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Cozy Dog featured on Rand McNally guide June 30, 2007

Posted by Ron Warnick in History, Maps, Restaurants.
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The Cozy Dog Drive-In restaurant, a landmark on Route 66 in Springfield, Ill., is listed as a “can’t miss” stop in the Rand McNally Midwest Getaway Guide, published this month.

According to the news release:

Cozy Dog Drive In, locally owned and operated since 1946, has been a Route 66 attraction drawing travelers from around the world. […] “We are delighted to be recognized in the Midwest Getaway Guide,” said Sue Waldmire. “It’s an honor to know that people who travel in Illinois will not only know about us, but will be able to see us right on the map.

The Cozy Dog’s founder, Ed Waldmire Jr., is reputed to be the perfecter of the modern corn dog. The history of Ed’s efforts can be read here.

The Midwest Getaway Guide takes an in-depth look at restaurants, lodging and unique attractions in Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio and Wisconsin.

Asleep at the Wheel not feeling drowsy June 30, 2007

Posted by Ron Warnick in Music.
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Last year, I had a YouTube video of Western swing band Asleep at the Wheel performing Bobby Troup’s “Route 66.”

YouTube took it down some months ago, but a new one has been posted. Check it out:

Keep that bridge open June 30, 2007

Posted by Ron Warnick in Businesses, Preservation, Towns.
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The historic bridge that takes an older alignment of Route 66 into Devil’s Elbow, Mo., needs repairs. Without it, many residents of the town would have to drive miles out of their way.

This sounds like a slamdunk for state road assistance. But the Waynesville (Mo.) Daily Guide says the county isn’t taking chances:

Pulaski County Commissioner Bill Farnham told commissioners Thursday morning that he plans to go in person on July 13 to the District 9 transportation meeting in Willow Springs to advocate for the Devil’s Elbow project, which he said would prevent the loss of a segment of Historic Route 66. [my emphasis]

Farnham said he’ll be authorized 20 minutes to make his presentation and will speak at 10:15 a.m. on July 13.

I wouldn’t think the state would be so short-sighted to cut off Devil’s Elbow like that. The town contains several river safari businesses, a campground or two, and a general store that doubles as the town’s post office. It’s not just tourism that losing the bridge would hurt.

Hear Michael Wallis’ keynote speech June 29, 2007

Posted by Ron Warnick in Events, People, Photographs.
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If you missed author Michael Wallis‘ keynote speech at the National Route 66 Festival in Clinton, Okla., last week, you can listen to it on this page.

The QuickTime sound file is about 33 minutes. Rod Harsh at Route66TVonline.com and Visit66.com recorded it.

Harsh also has a bunch of photos from the festival.

Kit-Kat Klocks marks 75th anniversary with tour June 29, 2007

Posted by Ron Warnick in Events, Road trips, Vehicles.
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I missed the beginning of this event, but Kit-Kat Klocks is celebrating its 75th anniversary with a Route 66 tour, joining with the Great All-American Road Show, from Los Angeles to Chicago.

The tour includes a display of the world’s largest Kit-Kat Klock, which is 75 inches tall (shown above).

The group stopped by Thursday at the Barstow Route 66 Mother Road Museum in Barstow, Calif. Here below is curator Deb Hodkin and All-American Road Show founder Woody Young.

Stops include Kingman and Flagstaff, Ariz.a; Albuquerque, N.M.; Amarillo, Texas; Oklahoma City and Tulsa, Okla.; Springfield, Ill., and ends in Chicago on Sept. 3.

You can follow the tour on its Web site here.

(Photos courtesy of Woody Young.) 

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