View southwest along Alignment 1 (1922-1934) from the Route 66 wayside exhibit in Petrified Forest National Park. This sunken roadway was never paved. Parallel telephone line was stripped of wires but left in place, providing a visual clue to the location of the earliest Route 66 route. The later built up paved road is at the right edge of the image.
Some car parts found along Route 66: (A) door handle; (B) Part of a shattered piston; (C) Rear axle housing with mechanical brakes; (D) Emblems and trim pieces.
Car crashes appear to have been common along Route 66 in the vicinity of the Painted Desert, where a private rim drive, two roadside tourist attractions, and a National Park Service petrified wood inspection station were located. The archaeology team found auto parts, broken window glass and numerous alcoholic beverage bottles and cans along the route, a sobering reminder of how this highway earned the nickname