For some the arrival of Interstate 40 was a relief, bypassing dangerous segments of road that weren't well maintained. This was especially true of the old highway from Texas to Tucumcari, one of the deadliest parts of 66 that saw countless accidents and many deaths. For others, the interstate ploughed through well-known landmarks like the Covered Wagon Trading Post in Albuquerque which for decades was the first landmark visible as the old road headed for town. Other businesses, while not physically demolished, were just as quickly forgotten as cross-country travellers zipped by at 75 miles per hour.
Five hundred six miles of US 66 originally crossed the Land of Enchantment, many segments of the road that remains can be seen, some in use and some forgotten, from the interstate that bypassed them.