1926 "redirection" of Route 66, performed by then-Governor and former highway commissioner Arthur T. Hannett. The new route from Romeroville to Santa Rosa not only provided a direct east-west access to Albuquerque but also bypassed Encino, an area where Hannett's rival Governor-elect Richard Dillon had extensive business interests. (And, legend has it, the exclusion of Santa Fe from the route was a deliberate jab by Hannett at the politicians there.) With the deadline of Hannett's leaving office, the 69-mile stretch was completed in 31 days including Christmas day. Faced with the fait accompli of the prodigious accomplishment, Dillon praised the highway construction workers rather than, as expected, firing them as part of the old regime. The rough-but-continuous road received federal funding and became part of Route 66, and the story became part of New Mexico's political legend.