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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…

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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…

Bent Door will become a diner again

The historic Bent Door along old Route 66 in Adrian, Texas, has been closed for years. However, a couple purchased the property on July 21, and they say they’re committed to reopening it as a diner / malt shop again.…

Mark your calendars

A work day has been set to help owner Alan McNeil rehab the long-shuttered Triangle Motel in Amarillo, Texas. The work day is Saturday, Aug. 19, with work beginning between 7 and 7:30 a.m. You’ll not only be doing a…

New book about Oklahoma Route 66 is out

An enticing coffee-table book about Oklahoma’s Route 66 was recently published by New Forums Press. It’s “Once Upon a Highway: Route 66 in Oklahoma” by Oklahoma State University architecture instructor John Womack. Womack’s book contains more than 150 of his…

A new place to tee it up

The Stonebridge Golf Club recently opened in Claremore, Okla., at the intersection of Oklahoma 266 and old Route 66, reports WorldGolf.com. Award-winner Randy Heckenkemper designed the 6,510-yard course, and it’s managed by Billy Casper Golf. Here’s the golf club’s Web…

Popularity of road trips strong despite gas prices

Voice of America reports: Surveys show that half of all Americans still prefer the car for summertime vacation travel — instead of a plane, bus, or train — despite rising gasoline prices. There appears to be a resurgent nostalgia for…

All aboard the neon tour

The Museum of Neon Art in Los Angeles conducts weekly nighttime tours of neon lighting in the area, including along old Route 66, using a double-decker bus. Cindy Chang tagged along on a tour for the Los Angeles Times. To…

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