Cortez, Colorado – Route 666

No, that’s not a typo.  Earlier in the trip I traveled on a small portion of Historic Route 66.  Not many people know there used to be a US Route 666 (triple 6 – the sign of the devil).  Unbeknownst to me I have actually been on that road several times during this trip, while down in Arizona and here in Colorado.  In additional to people’s natural resistance to traveling on what they thought might be a “cursed” road, the bigger problem was sign theft.  Arizona finally renumbered the road to US 191 in 1993 and Colorado followed suit in 2003, renumbering their portion US 491.  Curiously, when I was passing through down near the Four Corners area I noticed that my GPS still referred to the road as 666 (I have suspected all along that she has some of the devil in her….).

A friend of mine asked me to keep an eye out for old 666 signs during my trip.  I went to an antique shop in Cortez when they opened at 9 o’clock and sure enough, they had two signs.  I took pictures and sent them to my friend Tom (he and his wife are my hosts when I stay in their home in Missouri via Airbnb).  As you may be able to see from the price tag, they wanted $250 for this never-used sign.  And don’t think the price is high just because it is in mint condition.  A clearly used sign with the triple-6 was selling for $600!!  Since it will probably never sell they should have just priced it at $666.

Not surprisingly, Tom passed on both signs.


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