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Route 66 Texas   



"In Texas 90% of the original highway remains. Texas can also claim the Route 66 halfway point. Depending on one's philosophy on travel, entering the town of Adrian means your trip is either happily half-completed, or sadly half-over."





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Link to United States and International Route 66 Associations


The geographic “Midpoint of Route 66” is small town Adrian, Texas, population 149.


Route 66 originally crossed from New Mexico into Texas at Glenrio.  During Route 66’s heyday, businesses such as cafes and filling stations in this small town were bustling, but after the road bypassed Glenrio in 1973, the community became a ghost town.


The only major city on Route 66 in Texas is Amarillo.  Its 6th Street Historic District is home to a dozen historic buildings, including homes, service stations, a church, and a historic fire hall.


The horizon seemed to expand forever as motorists driving on Route 66 entered Texas at Texola, leaving behind the trees and red dirt of Oklahoma.  The next 179 miles would take them through Texas.


Travelers from the East were first introduced to western architecture when they arrived in Amarillo.  Most motels in Amarillo were built to resemble adobe pueblos, a style of architecture that had never been seen in the East or Midwest.

Shamrock, Texas  St. Patrick's Day Celebration of Texas


Shamrock, Texas the first town west of the Oklahoma-Texas border, had the important distinction of being located at the intersection of two major tanscontinental highways… Route 66 from Chicago to Los Angeles and Highway 83 from Canada to Mexico.


As travelers drove on the section of Route 66 between Shamrock and Amarillo, they encountered an unusual situation.  This was cattle country, and four wire gates blocked auto traffic on that stretch of highway in the 1920’s.  Every motorist had to stop, open each gate, pass through, then close each gate behind them before continuing on their journey.


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Glenrio, located precisely on the Texas-New Mexico line, was the last stop in Texas and/or the first stop in New Mexico for motorists traveling on Route 66.  Both states acknowledge the town as their own and put it on their maps.  The U.S. Postal Service officially puts Glenrio in New Mexico but in reality, what little is left of Glenrio today is found in Texas.


Get Your Kicks On Route 66 - Texas Route 66 Attractions

U.S. Route 66-Sixth Street Historic District
Amarillo, Texas



Visit The One and Only

Barb Wire McClean, Texas

Barb Wire Museum in McClean, Texas


Visit Amarillo, Groom, Midpoint and McLean.

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.