Shell of a car left on what was old Route 66 in Petrified Forest National Park // 9c) 2010 Dennis Larson
Shell of a car left on what was old Route 66 in Petrified Forest National Park // 9c) 2010 Dennis Larson

Historic Route 66 travels through which national park?

Route 66 Travels Through Which Natioal Park? // 9c) 2010 Dennis Larson
Shell of a car left on what was old Route 66 in Petrified Forest National Park // 9c) 2010 Dennis Larson

Petrified Forest National Park, located in northeastern Arizona, is the only park in the National Park System to contain a section of Historic Route 66.

Route 66, the heavily traveled highway that connected Chicago with Los Angeles, was built in the mid 1920s. Linking together rural towns, many of which had never had access to a major highway, allowed for a freer flow of commerce and goods in and out of these communities. More importantly, the road, which John Steinbeck called the “Mother Road” in his classic “Grapes of Wrath,” symbolized adventure and opportunity,

According to the National Historic Route 66 Federation, more than 200,000 people migrated west during the Great Depression. Route 66 was a key factor in the growth of the tourism industry, and even gave birth to a new type of accommodation, known as the motel. By the 1970s, the road was mostly bypassed by more modern freeways, and by 1984, Route 66 was decommissioned altogether.

Although much of the road has fallen into disrepair, or simply vanished, Arizona is home to the longest original stretch of this road, which is one of 25 scenic byways in Arizona, and much of it is still preserved by the locals who lived it. In the Painted buy levitra at walmart Desert, now a part of Petrified Forest National Park, the route has almost vanished, but traces remain, marked by old telephone poles and small remnants of roadway.

At Petrified Forest National Park, visitors can trace humanity’s history in North America back 13,000 years. Here, the lands are rich in paleontological and archeological sites.

Of the park, Senator John McCain has said, “Petrified Forest National Park is Arizona’s very own ‘Triassic Park’ – over 220 million years in the making. The Park offers a glimpse back in time when Arizona was a tropical forest near the equator of the supercontinent Pangaea. Visitors can see various paleontological finds, including fossilized plant life, ancient clam beds, and evidence of the earliest dinosaurs, as well as the archeological story of some of North America’s earliest human inhabitants.”

Today, the park is in expansion mode, in part due to legislation sponsored by McCain. It recently acquired new land from local sellers, as well as a parcel from the Bureau of Land Management, for a combined addition of nearly 15,000 acres. The new acreage includes an area called Billings Gap, where fossils located in ancient clam beds date back 220 million years. Additional acreage is expected to open next year.

Petrified Forest National Park
www.nps.gov/pefo/historyculture/historic-route-66.htm

Route 66 Corridor Preservation Program
www.cr.nps.gov/rt66