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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…

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A really bad idea

At a time when the economy is struggling, Route 66 motels in New Mexico sure don’t need this. According to the New Mexico Business Weekly, state Sens. George K. Munoz, D-Cibola and McKinley, and John M. Sapien, D-Sandoval, have introduced…

Hello from Russia

This is Dmitry Novokolsky, laying down a bluesy groove with several other good pickers during Bobby Troup’s “Route 66.”

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…

Cost-share grant season begins now

The Route 66 Corridor Preservation Program is taking applications for its annual cost-share grants. Applications may be submitted to the program office until May 1. Applications are available here or by e-mailing [email protected] . Most grants will cover up to…

Adding ladies to the legend

The Tampa Tribune takes more of a feminist angle of Route 66 in leading off its story about 4 Women on the Route of Galena, Kan.: Think of Route 66 and several names come to mind: Bobby Troup, who wrote…

English-only bill harmful to tourism?

There’s a bill, sponsored by Rep. Randy Terrill, R-Moore, winding its way through the Oklahoma Legislature that would bar any state agency from accommodating non-English-speakers. There are the usual arguments about whether such legislation is discriminatory. But according to the…

Carson Daly’s Route 66 trip

Carson Daly of NBC’s “Last Call with Carson Daly” went on a Route 66 trip by motorcycle from Flagstaff, Ariz., to St. Louis. Here are the three-minute segments of his adventures: Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part 4 I…

“Am I Right (or Amarillo)”

Here’s Asleep at the Wheel, doing a song featuring one of Route 66’s key cities. Be on the lookout for several Route 66 landmarks in this video:

Elvis ate here

Here’s something interesting that just came from the latest newsletter by the Oklahoma Route 66 Association. The Heartland of America Heritage Museum in Weatherford, Okla., is about finished restoring the Porter House Diner, an original Valentine diner. The museum estimates…

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