Route 66 News

Not a museum piece

The Detroit News published a good article today about Tom Nagle, who’s going to drive his 2004 Corvette (rebuilt to look like a 1961 model) on Route 66 from California eastward. About a dozen other Corvettes will join him. Nagle…

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Squishing a grape business

Lord knows there is no small number of states that have bizarre or archaic alcoholic beverage laws. But Oklahoma’s are ridiculous: J.L. Gilbert has the awkward job of explaining to people who book their wedding at his winery that they…

This could be yours

The Joliet (Ill.) Area Historical Museum is holding its fundraiser by selling $35 tickets (or three for $100) for a chance to win a 2008 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 convertible. The winner can choose the Mustang or a $25,000 cash…

Hello from Denmark

This is the impressive Michelle Birkballe, wailing away on Bobby Troup’s “Route 66.” Kudos to the slide guitarist, too.

Report from the racino hearing

Richard Talley, owner of the Motel Safari in Tucumcari, N.M., sent an e-mail report about the public hearing Thursday night on whether the town should be awarded a license for a horse-racing track and casino, which would be on Route…

The story of Budville, Part 1

The Valencia County News-Bulletin in New Mexico published an excellent story about the history of Budville, the old Route 66 trading post between Albuquerque and Grants, N.M. Go read it. The 1967 slaying of owner Bud Rice and a retired…

Indie film being shot in Missouri, Oklahoma

A crew from Sleuth Productions in Brooklyn, N.Y., was in Webb City, Mo., on Thursday to shoot footage for an independent film, titled “Soft Rot.” Route 66er Rod Harsh wrote in an e-mail: The first location was a 1915 U.S.…

Downtown Joplin named to National Register

According to an e-mail I received Thursday from the National Park Service, the Joplin (Mo.) Downtown Historic District was listed on the National Register of Historic Places, effective July 16. The district is South Main Street, between Fourth and Sixth…

Housing bust hits Victorville

I always liked Victorville, Calif. It’s got a lot of old-style charm, unlike many other communities in Southern California. So it’s a bit distressing to read this article from the Christian Science Monitor about the bursting of the U.S. housing…

Hal Blaine to be honored by Route 66 Rendezvous

Hal Blaine will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Route 66 Rendezvous Cruisin’ Hall of Fame in San Bernardino, Calif., in September, reports the Press-Enterprise. If you don’t know who he is, chances are almost certain you’ve heard him.…

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