This old tow truck has seen a lot of action on Route 66 in New Mexico. U.S. Route 66 (US 66 or Route 66), also known as the Will Rogers Highway and as the Main Street of America or the Mother Road, was one of the original highways within the U.S. Highway System. Route 66 was established on November 11, 1926, with road signs erected the following year. The highway, which became one of the most famous roads in America, originally ran from Chicago, Illinois, through Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona before ending at Santa Monica, California, covering a total of 2,448 miles (3,940 km). It was recognized in popular culture by both the hit song “(Get Your Kicks on) Route 66” and the Route 66 television show in the 1960s. Route 66 was the main road for those who migrated west, especially during the Dust Bowl of the 1930s. People doing business along the route became prosperous due to the growing popularity of the highway, and those same people later fought to keep the highway alive in the face of the growing threat of being bypassed by the new Interstate Highway System. Route 66 underwent many improvements and realignments over its lifetime, and it was officially removed from the United States Highway System on June 27, 1985, after it had been completely replaced by the Interstate Highway System. Portions of the road that passed through Illinois, Missouri, New Mexico, and Arizona have been designated a National Scenic Byway of the name “Historic Route 66″, which is returning to some maps. Several states have adopted significant bypassed sections of the former US 66 into the state road network as State Route 66.

Size: 10″ x 14” (252 pieces).
Includes beautiful gift box with puzzle image printed on lid.
Sturdy cardboard stock, mounted on chipboard.
Easy wipe-clean surface.

Dimensions: 4” x 1.5” x 4.5”.
Compatible with sockets in U.S. and Canada only.
Images printed in full color on Mylar and inserted in night-light; assembled with plastic protective color.
Light bulb included

A fun stop on the low road to Taos is The Classical Gas Museum, which features anything historic and automotive, whether rusted and busted or in mint condition. Be sure to donate to the Dixon Animal Protection Society when you visit.

An old race car rests near retired gasoline pumps at the Classical Gas Museum on the road to Taos, New Mexico. The race car wears the number 8, which also seems to say “It’s a Doozie.” The American slang word “doozy” or “doozie” means something excellent or powerful and is also another spelling of the luxury car manufacturer Duesenberg’s nickname, “Duesy.” Wishful thinking for this little race car? When you visit this delightful museum of rusted and busted as well as mint condition automotive artifacts, be sure to donate to the Dixon Animal Protection Society.

A 1940s Ford truck sits under a tree along Highway 54 in New Mexico, perhaps waiting for rescue and rehabilitation. I think this is a 1947 Ford Farm 1.5 ton truck that might have been green when new.

1940s Ford Flat Bed Truck Print
1940s Ford Flat Bed Truck Print by catherinesherman
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Engulfed by tumbleweeds, a 1940s Ford flat bed truck sits by the side of a Kansas highway, advertising bedding plants and vegetables for sale. This 1946 Ford 1 1/2 ton flatbed truck received a flashy coat of yellow paint to cover the rust.

An International Harvester L-110 truck parks at the Santa Fe, New Mexico, train station, both venerable and beautiful relics still in use today. The International Harvester L Series Trucks were introduced by International Harvester in fall 1949 as the replacement for the KB-Series and ran the gamut from light pickup trucks and delivery vehicles to full size tractor trailers. Electric wipers, a radio, and a clock were optional. International would continue to produce the line until 1952 when it was replaced by the R Series. Santa Fe Depot is the northern terminus of the New Mexico Rail Runner Express commuter rail line. The station also serves as the northern terminus, offices, and gift shop of the Santa Fe Southern Railway, a tourist and freight carrying short line railroad. It is located in Santa Fe, New Mexico at 410 Guadalupe Street, within an area of urban renewal referred to as the “Railyard.” Rail Runner service to the station began on December 17, 2008.


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