Opportunity for Route 66 Endangered Places

Illinois Route 66 Scenic Byway

The National Trust for Historic Preservation is accepting nominations for its 2022 list of “11-Most Endangered Places.” The Route 66 Road Ahead Partnership is encouraging the Route 66 community to participate in this program, to help gain the national spotlight and enhance support for preservation of important sites along the Mother Road.

The 2022 application process is different from years past. Letters of intent are being accepted through November 12, 2021. From these initial letters of interest, the National Trust will invite a smaller group to come back in early 2022 to submit a full application.

The National Trust program has repeatedly drawn attention to Route 66 in the past. In 2007, Route 66 motels were on the Endangered List. All of Route 66 was listed in 2018. Most recently, the Threatt Filling Station and Family Farm located along Route 66 in Luther, Oklahoma was on the 2021 list.

According to the National Trust, the Endangered Places list has been so successful in encouraging preservation, that less than five percent of the 300 sites they have identified since 1998 have been lost. The National Trust is committed to drawing attention to unique or overlooked pieces of American history and that expand understanding of our national heritage and the full American story.

If you know of an important Route 66 site in your community that could benefit from the national spotlight the 11-Most Endangered Historic Places program can provide, the Road Ahead encourages you to submit a letter of intent. For more information, visit www.savingplaces.org/11most. For technical assistance with the application form, please visit https://www.submittable.com/help/submitter/. For any other questions regarding the 11-Most Endangered list, please contact 11Most@savingplaces.org.

Established in 2016, with the support of the National Park Service and the World Monuments’ Fund, The Route 66 Road Ahead Partnership’s mission is to revitalize and sustain Route 66 as a national and international icon through partnerships focused on promotion, preservation, research and education, and economic development.

Road Ahead Partnership

Bill Thomas, Chairman
Rt. 66 Road Ahead Partnership

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