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So what’s the economic impact of Route 66?

Here's a story from the Bloomington Pantagraph about the allure of Route 66. Here's a side story about the number of foreign tourists the road draws. These two paragraphs jumped out at me: More than 300,000 tourists drive Route 66…

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Here’s one reason why “Cars” will succeed

The reason? Because "Cars" director John Lasseter "gets" Route 66 and its allure. Here's an excerpt from a New York Times story that illustrates this: As for the town of Radiator Springs, the quirky desert hamlet on Route 66, it…

Norwegians on Harleys visit Route 66 museum

The Pontiac (Ill.) Daily Leader reports: Ten Norwegians on their way to Los Angeles aboard seven Harley-Davidson motorcycles visited Pontiac's Route 66 museum Thursday afternoon, getting a look at some Illinois aspects of the highway they will travel on their…

Memories of Red’s Giant Hamburg

Sarah Overstreet of the Springfield News-Leader shares her memories of the now-defunct Red's Giant Hamburg, which was along old Route 66 in Springfield, Mo. Her writing paints a vivid picture of what the place was like in its heyday. Julia…

For me, 6/6/06 will be a good day

Mary Adamski, a religion columnist for the Honolulu Star-Bulletin, writes about some people being extremely wary about the date June 6, 2006, that will be apocalyptic somehow because the date is kinda sorta “666,” or the “mark of the Beast”…

Some rough days for post-walk Fat Man

Steve Vaught, the man who walked much of Route 66 in a cross-country effort to lose weight and documented much of his trek on thefatmanwalking.com, has been on a tough row to hoe lately. This article by the San Diego…

“Cars” holds its big premiere at Lowes speedway

Friday night was the big premiere for the Pixar "Cars" movie at Lowes Motor Speedway at Concord, N.C. A sellout crowd of 30,000 people attended, as did a bunch of the movie's stars. Here's the Associated Press story of the…

Maps of Route 66 alignments in St. Louis area

St. Louis is the most confusing town in which to drive Route 66. There are at least a half-dozen alignments and almost as many on the Illinois side of the river. Route 66 mapper extraordinaire Stefan Joppich tries to figure…

USA Today spotlights Gallup

Red Fork Hippie, posting for Ron this evening: This USA Today article lists New Mexico as one of the top 10 great road trips. The author is a little too enamored of the interstates for my taste, but the article…

Travelers will still hit the road despite higher gas

This Roanoke Times article should give Route 66 businesses some reassurance this summer: Despite gasoline being 75 cents a gallon higher than a year ago, travelers are still hitting the road. The AAA Mid-Atlantic office in Richmond estimates a slight…

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