Route 66 News

Chelsea Motor Inn reopens

The Chelsea Motor Inn, a small motel on Route 66 in Chelsea, Okla., that had been closed for two years, acquired new owners in March who reopened it and are enthusiastic about the Mother Road. Frank and Trudy Jugler, formerly…

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“America on the Move” photos

Road warrior Tim Steil was in Washington, D.C., last week with his kid to see the Smithsonian’s “America on the Move” exhibit before that part of the museum closes Sept. 4 for a two-year renovation. He e-mailed me a few…

Your own Route 66 wallpaper

Johnny Mango of Albloggerque has attempted to re-create the old-fashioned postcard look of Route 66 in downtown Albuquerque. It’s available as desktop wallpaper here.

Austin Sevens on their way to Chicago

Five Austin Sevens, dating from 1929 to 1938, were taken off the oceanliner and made their way through the Big Apple’s streets a couple of days ago. They group, sponsored by the British-based 750 Motor Club, is on its way…

An excellent likeness

OpenThreads, who like me has an account on Flickr, attempted to re-create Ernst Hass’ famous photograph of Central Avenue, aka Route 66, that was published in Life magazine in 1969. Here’s the original: Here’s OpenThreads’ re-creation, in the year 2006:…

Route 66 blog alert

In the past few days, Charlie Moret of Simsbury, Ct., has created his Jabopper and Fajzia blog, aka Route 66 by Motorcycle. He’s going to take his son on a road trip down Route 66 by motorcycle. There’s no mention…

What’s right — and wrong — with Edwardsville

Here’s an article from the Alton (Ill.) Telegraph about nearby Edwardsville being named host of the national Route 66 Festival in 2008, which has already been reported here and several other newspapers. Here’s the quote from the story that bugged…

Interstates are efficient, but not quirky

Mark Hughes of the Tuscaloosa (Ala.) News writes about the 50th anniversary of the interstate highway system. Despite the success of the interstate, he says, travelers never will get much romanticism from it. Ken Smith, senior editor of RoadsideAmerica.com, explains…

New Route 66 photography site

In the last few weeks, Studiobrian of Chicago has set up a Route 66 blog to highlight the photographs he’s taken along the Mother Road, which he has Photoshopped nicely into art-quality images. Studiobrian writes: the artwork here was inspired…

Sayre’s railroad gem

Quite a few Route 66ers are unaware of the RS&K Railroad Museum on North Sixth Street in the Route 66 town of Sayre, Okla. That’s because it’s been there only 16 years, is located in a private residence, keeps somewhat…

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