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Route 66 was created in 1926 and was known as the Mother Road. It was the daughter of the National Old Trails Road in Arizona. The National Old Trails, established in 1912, was the first coast-to-coast automobile highway in America and ran across more than a dozen states. Starting on the East Coast, the planners had an easy time agreeing on the course of the National Old Trails Road until it reached Santa Fe. From there it was clear that the highway would go west across Arizona. But where: in the north or in the south? Northern Arizona had only ten percent of the state's population but was willing to fight for the highway. The battle was an absorbing piece of Arizona's history with a surprising outcome. The authors enliven the fascinating story using scores of old photos and maps, reliving the time when driving was an adventure and all roads were open.
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Richard and Sherry Mangum, the award-winning Flagstaff couple who wrote the classic Route 66 Across Arizona, love old roads. While they were researching their Route 66 book they found so much information about its predeccesors, the National Old Trails Road in Arizona, they decided that it should have its own book.
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