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All a-Twitter July 28, 2009

Posted by Ron Warnick in Web sites.
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Long story short: Regular readers of Route 66 News ought to check my Twitter site, which is here. Five of the most-recent Twitter posts also are listed on the main Route 66 News page.

Route 66 News stories are automatically fed to the Twitter page. I also repost entries from Twitter users that should be of interest to Route 66 aficionados.

From time to time, I’ll tweet original material, including the ones yesterday on the closing of the Steer Inn in Chandler, Okla., and my thoughts on the consistently excellent barbecue at The Boundary west of Luther, Okla.

I’d been dinking around with Twitter, but only started using it regularly during my vacation in June when an old travel laptop crapped out. I found that Twitter’s 140-character limit, along with employing a cell phone or an iPod Touch, were ideal to post quick news and stray thoughts from the Mother Road.

Since then, I’ve been following Twitter posts from newspapers, TV and radio stations, businesses, museums, municipalities, chambers of commerce, tourism agencies and bloggers that are near the Mother Road. Although I primarily use Internet news search engines to look for Route 66 material, Twitter is an especially good way to follow breaking stories from the media for material that flies under the “Route 66″ search-terms radar.

So if there’s a Twitter user out there that you think would be a good to follow, drop me a line and I’ll give him or her consideration.

Going through The Mill July 27, 2009

Posted by Ron Warnick in Events, Ghosts and Mysteries, Preservation, Restaurants.
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The Lincoln Daily News has posted a few photos from the 80th-anniversary celebration of The Mill in Lincoln, Ill.

The re-enactors of old characters at the mostly restored Route 66 restaurant are a hoot. I didn’t know the place had an association with gangster Al Capone.

The main story is here. A lot of interesting nuggets are in there.

A paranormal team also went through The Mill. They encountered no ghosts per se, but …

Many reported feelings of having their hair touched, or cold on the back of their necks, while others talked about being tapped on the shoulder or touched on the arm.

Several who took pictures upstairs claimed that there were abnormalities in the photos, such as the orbs that had been described earlier, and beams of light that resembled lasers. […]

Senger also noted that there are rumors relating to Al Capone and of one or two bodies buried outside the building. She said her feelings did confirm that, but that she sensed a much greater number than what has ever been spoken about. She went on to warn the audience that this was not confirmed, so not to get carried away with it. […]

They reported feelings of dread, sickness, dizziness, headache, the words “help me, help me, help me” and a sense of feeling drunk.

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