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“People who consider roads inanimate are wrong. How can something without pulse seduce us? How can a breathless thing give us back pieces of our youth and create moments we’ll cherish forever? Roads—some roads—are creatures fiercely alive.” 

Roger Naylor, noted author of  Arizona Kicks on Route 66

 

   

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"Your Arizona Route 66 Visitor Center"

Link to United States and International Route 66 Associations

Visit our Route 66 Community - Link to Some Friendly Faces

In Arizona, Route 66 stretched 378 miles across the state, beginning at Lupton on the New Mexico line.  A few miles past Kingman, the highway approached Oatman Hill, the last great obstacle before reaching the California line.  In between, it journeyed across windswept plateaus, cedar-studed mesas, rolling hills and through frontier towns such as Holbrook, Winslow, Flagstaff, Williams, Ash Fork, Seligman and Peach Springs.  These towns continue to thrive and are a looking glass into the history of days gone by.

 

Arizona boasts the longest stretch of Route 66 still in existence between Chicago and Los Angeles.  Beginning just west of Ash Fork, it separates from I-40 at exit 139 (Crookton Road) and becomes AZ 66 at Seligman.  It continues westward from Seligman through Peach Springs amd the Hualapai Reservation to Kingman.  West of Kingman, the post 1950's route again merges with I-40, but the original Route 66 cut through the Black Mountains where travelers encountered numerous hairpin turns and the steepest drive on the route just outside the old mining town of Oatman.

 

The first Route 66 Association was established in 1987 in Arizona.  Its birthplace is Seligman, where local business owners, two of which were Juan and Angel Delgadillo, met to organize and establish the association.  The “Historic Route 66” designation was obtained by this association, and initially, the state of Arizona placed this designation on the stretch of Route 66 between Kingman and Seligman.

 

 Arizona Fun Run Video - 2016

 

Holbrook, Arizona Festival Video - 2015

 

Standin On the Corner Park - Winslow, Arizona

Seligman, Arizona - Birthplace of Historic Route 66 - History of Seligman

21 Reasons to visit Seligman - Photos of local services (Blue Button for Slideshow)

Williams, Arizona was the last town on Route 66 to be bypassed by Interstate 40.  This occurred on October 13, 1984.

 

The four Historic Districts on Route 66 in Arizona are:  Kingman Commercial Historic District, Kingman; Seligman Historic District, Seligman; Railroad Addition Historic District, Flagstaff; and La Posada Historic District in Winslow, which dates from 1930.

 

Ashfork, Arizona by Marshall Trimble, "Arizona's Official State Historian" - Video:

 

In 1857 and 1858, Edward F. Beale, leading a string of camels, surveyed along the 35th parallel for a wagon road.  Between 1881-1883, the Atlantic and Pacific Railroad followed the trace surveyed by Beale when it laid its track from Albuquerque west to Needles, CA.  Along its route, a series of trading centers, spaced approximately 60 miles apart, grew into railroad towns named after the men who built the railroad.  Holbrook, AZ was named after H.R. Holbrook, first chief engineer of Atlantic and Pacific Railroad.  Winslow was named for Edward Winslow, a railroad company president.  Heading westward on Route 66, motorists arrived in Seligman, a welcoming town name for Jesse Seligman, a New York banker who helped finance the rail line south.  In 1883, Kingman was established as a railroad stop.  It is said that the locating engineer, Lewis Kingman, named the stop for himself.

 

Be Different - Travel with your Little Guy Teardrop Camper/Trailer

 

The architecture of the trading posts that dotted the road along Route 66 between Gallup, NM and Flagstaff, AZ was striking due in part to the talents of Arizona sign painters.  One such artist was Jack Fuss.  In 1919, Fuss pocketed his degree from the Philadelphia Academy of Fine Arts and set out for Flagstaff where he worked at such jobs as cowhand and taxi driver.  In 1925, he began putting his talents to work painting signs along Route 66.  He built,  painted, and maintained billboards and rented them to local businesses that advertised Arizona’s scenic wonders, grand hotels, and gaudy trading posts.  Fuss quit painting signs in 1972, but the tradition of using colorful figures to advertise roadside businesses, particularly those selling American Indian arts, continued across Arizona.

 

Mormons established 5 villages on the Little Colorado River after 1873.  Joseph City, settled in 1876 and located on Route 66 is the sole survivor.

 

Get Your Kicks On Route 66 - Arizona Route 66 Attractions

Visit Arizona's wonder, the Grand Canyon Caverns. A Route 66 "must see" attraction

Buddy Stubbs Harley Davidson

Navajo Nation bordering Route 66

       

 

Visit Lupton, Holbrook, Petrified Forest, Meteor Crater, Painted Desert, Winslow, Winona, Flagstaff, Williams, Ashfork, Seligman, Grand Canyon Caverns, Peach Springs, Hackberry, Kingman, Cool Springs and Oatman.

 

Powerhouse Museum Kingman, Arizona

Discover Our Interactive

Shared Heritage Travel Itinerary Map

Interactive map provided by the National Park Service

(click on map to find out information about your location on Route 66)

 

U.S. Highway 66 -- popularly known as Route 66 or the Mother Road -- holds a special place in American consciousness and evokes images of simpler times, mom and pop businesses, and the icons of a mobile nation on the road. This travel itinerary aids the public to visit the historic placesthat recall those images and experiences that are reminders of our past and evidence of the influence of the automobile.

 

The Route 66 DiscoverOur Shared Heritage Travel Itinerary was produced by the National Park Service's Heritage Education Services and the National Park Service Route66 Corridor Preservation Program, in partnership with the American Express and World Monuments Fund Sustainable Tourism Initiative and theNational Conference of State Historic Preservation Officers.