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Turning an old highway into the new Route 66

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A foundation aims to make the old Highway 20 that runs through the state the new Route 66.

Bryan Farr and the Historic U.S. 20 Foundation are trying to get cities and counties across the state on board, turning the old highway into a historic byway.

"We want to focus here in Iowa where the original highway was moved to a 4-lane over six decades ago. And bring back into the small downtowns, mom and pop businesses, and kinda showcase these towns that have kinda been forgotten but still have an identity with old Highway 20," said Farr.

To do so, he must get the 32 cities and 13 counties along the highway to pass resolutions supporting the change.

If passed by all, Historic U.S. 20 signs would dot the landscape along the 333 miles of the highway through the state.

So far, he says the support has been overwhelming.

"This was a community based effort across the state. This wasn't me saying you have to do this or somebody in the state or county saying you have to do this. This was me going to the doorsteps of every community and saying, we're promoting historic US 20, are you interested? And everybody has signed on," he said.

Farr says Epworth, Farley, Winthrop and Manchester are among the cities that have already passed resolutions.

He hopes to have all cities on board and signs hung across the state by the spring.

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