Route 66 News

A good day to tour Land of Lincoln

If you live in northern Illinois or are driving through it on Sunday, you’re going to have the chance of seeing some unusual things on the Mother Road. The historic railroad depot of Braidwood, Ill., will be moved from its…


More road-tripping on Samuel

Here is the latest chapter of “Route 66: A Road Trip Through the Bible.” This one’s the second book of Samuel. Don’t be surprised if you’re not tracking this video.

Mural-painting begins in Pontiac

The painting of several murals by volunteer Walldogs artists in the Route 66 town of Pontiac, Ill., began Wednesday, reports the Pontiac Daily Leader. One of the murals will feature a Route 66 theme, on the wall of DeLongs’ Casual…

Route 66 Alliance endorses plug-in vehicle project

In the middle of this story from the Santa Monica (Calif.) Daily Press about the Green Roadway Project, which seeks to eventually bring green-powered infrastructure across the United States to recharge electric vehicles, is this: The Route 66 Alliance, which…

Notes from the road, San Fran edition

I’m writing this from a coffeehouse in San Francisco during my vacation, a few blocks from our overnight digs at the marvelous Ocean Park Motel (and the Pacific Coast Highway) and a few miles from the western terminus of the…

Big Catsup Bottle gets face-lift

The giant Brooks Catsup Bottle of Collinsville, Ill., actually a water tower painted to resemble a ketchup bottle, is being repainted starting today. The same contractor from nearby O’Fallon, Ill., that painted the tower 14 years ago has been hired…

“East St. Louis Blues”

Here’s an interesting slide show of the Route 66 town of East St. Louis, Ill. It captures the city’s decay and glimpses of its long-ago glory fairly well. Music is by Eddie Fisher & The Next 100 Years, from an…

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