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Route 66 Facts & Trivia

Maps, History, Facts, and a State by State description

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US Highway 66 Facts: Learn about the History, the curious facts about, and the trivia of Route 66. See all the maps: historical, and state maps. Get a detailed state by state description of the highway.

classic neon sign in red and yellow of La Mesa Motel
Neon Sign at La Mesa Motel, Santa Rosa. www.tinsheetstothewind.com

US 66 Facts

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Links to Useful Information on our website

Route 66 Maps

Check our Route 66 Maps webpage, it links to all our maps of Route 66.

For each of the towns on Route 66 and each of the States listed below we include a map with the alignment of US 66 through the town and state.

Texas State Highway Dept. Map from 1936

1936 Road Map of Landergin Texas
Route 66 map (1936) of Texas

Another sample map.

Route 66 Map Tucumcari to Santa Rosa in 1939

1939 Road Map of Tucumcari - Santa Rosa, New Mexico
Route 66 map from 1939 Tucumcari to Santa Rosa.
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Route 66 Maps and brochures.

State-by-State maps of Route 66

Don't miss our Altimetric information page to learn about the elevation and highest points along Route 66.

History of Route 66

Route 66 has been an important part of American life since it was created in 1926. It is deeply linked to the fate of many towns, to the travel, lives and experiences of millions of Americans who rode along it seeking jobs, new horizons or enjoying their vacations.

Vintage 1940s photo of Route 66
A Highway 66 Association conference billboard, 1940s. NCPT NPS

Our History page, tells the full story of U.S. Highway 66.

And each of our "Town" pages has historic photos, and Then-and-Now sequences showing the same places along Route 66 as the years go by. Below is the Vega Texaco, then (1962) and now (2021).

Texaco on Route 66 by Edward Ruscha, 1962

black and white photo of the gas station with a car and US66 to the right
The Vega Texaco station in 1962 (looking east).

Texaco on Route 66 in Vega TX

canopy, whitewashed neon sign, office and garage of old gas station >
Vega Texaco station.
Giant Lumberjack at a Cafe in Flagstaff. Postcard

Flagstaff Lumberjack, a Muffler Man.

Trivia and Curious facts

All the Facts about Route 66

Visit our Trivia page to learn all Route 66's fun-facts, trivial data and curious information.

Some Route 66 Trivia

Did you know that the very First ever McDonald's opened on Route 66 in California? or that Route 66 was not the longest U.S. Highway?

Learn about the Muffler Men on Route 66.

These fun facts and more at our Trivia page.

Shield on the roadway in front of the gas station between Kingman and Oatman in Arizona:

shield on roadway in Kingman
Shield painted on US66 in Kingman, Arizona

Route 66 FAQ

The end of the trail sign of Route 66 on the pier in Santa Monica

End of Route 66 sign on Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica, California

These and other questions are anwered at our FAQ page

What are the Top Ten Sights in each State?

Learn which are the top sights in each state along Route 66, like Petrified Forest National Park, near Holbrook in Arizona

multicolored rocks shaped like cones or tepees
The "Tepees" in Blue Mesa, Petrified Forest Nat. Park, Holbrook AZ.
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States along US 66

Click below to learn all about Route 66's alignment, attractions and landmarks in each of the states crossed by Route 66:

< Head West
California ¦ Arizona ¦ New Mexico ¦ Texas  

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Oklahoma ¦ Kansas ¦ Missouri ¦ Illinois

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,

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Banner image: Hackberry General Store, Hackberry, Arizona by Perla Eichenblat

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