Hello again! Before we really get into full swing on the old route I wanted to give everyone a quick true and false test on their Route 66 knowledge. So have fun, and I hope you take something away,
True or False
•If you where alive in 1984 you lived while Route 66 was still a recognized US Route?
True, Route 66 bypassed Williams, AZ in 1984. It was the final town to be bypassed by I-40.
•The interstate system completely replaced the US Route system?
False. The US Route system is alive in kicking. I'm sure wherever you live there is probably a US Route nearby. For us in the Chicago area there is US 12, 14, and 45. In Chicago US 45 has the world famous moniker "Lake Shore Drive".
•All the original sections of 66 lay intact near I-55, I-40, and I-44.
False, some sections of I-40, 44, and 55 are lie on top of old sections of 66. Some of the newer sections of 66 where divided four lane highway, as the interstate system was implemented these sections where repaved to meet interstate specifications and/or newly signed to meet interstate specifications. There are many examples of this across country there are sections through New Mexico, and Arizona where this is visible.
•The US Route system was the first system of cross country roads?
False. The US Route system was the first government funded and maintained cross country route system. It was preceded by the named system of privately built and chartered roads, the "Lincoln Highway" is the most well known of these.
•There are multiple alignments of Route 66.
True. Oklahoma, and Arizona have some of the best examples of these, but the other 6 states have other alignments as well.
•Route 66 was known as "Bloody 66" in it's heyday?
True. In it's heyday 66 had many traffic control issues, and with it a huge amount of traffic fatalities. These issues forced the government to replace the busy route with an interstate system.
I hope you learned something today. As my blog progresses I hope to cover these topics more then the little snippets. There are a lot of cool facts about 66 out there.