Route 66 in Arizona
(source National Park Service)
Miles: 350 (approx.)
"For centuries, travelers and explorers have been following the 35th parallel through Arizona. From prehistoric trails to Beale’s Wagon Road, the railroad, the National Old Trails Road, and Route 66, the 35th parallel through Arizona has been a favored route for its mild climate and relatively level terrain. Passing through numerous tribal communities and railroad towns, it is also a route of stunning natural attractions such as the Meteor Crater, Petrified Forest, painted deserts, pine forests, and the Grand Canyon. Curio shops and exotic animal farms once flourished along the corridor during the Route 66 years.
After the last segment of Route 66 in the nation was bypassed by the interstate in Williams, Arizona in 1984, a grassroots effort rallied to form the Arizona Route 66 Association to preserve and commemorate the route. By 1994 Arizona Route 66 was designated an Arizona Scenic Byway, and by 2009, it became an All American Road. The Bureau of Land Management also designated the 42-mile section of Route 66 through their lands between Kingman and Topock as a Backcountry Byway.
The National Park Service Route 66 Corridor Preservation Program has also worked with more than 20 cost-share grant partners to assist properties including the Wigwam Motel and Joe and Aggie’s in Holbrook; the Hualapai Fueling Station in Peach Springs; and the Frontier Motel in Truxton." National Park Service
Hot Rods and Classic Cars travel Route 66 in Arizona
The Seligman was on the original U.S. Route 66 from 1926 through 1978, when Interstate 40 bypassed it a few miles south. Seligman experienced its real heyday after World War II, when returning veterans and other motorists hit the road and made the Southwest a popular tourist destination. The Seligman Commercial Historic District is roughly bounded by 1st and Lamport Streets. and Picacho and Railroad Aves. It was added to National Register of Historic Places on February 1, 2005, reference #04000511. The Seligman Commercial Historic District protects the historical central area's early 20th century commercial buildings along Historic Route 66, a revived popular tourist destination. Historic district contributing properties include the Pitts General Merchandise Store and the U.S. Post Office from 1903, the Pioneer Hall and Theatre and the Seligman Garage from 1905, and the Seligman Pool Hall from 1923.
In 1987 Seligman gained its name "Birthplace of Historic Route 66" due to the efforts of Seligman residents, who convinced the State of Arizona to dedicate Route 66 a historic highway. Seligman is the first stop heading west on the longest uninterrupted stretch of historic Route 66, running around 160 miles (260 km) to Topock on the east side of the Colorado River. Pictured are some of the contributing structures in the Seligman Commercial Historic District and the historic Route 66. Also, pictured are some of the historical structures outside of the Seligman Commercial Historic District zone, some of which are individually listed in the National Register of Historic places.
The Grand Canyon Caverns is located along Route 66 in Northern Arizona. These are the largest dry caverns in the United States, located 200 to 300 feet below the surface, and accessible via our exploration elevator. Located in the middle of 3,000,000 acres of the most unspoiled land left in the world, we offer clean air, clear skies, open prairies, and a refreshing change of scenery from the urban world. We feature cavern tours that are easily accessible along paved walkways with handrails and for the more adventurous, off-path ‘Explorers Tours’.
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