Route 66 in the News

Route 66 A Tourist Attraction?

2013-04-04 20:02:14

To many locals, Old Route 66 in the Estancia Valley and East Mountains is mostly a frontage road for Interstate 40.

But on most days, there are people driving the road looking for places to stop and take a photo, fill up with gas and maybe grab a curio and bite to eat.

It's difficult to define a road as a tourist attraction, but the RETRO Relive the Route committee of local volunteers is looking to do just that.

"We have this resource sitting out here that's in demand and we really aren't tapping in to that," said Roger Holden, a member of the committee.

To rouse some interest in the committee's initiatives and to get ideas for improving the road, a town hall meeting will be held Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon at Edgewood Elementary School.

Local mayors, as well as state Sen. Sue Wilson Beffort will speak at the event. In addition, Kaisa Barthuli, manager of the Route 66 Corridor Preservation Program with the National Park Service, will be on hand to talk about efforts elsewhere and grants available.

Holden said the primary mission is to make the Estancia Valley and East Mountains more welcoming to Route 66 enthusiasts. What that means is up in the air, Holden said.

"That's why we need help and buy-in from the communities along Route 66," he said.

In addition to the information provided at the meeting and the swapping of ideas, Holden said there also will be door prizes.

Edgewood Elementary School is located on Dinkle Road just off N.M. 344.

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