Making the Connection: Arizona’s Historic Highway 89

Making the Connection: Arizona’s Historic Highway 89

Two historic major east-west highways cross Arizona and each played a role in the westward migrations of the early 20th century. US Route 66 carried people across northern Arizona from Chicago to Santa Monica. US Route 80 linked Savannah to San Diego through southern...
Where Is US Route 89 in Arizona?

Where Is US Route 89 in Arizona?

When you look at a map of Arizona, US 89 is hard to find. In fact, it only exists from Flagstaff to Page and into Utah. So what happened to our border to border highway? A little background—when the federal highway system came into existence in the late 1920s, US...
Vegetable Crate Labels

Vegetable Crate Labels

The connection between US Route 89 and commercial graphic art ephemera may seem tenuous at first. But we can learn an important piece of the history of highway 89 from the lowly vegetable crate label. In the early 20th century, agriculture was an important part of the...