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“Route 66” in space

Someone has posted orchestra leader Billy Vaughn and his Orchestra’s version of “Route 66” from the 1960s TV show by the same name. That’s the instrumental originally composed by Nelson Riddle, not the more-famous song written by Bobby Troup. I…

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Why’d they name it that?

The Daily Oklahoman has a list of bridges, roads, buildings and other things that were named after prominent Sooners. Here’s the ones that are relevant to Route 66: Interstate-40 Business — “Roger Miller Memorial Highway” — 1994: Between State Highway…

Like coffee with chocolate

Longtime readers probably remember the opening of Marcia Wilson’s Route 66 Fudge Shop in Cuba, Mo. This was a store that sold a line of candy bars to help maintain the town’s famous murals. There’s good news and bad news…

‘A highway for vagabonds’

The Windsor (Ont.) Star has an interesting feature about photographer Sandi Wheaton, whose black-and-white photos of Route 66 in California’s Mojave Desert will be on display beginning May 2 at Deborah Friesen Architect’s studio in Toronto. Wheaton’s interest was piqued…

Rory Schepisi to be celebrity chef at food expo

A fair number of Route 66 restaurant owners attend trade shows. At this event, you’ll have the chance to root for one of your own. Rory Schepisi, a participant on two reality TV shows and owner of the Boot Hill…

Cuba, Mo., organization revamps Web site

Viva Cuba, a longtime beautification group for the Route 66 town of Cuba, Mo., best-known for its intricate murals, has refurbished its Web site. The site can be viewed at cubamomurals.com. According to a news release: The site’s design showcases…

Vintage photos of Chambless, surrounding area wanted

Gus Lizalde, proprietor of the Chambless66 blog dedicated to the Mojave Desert ghost town of Chambless, Calif., says he’s “getting close” to beginning reconstruction of Chambless. To assist this project, he’s seeking vintage photos of Chambless and the surrounding area,…

Scotty’s Route 66 soon will change owners

A purchase offer for Scotty’s Route 66 Bar and Grill in Hamel, Ill., has been agreed to in principle, and the closing on the deal will occur May 21, says current co-owner Jim Allen. Allen says he hasn’t yet met…

Illinois reopens 11 historic sites

The state of Illinois has reopened 11 historic sites, including the Dana-Thomas House in Springfield, that were closed in December as a cost-cutting move by now-deposed governor Rod Blagojevich, reported the Chicago Tribune. Gov. Pat Quinn ordered the reopening of…

Artist to publish drawings, recipes from Route 66

Artist David Alan Badger of Havana, Ill., plans to publish seven books of his drawings, history and recipes from scenic byways in Illinois, including Route 66, reported the Peoria Journal Star. Badger, who has been drawing for more than 20…

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