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Damien Rider skateboards Route 66 in 56 days

Damien Rider skateboards Route 66 in 56 days

Australian athlete Damien Rider had planned to skateboard the length of Route 66 in 66 days. Instead, he completed it in 56 days — more than 42 miles a day. The total journey was 3,795 kilometers, which is 2,358 miles.…

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Lowriders, twerkers shut down Route 66 in Albuquerque

Lowriders, twerkers shut down Route 66 in Albuquerque

By now, you’ve probably seen an Associated Press report about how an unauthorized music-video shoot Saturday turned into an impromptu street party of 300 people — including lowriders and twerkers — that shut down Route 66 in Albuquerque. It seems like…

Owners of Milagro gas station soon will retire

Owners of Milagro gas station soon will retire

The longtime owners of the Milagro gas station west of Santa Rosa, New Mexico, will retire by the end of August. The future of the Route 66 landmark remains unknown. Last week’s print edition of the Guadalupe County Communicator reported Rudy…

Rich Henry keeps hopping along

Rich Henry keeps hopping along

Look what hopped up in my feed. KSDK-TV, the popular NBC affiliate in St. Louis, gave two minutes to Henry’s Rabbit Ranch on old Route 66 in Staunton, Illinois. Henry’s been doing this schtick for more than 20 years now,…

Mexican restaurant moves into Sonrise Donuts building

Mexican restaurant moves into Sonrise Donuts building

An authentic Mexican restaurant becomes the latest tenant to move into the building in Springfield, Illinois, that contains the historic Sonrise Donuts neon sign on its roof. Taqueria Moroleon opened in the building at 1101 S. Ninth St. (aka Route 66)…

Governor signs Illinois Route 66 motorcycle plate bill

Governor signs Illinois Route 66 motorcycle plate bill

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner signed a bill Saturday that allows motorcyclists to buy a special Illinois Route 66 license plate that benefits the Illinois Route 66 Scenic Byway fund. Rauner signed the bill at the historic Mahan service station at…

Appeals court lifts stoppage on Albuquerque Rapid Transit construction

Appeals court lifts stoppage on Albuquerque Rapid Transit construction

The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday lifted an injunction that prevented the city of Albuquerque from beginning construction on the controversial Albuquerque Rapid Transit project on Central Avenue, aka Route 66. The Albuquerque Journal reported construction may begin next week,…

When much of Route 66 was segregated

When much of Route 66 was segregated

If you’ve got an hour, watch this recent video about author and photographer Candacy Taylor, who attended the Bay Area Book Festival to talk about her research into Route 66 and the Negro Motorist Green Book. If you’re not familiar with the…

Owners of Summit Inn say they will rebuild

Owners of Summit Inn say they will rebuild

Amid the bad news about the historic Summit Inn restaurant burning down, a sliver of good news emerged Wednesday night — its owners plan to rebuild. The San Bernardino County Sun reported: But new owners Katherine Juarez and her brother Otto Recinos,…

Wildfire destroys landmark Summit Inn

Wildfire destroys landmark Summit Inn

A fast-moving wildfire in Cajon Pass in Southern California destroyed the Route 66 landmark Summit Inn restaurant on Tuesday night, confirmed several media outlets in the Los Angeles region. The Los Angeles Times posted video from the scene as flames…

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