Route 66 News

El Vado demolition permit will likely be rejected

A few weeks ago, Richard L. Gonzales filed for a certificate of appropriateness for demolition of the historic El Vado Motel in Albuquerque. At the time, I expressed doubts such a certificate would be issued. That opinion has been reinforced…

66 Drive-In included in theater travel guide

The 66 Drive-In on old Route 66 in Carthage, Mo., is one of more than 60 historic theaters listed in the book, “Cinemental Journeys,” by Mike and Vicki Walker. The book is a travel guide to classic movie theaters in…

Don’t make those New Year’s plans yet

Those who were hoping to go to Rory Schepisi’s new Boot Hill Saloon & Grill in Vega, Texas, for a special New Year’s Eve opening are advised to keep other options open. Schepisi tells me that because of a three-week…

Historic St. Louis restaurant closes, flees to suburb

Romine’s, a famed fried-chicken restaurant on the Riverview Drive alignment of Route 66 of St. Louis since 1931, is closing because of crime and declining sales, reports the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Security was hired to patrol the parking lot and…

Wilmington honors a Route 66 booster

The Route 66 town of Wilmington, Ill., honored Angelo Aggelopoulos as the grand marshal of the town’s Christmas parade and led the countdown to light the Christmas tree, reported the Kankakee Daily Journal. As far as I’m concerned, the honors…

Route 66 photographer profiled

Melissa Lea, a jewelry designer and Route 66 photographer, earns an extended feature article about her life and times (so far) from her hometown newspaper, the Bedford (Ind.) Times-Mail. If you want to see her work, Melissa’s Web site is…

Signs, signs, everywhere signs

Not that I’m complaining. Illinois is frequently cited as the best-signed state for those who want to follow old Route 66. I’ve driven the Mother Road from the shores of Lake Michigan to the Mississippi River, and you don’t even…

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