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Portion of original National Road found

This isn’t on Route 66, but still significant for lovers of historic highways. After all, we’re talking about the granddaddy of the entire bunch. From the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: While excavating for construction of a new bridge overpass near the Brownsville…

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Election Day for Atlanta

Nov. 4 is the day that Americans will choose a new president. It’s also the day in which the residents of Atlanta, Ill., are considering a property-tax hike to boost the operations of a new museum. From the Lincoln Courier:…

William Least Heat-Moon writes another road-trip book

Back in 1982, William Least Heat-Moon wrote one of the great books about the road, “Blue Highways: A Journey into America.” The 13,000-mile itinerary of “Blue Highways” didn’t follow Route 66. But the author’s willingness to explore the nation’s backroads…

So how much is the Illinois Route 66 plan going to cost?

The answer: no one knows. But the Chicago Sun-Times group attempts to fish for a few answers regarding an ambitious proposal to enhance the Route 66 experience in Illinois: … Ambrose said they are continuing to seek state and federal…

Running Phil update

The Hillsboro (Ill.) Journal-News ran into Phil Rosenstein, the man who’s running across the country for the Mario Lemieux Foundation, as he trodded into central Illinois last week. Rosenstein made it into Chicago, the eastern end of Route 66, on…

A Route 66 tribute to St. Louis

St. Louis roadie Joe Sonderman has put together this video tribute to the Mother Road in the Gateway City. A lot of the images come from his postcard collection and the archives of the Missouri Department of Transportation. Most of…

Preservation Conference tour heads into Kansas

The Joplin (Mo.) Globe ran into a group from the National Preservation Conference in Tulsa that was touring Oklahoma’s eastern end of Route 66, plus the Mother Road in Kansas. Among the sights taken in were the Blue Whale of…

Velorex crew make it to Santa Monica

The Czech group that was driving three-wheeled Velorex vehicles on Route 66 rolled into Santa Monica on Wednesday, reports the New York Times’ Wheels blog. The group, which had a host of Dutch and American sponsors, left from the Art…

Preservationist wins Oprah leadership contest

Route 66 preservationist Anne Dodge, of Cambridge, Mass., was one of 80 women who won a contest to be named to the O White House Leadership Project by O, The Oprah Magazine. Dodge was selected for her work in developing…

Notes from the Preservation Conference

I attended a couple of Route 66-related seminars and took a stroll in the exhibition hall on Wednesday during the National Preservation Conference at the Tulsa Convention Center in Tulsa. Here are a few news items that should be of…

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