Cyrus Avery Route 66 Plaque, 1930

Description
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"
Object Name
plaque
Physical Description
wood (overall material)
silver (plaque material)
Measurements
overall: 19 in x 15 in x 1 1/2 in; 48.26 cm x 38.1 cm x 3.81 cm
associated place
United States: Oklahoma
ID Number
2002.0221.01
catalog number
2002.0221.01
accession number
2002.0221
subject
Transportation
Road Transportation
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Work and Industry: Transportation, Road
Road Transportation
Exhibition
"America on the Move"
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Gift of C. Stevens Avery II and Joy Avery

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