Cyrus Avery Route 66 Plaque, 1930

Cyrus Avery, a businessman in Tulsa, Oklahoma, is credited with creating the identity of Route 66. Avery saw the need for better roads through his state, and as chairman of the state highway commission, he helped to plan the national system of numbered highways. His proposal for a highway from Chicago to Los Angeles along a southwestern route was approved and designated U.S. 66 in 1926. Avery founded the U.S. 66 Highway Association and coined the route’s nickname, “Main Street of America.” This silver-plated plaque bears the inscription "U. S. 66 HIGHWAY ASSOCIATION / THE MAIN STREET OF AMERICA / PRESENTED TO CY. S. AVERY FOR HIS FAITHFUL SERVICES AS PRESIDENT 1929-1930"
associated place
United States: Oklahoma
Physical Description
wood (overall material)
silver (plaque material)
overall: 19 in x 15 in x 1 1/2 in; 48.26 cm x 38.1 cm x 3.81 cm
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Credit Line
Gift of C. Stevens Avery II and Joy Avery
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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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