Texas May Follow Other States to Launch a Dedicated Route 66 License Plate Design

Proposed Route 66 design in Texas

it’s time that Texas also provide the iconic Route 66 plate

On November 11, 1926 the famous U.S. Route 66 was established running from Chicago, Illinois through Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona before ending at Santa Monica, California. Route 66 was one of the original highways with the U.S. Highway System covering a total of 2,448 miles. It was recognized in popular culture by both the hit song “(Get Your Kicks On) Route 66” and the Route 66 television show in the 1960’s.

The route is also known by Will Rogers highway, the Main Street of America or the legendary Mother Road. In 1985, it was officially removed from the U.S. Highway System and is known in many states today as Historic Route 66.

In Texas, US Route 66 extended across the Texas Panhandle running east-west from Texola, Oklahoma to the stateline-straddling Glenrio, sharing New Mexico and Texas roots. Amarillo is the only major city on the Texas portion of US 66. 

Small Texas towns Glenrio, Adrian, Vega, Conway, Groom, Jericho, Alanreed, McLean and Shamrock all once hosted the flow of travelers on the Mother Road as it made its way across the Panhandle. Each still retains certain characteristics of that past. Adrian is the midpoint of Route 66, an equal 1,139 miles towards either the LA or Chicago ends. Shamrock showcases the iconic Conoco Tower Station. Conway has a long seven-mile preserved stretch of still drivable original road. Vega has a surviving court motel still in pristine condition. And Glenrio an entire historic district full of original structures. All are worthy reminders of the glorious past of Route 66. 

Several states including Illinois, Oklahoma, New Mexico and…

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