The Historic Route 66 Association of Arizona (Association) remains dedicated to its mission to preserve, protect, and promote Route 66 across Arizona. Since its inception in 1987, this not-for-profit organization has been a tireless champion of the Route.
Association’s earlier accomplishments:
In addition to leading the rebirth of Route 66 which has attracted people from all over the world to explore Arizona’s stretch of Route 66, the Association has a lengthy list of accomplishments including:
Secured Historic Arizona designation, fought for the installation of the historic signage along Interstate 40 and across the Route, funded a wide variety of preservation projects, and was responsible for the BLM Back Country Byway designation. In addition, the Association oversaw the development of the Corridor Management Plan which was necessary to apply for National Scenic Byway. Once the Plan was completed the Association applied for and received this prestigious designation in 2006.
Most recent accomplishments:
Designations: Thanks to the efforts of the Association, in late 2010 Arizona’s stretch of Route 66 received All-American Road designation, the most distinguished National designation held by only 24 roads in the entire U.S., opening the doors to heightened National awareness, and new marketing and grant opportunities. The Association has been the driving force behind the installation of National Scenic Byway signage across the Route to ensure tourist know they are on the Historic Route 66 All-American Road.
Grants: Since becoming eligible for FHWA Scenic Byway Program grants, almost every Arizona Route 66 community has benefited from awarded grant funds. Fourteen grants totaling more than $2M have been secured directly through the FHWA, and additional grant funding has been awarded through the State of Arizona, the Arizona Office of Tourism, ADEQ, and the National Park Service to facilitate historic preservation, tourism, and marketing. Currently the Association is working on a new website and brochure made possible through FHWA grant monies.
Joint initiatives: The Association has also been very active in pulling together the Route 66 communities to work on projects that are mutually beneficial. The Association produced and manages the Historic Route 66 Passport Program, a joint Route 66 community project creating a destination travel experience for visitors from around the globe. This project was recognized by the Arizona tourism industry with the Governor’s Cooperative Marketing Award during the 2011 Governor’s Conference on Tourism.
Historic Preservation: Work continues on the Route 66 Corridor Management Plan to create a road map for historic preservation across the Route. In addition, grant awards are already assisting with a variety of historic preservation projects across the Route including projects in Kingman, Ash Fork, Williams, Twin Arrows, Winslow, and Holbrook.