Route 66 News

Take me down to the Cadillac Ranch

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.…

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A tree grows in Pontiac

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.…

Kristy’s closes its doors

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,…

Rick and Jane need assistance

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…

This guy should buy a lottery ticket

Talk about luck in spades. First, this Motor Trend writer decides to take up marathon running and ends up getting to meet Jeff Galloway — which, in distance-running circles, is the rough equivalent of having an audience with the pope…

More on AZ gas stations

EPA put out a press release yesterday on the Route 66 Initiative to deal with abandoned gas stations along the Mother Road in Navajo County, AZ. The initiative has been covered here previously. Here’s the upshot: EPA and the Arizona…

I’ll be unavailable for a few days …

… but Route 66 News will be in good hands at that time with Emily, who’s eastern vice president of the Oklahoma Route 66 Association. She knows about as much about Route 66 as I do, maybe more. This is…

Blue Swallow Motel may have a buyer

I just got an e-mail from Richard Randals of the New Mexico Property Group in Tucumcari, N.M. He just told me the Blue Swallow Motel, one of the most historic and best-preserved properties on Route 66, is under contract with…

Images from Barstow

Ace Jackalope of The Lope blog continues to post some fine photographs from his trip across the Mojave Desert. The latest entry includes a lot of nice images of neon signs and vintage motels, including the El Rancho, in Barstow,…

Illinois seeks new Hall of Famers

Brief item in the Bloomington Pantagraph: The Illinois Route 66 Association seeks nominees for its Hall of Fame. Nominees can be businesses or people with a connection to the road. Nomination letters should be no more than four pages and…

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