Road Trip - Route 666

Route 666 Road Sign

Many of these signs were stolen by souvenir hunters.
Many of these signs were stolen by souvenir hunters. | Source

The Devil's Highway, Route 666 or Route 191

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A markerRoute 191, Arizona -
U.S. 191, AZ, USA
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B markerApache National forest -
Apache National Forest, Blue, AZ 85922, USA
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Southern area of Route 191 ends in the Apache National Forest.

C markerMorenci, Az -
Morenci, AZ 85540, USA
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Where Route 666 / 191 starts or ends, depending on your viewpoint.

D markerChambers, Arizona -
Chambers, AZ, USA
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The Number of the Beast

"Revelation 13:17-18

New International Version (NIV)

17 so that they could not buy or sell unless they had the mark, which is the name of the beast or the number of its name.

18 This calls for wisdom. Let the person who has insight calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man. That number is 666."

If you don't know what this passage means, be sure to ask your religious authority. It truly means absolutely nothing when it comes to the orderly naming of roads and routes across the United States of America. Apparently, back in biblical times it may have referred to the Roman Emperor, Nero. Superstitious people being who they are, have turned this number into the devil himself.

Yes, there was such an outcry over the naming of Route 666 in New Mexico, Arizona, Colorado and Utah, that the protesting public succeeded in having the normal routes with this number renamed.

Various portions of the route are scattered across the four corners region of New Mexico, Arizona, Colorado and Utah. Basically, the roads spurred off of the old Route 66 of the famous road trip legends of old.

Because of gematria (a system of numerology), the number of these routes became pariah to the travelers throughout the sections of road that bore the unfortunate designation of Route 666.

Ghost Truck from Route 666

Wild Ghost Stories on Route 666

For some reason, this highway became known as the most haunted stretch of road in the whole of the United States. Various themes emerged of those traveling these roads. These themes have been repeated so many times that most folks imagine that they are true.

  1. Route 666 had the highest incidence of traffic fatalities of any road with the "beastly" number. Drivers on these roads were "cursed". It is interesting to note that since the numbers have been changed, the fatalities have been greatly reduced. It seems that superstitious drivers can drive better if the highway numeration is something more to their liking. Same road, different mindset.
  2. One story tells of a black car (gangster's sedan) or truck that rushes the driver ahead of it, especially at dawn or dusk. When the driver being tailgated pulls over to let the black vehicle go by, it turns out to be a hallucination.
  3. Hounds of Hell? That is what some say happens on these lonely deserted routes. The dogs are extremely vicious and will actually bite into your tires and cause flats. These dogs can also run as fast as you can drive, so there is no getting away from them when they strike. So far, no photos of these dogs have actually surfaced. No strange dog teeth have been found in flat tires from this region either.
  4. Would you stop for a little girl lost on a lonely high desert highway? They say that such a girl, wearing a white gown or dress, stands by the side of the highway waiting for something unknown. If you stop to render aid to this little phantom, she disappears - also before anyone can take a photo of her.
  5. A great deal of this highway runs through Native American land. European settlers, never having encountered any of the rituals and ceremonies of the 'Indian savages', naturally suspected these legends and people to be 'evil'. Having put many witches to death back in the Eastern puritan states, they believed that skin walkers, shape shifters and shamans were also witches. Some say that these skin walkers can walk the high desert assuming any shape they so desire and thereby gain entrance to your motor vehicle. Sounds silly, doesn't it? Perhaps it is only the active imagination of the driver.
  6. One of the most common effects of driving the infamous Route 666 is the odd sensations of time displacement. The highway is long and quite beautiful, but it can be hypnotic. Highway hypnosis is a regular danger to people on long road trips. This may be responsible for many of the phenomena of Route 666 events. The best way to combat highway hypnosis is to stop, get out of your car, walk around and smell the roses (or the desert). Traveling with friends will help with road trip boredom. Friends may also have a camera ready to capture any odd encounters.
  7. Some say that people, cars and personal items have actually disappeared. They leave no trace of ever having been on Earth in the first place! Occasionally, the person or item in question will reappear without even remembering being lost in the first place. Maybe people have picked the high desert to get away from it all and disappeared themselves. This is probably not a superstitious event at all.

Route 666 (New Name - Route 191) in Southern Utah

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Interstate 70, UT, USA
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The area of Utah associated with Route 666

Southern Utah Road Trip

Somewhere on I70
Somewhere on I70 | Source

Awesome Road Trip!

Unbeknownst to us, while driving from Los Angeles to Texas, Bob and I drove over a good deal of the 'most haunted highway' in America. We picked up our S10 Blazer in Los Angeles and drove it from there across 10 states to get to our current home in the hill country of central Texas.

The trip took six weeks, and we saw some amazing things. Not the least of which was the part of Interstate 70 that crossed north of the Grand Canyon and on into Southern Utah and the four corners area. A particularly memorable stop was in Moab, Utah.

I've only dug through some of my photos of the area, but I present them in this hub to show the reader how vast and awesome this road trip is.

There are signs proclaiming "Next gas station - 100 miles"! No joke. Occasionally you will spot Native American women at rest stops selling hand made jewelry and crafts. We bought a lovely butterfly necklace that I treasure to this day.

Not knowing that this area of the country was 'cursed', we drove merrily on and had a wonderful time. Truly, the trip was a highlight of our marathon road excursion. I would go back in a heart beat.

I would not think twice about driving the so-called "devil's highway" at night, under a full moon, or in bright daylight. In fact, I wanted very much to stop and take up residence in Moab. What a fantastic place.

Canyon lands of Southern Utah

View from the road.
View from the road. | Source

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Route 666 Scary Movie on DVD

Route 666
Route 666

When two Special Agents cut through a condemned, desolate highway known as Route 666 while tracking a suspect, they discover a danger far worse than deady twists and turns! Years ago, a notorious chain gang was killed in a horrific roadside murder, and the hightway still echoes with its brutal legacy. Now, they face a terrifying reality...there's no escape and no way to deny the secret behind the force haunting this bleak wasteland.

 

© 2013 Austinstar

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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida

This brings back fond memories, Lela. Years ago when my children were small, my husband and I drove a station wagon from Florida to California and yes, we took Route 66 (its name at the time). Fantastic adventure and awesome scenery but no ghosts ... then.


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Austinstar 3 years ago from Somewhere in the universe Author

If ghosts haunt this road, Bob would have seen them. He claims to be very sensitive to spirits. He gets goose bumps talking about some of the things he has seen. He's also had tons of near death experiences. Personally, I think he drinks too many beers.


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xstatic 3 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

Fascinating tale of a great road trip and a little history of the road as well.

Interesting stories of how peoples' minds trick them.

Suggestion, since you live in the Hill Country (I lived in San Antonio as a kid and traveled through that area a lot), maybe a hub about the area becoming wine country would be interesting. There were no wineries when I lived there, but I hear there are quite a few now.


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Austinstar 3 years ago from Somewhere in the universe Author

Oh, xstatic, that would entail a trip or trips to some wineries in order to get photos. Well, I guess somebody has to do it. Ok, you twisted my arm. I hope they have chocolate!


anonymous 3 years ago

I would be scared of making long distance trips on any road or highway. Running out of gas mechanical trouble and flat tires are hazards. Deserts are fascinating. They can be peaceful but also dangerous. Lack of water dehydration starvation intense heat during the day and intense heat at night and some unfriendly critters such as venomous snakes scorpions spiders and centipedes give me nightmares. Plus theres danger from human beings. In remote stretches of highways where theres not a lot of police criminals prey on people. Anyone who is stranded or stuck with car trouble is an easy victim for a criminal. And God isn't going to provide and isn't going to protect. This God allows all manner of evil suffering and death. I recommend having AAA and taking plenty of water and food. It can be fun to travel if nothing bad happens.


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Austinstar 3 years ago from Somewhere in the universe Author

Anon, are you agoraphobic?


anonymous 3 years ago

No its not open places that scare me. I actually like open places. Its enclosed places that scare me. Im claustrophobic. The world is dangerous and highways are very dangerous.


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Austinstar 3 years ago from Somewhere in the universe Author

Agoraphobia is an anxiety disorder characterized by anxiety in situations where the sufferer perceives the environment as being difficult to escape or get help. It isn't a fear of open spaces as most believe.

I had a friend who suffered from severe agoraphobia and it is one of the most difficult phobias to treat. She would sit in her chair by the door with a gun in case someone tried to come through the door. She could go out in the world with great difficulty. I don't know if she ever got treatment or not.

I had a strange and unusual phobia to bananas at one time. It actually sent me into panic attacks which disrupted my life. I could not go anywhere near bananas. The cure was surprisingly simple and only took a couple of months.

Phobias are treated by learning self-relaxation techniques like meditation and bio-feedback. Then by desentization of whatever the person is phobic to.

It was very difficult to go through this process, but it actually works very well. I can now buy and eat bananas! This after desentization over 25 years ago. (I wrote a hub about my banana phobia some time ago).

At any rate, I know you would benefit from a phobia specialist if you go. You don't even have to believe it will work. It just does.


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christopheranton 3 years ago from Gillingham Kent. United Kingdom

Thanks for a very interesting article and some great pictures.


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mercuryservices 3 years ago from Honolulu, Hawaii

Awesome break down of content for this hub!


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Austinstar 3 years ago from Somewhere in the universe Author

Thanks mercury! Have you driven the Hana Highway on Maui? It's pretty spectacular too. I need to dig out my photos of when I lived there and do a hub on the road to Hana.

I also drove most of the eastern routes on Oahu, up to the N. Shore and around to Hanauma bay. So awesome.

This hub was inspired by the road trip we did from shipping our car back to L.A. and then across 10 states to get to Austin, where we finally settled down.


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Peggy W 3 years ago from Houston, Texas

Hi Lela (Austinstar),

I have driven on parts of Route 66 (not 666) and it was interesting. Met no ghosts along the way although the Interstate Highways certainly impacted businesses in those small towns all across America and probably helped to create a ghost town effect in many of the bypassed towns. Sounds like you had an interesting trip. Moab is a great place situated between 2 of the 5 national parks in Utah. We certainly enjoyed our stay there while visiting Arches and Canyonlands National Parks. Love road trips!!!


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Kenja 3 years ago from Long Island, NY

Rich writing. Had a place in New Mexico for over 20 years, and this brings backs the colors and the atmospherics. You'd be a great contributor to roelresources.com I think. Check out Iguassu Falls and other pieces there. And let us follow each other here. best regards, Ken


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Bonny Ghosh 17 months ago from KOLKATA,INDIA

Excellent piece,gives you the shivers,let me just add the fact that haunted roads are present everywhere across the world, in India,we have several,especially one stretch near the Gorumara Forest,North Bengal,where no vehicle plys between 1:30 am to 4:00 am,no matter how much money you offer to pay,drivers just refuse to go at that time.

Looking forward to sharing our interest in occult.

regards,Bonny


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Austinstar 17 months ago from Somewhere in the universe Author

It just adds to the excitement when a road is "haunted". There is always one around somewhere.


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Emese Fromm 15 months ago from The Desert

We've driven this road numerous times, and always enjoyed it. There was one time though when we joked about its name. We were in the middle of Navajo Land, on this road and a huge storm was "chasing" us. Those who live in the desert know about these storms that cause the place to be flooded in a blink of an eye, but in a few hours everything is so dry, you think you imagined it all. We ended up stopping at a McDonalds, and walked into it in water up to our ankles, just a few minutes after the storm started. Who knows? Maybe this won't happen again since they renamed the road ;). Other than the one storm incident, we have always enjoyed some of the most beautiful scenery of the high deserts driving road 666.

I enjoyed your hub. Thank you for sharing your experience.


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Austinstar 15 months ago from Somewhere in the universe Author

Glad it was a friendly flash flood!. We get some real killer floods here In the hill country of Texas. Driving through the high desert is the best thing. I miss it.

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