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SWIPING SIGNS IS LATEST KICK ON ROUTE 66

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Thieves apparently are getting their kicks on Route 66 by stealing the historic highway's signs.

The Route 66 Association of Missouri, a non-profit group dedicated to preserving and promoting the highway, said Tuesday that more than 20 of the 300 brown and white, $75 signs the group erected in Missouri have been stolen.Some people may be selling the signs at flea markets and fairs, the group said.

"We're not an affluent group," said board member Freeman McCullah. "Besides, we've invested most of our money into producing these signs."

Commissioned in 1926, Route 66 originally stretched 2,448 miles, from Chicago to Santa Monica, Calif.

It was the setting for John Steinbeck's novel "The Grapes of Wrath" and also was the title of a song and a '60s TV series.