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Road bandits

The Bloomington (Ill.) Pantagraph published a story about the Cattle Bandits, a country-rock band that’s opening a show for country star John Anderson at the McLean County Fair tomorrow night. The Cattle Bandits’ soon-to-be-released CD, “Homegrown,” contains a few Route…

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When the going gets weird …

A few weeks ago, an Italian film crew dressed in superhero costumes was traveling down Route 66 for a twisted documentary called “Roast to Coast.” The San Bernardino County Sun reported: The four, with cameras in hand, are asking anyone…

Obama stops at Route 66 restaurant

Two weeks ago, it was Republican presidential candidate John McCain stopping at a Route 66 icon, Ted Drewes Frozen Custard in St. Louis. Today, it was Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama stopping at a historic Route 66 restaurant in Lebanon,…

Good advice

Irv Gordon owns a 1966 Volvo P1800, and he doesn’t just let it sit in the garage. The car rolled over 2 million miles in 2002, and is just 300,000 miles away from the 3-million mark. He commutes 125 miles…

Mural erected at Pig-Hip site

A new mural depicting the Pig-Hip restaurant and museum, which burned down last year, was erected at the site in Broadwell, Ill. According to the Lincoln (Ill.) Courier: The painting, by Arlene Waldmire of Rochester, shows both the restaurant and…

A new lodging option in Barstow?

Apparently the owners of a motel on Route 66 in Barstow, Calif., saw all the vacationers driving by and decided to do something about it. From the Desert Dispatch: Their current property, the Topper Motel on West Main Street, is…

Vol. 2 of “Route 66” series set for October

TVShowsonDVD.com reports that the tentative release date for “Route 66: The Complete 2nd Season” is Oct. 21. Suggested retail price will be $49.98. That’s all the information available.

Rose Bowl soon will open as an events center

It looks like the Rose Bowl along Route 66 in Tulsa soon will open as an events center — three years after it closed as a bowling alley, reports the Tulsa World. “Our ultimate goal is to create the experience…

Missing cemetery statue found

A 400-pound bronze statue that went missing three years ago from the Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery in Elwood, Ill., was found last week, reports the Joliet Herald-News. The statue was found Friday in an overgrown lot near Braceville, Ill., and…

Tulsa gas station restoration is recognized

The Vickery Phillips 66 Station, located on an old alignment of Route 66 in Tulsa, was given a Citation of Merit by the Oklahoma State Historic Preservation Office, reported the Daily Oklahoman. The station, listed on the National Register of…

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