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Many of today’s highways incorporated and modified already existing road networks into their design. Route 66 is no exception. Some of its segments were originally wagon roads. Thus, the Trail of Tears National Historic Trail and Route 66 have an important, often overlooked link in Missouri. The two not only intersect a number of times between Rolla and Springfield, they also have the same alignment in certain areas. Meaning, when you are traveling on Route 66 in Missouri, in some locations you are also directly retracing the footsteps of thousands of Cherokee who were forcibly removed from their homes in 1838-1839.