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Regarding Governor Hannett and Route 66[edit]

Regarding Governor Hannett and Route 66, here are notes for considering correcting timeline for his term of office and dates for Route 66 federal designation not constructed in 1937 but in 1927 then officially designated Route 66 after paving in 1937 some ten years after A. Hannett left office.

A correction is needed for your Route 66 history incorrectly stating A. Hannett was governor in 1937 and that a roadway from Santa Rosa directly west to Albuquerque, bypassing Santa Fe, was completed in 1937. Hannett was governor from January 1, 1925 until January 1, 1927; he was not governor in 1937. The roadway bypassing Santa Fe was completed in 1927, not 1937; it was paved and was designated officially as Route 66 in 1937.

From west of Santa Rosa, New Mexico, to north of Los Lunas, New Mexico, the road originally turned north from current I-40 along much of what is now US 84 to near Las Vegas, New Mexico, followed (roughly) I-25—then the decertified US 85 through Santa Fe and Albuquerque to Los Lunas and then turned northwest along the present New Mexico State Road 6 (NM 6) alignment to a point near Laguna. In 1937, a straight-line route was completed from west of Santa Rosa through Moriarty and east–west through Albuquerque and west to Laguna. This newer routing saved travelers as much as four hours of travel through New Mexico. According to legend, the rerouting was done at the behest of Democratic Governor Arthur T. Hannett to punish the Republican Santa Fe Ring, which had long dominated New Mexico out of Santa Fe.[29]

29. ^ "Santa Fe, Pre 1938 Rt. 66 Alignment". Shadows of Old Route 66. Retrieved April 15, 2012.

Flawed reference with incorrect history. When Route 66 was first laid out in 1926, everybody knew it would go through the capital of New Mexico and indeed it did. Route 66 followed the Old Pecos Trail from Santa Rosa through Dilia, Romeroville and Pecos to Santa Fe. From Santa Fe it went over La Bajada Hill and down into Albuquerque. That was the way it was aligned and constructed and that was the way it was supposed to stay - forever. But it didn't. But why was it moved? In 1937 the then governor of New Mexico, Governor Hannett lost the re-election. Hannett blamed this on the politicians in Santa Fe. In one great last act of defiance before the new governor was sworn in he vowed to get even with this Santa Fe ring. He had until January to institute his revenge. And he did!

See governor Hannett’s term office:

After serving as a member of the State Highway Commission from March 1923, until December 1924, Hannett was elected Governor of New Mexico and served from January 1, 1925 until January 1, 1927. …..He was NOT governor in 1937!

1925 - 1926 Arthur T. Hannett D Gallup

Correctly described as Route 66’s timeline is:

New Mexico had long been controlled politically by the Santa Fe Ring, a group of businesspeople and officials with close ties to the Republican Party. In 1924, Democrat Arthur Thomas Hannett was unexpectedly elected for a single term (1925–1927) as governor, only to be defeated with various dirty tricks in the next election. Blaming the Republican establishment in Santa Fe for his defeat, Hannett used the lame duck remainder of his term to force through a sixty-nine mile cutoff from Santa Rosa directly to Albuquerque, bypassing Santa Fe entirely. The hastily constructed new road opened January 3, 1927, while incoming governor Richard Dillon was still trying to get construction stopped.[7] Dillon was replaced by Arthur Seligman, a Democrat, in 1931.

This new NM 6 was approved as a future realignment of Route 66 by 1932, and in 1933, a new bridge over the Rio Puerco opened. Once paving was completed in 1937, with AASHO approval given on September 26, 1937,[8] Route 66 was moved to this shorter route, known as the Laguna Cut-off west of Albuquerque and the Santa Rosa Cut-off east of Albuquerque.[9]

…..reference [8] is no longer available I found. 8. ^ James R. Powell, A Brief History of U.S. Highway 66 and The Route 66 Association of Missouri

A good reference is the National Park Service’s web site:

and the National Park Service has a good article about Hannett’s “Trace” or “Santa Rosa Cut-Off” that did become adopted as federal Route 66 in 1937 but it was not Route 66 before that.

excerpt: Despite widespread acceptance that New Mexico’s primary orientation continued to be north-south along the corridor that the Camino Real, the Chihuahua Trail, the early Santa Fe Railroad, and NM 1 had followed, by the late 1920s many leaders had begun to advocate the future importance of east-west travel. This advocacy was particularly strong in cities such as Albuquerque and Gallup, which saw their future growth tied to the potential for east-west automobile travel. The first step toward realizing this goal occurred in 1926 when outgoing Governor Arthur T. Hannet, the former mayor of Gallup, ordered highway department crews to cut an earthen trace due west from Santa Rosa to the Estancia Valley.

Although the state lacked the funds to improve roads that were not eligible for federal funding, some motorists began using the trace west from Santa Rosa, especially during good weather. Termed “the Santa Rosa cut-off” the new road siphoned traffic away from the Route 66 alignment, further reducing the number of cars using the highway and, as a result, weakening the priority that had emphasized improvements to the road north from Santa Rosa to Romeroville. A similar development occurred west of Albuquerque, when the city’s boosters, led by ex-officio mayor Clyde Tingley, advocated the creation of an improved road running directly west from the city. With the completion of a bridge across the Rio Grande just west of Old Town in 1931 and the funding of a through truss bridge across the Rio Puerco (completed in 1933), this new route, termed “the Laguna cut-off,” also served to reduce traffic along the Route 66 alignment from Los Lunas to the Laguna Reservation.

As a result of these increasingly aggressive lobbying efforts to realign Route 66 directly west across New Mexico, by the early 1930s even engineers for the BPR were studying the possibility of realigning Route 66. Normally loath to approve federal funding for new roadways if they were seen as duplicating previously funded projects, they saw the value of a more direct route across the state. Despite protestations from supporters of the original route, especially boosters in Santa Fe, by 1932 the BPR had accepted the request of the State Highway Commission to realign Route 66 at some point in the future. The completion of the new bridge across the Rio Puerco in 1933 opened the way for realignment, and when the last sections of hard surfacing were completed in 1937, the original alignment was replaced by the shorter east-west alignment. This realignment was accompanied by several other shorter realignments, especially in the western part of the state, as several railroad grade crossings were eliminated by realigning Route 66 south of the Santa Fe line from Grants to Mentmore west of Gallup.

Ciao, Jack

Yours is not the only mistaken recounting of Route 66 and “Hannett’s Joke” or “Hannett’s Revenge”. If you’re curious, here are several URLs you may want to peruse. Some correctly use 1937; others incorrectly use 1927 for the “official” Route 66 designation and a few, like Wikipedia, incorrectly state Hannett was governor in 1937. 😊

You may notice also that Hannett’s surname is, in some accounts, misspelled. (talk) 01:23, 19 October 2017 (UTC)

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Add proposed redirect[edit]

I would like to suggest that you create a redirect from Will Rogers Memorial Highway to U.S. Route 66. -- Storybox03 (talk) 06:51, 17 January 2018 (UTC)