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Return to Route 66 January 29, 2006

Posted by redforkhippie in Art, People.

“Return to Route 66,” a touring exhibit of Mother Road photographs by Shellee Graham — Steinbeck award winner, author and graphic designer extraordinaire — is coming to St. Louis this spring.

The exhibit will be on display Feb. 12 through April 12 at the Old Courhtouse, 11 N. 4th St. in St. Louis. An opening reception is scheduled for Sunday, Feb. 12.

Details are sketchy, as Shellee reports on the American Road group:

I think we’re having some kick-off event around 1 pm. I might give a slide show or talk.

The opening is probably from 1 – 4 pm. (I’ll probably send out another message closer to show time.)

Shellee’s photos are amazing, and if you can get to St. Louis on Feb. 12 to meet Shellee herself, you’ll be in for an even bigger treat, as she is a real pistol.

Stay tuned for more information once the reception details are firmed up.

Rick and Jane reach Seligman January 29, 2006

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Rick and Jane McKinney, the evangelists walking the length of 66 as part of their “Walk to Reclaim America” crusade, reached Seligman, Ariz., today, ending their fourth week on the road, according to their Web site. They’ve logged 449 miles since they started.

If they’re smart, they’ll grab a chiliburger at the Snow-Cap and go visit Angel Delgadillo at his barbershop/gift shop while they’re in town.

Be careful out there. January 29, 2006

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The Waynesville (Mo.) Daily Guide reports that in the span of two days, six cars were damaged in four crashes around the area — including at least one on Route 66.

According to the article:

Shortly after noon Thursday, a two-vehicle crash on Historic Route 66 just east of the Pulaski County Courthouse snarled traffic for about a half hour until Jacks Towing removed a Chrysler Pacifica SUV which had been rear-ended by a silver Chevy Cavalier.

There’s a reason they called her “Bloody 66.” As they used to say on La Bajada Hill:

This Road Is Not Fool Proof
But Safe For A Sane Driver

Be careful out there … and buckle up.

The article can be read here.

Take me down to the Cadillac Ranch January 29, 2006

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The Clovis (N.M.) News Journal ran a story today highlighting Amarillo’s famous Cadillac Ranch.

Nothing really new, but the story includes a description, directions from Clovis, history and general background information, including the address of the Cadillac Ranch Web site.

You can read the CNJ story here.

A tree grows in Pontiac January 29, 2006

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The Pontiac (IL) Daily Leader reports that the city’s street superintendent, Andy Eckel, is retiring after 32 years with the city. One of Eckel’s pet projects during his long employment with the city was taking care of the city’s trees. The Route 66 Hall of Fame museum in Pontiac will benefit from his interest in trees, according to the article:

“Each year a ring is formed, so that tells the age of the tree. Small narrow rings indicate very little growth in a year and probably little rain. The bigger, wider rings usually indicate a good growth year and ample moisture. A tree was taken down at Vermillion and Reynolds streets this year and it was a very old tree. A large piece of wood from that tree will be sanded down. Important dates in Pontiac’s history will then be noted on the rings of the tree as its age and growing seasons are determined. The wood slab will then be given to the Route 66 Museum here,” said Eckel.

The full story can be read here.

Kristy’s closes its doors January 28, 2006

Posted by Ron Warnick in Businesses, Food, Restaurants.
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Kristy’s Coffee Shop, which occupied a former Denny’s on Route 66 in Gallup for 40 years, has closed.

The Gallup Independent reports that the restaurant’s longtime owner, Barbara Stanley, decided to retire in December.

The story contains some great anecdotes, including this gem:

Stanley said officials for Denny’s weren’t exactly unhappy to see the restaurant go independent, mainly because there were times when the Stanleys would complain about various restrictions put in place by the head company that made no sense to them.

Take the uniforms, for example.

The company provided uniforms for its waitresses but only in small and medium sizes. For those who wore a dress size above 10, well, the company’s policy was not to hire someone who would not fit into their size uniforms.

This didn’t sit well with the Stanleys.

Stanley said she remembers talking to an official of the company and telling her that the Stanleys had this well-known California attorney who loved to take on the big companies. The larger sized uniforms were ordered.

Bully for them. A restaurant known for such culinary achievements as patty melts and wet fries can’t afford to stand on ceremony about its waitresses’ weight. Wet fries are as irresistible as deep-fried Twinkies … and almost as good for you.

The Independent also reports that the Stanleys annoyed Denny’s officials (and endeared themselves to the local populace) by allowing teenagers to hang out at the restaurant so they would have a safe place to sit and talk to their friends. When the Denny’s lease expired, the Stanleys renamed their 24-hour coffee shop in honor of one of their kids.

The complete article can be read here.

Thanks to Mike Taylor of the National Park Service’s Route 66 Corridor Preservation Program, for the heads-up.


Rick and Jane need assistance January 28, 2006

Posted by Ron Warnick in People.
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Rick and Jane McKinney, the evangelists who are walking the length of Route 66 as part of their “Walk to Reclaim America” crusade, posted this notice on their Web site:

Week #4 – Help Wanted

We have a real need for a driver for the week of Feb. 5th through Feb. 11th. We will be in the Eastern Arizona area. This person would need to get to us (fly or drive) and spend the week. It helps if you have a camper or RV, but if not, we’ll make a way. All you need to do is drive the van each day as we walk. It’s exciting, rewarding, and will allow you to see the “walk” up close and personal. Please pray about helping that week.

1-866-462-7464 (Toll Free)

E-Mail: [email protected]

Any takers?

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