Route 66 News

“How Fast Them Trucks Can Go”

This was a hit for Claude Gray in 1967, peaking at No. 12 on the country charts. This truck-driving song contains a specific reference to Route 66. About these ads

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Longtime roadie has a petroliana collection

Johnnie Meier, a longtime champion of Route 66 and other historic roads, has created a roadside tribute to old-time gas stations in Embudo, N.M., on Highway 68 north of Santa Fe. From the Albuquerque Journal (via the Las Cruces Sun-News):…

Another sign gone

I heard Wednesday morning that the old neon sign for the Gateway Motor Inn, aka the Gateway Motor Hotel, along Oklahoma 66 halfway between Tulsa and Sapulpa, Okla., was down. I checked it out. There is was — flat on…

Kudos to Edmond

The Oklahoma City suburb of Edmond has been criticized fairly regularly here for embracing its Route 66 heritage far too late, after nearly all of its historic treasures are gone. However, give Edmond credit where credit’s due. According to the…

A gay old time in Gay Parita

KY3-TV in Springfield, Mo., did a feature about Gary Turner and his re-creation of the Gay Parita gas station on Route 66 in nearby Paris Springs. Those who’ve visited Turner and his station will find many of the details familiar.…

“Cars 2” moves up release date

IGN.com reported today from the Walt Disney Studios Showcase that “Cars 2,” the sequel to the Disney/Pixar hit movie “Cars,” will likely be released earlier than originally thought: Among these in-development projects is Cars 2, which Pixar will now rush…

Book review: “The Complete Route 66 Lost & Found”

For those who don’t have either of Russell Olsen’s excellent books, “Route 66 Lost & Found” and “Route 66 Lost & Found, Vol. 2,” Voyageur Press has published a new volume, “The Complete Route 66 Lost & Found” (hardbound, 320…

Hackberry will get new fire station

The Kingman (Ariz.) Daily Miner reports that the small Route 66 town of Hackberry, Ariz., will be getting a new fire station, with the help of a longtime Route 66 business: The new station and engine will also benefit travelers…

History of the Yellowhorse empire

New American Media has an exceptional story about the history of the Yellowhorse Indian trading posts along the Arizona-New Mexico border on Route 66. It’s a story of bootlegging, bamboozlement and good old-fashioned gimmickry to make a buck. And those…

Start your day with a good breakfast

ChicagoBusiness.com tells you how — with this video about Lou Mitchell’s on Route 66 in Chicago. (Hat tip: David Clark)

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