Of all America’s great highways built during the big road boom in the 1920’s, none epitomized American culture better than the National Trails Highway, better known as Route 66. Stretching from Chicago to California, it wove hundreds of miles through the Midwest and across Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and California. Route 66 was the 20th century version of the golden road to the promised land.
In Arizona, Route 66 stretched 376 miles across the state, beginning at Lupton on
the New Mexico line. A few miles past Kingman, the highway approached Oatman Hill, the last great obstacle before reaching the California line. In between, it journeyed across windswept plateaus, cedar-studded mesas, rolling hills, and through frontier towns such as Holbrook, Winslow, Flagstaff, Williams, Ash Fork, Seligman, and Peach Springs.