Route 66 News

Oscars says no to YouTube and “Our Town”

I was hoping by now to have a video clip of James Taylor and Randy Newman performing their Oscar-nominated song, “Our Town,” from the Disney-Pixar movie “Cars,” at Sunday’s Academy Awards. But it doesn’t look like that’s going to happen.…

Surprise on 66

Now this is a surprise party. Vaughn Veit of Minnesota was set to mark his 66th birthday on Route 66 in Victorville, Calif. What he didn’t know was that his wife had set up a surprise party, with about 200…

Joplin barbershop designated a historic landmark

Dale’s Ole 66 Barber Shop, at Utica Street and Euclid Avenue in Joplin, Mo., was designated a historical landmark by the Joplin Historic Preservation Commission, reports the Joplin Globe. The city will put up a sign outside the shop denoting…

UFO over New Mexico

Jerry Lentz was traveling in New Mexico when he saw this: Here’s what he said: I was at a rest area and I heard a trucker shouting to his friend to look up. It might be space debris, shooting stars…

Route 66 group conducting membership drive

Geoff Ladd of the Route 66 Heritage Foundation of Logan County wants to get going in restoration efforts for The Mill in Lincoln, Ill., and other Route 66 projects. To do this, he and his group are conducting a membership…

Filling Station marks 25 years

The Bloomington (Ill.) Pantagraph recounts the history of The Filling Station, just off Route 66 in Lexington, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary. The restaurant has been a strong Route 66 supporter for years and has its legions of fans.…

Jealous over Joplin?

Hank Billings’ column today in the Springfield (Mo.) News-Leader, often filled with interesting historical tidbits, struck me as a bit of unseemly whining. He makes the dubious claim that “Does Joplin have a better press agent than Springfield or what?”…

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