Using a bunch of upcoming Route 66 festivals in Southern California as a news hook, Carol Bidwell of the Long Beach Press-Telegram writes a good article about the Mother Road’s history and where it stands at the present day.
It includes talk about what happens after the Route 66 Corridor Preservation Program ends in 2009. There have been discussions about renewing it, but no definitive efforts have occurred.
Program manager Mike Taylor says it was started as a seed program so Route 66 can eventually create its own national association and go on to bigger and better things with preservation funding and other such initiatives.
The idea of a national association first was hatched last year at the Route 66 Festival in Clinton, Okla., but I’ve heard little about it since. Perhaps we’ll hear more at the Route 66 Summit in Litchfield, Ill., in a few weeks.