Route 66, SH 207 to Interstate 40
This section of Route 66 is in the vicinity of Conway, TX and is
labeled locally as Texas Farm Rd. 2161. Access from the
east is from State Highway 207/County Rd. N and from the west is
from Interstate 40 exit 89.
The segment of Route 66 between State Highway 207 and Interstate
40 is the longest and best preserved section of Route 66 in
Texas. Turn off your cell phone, and you wonít need the
GPS. Put on your Ray Bans. Open a Coca Cola, the kind that comes
in a sweating green glass bottle. Put some Sinatra on the
player, and roll down the windows. Itís time to drive the
7.2 miles of Route 66 west of Conway, Texas.
the two-lane road will pass a windmill after a mile or so.
Driving a little farther, they will see concrete agricultural
buildings on the south side of the road, important reminders of
the regional economy. As the road intersects County Road L
(dirt) and, a little later, County Road K (also dirt) stop to
look around, because with the exception of a single windmill way
off in the distance, visitors can see not a single modern
intrusion, only wide open range. The abandoned railroad bed
beside this stretch of Route 66 serves as a reminder of how
expansive the landscape is, and how quiet.
and the mid 1960s, travelers along this stretch of Route 66
experienced much of what you see today. From here to Carson
County (where travelers can get back on I-40) you will
experience only old Route 66, fences, dirt farm roads, grain
elevators, and more windmills. Early in the 1900s, this roadway
was little more than a dirt path. In 1930, the path was paved,
and by 1940, it was a bustling highway. An aerial view today
looks much the same as it did then -- a straight line of highway
framed on both sides by square agricultural fields in various
shades of brown, yellow, and green.
When Interstate 40
was completed through Carson County, this section of Route 66
became Texas Farm Road 2161, part of the countyís highway
system. Today it is the longest and best preserved section of
Route 66 in Texas, carrying local traffic and travelers out to
capture the distinctly American ambiance of old Route 66.
It was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in