For the past 77 years, U.S. Route 666—the sixth tributary off U.S. Route 66—has plagued some of the residents and businesses along this dusty highway. June Merrett, owner of the Anasazi Restaurant and Lounge, had the doubly unfortunate address of "666 Route 666, Cortez, Colorado," but 15 years ago she prevailed upon the officials at city hall to change the number of her building to 640. "Why should we have the double devil?" she said in an interview with The New York Times.
While many of the residents along this 191-mile-long roadway say it's just a number, others are bothered by the number's association with the prophesied satanic "beast" of Revelation who will fight Jesus Christ at His second coming. "Here is wisdom," we read in Revelation 13:18 Revelation 13:18Here is wisdom. Let him that has understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred three score and six.
American King James Version×. "Let him who has understanding calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man: His number is 666."
Politicians in New Mexico, Colorado and Utah–the three states Route 666 travels through—petitioned the federal government to change the highway's number. Route 666, the old "Devil's Highway," has been changed to Route 491.
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