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    Ash Fork is a town established on what is now the Santa Fe Railroad in 1882. The town is one of the lucky ones in that I40 didn't bypass it, but rather gave it two exits. The business loop through town is what remains of Route 66. Ash Fork is known for a large fire that happened in 1977 that burnt down most of the business district. The town is also the junction of I40/US66 and SR89 which leads down to Prescott. Continuing east US66 heads towards Williams.

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    Williams is decent size town of about 3,000 people. In addition to US66 the town is known for being the intersection of SR64 at mile marker 165 which, heads directly north to the Grand Canyon. The town is also the southern terminus of the Grand Canyon Railway on Grand Canyon Boulevard which, heads up to Grand Canyon Village along the South Rim of the Grand Canyon. Currently Williams probably has the most US66 signs I’ve seen in any town on the route. US66 actually splits into two one-way streets through Williams. Railroad Avenue travels east through downtown and passes most of the notable buildings, including the Route 66 Café. Grand Canyon Avenue carries US66 west bound through down town. Williams and US 66 were largely known for its passage through or near National Parks. The Grand Canyon is about 59 miles north of US 66 and Williams via SR64. Before entering the Park SR64 merges with US180. The Grand Canyon is one of the greatest natural wonders in the world and it shouldn’t be missed by anyone who has the chance to see it. From Williams the road east leads to the small towns of Parks and Bellemont.

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    The Grand Canyon, a short drive north of Route 66 up SR 64.

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    Parks is a town of about 1,200 people. Parks was founded in 1898 and was originally called Rhodes, then Maine and finally Parks sometime in the 1910s. The one building of note is the Parks General Store which dates back to the early days of US66. I’m to understand that the 1921 pre-US66 road and the first paved US66 section built in 1931 can be found near the General Store. I found what was left of the 1931 road just north of the General Store behind a barbed wire fence. I almost lost my phone looking for it, the road is easily spotted by has trees growing through it now.

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    East of Parks is the town of Bellemont. Bellemont today seems to be mostly just a trucking stop along I40. Off to the east the San Francisco Peaks are easily seen; these mountains are over 12,000 feet high and are the tallest in Arizona. The highest section of US66 in the post-1937 alignment is located here along the Arizona Divide at 7,335 feet above sea level. Heading eastward US66 enters Flagstaff.

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    Flagstaff is a city of 60,000 people and was settled in 1876. The city is known as a tourist getaway all year long in the state of Arizona. Due to the high elevation the summer time highs are often 40 degrees cooler in Phoenix and the San Francisco Peaks offer skiing in the winter. The city has one of the highest snow accumulation totals in the United States at over 100 inches per year. There is also a dormant volcano known as Sunset Crater near the eastern city limits. I40 passed by Flagstaff south of the city originally but has been swallowed up by urban sprawl. US66 used to follow what is exit 190 to the I40 Business Loop. US66 continues through downtown Santa Fe Avenue along running along with US180 until returns to I40 at exit 204 just outside the city limits. US89 can be followed to the north to Utah, State Route 89A to the south to Sedona, US180 northwest to the Grand Canyon and I17 to Phoenix to the south. US66 continues eastward towards Winona.

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