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Upcoming Route 66 centennial to celebrate best of the Mother Road

No single highway captures the imagination quite like historic Route 66.

First established in 1926, U.S. Highway 66 stretched from Chicago through Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and California, ending in Santa Monica. With automobile travel beginning to boom, this became an important route from the Midwest to the Pacific coast with many unique attractions dotting the landscape. As it became popular with drivers, the highway itself became legendary worldwide thanks to music, movies and TV shows.

Oklahoma has an important place in this story, with more drivable miles of historic Route 66 than other states. There are 400 miles of it stretching from the town of Quapaw in northeast Oklahoma to Texola in western Oklahoma, with many historic and roadside attractions remaining along the route.

With centennial commemorations starting to take place now through the official anniversary in 2026, we invite you to learn more about “getting your kicks” on this treasured highway and how Oklahoma is celebrating the past, present and future of the Mother Road.

Click above to read more about the new Route 66 signage that debuted in 2021.

Route 66: An Oklahoma Scenic Byway worth exploring from ODOT on Vimeo.

Planning a Route 66 road trip? Click the image to learn more about the Mother Road from Travel Oklahoma.

Route 66 Pavement Markings

At the request of cities statewide, the Oklahoma Department of Transportation recently released new Route 66 pavement marking guidelines for those wishing to highlight their sections of the route ahead of the 2026 centennial.

Cities and counties may click on Route 66 Pavement Marking Policy for full details or download the application.

The map below shows locations that currently fall within the pavement marker policy guidelines and are available for application.

Last Modified on Mar 24, 2022
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