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U.S. Route 66
Will Rogers Highway
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Route information
Length: 2,451 mi (3,945 km)
Existed: November 11, 1926 – June 27, 1985
Major junctions
West end: US 101 in Los Angeles, CA (1926-1936)

US 101 Alt. in Santa Monica, CA (1936-1964)
Colorado Blvd. in Pasadena, CA (1964-1974)
I-40 in Topock, AZ (1974-1980)
I-40 in Kingman, AZ (1980-1985)
East end: US 41 in Chicago, IL (1926-1976)
I-55 in Gardner, IL (1976-1978)
I-55 in Normal, IL (1978-1979)
I-44 near Duenweg, MO (1979-1985)
Highway system

United States Numbered Highways
List • Bannered • Divided • Replaced

U.S. Route 66 (also known as Route 66, U.S. Highway 66, The Main Street of America, The Mother Road and the Will Rogers Highway) was a highway in the U.S. Highway System. One of the original U.S. highways, Route 66 was established on November 11, 1926. However, road signs did not go up until the following year. The famous highway originally ran from Chicago, Illinois, through Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and California, before ending at Los Angeles, encompassing a total of 2,448 miles (3,940 km). It was replaced by freeways starting in the 1950s and stopped being a highway in 1985.

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