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Additional Route 66 Resources

National Park Service Discover Our Shared Heritage Travel Itinerary Series

Use the National Park Service‚Äôs “Discover Our Shared Heritage Travel Itinerary Series” to learn from and plan trips to thousands of special places included in the National Register of Historic Places. The itineraries promote history, heritage tourism, and historic preservation, and NPS administers the program in partnership with the National Conference of State Historic Preservation Officers and many other preservation organizations. One of the itineraries is for Historic Route 66.

Visit http://www.nps.gov/history/nr/travel/route66/index.html to learn more.

Each itinerary includes a brief essay or essays providing the context needed to understand the theme of the itinerary and from 30 to 100 individual historic places. Each itinerary also features maps, descriptions, and photographs of the historic places, information on planning visits, a recommended bibliography for further reading, and links to the websites of places highlighted in the itineraries and of related tourism and historic preservation organizations.

National Park Service Route 66 Corridor Preservation Program

In 1999, in response to the recognized need to preserve the rich resources of the historic highway, Congress enacted the Route 66 Corridor Preservation Program. Administered by NPS, the program collaborates with private property owners; non-profit organizations; and local, state, federal, and tribal governments to identify, prioritize, and address Route 66 preservation needs. It provides cost-share grants to successful applicants for the preservation and restoration of the most significant and representative properties dating from the route's period of significance, 1926 through 1970. These properties include the familiar "gas, eat, sleep"-related businesses, cultural landscapes, and the all-important road segments themselves. Cost-share grants are also provided for research, planning, oral history, interpretation, and education/outreach projects related to Route 66. The program serves as a clearinghouse of preservation information and provides limited technical assistance.

For more information, visit www.cr.nps.gov/rt66

State Historic Preservation Office Route 66 Resources

The importance of Route 66 in our nation's history and culture is well documented in literature, film, and song. Oklahomans have a strong connection to the historic highway, and many agencies, organizations, and individuals are working to protect this special legacy. The Oklahoma SHPO began the identification and evaluation of historic Route 66 related resources in 1984 through a cooperative agreement with Oklahoma State University and a subsequent partnership with the University of Oklahoma. The SHPO expanded this work under a 2002 grant from the Route 66 Corridor Preservation Program. Over fifty roadbed segments, bridges, service stations, motels, and other related properties are now listed in the National Register. The results of these projects are available in the Oklahoma Landmarks Inventory at the SHPO, Oklahoma Historical Society, Oklahoma History Center, 800 Nazih Zuhdi Drive, Oklahoma City or on the web.

Oklahoma's National Register Properties

Final Survey Report for the Oklahoma Route 66 Historic Resources Survey, 1926–1970 (2002)

Oklahoma Route 66 Roadbed Documentation Project (1926–1970): A Survey of Roadbed and Integral Structures (2001–2002)

Additional Route 66 Communities, Resources, and Events

Miami Main Street - http://www.miamimainstreet.com
Kendall Whittier Main Street - http://www.historicKWMS.com and http://www.facebook.com/historicKWMS
Redfork Main Street - http://www.redforkmainstreet.org
Sapulpa Main Street - http://www.sapulpamainstreet.com
Chandler Route 66 Interpretive Center - http://www.route66interpretivecenter.org
Coleman Theatre - http://www.colemantheatre.org
National Route 66 Museum - http://www.elkcity.com (scroll to Museums)
Oklahoma Route 66 Museum - http://www.facebook.com/Route66Museum

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