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The sad state of Twin Arrows

The Route 66 truck stop known as Twin Arrows outside of Flagstaff, Ariz., is abandoned and has been deteriorating for years. One of the two giant arrows stuck into the ground has shed its plywood tail. Garbage is littered all…

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Too much rain

A travel advisory for roadies planning on driving through Oklahoma: an abundance of rainy weather is causing flooding in eastern Oklahoma County, which is part of the Oklahoma City metro area. According to KOCO-TV: This large square area and many…

Illinois sees rise in tourism revenues

The state of Illinois broke records for tourism revenue during 2006, reports the Pontiac Daily Leader. Livingston County saw an 8.8 percent increase. The reason? “I think part of the increase in numbers for our county are related to the…

Preservation in action

Emily, who is in charge of the Oklahoma Route 66 Association‘s preservation committee, supervised the preservation project during the past weekend’s National Route 66 Festival in Clinton, Okla. The mission: To pretty up the long-closed Ray’s Motel in Clinton over…

Clinton, ya done good

I’m not going to say that the National Route 66 Festival in Clinton, Okla., was the best ever. I’ve been interested in the Mother Road only since about 2000, and a number of national Route 66 festivals were held before…

Motel gets a lift from tourism

This story by the Edwardsville (Ill.) Journal is a case study about how the surge of Route 66 tourism, beginning in the 1990s, has probably helped keep alive many old motels. The motel in question is the Apple Valley Motel…

Donation boosts The Mill restoration

Restoration efforts for The Mill, a long-closed Route 66 restaurant in Lincoln, Ill., got a big lift when local philanthropist Larry Van Bibber donated $15,000, reported the Lincoln Courier. Van Bibber said he asked Geoff Ladd, who is chairman of…

A talk with the Sheriff

The Daily Oklahoman concludes its week-long coverage of Route 66 and the National Route 66 Festival in Clinton, Okla., with an interview with Michael Wallis, author of “Route 66: The Mother Road” and the voice of the Sheriff of Radiator…

Slide show from western Arizona

Here is a YouTube video from the western Arizona towns of Oatman, Kingman and Seligman. Look out for the wild burros.

Barstow may restore old Route 66 signs

The City of Barstow, Calif., may restore nine old neon signs along Route 66, reports the Desert Dispatch of nearby Victorville, in an effort to boost tourism. The total cost of the project will be an estimated $180,000, with half…

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