Route 66 Association

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U.S. Route 66

Route 66 Association is the generic name of the non-profit associations established for preservation, restoration and promotion of the historic U.S. Route 66. They exist in all 8 Route 66 states: Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and California.[1]

The first Route 66 Association was established on U.S. Route 66 in Arizona by Seligman businessperson Angel Delgadillo. An initial meeting of 15 people on February 18, 1987 in Seligman led to efforts which yielded a state-issued "Historic Route 66" designation for a portion of highway 66 between Kingman and Seligman later that year.[2] By 1990, similar organisations had been established in all eight US Route 66 states.

California Historic Route 66 Association[edit]

The California Historic Route 66 Association is the youngest of the 8, being established in December 1990 and dedicated to the U.S. Route 66 in California. It publishes a quarterly newsletter Roadsigns, which includes various news and history related to Route 66 in California, among other things. It published the Guide to Historic Route 66 in California, a travel guide with maps, directions, mileage, photos, and other travel information.[1]

Historic Route 66 Association of Arizona[edit]

The route sign, 1926–1948

The Historic Route 66 Association of Arizona was established in February 1987 and dedicated to the U.S. Route 66 in Arizona. The Arizona association was instrumental in making the Seligman-Kingman stretch of Route 66 to be officially recognized as "Historic Route 66" later that year, a designation subsequently extended to the whole Route 66 in Arizona.[3]

Seligman, Arizona businessperson Angel Delgadillo was a key early advocate both of the creation of this Route 66 association and of the introduction of the "Historic Route 66" designation and signage.[4]

New Mexico Route 66 Association[edit]

Modern-day sign in New Mexico

The New Mexico Route 66 Association is dedicated to the education, promotion and preservation of Historic Route 66 in New Mexico.[5]

Texas Old Route 66 Association[edit]

The Texas Old Route 66 Association, dedicated to the U.S. Route 66 in Texas, was incorporated in 1991. It publishes the Texas Route 66 Newsletter quarterly and maintains the Texas Route 66 Exhibit, the first Route 66 museum on the route, among other activities.[6]

Oklahoma Route 66 Association[edit]

The Oklahoma Route 66 Association, organized in 1989, is dedicated to the U.S. Route 66 in Oklahoma. It publishes a quarterly newsletter and the Official Oklahoma Route 66 Association Trip Guide.[7]

Kansas Historic Route 66 Association[edit]

The Kansas Historic Route 66 Association, founded in 1990, is dedicated to promoting, protecting, and preserving the 13.2 mile stretch of U.S. Route 66 in Kansas.[8]

Route 66 Association of Missouri[edit]

The Route 66 Association of Missouri was organized in 1989 (a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation since January 13, 1990) is dedicated to the U.S. Route 66 in Missouri. The association publishes the quarterly newsletter, Show Me Route 66, which describes various projects associated with Route 66.[9]

Route 66 Association of Illinois[edit]

The Route 66 Association of Illinois is dedicated to the U.S. Route 66 in Illinois. Initiated in March 1989, it was incorporated in October 1989 in Dwight, Illinois.[10]

National Historic Route 66 Federation[edit]

Founded 1995, the National Historic Route 66 Federation publishes the "Route 66 Dining & Lodging Guide" (since 1999, currently including over 500 mostly vintage businesses) and a 200-page "EZ66 GUIDE For Travelers" (since 2005). With a stated objective of bringing Route 66 historians, authors, artists, photographers, business people and enthusiasts with citizens within U.S. Route 66 host communities, the federation presents an annual “John Steinbeck Award” to an individual who had contributed significantly to the preservation of Route 66 and organises an “Adopt-A-Hundred” programme in which adopters watch 100-mile segments for possible preservation problems along the route such as bridges, businesses or stretches of roadbed being closed. These same adopters were to review the dining and lodging businesses while they travelled.

The National Historic Route 66 Federation is working with the National Route 66 Corridor Preservation Program to issue $10 million in matching fund grants under the National Route 66 Preservation Bill (1999) to individuals, corporations and communities preserving or restoring historic properties along the historic route.[11]


  1. ^ a b "California Historic Route 66 Association website". 1992-11-11. Archived from the original on 2012-03-07. Retrieved 2012-05-05.
  2. ^ Nathan Cobb (May 3, 1992). "Searching for Route 66 – Now 66 years old, this 2,448-mile, two-lane blacktop transported Dust Bowl migrants during the 1930s, eager GIs during the '40s, and swarms of postwar tourists during the '50s. Today, much of it has become an eerie ghost road lined with relics and ruins". Boston Globe. p. 18.
  3. ^ "Historic Route 66 Association of Arizona website". 1984-10-13. Retrieved 2012-05-05.
  4. ^ Pauline Arrillaga (May 29, 2011). "At 84, one man is still the 'guardian angel' of Route 66: Angel Delgadillo". Associated Press.
  5. ^ "NM Route 66 Association". NM Route 66 Association. Retrieved 2020-11-27.
  6. ^ "Old Route 66 Association of Texas". Old Route 66 Association of Texas. Retrieved 2021-07-18.
  7. ^ "Oklahoma Route 66 Association website". Retrieved 2012-05-05.
  8. ^ "Kansas Historic Route 66 Association". Kansas Historic Route 66 Association. Retrieved 12 July 2014.
  9. ^ "Historic Route 66 Association of Missouri website". 2012-04-14. Retrieved 2012-05-05.
  10. ^ "Route 66 Association of Illinois website". Retrieved 2012-05-05.
  11. ^ "About us". Retrieved 2012-05-05.

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