Route 66 News

The good ol’ days weren’t always good

People who know of my fascination with Route 66 occasionally ask me whether I would have preferred to live in an era when the Mother Road was more vibrant, where I could see long-gone motels and businesses open and prospering…

Now, THIS is restoration

These photos show why Illinois Route 66 preservationists John and Lenore Weiss won a prestigious Steinbeck Award a few years ago during the annual Route 66 awards dinner. This is a “before” shot of the long-neglected Art’s Motel and Restaurant…

Reuters correspondents finish Route 66 trip

Reuters correspondents James Kelleher and Nick Carey on Friday ended their Route 66 Revisited journey at Lou Mitchell’s restaurant in Chicago, near the eastern terminus of the Mother Road. Kelleher wrote: We expected to see and experience many things and…

Catsup Bottle Summerfest canceled

A couple days ago, I received an e-mail from Mike Gassman, reporting that the annual World’s Largest Catsup Bottle Summerfest in Collinsville, Ill., was abruptly canceled less than two months before its July 8 date. Gassman promises more “gory details”…

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