Route 66 News

Roads to Lincoln

A lot of people are going to explore Illinois this year because this is the bicentennial of Abraham Lincoln’s birth. During a recent presentation, Chicago Route 66 expert David G. Clark explained how to get the most mileage out checking…

Bid approved to move historic depot

A bid of $25,000 from Odie Construction of Kankakee, Ill., was approved by the City of Braidwood, Ill., to move its 1867 historic railroad depot to Main and Center streets this spring, reported the Joliet Herald News. The depot had…

Smithsonian takes a dour look at the Mother Road

Megan Gambino in the March issue of Smithsonian magazine takes a somewhat dour look at the Mother Road. Here’s an excerpt: Writing about the Joad family’s journey from the Dust Bowl of Oklahoma to the promised land of California in…

Lonely Planet to issue new guidebooks

The Lonely Planet, long respected in the travel industry, is launching a new series of guidebooks next month called “Trips.” And one of them includes Route 66 as an itinerary, according to the Associated Press. The first six titles in…

Film footage of Route 66 from the 1950s

Here’s a find: film footage of Route 66 during the 1950s. You’ll see a lot of stuff that’s changed or gone in those two minutes. It’s owned by FootageWorld.com, which specializes in stock footage for license for telecasts, film and…

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