Texas Route 66 Maps
|Nickname:||Lone Star State|
|Miles of US 66:||180|
It has been called somewhat ironic that Texas, the largest U.S. state in the contiguous forty-eight, contains the second-fewest miles of Route 66 (Kansas having the least). This is due to the fact that the highway passed only through the state's northern extremity, known popularly as the Panhandle.
Route 66 in Texas was superceded by Interstate Highway 40, running east-west through the Panhandle area. The towns that Route 66 formerly passed through, and which appear on most modern maps, include Shamrock, McLean, Alanreed, Groom, Conway, Amarillo, Bushland, Wildorado, Vega, Adrian, and Glenrio (straddling the Texas-New Mexico border).
More obscure communities, which may or may not appear on modern maps, include Benonine (just west of the Oklahoma border), Lela (at the highway 3075 junction), Jericho and Boydston (near the highway 70 junction).
See also our Clickable G-Map of Texas.
The path of Route 66 is highlighted above. A large (193K) PDF version of the above 1957 map is also available.
Below are some 66-era inset maps showing Amarillo, the only Texas town in the panhandle of sufficient size to warrant the creation of such maps.
The undated map at right shows Amarillo, Texas, and the highways that passed through it in the pre-interstate era. At the time, Route 66 entered town from the east on N Eighth Ave (as did US 60). It passed all the way across town in a more or less straight line, then just west of Western Ave began to curve southward. Then, at the western outskirts of town, near the Sixth St/279 junction and the Veterans Hospital, it again turned westward, leaving Amarillo along Sixth St/279.
This map can also be viewed as a large (183K) PDF file together with the map below.
The map at right also shows Route 66 following Eighth Ave through Amarillo. Unfortunately, the map does not extend to either the east or west city limit, and so only shows a straight shot across the northern part of town.
It does clearly show, however, that US 66 and US 60 followed the same path in the eastern part of town. Then, US 60 turned south at Fillmore to pass through the center of downtown Amarillo. Route 66 only skirts the city at this date.
This map is paired with the one above in a PDF file for detailed viewing.