Some sections of US 66 still retain their historic 9-foot-extensive (2.7 m) “sidewalk freeway” kind, by no means having been resurfaced to make them into full-width highways. These old sections have a single, paved lane, concrete curbs to mark the edge of the lane, and gravel shoulders for passing.
Although it’s not attainable to drive US 66 uninterrupted all the best way from Chicago to Los Angeles, a lot of the original route and alternate alignments are still drivable with cautious planning. Some stretches are fairly nicely preserved, together with one between Springfield, Missouri, and Tulsa, Oklahoma.
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In 1959 while on depart from the Air Force, I purchased my first automobile and traveled from Henderson, KY to Fallon, NV. I picked up Route 66 in OK and traveled to Kingman AZ before heading north through NV. One of my stops for the night was Tucumcari NM. While stationed NV I had the opportunity to make the journey two more occasions. My objective is to make the journey another time whereas I am still in a position to drive.
Several county roads and city streets at various locations along the old route have also retained the “66” number. Within many cities, the route turned a “business loop” for the interstate.