Historic Route 66
Otero's 66 Service
In 1926, the Federal Highway Act pulled together a loose
transcontinental network of primitive roads and designated it “Route 66.”
Originally it veered north to the state capital, Santa Fe, and dipped
south to Los Lunas before turning west to Gallup on its way to
California. Through this historic agricultural and mercantile village
traveled police pursuing the FBI’s “most wanted,” ambitious
transcontinental foot racers and impoverished Dust Bowl Refugees. By
1937, Route 66 was rerouted through Albuquerque on an east-west
alignment, bypassing Los Lunas.
The Luna Mansion
The Luna Mansion The Luna-Otero Mansion,
dates back to 1881. Preserved today serving as a fine restaurant, the
Mansion is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Steaks,
great hot chili, and exquisite deserts are its claim to fame for those
with a ravished stomach. For others, who may be looking for an
altogether different experience, the old mansion is said to be haunted
by Josefita Otero.
Tome Hill While not on Route 66, a short six mile side trip south to Tomé Hill is well worth the drive. Dominating the landscape between Los Lunas and Belén, this landmark along the El Camino Real (the Royal Road), has been used as a religious site, a refuge from hostile enemies and floods, and as an observation point since prehistoric times. More than 1,800 petroglyphs have been recorded on the hill, some of which date back more than 2,000 years. At the foot of the hill is a large steel sculpture called La Puerta del Sol (Gateway to the Sun) is intended to reflect the diverse cultures of the region.