Not only did some of Rand McNally’s 2012 road atlases contain an error about Route 66, but at least some of its upcoming 2013 atlases will have that mistake, also.
Frank Gifford of rt66pix.com found the apparent mistake in the 2012 atlases a few weeks ago. They incorrectly implied that Route 66 followed U.S. 60 northeast from Afton, Okla., to Neosho, Mo., then north on U.S. 71 to Carthage, Mo. That path cut off the Route 66 section of Kansas entirely. Excerpts of the maps, including Gifford’s illustration to better show the apparent error, are below:
On Tuesday, Gifford said he confirmed during a phone call to Jennifer Cavallo, director of retail sales and strategy at Rand McNally, that several 2013 editions of the Rand McNally atlases would contain the same Route 66 error. The earliest 2013 editions have already been printed, and will hit the market on April 23.
In an email later Tuesday, Cavallo said the “primary file release dates for our 2013 road atlas line” were Jan. 3, 2012, and Jan. 30, 2012. Gifford initially reported the error to Rand McNally after those dates, in early February. Cavallo said the deadline to update all 11 formats of Rand McNally’s 2013 atlas line was Dec. 26, 2011.
In a phone interview Wednesday, Cavallo said the 2013 atlases that require corrections would be reprinted later in the year. She said she did not know how many, nor what percentage, of Rand McNally’s 2013 atlases would contain the error.
Cavallo has encouraged readers to post requests for corrections at Rand McNally’s customer-support page.