Route 66 News

Kingman association gets grant to restore sign

The Kingman Route 66 Association announced Monday that it has received a $10,000 matching grant from the city to restore a Packard neon sign (seen in a vintage photo above) at the Old Trails Garage in downtown. The money also…

A pivot point

Chuck Twardy of the Las Vegas Weekly wrote a thoughtful and thought-provoking article about a recent trip down the Mother Road. Using Park Central Square in Springfield, Mo., where Route 66 was essentially born and where a small plaque tells…

A last of the breed

In my first Route 66 trips, I noticed on dozens of businesses and billboards in eastern New Mexico the signs of  a distinctive lettering by a sign painter. The signs were notable because of their lettering — often a thick,…

Santa Monica Pier swing

The Santa Monica Pier, the symbolic western end of Route 66, will hold concerts July 23 to pay tribute to its former La Monica Ballroom and celebrate the pier’s centennial, according to a news release. La Monica Ballroom hosted ballroom…

Abandoned but not forgotten

The folks who run the Abandoned Oklahoma site take a closer look at the long-defunct Conoco gas station on Route 66 near Arcadia. The station is particularly notable because of its notorious history: Back then, times were very hard and…

Two kings

Here’s another chapter of “Route 66: A Road Trip on the Bible.” This entry covers the first book of Kings. The driver, I suspect, really regrets picking up hitchhikers at this point.

His own Radiator Springs

Inspired by the “Cars” movie, Roy Martinez Jr. of La Habra, Calif., is building a train-model set of the fictional Route 66 town of Radiator Springs. Here are some photos he e-mailed: Martinez says he’s spent about 400 hours building…

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