Discarded Route 66 signs become collector's item
The state Highway Department has scrapped the old "Route 66" signs, but now those signs have become a hot collector's Hern. Dan Wheeler, a district traffic engineer sent a bunch of the faded, dented signs to the scrap heap this spring. "Most of them were in pretty bad shape," he said. But, he said, since the department disposed of the signs, it has heard from a few collectors seeking the remnants of Route 66 The 2,200-mile route from Chicago to California saw significant migration in the 1940s and 1950s and even spawned a television show before it disappeared into the federal interstate system this spring. Last week, the state of Oklahoma auctioned off some old Route 66 signs for up to $370 each.