The National Park Service Route 66 Corridor Preservation Program is pleased to announce that eight segments of Route 66 in Wheeler County, Texas are now listed in the National Register of Historic Places!  

When Route 66 was decommissioned, its segments were split into multiple jurisdictions, of which approximately 85% are still drivable today. In the case of Wheeler County, Texas, its pristine, 1931 concrete segments were transferred to the state in 1968 to become I-40 frontage road. Still in use today, these segments represent some of the last remaining original Route 66 pavement in the state. With eight segments totaling approximately 14.27 miles, they have had few improvements and retain a high degree of integrity in terms of location, design, materials, workmanship, feeling, and association. Through a cost-share grant from the National Park Service Route 66 Preservation Program, the Texas Historical Commission completed a national register nomination for the segments, which was accepted into the National Register on September 22, 2020. Listing them in the National Register will increase opportunities for public awareness, and elevate protection and preservation considerations during any future, federally funded construction projects.