U.S. Highway 66 through the Sandia Mountains, New Mexico

This image shows a section of the historic highway U.S. 66 as it ascends into the Sandia Mountains east of Albuquerque, New Mexico.

E.C. Kropp Co., Milwaukee, Wis.

The description states:

HERE IS SEEN A BREATH-TAKING PANORAMA as U.S. Highway 66 winds through the picturesque Sandia Mountains towards the City of Albuquerque. Approaching the city thru Tijeras Canyon is a thrilling sight as this scenic highway emerges from the base of the Sandias to the beautiful vista of the Rio Grande.

–U.S. 66 has been replaced along most of its original course with Interstate 40, and some of the original roadway was abandoned when a more optimal route was established for the replacement highway. It can be seen that the quality of road construction at this point was fairly simple and basic, and in some cases did not allow for the expansion required for the new Interstate system.

This post card was used and is dated 12 July 1953.

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