Travel on Route 66 from Santa Fe thru Albuquerque to Gallup, New Mexico
One of our favorite segments of the Mother Road is from Santa Fe through Albuquerque and westward to Gallup, New Mexico.
One of the larger cities on Route 66 during its earlier alignments was Santa Fe in New Mexico. It passed through downtown near the historic LaFonda on the Plaza hotel, seen here in this photo.
Santa Fe remained on the original Route 66 until 1938 when the road was rerouted on a more direct route to Albuquerque.
The first route alignment of 1926-1937 ran north-south through Albuquerque. Dozens of motels, cafes, gift shops and restaurants spring up along the route. Some of these vintage motels remain, and historic neon signs still glow on old Route 66 through Albuquerque, now Central Avenue.
At Albuquerque, a final turn west took the old road to Gallup and into Arizona.
Vintage Views of U.S. Route 66 in Albuquerque and Gallup
We have included below a sampling of our collection of vintage travel postcards dealing with Albuquerque and Route 66. These portray the historic road in its prime and help us to visualize "yesterday" as we drive Route 66 today.
U.S. Highway 66 in New Mexico, circa 1950s
Texas Ann Court, 2305 W. Central, Albuquerque, New Mexico, on U.S. Highway 66
Downton Gallup, New Mexico, circa 1958
Dine and dance at Pete's Cafe, Gallup, New Mexico
Hotel El Rancho, the World's Largest Ranch House, Gallup, New Mexico
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