US Senate bill would designate Route 66 as historic trail

US Senate bill would designate Route 66 as historic trail

JOPLIN, Mo. (AP) — Missouri and Kansas supporters are optimistic that the iconic Route 66 is on the road to becoming part of a National Historic Trail.

U.S. Sens. Tom Udall and Jim Inhofe announced this week that a bipartisan bill would include Route 66 in the National Trails System Act.

The route connected Chicago to Los Angeles and was an economic boon for small towns — including in Missouri and Kansas — before the interstate system was built. The House of Representatives passed a similar bill in June.

Supporters say the designation would revitalize towns along the historic corridor. The U.S. House of Representatives passed a similar bill in June.

The Joplin Globe reports the proposal would allow the National Park Service to administer Route 66. The agency would award federal funds for preservation, development and promotion.

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Information from: The Joplin (Mo.) Globe, http://www.joplinglobe.com