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On this day: 06-27-1985

Historical Route 66 gets decertified

After 59 years, the iconic Route 66 enters the realm of history on this day in 1985, when the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials decertifies the road and votes to remove all its highway signs. Measuring some 2,200 miles in its heyday, Route 66 stretched from Chicago, Illinois to Santa Monica, California, passing through eight states. According to a New York Times article about its decertification, most of Route 66 followed a path through the wilderness forged in 1857 by U.S. Navy Lieutenant Edward Beale at the head of a caravan of camels. Over the years, wagon trains and cattlemen eventually made way for trucks and passenger automobiles.

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Yearmakemodel0-601/4 mileComment
1964StudebakerLark 289ci/280hp 4spd7.30015.800Motor Trend
1963StudebakerAvanti 289ci/280hp 3spd auto8.00015.800Motor Trend
Yearmakemodel0-601/4 mileComment
1963StudebakerStn Wgn (Supercharged) 289ci/280hp 4spd7.80016.200Car Life