked its northern boundary. In 1932 it was extended north to include the addition of Painted Desert and that brought the "Lion Farm" into the park. By that time Miller had moved to the Cave of the Seven Devils in Manuelito NM close to the NM-AZ state line and left his sister Julia Miller, mother of Paul and William, in charge.

two black and white views of a tourist attraction, top buildings and signs, bottom seen from the air with Route 66 running by it along the bottom of the photograph
Painted Desert Park, 1930s postcard, 1950s aerial view. Source

It had a tower overlooking the Painted Desert, cabins, souvenir shop, gas station. Its signs read "Mountain Lion Farm" and "Painted Desert Park Zoo." The zoo had eagles, fox, mountain lions, coyote, bobcat, and later pigs, gila monsters and badgers. The National Monument authorities wanted to buy them out, the zoo was an "eyesore" that had to go. By 1950 Charley Jacobs -Julia's other son- delegated management of the park to Albert Tietjen and refused to sell it. The National Monument put pressure on the Arizona Highway Dept. to realign Route 66 bypassing the Lion Farm in the around 1954 and isolating it from potential visitors. Finally Jacobs sold out his bypassed and vacant Park in April 1962 and the monument was designated as a national park in December 1962. (1)

Route 66 and Petrified Forest Rd.

Ahead, after passing the now vacant "Lion Farm" site, Route 66 ends at its junction with Petrified Forest Rd. Below is a view looking east from the junction.

gravel surfaced road heads east in a dry setting, with low bushes on both sides
Looking east along Old US66 at Petrified Forest Rd. Click for St. view

Reaching Dotch's Trading Post from the west

Most of you can't or won't drive along a dirt road, but you can reach it from the west as shown in this map with directions. To do so take I-40 westwards and head north from Exit 311. Enter Petrified Forest National Park, pay the park fee and check at the Visitor Center for additional information, road conditions and permission to drive along it. Below is a photo of the junction of Route 66 with Petrified Forest Rd.

Just ahead (see picture above), take a left along the dirt road eastwards, drive east for 5.3 miles along Pinta Rd.

Petrified Forest National Park

Only National Park on Route 66

Now or later (stop in Holbrook and dedicate a day to visit the park) we strongly recommend visiting it.

multicolored rocks shaped like cones or tepees
The "Tepees" in Blue Mesa, Petrified Forest Nat. Park, AZ.

Back to our itinerary. The original Route 66 continued straight on, with a NE to SW course, this original alignment was later erased. but you can see it in our custom map (blue line)

Just west of this junction was another tourist trap, the "Tower":

Painted Desert Tower (razed)

Located west of the Park's visitor center (location map). Julia Miller owned a 160 acre homestead in the middle of the park and she ceded it to her son, Charley Jacobs (who also owned the Indian Village in Chambers.) He was concerned about the realignment in Chambers bypassing his store, so in 1953 he built the Painted Desert Tower on this property as he believed that the new alignment of Route 66 would pass close by his new establishment. However, the National Park Service bought him out in 1958 and razed the spot. Below is a photograph of this tower. I took this picture in 2016 at the Route 66 marker further east.

black and white photo of a trading post, a tower, signs, Shamrock gas station
Painted Desert Tower, A. Whittall

There is one final Route 66 spot in Petrified Forest National Park and it is worth visiting (Map with directions.) Turn right along Petrified Forest Rd. ahead is another (there were many!) Painted Desert establishment, the Painted Desert Inn.

Painted Desert Inn

National Historic Landmark

The first inn, Stone Tree House, was made of petrified wood and built in the 1920s by Herbert D. Lore. It was renovated in the 1930s by the Civilian Conservation Corps as part of the Painted Desert Addition, in an adobe - pueblo style. After WW II it was reopened under the Fred Harvey Company's management and renewed by Mary Elizabeth Jane Colter in 1947. The museum and inn moved to a new complex in 1963 due to structural issues with the original building, and it was slated for demolition in 1975. A public campaign saved it, it was named a National Historic Landmark in 1987 and is open for all visitors.

1930s black and white postcard two story building with flat roof built in petrified stone

Stone Tree House, 1930s postcard. Source

woman, adobe building painted ochre, garden of desert shrubs and American flag

Painted Desert Inn nowadays. A. Whittall

Drive along Petrified Forest Road, stop at the viewing spots, the sights are amazing. Route 66 reappears ahead where it crossed the Petrified Forest Road again. There is a small marker and a must-see monument commemorating Route 66 within the park.

Route 66 Marker

Commemorating Route 66 and Petrified Forest National Park

Rusting 1931 Studebaker on Route 66, Holbrook AZ
1932 Studebaker at Route 66 marker in Petrified Forest Nat. Park, AZ.

See where it is, in this map, the point marks where Route 66, coming from the trading post in the east, crosses Petrified Forest Rd. and heads west into the desert. The roadbed is not visible at ground level, but can be seen in satellite images. A line of telephone poles marks the alignment of the original Route 66 (you can see them in the photograph).

The marker has a concrete bench with a Route 66 shield, and a chrome vintage car bumper set in it. It belonged to a 1957 Cadillac Fleetwood. It is a front Dagmar Bumper (the word Dagmar came from the splendid figure -and bosom- of Virginia Ruth Egnor's 1950s TV character "Dagmar") pictured below.

Next to it are the remains of a rusty 1932 Studebaker and a sign with information titled "Highway of Dreams", pictured further up.

two images combined: left, historic Route 66 road sign in brown with white US66 shield. Right: chromed 1957 Cadillac bumper set in a concrete wall
The Dagmar bumper and historic US66 sign at the Route 66 marker in Petrified Forest Nat. Park, AZ.

Here you can retrace your steps back to I-40 to continue your itinerary along Route 66 or continue straight and visit the National Park. You can return to this point later or head west to Holbrook from the South side of the park (South side Petrified Forest to Holbrook along US 180.)

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West of the Petrified Forest National Park

Beyond the National Park

The old alignment coming from the "Lion Farm", "Tower" and "66 Marker" is cut by the Freeway 1.4 mi. further west, and resurfaces on the south side of I-40 Where it can be driven (access it from Exit 303 further west); the 1923 to 1961 alignment follows a wide arch along Adamana Rd. (see this map). Below is a view of its eastern tip, next to an old car dump, formerly Rocky's Old Stage Station:

dry shrubland, Route 66 alignment heads from the freeway in the foreground to the distance (red arrow marks it), and a spare parts shop with shacks and old vehicles
Eastern tip of Adamana Rd. alignment at Ranchero Parts. Click for St. view

Driving down the Adamana Rd. segment is the site of an old, long gone trading post:

Painted Desert Point Trading Post

1940s black and white postcard with cars of Painted Desert Point Trading Post

1940s postcard of the
Painted Desert Point Trading Post

Yet another Painted Desert Trading Post! It was located 21 miles east of Holbrook. You can reach it (map with directions) from Exit 303 and drive east for 3.8 mi. It is on the north side of the Old Route 66.

Built in 1946, it sold Shell gasoline. Only the foundations of the rectangular building and the concrete base of the gas pumps remain. At one time it was rumored that it had illegal slot machines. It was run by Harry Charles Osborne (1885-1962), who in 1952, aged 78 was forced to kill his deranged son Lee C. (1923-1952) at the trading post who had attacked him with a bar stool.

The arch in its western tip approaches I-40 again, where it runs westwards overlaid by the freeway as shown with the red line in our custom map.

dinosaur and tepees at a Tradiing Post

Painted Desert Indian Center dinosaurs. Click for St. view

It reappears close to Exit 303, by the "Painted Desert Indian Center" for a short stretch of just over 1 mile (map). Don't miss the tepees and dinosaurs!

It is here just west of the trading post, at Big Lithodendron Wash that it crosses the historic bridge built in 1932. Now closed to traffic

Big Lithodendron Wash Bridge

Route 66Holbrook, AZ.

Listed in the National Register of Historic Places

A wooden truss bridge built in the 1932 on US Highway 66

This wooden bridge is 243 ft. long and 23 ft. wide, its longest span is 18.7 ft. long. It crosses the Little Lithodendron Wash, also known as Carrizo or Little Carrizo Wash -Carrizo is Spanish for "rush".

The word Lithodendron combines the Greek words "Lithos" (stone) and "Dendros" (tree), "stone tree" after the neighboring Petrified Forest National Park.

The wash has several branches that Route 66 had to cross. Two bridges were erected in this spot, and only one survives. It is a timber tressle bridge built 1932 and rehabilitated in 1986 but since then, it fell into disrepair. It has 22 spans, all built in timber, with timber piers.

wood bridge next to the freeway, crossing a sandy stream with muddy water
Lithodendron Bridge, Route 66, Arizona. Click for St. view

It is a "tressle" bridge because the short timber spans are supported by a rigid frame or "tressle".

Beyond the bridge it once again vanishes under the freeway (yellow line in our custom map).

Goodwater Rd. Little Lithodendron Wash Bridge

Historic Bridge

Just 2.3 miles away, at Goodwater Road, the N.O.T. to 1961 alignment resurfaces on the south side of the interstate, it has an eastern dirt surfaced section, and a paved roadway close to Exit 300. Westwards is the second historic bridge built in 1932; it is an 18 span timber bridge.

timber bridge across a wide dry river, bushes, gray clouds over the arid country
Historic Little Lithodendron Wash Bridge on US 66 east of Holbrook. Click for street view
concrete culvert, light pole, dirt surfaced US66 in the desert with shrubs

1930s culvert on US 66. Click for street view

Just ahead, where the freeway underpass is located, the original roadway heads straight and is once again buried by the Interstate and resurfaces on the north side (green line in our custom map. The road can be walked along for the next 3⁄4 mile. Private property though. We mark this segment with a pink line in our custom map. There is a concrete culvert along it too (pictured- red arrows mark dirt surfaced roadway). At Twin wash the road vanishes again, overlaid by the westbound lanes of I-40 for 0.9 mi. (map) and then heads away along Pima St. marked with a wine colored line in our custom map.
The segment along Pima St. can be driven and is shown in this Pima St. map; it is just over 4 miles long, and ends after heading west along Horse Head Crossing on the NE side of Exit 292
Here it merges into the modern westbound lanes of I-40, our custom map marks the missing alignment.

Exit 294 - Sun Valley

For those driving along the Freeway from Exit 300 to Exit 202, when you reach Exit 294 don't miss the old Sun Valley Motel (now vacant, and until recently the Root 66 Sun Valley RV Park). On the south side of the freeway is a former 1960s Stuckey's and Texaco repurposed as a knife store. All of them are pictured below:

Motel in a black and white postcard next to westbound lanes of freeway in 1962
Sun Valley Motel, US 66 near Holbrook in 1962. Source
vacant Motel by frontage road, trees, empty buildings
Sun Valley Motel, US 66 near Holbrook nowadays. Click for street view
1960 photo of Sun Valley Stuckey’s

Vintage photo of Stuckey's

giant pen knife and shop

Nowadays. Source, Knife City Outlet. advertisement


It runs with I-40 for the next 3 miles (map) and then disrupted at Exit 289 as marked with a blue line in our custom map, heads into Holbrook along Navajo Rd.

Across Holbrook

The original Route 66 crossed Holbrook along Navajo Blvd. and W Hopi Dr. map it is cut at its western tip by the freeway, where there were different alignments over the years. It passes in front of the famous Wigwam Village motel.

Wigwam Village Motel #6

At 811 West Hopi Dr. this is a classic icon from the 1950s.

Listed in the National Register of Historic Places

Historic Wigwam Motel on Route 66 in Holbrook Arizona
Historic Wigwam Motel Holbrook, AZ.

Western Holbrook

The 1926 to 1960s alignment of Route 66 headed west along W Hopi Dr. to 12th Ave. and here headed towards the SW, and then west along N.W. Central Ave (this map shows the part that can still be driven). We marked this route with a red line in our custom map.

In the early 1950s, the higway was upgraded to a 4 lane status in this area and two lanes were built on the north side of the original alignment (now under the EB lanes of the freeway). These merged into W. Hopi Dr. This alignment is marked with a blue line in our custom map.

At modern Exit 283 the four lane highway ended, and US 66 continued west along Boyse Rd. See this 1953 aerial photo with these alignments

Towards Joseph City

The Boyse Rd. segment is only 1 mile long (Boyse alignment map, with a bridge along it. Then the highway curves south and is cut by the freeway as marked with a yellow line in our custom map. It curves again, reappearing by the famous Geronimo Trading post located beside a low red sandstone hill. There has been a trading post here for over eighty years. The place is an example of Americana with wigwams painted with Navajo designs and petrified trunks. The shop sells souvenirs and Native American handicrafts.

Teepes at Geronimo Trading Post, Route 66 Joseph City AZ
Teepees and petrified wood, Route 66, Joseph City, AZ.

The alignment here (Map) is less than half a mile long, then the road is lost (Green line in our custom map.) The highway curved and ended up on the south side of what is now I-40 where as the Frontage Rd. it can be driven for 1.3 mi. towards Joseph City (map.) At Exit 277 it is cut again by the freeway, the gap is shown with a pale yellow line in our custom map.

Joseph City

The 1926 ti mid 1950s US 66 enters Joseph City along Main St. and crosses it from east to west (map). Until the late 1960s, Main Street took a different course than it has now as you can see in this 1953 aerial photo: the original Main took a SE - NW course at just after N. Porter, and met 3rd North about half a mile east of the current intersection with Main. Main St. was realigned when Exit 274 was built, to provide a better access to the town from the west.

paved road to the left, and dirt road behind gate to the right (original US66)
Original and later Main St. in Joseph City. Click for street view

West of Joseph City

Route 66 continued straight west and then as it approached the railroad took a course parallel to it. The freeway cut it (yellow line in our custom map).


Very likely named during the Spanish American War of 1898, when the American Navy defeated Spanis forces in Manila Bay (May 1, 1898), and later took the city (August 13, 1898).

The highway runs for over 3 miles on the south side of I-40 and passes by Manila. Rittenhouse in 1946 pointed out that it was not located on the highway and "[doesn't] even offer a gas station for the motorist."

Visit the Jack Rabbit Trading Post

On Route 66, on the south side of I-40 at Exit 269, 6 miles west of Joseph City.

A Must-see Stop on Route 66

This is the map of this 1926-70s alignment that at its western tip passes by the Jack Rabbit Trading Post that opened in 1949.

Ride the jack rabbit at the Jack Rabbit Trading Post

A smiling cute hare in the 2000s. Austin Whittall

Texaco pumps, sign and cars at the Jack Rabbit Trading Post black and white photo

1962 photo; Texaco at Jack Rabbit Trading Post. Ed Ruscha

Just west of the old trading post, the alignment ends, and is cut by the freeway as it curves north and then back to the south side as shown in our custom map: pale blue line, you can see culverts along it, like the one pictured below.

concrete culvert seen from I-40

Culvert on the north side of the freeway. Click for st. view

concrete culvert south side of I-40

Culvert on the south side of the freeway. Click for st. view

On the south side it becomes a dirt trail that can hardly be driven, Hibbard Rd. It also has culverts (see image above). The road heads west, on the south side of the freeway, its old paving can be seen between the shrubs. This is the map of the south section. Be cautious if you intend to drive along it.

At the western tip of this roadway is Havre, mentioned by Rittenhouse as having nothing but a railroad siding.

Hardy: later Havre

The stop was named after a Mr. Hardy, the first superintendent of telegraphs of the Atlantic and Pacific Railroad (which later became the Atchison Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad). It later changed its name to Havre because there already was a "Hardy" on the Santa Fe. Havre may have been chosen after the French port "Le Havre".

Fork in the alignments into Winslow

At Havre the highway splits. The original 1923 to 1930s alignment heads straight and then takes a SE-NW course, crossing I-40 and then heading west towards Cottonwood Wash and meeting with the later alignment beyond the wash (1923-30s map.) You can see the gap in this alignment in our custom map, marked with a pink line.

paved road with bushes growing in its cracks, power poles to the left
Hibbard Road alignment north of Exit 257 on I-40 Winslow AZ. Credits

The later 1930s to 1958 US 66 forks to the northwest along Hibbard Road -see picture above (Green Line in our map), crosses the freeway more or less where Exit 264 is located, and heads west to the north of the earlier alingment. This is the map of this alignment towards Winslow.


vacant abandoned single floor building seen from US66

Abandoned Minnetonka Trading Post. Click for street view

At the freeway the old alignment is cut as shown with a yellow line in our custom map. The road continues on the south side of I-40. It is here that Rittenhouse pointed out in 1946 that the first stop with gas and a cafe west of Joseph City was the "Painted Desert Hideaway", 17 miles west of Joseph City and 4 miles east of Winslow and 1 mile east of the Little Colorado River. There was only one spot here, known later as the Minnetonka Trading Post.

Route 66 entered Winslow along Second Street, which was the original 1920s to 1950s alignment but later 3rd St. became the westbound lanes and 2nd St. the eastbound ones.

The statue at the famous "Corner" in Winslow Arizona. Route 66

Standin’ on a Corner mural and statue
The "Standin' on a Corner" mural and statue, in Winslow, AZ, advertisement

Continue your journey

Our itinerary from Lupton to Winslow Arizona ends here, you can continue your Road Trip along Route 66 westwards into Twin Arrows, Winona and Flagstaff AZ, see below:

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Petrified Forest

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Only National Park on Route 66

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Banner image: Hackberry General Store, Hackberry, Arizona by Perla Eichenblat
Jack DeVere Rittenhouse, (1946). A Guide Book to Highway 66.
A Fly in the Amber: Route 66 Architecture at Petrified Forest National Monument, Lillian Makeda. Buildings & Landscapes: Journal of the Vernacular Architecture Forum,Vol 17, No. 1, Spring 2010, pp. 53-81 (Article) Published by University of Minnesota PressDOI: 10.1353/bdl.0.0042
Painted Desert Trading Post, Route 66 Co-Op.

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