13 August 2012

#110 Peach Springs, Arizona, USA

U.S. Route 66 in Arizona covered 401 miles (645 km) between Needles, California and the New Mexico border as part of the historic U.S. Route 66 from Santa Monica to Chicago. The highway was decommissioned in 1985 although portions remain as Arizona State Route 66.

In 1914 the road was designated "National Old Trails Highway"; in 1926 it was re-designated as U.S. Route 66. One section just outside Oatman, Arizona (through the Black Mountains) was fraught with hairpin turns and was the steepest along the entire route, so much so that some early travellers, too frightened at the prospect of driving such a potentially dangerous road, hired locals to navigate the winding grade. The section remained as Route 66 until 1953, and is still open to traffic today as the Oatman Highway.

On October 13, 1984, Williams, Arizona was the last point on U.S. Route 66 to be bypassed by an Interstate highway. US 66 was dropped from the US Highway system in 1985; parts of the highway were either absorbed into I-40, turned over to the state (SR 66), or turned over to Yavapai County.

U.S. National Register of Historic Places

What is really interesting is that this card came from Arizona through Nevada to California. Like the other Arizona card as well.

Aitäh, Meeli !

Sent on: August 7, 2012
Received on: August 11, 2012

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