California Historic Route 66 Association is a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation, promotion and enjoyment of Historic Route 66 in California. There is such an organization in each of the eight Route 66 states: Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and California. We are independent of one another and ours is the youngest. Our history coincides with December 1990 legislation designating Route 66 as “State Historic Highway Route 66”. This legislation made signage permissible for the previously decommissioned federal highway.
Our association was instrumental in designing historic signs and California Transportation Authority (Caltrans) responded to our request for directional signs to guide you to the Route from Interstate highways 40 and 15. They produced and erected the earliest historic signs which, unfortunately, were stolen almost immediately. From there it was up to us to encourage Route 66 communities, businesses or individuals to purchase and erect signs.
We also publish a quarterly newsletter Roadsigns, which includes news of events, preservation issues, history and current information along Route 66 in California, as well as updates on signage, other news and contacts in the other seven Route 66 states. Our annual membership is $20 individual/family; $50, business, which includes one business-card-size ad free.
We are an all-volunteer group always in need of new active members. Business and community associations are encouraged to participate to better serve the interests of our historic highway.
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