US Route 66, the Mother Road, crossed the Texas panhandle along its journey from Chicago to Los Angeles. It entered the state from Oklahoma and headed west, passing through Amarillo, the largest city in the region. It then exited into New Mexico, en route to Albuquerque. Construction of the Interstate System made the US 66 designation redundant; Interstate 40 replaced US 66 through Texas. On June 26, 1985, US 66 was deleted from the US route system entirely. Over the ensuing decades, however, US 66 remained alive in the mind of the motoring public. Nostalgia for the automobile’s Golden Age led to great interest in the old highway. As a result, the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) posts Old US Route 66 signs at the exits where the old highway diverges from the new.
We’ve recreated the Texas Old US Route 66 sign in a variety of styles to satisfy your discerning taste in signage. The brown-background variant is an exact duplicate of the original markers installed in the Texas panhandle. We’ve also made available a black-background variant which more closely resembles modern US route shields. We also have a cutout marker with no background at all; these markers are much like those posted along US 66 prior to 1961. Finally, we have a version with the words “HISTORIC ROUTE” on a brown background, resembling the style used to mark historic routes in other states. All of our recreations are flat printed on heavy 14-gauge steel, with completely accurate artwork and fonts. We’ve precisely rescaled them to sizes ranging from 12 inches square up to 36 inches square, to fit your display needs.
This is a non-reflective sign—perfect for your enjoyment, indoors or outdoors. Show your love for the outdoors and the Great Plains by adding this marker to your den, garage, man cave, or any other place needing a touch of Texas panhandle flavor! (Need a size not listed here? Or perhaps another sign, from Texas or somewhere else? Please inquire; custom orders are our specialty!)