Route 66 News

Lunchtime at Wrink’s Market

On Friday, I paid a lunchtime visit to the newly resurrected Route 66 icon, Wrink’s Market of Lebanon, Mo. Even though longtime Route 66 aficionados will see changes in Wrink’s that indicate the convenience store remains a work in progress,…

Notes from the road

Dida Zende, an artist based in Berlin, is looking for at least one old gas station along Route 66 to repaint so it resembles a FIT art gallery (above). It would be repainted mostly white, with a bit of red…

Rebuilding Amboy one chicken at a time

The Inland Press-Enterprise of Southern California published an excellent article about Juan Pollo restaurant chain owner Albert Okura and his efforts to restore Roy’s and the nearly abandoned town of Amboy, Calif. “Everyone who has owned Amboy has been in…

Needles brainstorms about revitalizing downtown

The Route 66 town of Needles, Calif., wants to revitalize its downtown, and is seeking input from residents on how to do so, according to the Mohave Daily News. One of the ideas floated sounds intriguing: A Hot Rocks and…

Creator of the Launching Pad restaurant dies

John Korelc, the founder of what became the Launching Pad Drive-In on Route 66 in Wilmington, Ill., died at age 87 on Friday in nearby Joliet, reports the Joliet Herald-News. The Launching Pad originally was called the Dari Delite when…

Official DVD coming for “route 66″

The demand was there for years. Finally, on Oct. 23, the critically acclaimed “route 66″ drama that aired from 1960 to 1964 will start to be officially released on DVD. Unofficial DVDs of “route 66″ have floated around for years,…

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