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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…

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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…

Born on Route 66

Occasionally, I run into someone who says he was “born on Route 66.” This isn’t meant to be literal; it means the house or hospital where he first breathed life was adjacent to the Mother Road. But now, there’s now…

Roadside kitsch updates

One of the best (and funniest) Web sites is Roadside America. Inspired and created by the same people who wrote the classic 1992 book of the same name, it’s a huge Web site about kitschy roadside attractions and is updated…

Photo of Route 66 business wins recognition

Two Bureau of Land Management-California employees were honored at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington last week for public land photography, according to the bureau’s newsletter. One of them was Steve Razo (left in above photo), whose photo of Roy’s in…

No room at the Wigwam

In Part 2 of Oprah Winfrey’s “Oprah & Gayle’s Big Adventure,” the two had been booked for the Wigwam Motel in Holbrook, Ariz. Oprah was actually looking forward to having her own suite at the Wigwams. After spending hours in…

Route 66 Magazine’s latest issue

The latest issue of Route 66 Magazine is out, and it contains these articles for your reading pleasure: The cover story is the history of the rise and fall and rise again of Cool Springs Camp, on Oatman Road between…

Sinclair dinosaur returns to gas station

In 1963, a Sinclair gas station opened on old Route 66 on 200 E. Baltimore in Wilmington, Ill., featuring the brand’s green brontosaurus that overlooked the station and highway. Gary Geiss bought the station in 2001 and sought to put…

Before the Route 66 Rendezvous

Decades before San Bernardino, Calif., started its humongously popular Route 66 Rendezvous, the city had its Covered Wagon Days, reports historian Nicholas R. Cataldo in the San Bernardino County Sun. The festival, which paid tribute to the city’s Old West…

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