Abandoned Route 66, Parks (1921)

  • Also Known As: Old Route 66 also AR-03-07-02-1003

  • Vicinity: W of Parks
  • Travel Genus: Sight
  • Sight Category: Structure

This .35-mile segment predates the 1931 alignment of Route 66. Constructed in 1921 and designated as Route 66 in 1926, it was abandoned during the 1931 realignment. Although pre-1930s alignments were generally unpaved, this section appears to have a bituminous surface, formed by spraying hot oil on pebbles or cinders. Arizona Highways Magazine referred to this segment in 1931 as a "narrow, crooked, poorly surfaced road which is particularly dangerous in dry weather due to raveling and innumerable potholes." A sharp curve just west of this segment earned the dreaded title of dead man's curve in the local newspaper after numerous accidents. The 1931 realignment that abandoned this segment straightened and widened Route 66, necessitating a shift in the roadbed (described above). This short section of road is an excellent example of one of the earliest alignments of Route 66. It is the best-preserved section of the circa 1921 roadway in the Parks area and although it is only .35 miles long, the segment presents an unbroken view of the roadway to the horizon. - NPS


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Particulars for Abandoned Route 66, Parks (1921):
Owner Federal
Criteria Historic Event
Level of Significance National
Historic Use Road-related
Route Route 66
Sight Category Structure
Area of Significance Transportation

US National Registry of Historic Places Data »

Accurate at time of registration: 19th May 1989

Registry Name: Abandoned Route 66, Parks (1921)
Registry Address: W of Parks
Registry Number: 89000377
Resource Type: Structure
Theme Group: Historic US Route 66 in Arizona MPS
Owner: Federal
Architect: unknown
Architectural Style: No style listed
Area in Acres: 6
Contributing Structures: 1
Other Certification: Date received-pending nomination
Certification: Listed in the National Register
Level of Significance: National
Area of Significance: Transportation
Applicable Criteria: Event
Criteria Consideration: Significance of less than fifty years
Period of Significance: 1900-1924
Historic Function: Transportation
Historic Sub-Function: Road-related
Current Function: Vacant, not in use
Current Sub-Function:

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