Much of the construction of the Interstate System along the route of US Route 66 was done by directly upgrading the existing highway. A majority of Missouri’s section of Interstate 44 was built in this manner. However, Oklahoma had already built the Will Rogers Turnpike a few years before the Interstates, and I-44 was routed along it. That meant that around the Joplin area, I-44 needed to dip south to connect to the existing road. The result of this was that I-44 bypassed the short section of US-66 in Kansas in its entirety, as well as a 14-mile (21-km) section of road through downtown Joplin. When US-66 was stricken from the national rolls in the 1980s, a new highway designation was needed for the bypassed section of road. In Kansas, it became K-66, and in Missouri, it became Missouri Route 66.
It goes through St. Louie, Joplin, Missouri, Oklahoma City lookin’ mighty pretty.
Bobby Troup, “Route 66”
Our Missouri Route 66 replica route marker is made according to standards MoDOT uses to create markers for use along its highways. Every detail is just like the original marker, from the ’66’ digits used to the outline of the state of Missouri. You can find original Missouri Route 66 markers on the collector’s market every so often, but because of their association with the famous Route 66, they often command a substantial premium. And since the route is so short, they’re always in scarce supply. With our replica, you can get the sign you’re looking for, hassle free, and at a fraction of the price.
Our Missouri Route 66 marker is flat printed in the USA on heavy 14-gauge steel. It has a non-reflective finish that will stand up for years, indoors or outdoors. To make installation simple and straightforward, we’ve included pre-drilled mounting holes. Choose one of the following sizes:
- 12 inches square
- 16 inches square
- 24 inches square (the actual size of most markers posted throughout Missouri)
- 36 inches square (the size posted when extra visibility is needed, such as along freeways or at important junctions)
Looking for another Missouri route sign? We can make one for any highway in the Show Me State! And not just this style, but the older cutout markers, and US and Interstate routes too! Need a size not listed here? We can help with that too. And we also offer a full line of directional, distance, welcome, and warning signs. Know what you want, but can’t find it on our site? Just contact Jake and place a custom order!