• Steve Brown

National Historic Trail Designation for Route 66

Amboy, on Route 66 in the Mojave Desert
Amboy, on Route 66 in the Mojave Desert

The National Trust for HIstoric Preservation is leading a campaign to have all 2,400 miles of Route 66 designated as a National Historic Trail. This includes the portion of the Mother Road that passes through the Mojave Desert.

National Historic Trail designation could not only help promote Route 66 and support economic revitalization to communities along the road - Needles, Goffs, Amboy, Ludlow, Newberry Springs, Barstow, Helendale, Oro Grande, Victorville, and others - but it could also support preservation of historic and cultural resources along the road, as well as its iconic views and landscape.

This designation is one more piece of the puzzle in helping to preserve the integrity of the history, culture, and natural resources of the Mojave Desert. It compliments the designation of the Mojave Trails National Monument, and while large utility scale projects may bring temporary construction work to parts of the desert, the scars those projects leave are permanent. International tourism is sustainable and creates permanent jobs.

If you would like to voice your support for the National Trust for Historic Preservation's Route 66 campaign, click HERE.

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