Wednesday, March 16, 2016

News From Along Route 66, February 2016: Mojave Trails National Monument

FEBRUARY 11--  2016 will be the make-or-break year for the Route 66 State Park bridge in Eureka, Missouri.  The Great Rivers Greenway group is raising money to save the bridge.  One million must be raised.

MDOT has $325,000 slated for the bridge's demolition in 2017.  The road bed over the bridge has been removed.

At least we had the opportunity to drive over it before it was closed.

FEBRUARY 12--  President Obama designated Mojave Trails National Monument which has Route 66 from Needles, California, to Ludlow.

FEBRUARY  15--  LaBajada Hill may become a national monument in New Mexico.  This is the one with all those switchbacks, 23 of them to be exact.

Actually, it is more of a mesa than hill and is south of Santa Fe on one of the oldest alignments of Route 66, once part of El Camino Real dating to the 1600s.

This is a stretch we haven't yet driven, but in the next two years we plan to do so.

--RoadDog

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