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U.S. Route 66
Will Rogers Memorial Highway
Route information
Length: 2,448 mi (3,940 km)
Existed: November 26, 1926 (1926-11-26) – June 26, 1985 (1985-06-26)
Tourist
routes:
Historic Route 66
Major junctions
West end:
US 101 Alt. in Santa Monica, Cal.
 
East end: US 41 / US 54 in Chicago, Ill.
Location
States: California, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois
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 the U.S. states of Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and California, before ending at Los Angeles, running 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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