1980s: Route 66 is fully decommissioned with the last section being in Arizona. The road is no longer officially there. Various states along the route begin Route 66 Associations.
1990s: Books about Route 66 begin trickling into stores. probably the biggest one was Michael Wallis' best-selling "Route 66: The Mother Road." Old Route 66 begins a resurgence.
2000s: The movie "Cars" had a huge impact as well as growth of the internet.
2010s: More towns are getting involved as they begin to appreciate their Route 66 heritage.
Liz and I Have Been 66ers Since 2002. --RoadDog