Route 66 News

Old sounding new

Change the key and slow the tempo, and Bobby Troup’s “Route 66” sounds like a new song. This version is performed by Steve Binetti.

A drive through the desert

Timothy O’Grady of The Observer in London writes about his driving journey through the American Southwest, much of it on Route 66. Among the places featured in the story is the Route 66 Motel in Barstow, Calif., and the Monte…

Mother Roadrunner

I’ve seen roadrunners in Oklahoma, where I live, but only as a blur as they zip by at incredible speed. This videographer got good footage of two of them, on old Route 66 between Oatman, Ariz., and Kingman: I got…

Notes from the road

There seems to be some activity at the long-abandoned old Route 66 town of Spencer, Mo. We heard from Gary Turner up the road at Gay Parita that someone has bought the town’s handful of buildings and plans to revive…

Montana, R.I.P.

Word came today that Montana, the beloved mascot of Rich Henry’s Rabbit Ranch on Route 66 in Staunton, Ill., died overnight, likely from natural causes. Montana some months ago underwent abdominal surgery and was nearly seven years old, which is…

Baby steps for national Route 66 alliance

During last week’s Route 66 Summit at Litchfield, Ill., a steering committee was formed to establish a national Route 66 alliance. One of the organizers at the meeting is optimistic the group will be operating by 2009. The organization would…

Fodor’s “Essential USA” a disappointment

On Wednesday, I received a copy of Fodor’s “Essential USA” (688 pages, $21.95), which is subtitled “Spectacular Cities, Natural Wonders and Great American Road Trips.” I requested the book from Fodor’s because of this description: The book includes classic road…

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