Route 66 News

Glenrio, Odeon added to National Register

  According to an e-mail from the director of the National Park Service, Glenrio’s historic district — which comprises most of the Route 66 community straddling the border between Texas and New Mexico — was added to the National Register…

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A new Route 66 song

Here’s a video of a new song, “Route 66,” by the Jimmy: Damm Suess Band. It’s self-deprecating and rocking at the same time. The singing’s not great, but the guitar riffs are aces. The song is from the San Diego…

Blu-ray Disc of “Cars” coming this summer

Buena Vista announced in early January the coming releases of a bunch of special Blu-ray Discs specially made for HDTVs. Among the coming Blu-ray releases is “Cars” this summer. For the uninitiated, Blu-ray discs contain a lot more data than…

Abe Lincoln wagon moved to Lincoln

I think it’s time to describe Geoff Ladd as A Guy Who Gets Things Done. First, the Logan County tourism director fended off a very likely demolition of The Mill along Route 66 in Lincoln, Ill., eventually will rehab it…

DVD review: “Independent America”

As a Route 66 aficionado, I don’t need encouragement to patronize mom-and-pop businesses. Visiting independent stores remains a vital part of the Mother Road experience. So a documentary that advocates supporting mom-and-pops is preaching to the choir. However, I learned…

Roadside America updates

Periodically, I get e-mails from the good folks at Roadside America, informing me about updates to the site. The latest edition has few new reader tips that should be of interest to Route 66 fans: The big cross just off…

Down at the ol’ Rabbit Ranch

It’s always a treat to visit to Henry’s Rabbit Ranch, located on old Route 66 in Staunton, Ill. Not only is proprieter Rich Henry an affable host, but it’s fun to pet the ever-mellow Montana, one of his 37 pet…

Restoring the Meadow Gold sign

Greater Tulsa Reporter Newspapers has a story about the ongoing restoration and re-erection of the historic Meadow Gold neon sign on 11th Street (Route 66) in Tulsa. Much of the information has already been reported, but the article fleshes out…

The Oscar-nominated song “Our Town”

Today, Randy Newman‘s song, “Our Town,” performed by James Taylor, was nominated for an Academy Award for Original Song. Here is the song and its key scene from the hit Pixar animated movie, “Cars.” “Our Town” is available on the…

“Cars” receives two Oscar nominations

The Disney/Pixar animated movie “Cars,” which takes place on Route 66, was nominated for two Academy Awards today. One nomination was for Animated Feature Film. The other nominees were “Happy Feet” and “Monster House.” The other nod was for “Our…

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