Interstate 40

Encyclopedia Article


One of the most iconic interstates in the U.S, this route followed and ultimately replaced Route 66. I-40 connects the primary urban areas mentioned in Tony Hillerman's Navajo detective stories including Flagstaff, AZ and Gallup, Grants, and Albuquerque, NM. I-40 is also the primary thoroughfare for traveling east-west through Indian Country.

Photo Credit: 

"New Mexico--Scenic Route 66 / Interstate 40," photograph by Petley Studios, Albuquerque, NM. James R. Powell Route 66 Collection (rt1202). Lake County Discovery Museum, IL. All Rights Reserved. Use with permission only.