Route 66 News

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…

Videos spotlight southwest Missouri and Kansas

The good folks at Route 66 TV Online tell us about two 25-minute films about Route 66 in southwest Missouri and Kansas filmed by Passport America, which is a site geared to RV users. If you don’t mind sitting through…

El Rancho Motel in Barstow catches fire

The historic El Rancho Motel on Route 66 in Barstow, Calif., caught fire late Friday night, reports the town’s Desert Dispatch. There were no injuries to residents, although a firefighter suffered an ankle injury. The extent of the damage to…

“Route 66″ film to begin shooting this fall in Oklahoma

The OUDaily.com reports: A romantic comedy centering on the chance encounter between a Greek and a Native American will begin filming this fall in Oklahoma. The film, called “Route 66,” was written by Andrew Horton, the director of the Film…

“The Mother Road” airs next month on PBS

Award-winning filmmaker Lauren Cardillo always wanted to do a documentary about Route 66, but was having trouble thinking of an original angle in which to shoot it. Then she realized that her mother, Irene, was born in 1926 — the…

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