Route 66 News

“Cars” DVD screen shots

UltimateDisney.com has posted a bunch of screen shots from the upcoming Disney-Pixar “Cars” DVD, including a scene from the “Mater and the Ghostlight” short (shown above). Check ‘em out. The Ghostlight, incidentally, is based on the real-life Spooklight near Route…

Popping up

Nearly five months after its groundbreaking ceremony, Pops — an unusual gas station that will lure tourists with a 66-foot-tall soda bottle lit with LEDs out front, a collection of 12,000 soda bottles inside, and an elaborate, futuristic canopy cantilevered…

$1 million for Joplin-area tourism

The Joplin (Mo.) Globe reports that city budget plans include $1 million in spending to promote area tourism. Included is $63,000 for entryway beautification, which includes Route 66. Next year, the bureau is looking to construct a sign at the…

A street is hoppin’ in Joplin

Joplin (Mo.) Globe columnist Mike Pound reports that Broadway in Joplin, which is part of an old alignment of Route 66, seems to be undergoing a traffic resurgence. The restaurants along the street are busier, and a promising lunch-only place…

Grand Canyon Railway sold

The Grand Canyon Railway, which starts in the Route 66 town of Williams, Ariz., and takes tourists to the canyon’s South Rim, has been sold to a Colorado firm that runs concessions in the canyon, reports the Phoenix Business Journal.…

Scenic Byways grants awarded

The New Mexico Tourism Department has given out $473,000 in grants through the Federal Highway Administration’s Scenic Byways program for the fiscal year. Here are the grants that affect Route 66, according to Travel Daily News: Historic Route 66 Bike…

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