Two UNM professors save memorable Route 66 signs

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE)- Two UNM professors have teamed up to preserve the designs of some of Route 66’s most memorable neon signs.

Hundreds of design sketches are now a part of the university’s special collection.

Professors Mark Childs and Ellen Babcock rescued them from an Albuquerque sign-making shop after the collection was deemed a fire hazard and turned them into a book last year.

Last week, the New Mexico preservation officials honored the professors for their work to salvage the historic drawings. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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