La Bajada Hill on the original 1926 alignment of Route 66.
Here's another one.
Here's a view of it from the other end. In 1937 this was bypassed when 66 changed to the more direct route through Moriarty that misses Santa Fe.
Here's the other famous grade on old 66, Oatman Grade in Arizona. I remember riding up this in the old '41 Plymouth, stuck in a long line of traffic behind a truck slowly toiling toward the summit. At every turnout there would be a boiling car beside the road with its hood up. In 1953 this was bypassed by a new section of road between Kingman and Needles.
The village of La Bajada remains at the base of the grade. There are still actually 2 roads in that area that go to the top of the Mesa. I-25, the current version of La Bajada is a few miles to the East.
Thanks for the picture, William.
I think going up the Oatman Grade would be quite entertaining in Model T. I couldn't wait to dodge the burros in the road in Oatman.
Kirk, you could probably go up that grade in a T faster today than you could sixty years ago. Much less traffic now. It was something of a revelation when I drove it a few years ago. I had forgotten what a narrow, steep, twisting thing the main highway used to be.
I believe recently a group Ts passed thru Oatman.
Didn't Clark Gable and Carol Lombard spend their wedding night in that Hotel?
Yes, that was the honeymoon destination....