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Videos from the road November 26, 2009

Posted by Ron Warnick in Attractions, Road trips, Television.
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Michael at GreatCarsTV.com has uploaded a few Route 66 videos on YouTube in the past day or so. You’ll probably find these clips, which take place along Arizona and California, enjoyable.

Oklahoma Route 66 on motorcycle November 26, 2009

Posted by Ron Warnick in Motorcycles, Road trips, Television.
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You saw a teaser clip of “Two Wheel Oklahoma” a few days ago. Now here’s the complete segment about Route 66 from Sapulpa to Arcadia, in three parts. It’s really well-done.


First class inducted into Oklahoma Law Enforcement Hall of Fame November 26, 2009

Posted by Ron Warnick in Events, Museums, People.

The Oklahoma Law Enforcement Hall of Fame eventually will open on Route 66 of Chandler, Okla. Recently, the first seven members of the Hall of Fame were announced, and they will be inducted at the Route 66 Interpretive Center in town on Dec. 6.

The seven inductees will be:

Bill Tilghman, Heck Thomas and Chris Madsen were U.S. marshals and played key roles in taming the mostly lawless Indian Territory, before Oklahoma statehood. The three, known as the Three Guardsmen, made an estimated 300 arrests and killed a number of outlaws. The three were credited with busting up the notorious Doolin Gang.

Roger Webb and Bob Lester were commissioners in the Oklahoma Department of Public Safety.

Richard Bryant was a Oklahoma City police lieutenant, and Bob Macy was a longtime district attorney in Oklahoma County who put more than 50 murderers on death row.

The Oklahoma Law Enforcement Hall of Fame eventually will be part of the Oklahoma Law Enforcement Museum.

Emory Duick update November 26, 2009

Posted by Ron Warnick in People, Road trips, Sports.

Emory Duick, the 71-year-old man who is running Route 66 from Chicago to Santa Monica, made it to Kingman, Ariz., in time for Thanksgiving, according to the Kingman Daily Miner.

He’s had a few setbacks, but nothing that lasts too long.

Duick was sidetracked for about nine days by severe pain in his sciatic nerve near Oklahoma City and again briefly in Tucumcari, N.M., after the pain returned, but it isn’t only physical pain he’s had to deal with.

In St. Louis, it was the 100-percent humidity. In Ford Leonard Wood, Mo., it was a pack of wild dogs.

He and his daughter will continue on the trip into California, which he says he’s doing to encourage fellow senior citizens to stay physically active.

UPDATE: Here’s another article by Journal & Tropics Newspapers Online. I’d sure like to know what Duick means when he says this, however:

“When I get into California, all of the old Route 66 roadway route is now private property, and I can’t go on it. So I’m going to stay near the route and run through the towns. I’ll go through the Mojave Desert. It might slow me down some, but I’ll adjust okay.”

I’m sure if that means that Duick was going to trudge on the ancient Old Trails Highway, which indeed is mostly on private property. However, much of  the traditional route of Route 66 in California is on mostly deserted roads where he’ll have to do very little running on the interstate, with the exceptions of going across the Colorado River and going down Cajon Pass.

Out of the fire November 25, 2009

Posted by Ron Warnick in Books, People, Restaurants.
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The Tulsa World published a story about Rock Cafe owner Dawn Welch‘s new cookbook, “Dollars to Donuts,” and a side story about how she and the restaurant rose like a phoenix from the ashes after a fire devastated the historic Route 66 restaurant in Stroud, Okla., in May 2008.

What to do about the Route 66 State Park bridge November 24, 2009

Posted by Ron Warnick in Bridges, Preservation.
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Kip Welborn, who is a Route 66 enthusiast in St. Louis, has been keeping up with the grave situation over the dilapidated Route 66 Bridge at Route 66 State Park near Eureka, Mo., that is scheduled to eventually be torn down for safety reasons.

Here are excerpts of an e-mail Welborn sent:

… I talked to Mark Miles, the director of the State Historic Preservation Office in the Department of Natural Resources.  I have worked with him for years and think highly of him.  He told me that MoDOT is well aware of the National Register listing of the bridge.  He also reminded me that MoDOT has an excellent record of working within the rules of the National Historic Preservation Act, including the Section 106 review process.  Here in St. Louis County, they took pains to save as many historic buildings and neighborhoods as possible when designing the new I-64, including some even I didn’t think were that important.  So Mark feels that the review process will be thorough, and it won’t be completed overnight.

Now, here are the issues that we should be addressing, as I see them:

1.  The park is an important economic generator for Missouri, one of the premier attractions along the whole length of the road.  Therefore it is in the state’s economic interest to see that visitors have the best possible experience so that they want to come back and tell their friends.

2.  Having the visitors center cut off from the rest of the park is unacceptable, regardless of how well marked the alternative routes are, for several reasons: It will result in lowered attendance to the visitors center, even if overall park attendance remains the same.It will diminish the visiting experience significantly. It will break the regional trail network that is being developed.

3.  If a bridge is necessary at this location, a restored bridge following the existing design is preferable to a new bridge following a different design, because it will retain its Route 66 significance that is the primary attraction of the park.  The argument that so many materials will have to be replace that it will no longer be the same bridge is not valid; replacement materials are acceptable if necessary under the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for both Rehabilitation and Restoration.

4.  Even if it is determined that restoration of the existing bridge is not feasible, that does not eliminate the need for a bridge of some type at this location.

5.  Because of the importance of this bridge to the park, these decisions about its fate should not be exclusively the prerogative of MoDOT.  The Division of Parks in DNR must also be involved, which doesn’t seem to be happening now.

6.  The current condition of the state budget should not determine the fate of the bridge.  Funds not available now may be available in future budgets, but once the bridge is gone, it is gone forever.

Mark Miles of the State Historic Preservation Office agreed that we should be expressing our opinions about this as strongly as possible.

With that, it was recommended that letters with these bullet points be written to Gov. Jay Nixon; Pete Rahn at the state Department of Transportation; Mark N. Templeton at the state Department of Natural Resources, Rep. Michael Vogt, District 66; Rep. Chris Carter, District 61; Rep. Rachel Storch, District 64; Rep. Michele Kratky, District 61; Rep. Jeanne Kirkton, District 91; Rep. Dwight Scharnhorst, District 93; Rep. Mike Leara, District 95; Rep. Michael Frame, District 105; Rep. Scott Dieckhaus, District 109; Rep. Charles Schlottach, District 111; and Rep. Brian D. Nieves, District 98. I’ve included contact page links to each of these legislators.

Wanda Jackson at the 66 Bowl November 23, 2009

Posted by Ron Warnick in Events, Music, People, Sports.
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Longtime roadie Shellee Graham went to the Wanda Jackson concert at the 50th-anniversary celebration of the 66 Bowl in Oklahoma City on Saturday night and shot these photos.

Jackson has some sentimental ties to the 66 Bowl. That’s where she had the first date 48 years ago with her future husband.

Oklahoma Route 66 researcher Jim Ross, who also was at the show, said Jackson tore it up.

Here’s are a couple of videos from that concert, too.

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