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Swedes to drive 1965 Volvo on Route 66

I got an e-mail from a couple of Swedes who are driving Route 66 this month and September in a sweet-looking 1965 Volvo PV convertible. Their blog is here. It is in Swedish, but I found an OK online translator…

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Archive of Oklahoma road maps is online

The Oklahoma Department of Transportation has scanned and put online its archive of state highway maps, dating from 1873 to the present day. These Acrobat files also contain detailed layouts of bigger cities and scenes from the road. Roadologists will…

Wi-fi being installed at Texas rest stops

The Texas Department of Transportation announced it is installing wireless Internet access to all rest stops in the state, including the one in the Texas Panhandle that pays homage to Route 66, reports KXAN-TV in Austin. RoadConnect.net is the firm…

Wigwam Motel named one of 10 quirkiest

TripAdviser.com named its top 10 quirkiest motels from around the world. A Route 66 establishment made the final cut: 7. Chief Light-Wallet: Wigwam Motel, Holbrook, Arizona Operating along the historic U.S. Route 66, the Wigwams are actually teepee-style, cement tents.…

“Cars” moves to No. 2 in box-office grosses

During the weekend, “Cars” moved into the No. 2 slot this year in domestic box office receipts with a total of $234 million, according to Box Office Mojo. It edged out “X-Men: The Last Stand” for the runner-up spot. “Pirates…

Arizona kicks

Ed Bradley of the Flint (Mich.) Journal, inspired by the movie “Cars,” decided to take Route 66 on the way to the Grand Canyon. Here’s his report.

Fontana’s Route 66 motels cling to survival

Route 66 through Fontana, Calif., has one of the biggest clusters of vintage motels in Southern California. According to an article Sunday by the Press Enterprise, about a dozen independently owned motels still stand along a stretch of Foothill Boulevard.…

Which town truly earns the “Redneck” title?

Harley Russell, during the course of his entertaining and sometimes eccentric Mediocre Music Makers shows with wife Annabelle, will tell his audience, “Welcome to Erick, Oklahoma, the Redneck Capital of the World.” But the Oklahoman newspaper, in a lighthearted article,…

Joplin makes a case for Mickey Mantle Museum

Perhaps growing impatient at the slow progress of a Mickey Mantle Museum in his Route 66 hometown of Commerce, Oka., Joplin Globe guest columnist Scott Haar makes a pitch for putting the Mick museum in nearby Joplin, Mo., instead. I’m…

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