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Firm chosen for historical study of California’s Route 66

Mead & Hunt, an engineering and architecture firm, was chosen by the California Preservation Foundation to help prepare a comprehensive history of Route 66 in California in the next year, according to a news release today.

Mead & Hunt, which has offices in Sacramento, was chosen from 16 firms. Here is a list of the firm’s historic preservation projects, which included an inventory of historic bridges in Texas built from 1945 to 1965.

From the release:

… California is the final state out of the eight states along the storied Route 66 to complete a historic context for the National Register. Through a dynamic partnership formed in 2009 between the National Park Service Route 66 Corridor Preservation Program (NPS) and the California Preservation Foundation (CPF), an ambitious effort was launched to synthesize previous studies that will be incorporated with new research into one comprehensive document on the history of Route 66 from its early days until it was decertified in 1980s.

“Now that we have selected a consultant, we are eager to begin this exciting project and look forward to working with all the communities the Route passes through,” says Jennifer Gates, Field Services Director for CPF.  “We are encouraging all Route 66 enthusiasts and communities along the route to participate in the project.”  In mid June, a few meetings will be held along Route 66 to kick off the project and engage individuals and city, state and federal organizations in the process. […]

“This is part of an ongoing effort to document the history and significance of Route 66 to National Register standards, and to support preservation efforts in California ,” says Kaisa Barthuli, Program Manager of the Route 66 Corridor Preservation Program.

The history document will be submitted in early 2011 to the National Register of Historic Places to help spur preservation efforts along the Mother Road.

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