U. S. 66 Route Marker

Cyrus Avery, a highway advocate in Tulsa, Oklahoma, founded Route 66 while helping to plan a national highway system in the 1920s. New, long-distance highways crossed the nation east to west and north to south, superseding short, local roads. Roadside markers with route numbers, like this example from Clinton, Oklahoma, directed motorists and replaced road names. Avery’s proposal for a route from Chicago to Los Angeles through his home state was approved and designated U. S. 66 in 1926. Route 66 became a corridor for important migrations by Dust Bowl victims, military personnel, veterans, and vacationers.
United States: Oklahoma
Physical Description
steel (overall material)
white (overall color)
black (letters color)
overall: 16 1/2 in x 16 1/2 in; 41.91 cm x 41.91 cm
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catalog number
accession number
Credit Line
Gift of State of Oklahoma, Department of Transportation
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Work and Industry: Transportation, Road
Road Transportation
America on the Move
Exhibition Location
National Museum of American History
Data Source
National Museum of American History


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