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An unusual confluence October 31, 2006

Posted by Ron Warnick in Events, Movies, Theaters.
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Johnny Mango at the Duke City Fix collective blog reports that Albuquerque’s historic Lobo Theater at 3007 Central Ave. NE, aka Route 66, is hosting a 7 p.m. Saturday screening of “Iraq for Sale,” a documentary about the corporate profiteering of the Iraq War and its effect on the people who are involved in it.

That in itself isn’t all that unusual. What is unusual is that the Lobo Theater is owned by a church called City on a Hill.

Mango’s analysis of the situation is thoughtful and provocative. Read it.

Found photos from Route 66 October 30, 2006

Posted by Ron Warnick in Photographs, Web sites.
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A group of people on a LiveJournal community site called Found Photos looks for unwanted photos at antique stores and goodwill shops and posts them on the site. The results range from the mundane to a moment in time from a long-ago era. It’s a fascinating site.

One contributor, Zinger, tells about about the latest find:

Several months ago, during a spree at the Goodwill Bins, I found a slew of loose photographs all over the store. A non-English-speaking gentleman was very kind in helping me find as many as possible. […]

The remaining appear to be from a middle-aged couple’s roadtrip along Route 66. They were processed December 19, 2001. I was lucky enough the batch numbers are printed on the back of photo and was able to place them in order that way. […]

I will be scanning and posting the rest in the days to come. Some of them are pretty great.

The first photos are here, with only one that appears to be significant. That I’m certain is of the Black Mountains of western Arizona, on an old alignment of Route 66 leading to the town of Oatman.

The second batch are here, with a number of photos of dead cars that appear to be at the Texas-New Mexico ghost town of Glenrio. I’m also fairly certain that the flowers are along the semi-obscure Route 66 gravel-road alignment that links Glenrio to San Jon, N.M.

The apparent picture from Vaughn, N.M., is not on Route 66, but it’s close. It must’ve been a brief side trip on U.S. 54.

More photos are coming, by the way. I’ll keep you posted.

UPDATE: Zinger has posted photos from Roll 2 of the Route 66 trip.

Spooky activity in Williams October 30, 2006

Posted by Ron Warnick in Ghosts and Mysteries, Towns.
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Patrick Whitehurst of the Arizona Daily Sun has the rundown on a bunch of paranormal activity in the Route 66 town of Williams.

You have the wailing woman of the Santa Fe Dam, the lucky feather of downtown, the spirit of a Harvey Girl at the railroad depot, a ghostly woman at a B&B, and another apparition named Chu-Chang at what now is an Italian restaurant.

You can read about Williams’ ghosts here.

City-owned buffalo? October 30, 2006

Posted by Ron Warnick in Attractions, Books.
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Yep. The herd of bison are owned by the Route 66 town of El Reno, Okla. The city wants a local American Indian tribe to place the herd on its land, according to a report in the Associated Press.

A little factoid about the El Reno buffalo that I didn’t know:

The bison are descendants of a herd which, along with longhorn cattle, zebras, donkeys and deer, were a roadside attraction along old Route 66. The city sold the other animals, but the buffalo remain on 15 acres on the west side of Lake El Reno.

According to Jim Ross’ book “Oklahoma Route 66,” there once was a Grace’s Museum and Curios on the west side of El Reno. I wonder whether the buffalo came from that roadside attraction.

It looks like the Cheyenne-Arapaho tribe can take the bison on 1,200 acres near Concho. The city council will decide on the buffaloes’ fate next month.

Rolling Stones do “Route 66″ October 28, 2006

Posted by Ron Warnick in Music.
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I’m not sure when this Rolling Stones live-in-concert video was shot, but I’m figuring late 1970s to mid-1980s because Ronnie Wood is playing guitar and Bill Wyman is still playing bass.

The fellow who posted it is named “berrychuck,” which seems appropriate, as the Stones borrowed a lot of licks from Chuck Berry.

A look at Tulsa’s Cyrus Avery Centennial Plaza October 28, 2006

Posted by Ron Warnick in Attractions.

I was able to procure handout artist’s renderings of the Cyrus Avery Centennial Plaza planned near the Route 66 museum and interpretive center that’s going to be built at 11th Street and Southwest Boulevard in Tulsa. It’s all part of the Vision 2025 master plan for Route 66 in Tulsa County.

The first image is of the plaza from an overhead view. The second image is mainly of the overpass over Route 66 that leads to the plaza. The second image is of the plaza itself. These are thumbnail images that you can click on and get a better look. Note the long pedestrian walkway and overpass that links to the museum. The flags represent each of the eight states in which Route 66 goes through.

Also, the statue you see in the one image is of the old meeting the new — a horse pulling a carriage that’s startled by the horseless carriage. This essentially matches the history of early Route 66 — where dirt roads were replaced by modern highways.




Historic theater to get repairs if bond is approved October 28, 2006

Posted by Ron Warnick in Preservation, Theaters.
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The historic Hiland Theater, built in 1951 along historic Route 66 in Albuquerque, is considered a local landmark, but it needs some repairs.

To do those renovations, the county-owned building, a $1.1 million bond question needs to be passed by voters on Election Day, reports the Albuquerque Tribune.

This theater is Route 66,” Archuleta said. “There is so much rich history here. Losing the Hiland would be like losing the Alvarado all over again.”

The Alvarado, a stylish Fred Harvey hotel Downtown, was demolished in 1970 for a parking lot.

Archuleta said plenty of developers would be happy to bulldoze the Hiland and adjacent buildings and replace them with loft apartments. And she concedes that might be a more profitable way for the county to go.

“We could make money selling to developers,” she said. “But is that what our job as a government is – to make money? Or is it to serve the community?”

Archuleta’s hope is to turn the Hiland and two adjoining buildings, which the county also owns, into a performing arts space and a center for neighborhood functions.

Here is more from the county’s Web site about the Hiland.

So if you live in Albuquerque and are registered to vote there, you know what to do.

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