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A Christmas video

I was surfing around for a Yuletide-themed video that takes place on Route 66, and here’s a good one. It’s a video by reader and occasional contributor Ace Jackalope. It’s of City Hall in Joplin, Mo., with its Christmas displays.…

A tribute to Bob

Of all of the obituaries I’ve read since Route 66 artist Bob Waldmire died last week, this one by the Guadalupe County Communicator in Santa Rosa, N.M., is the best. Those who know anything about the Communicator wouldn’t be surprised…

More scenes from the Mojave

Claudia Heller continues her ongoing series about Route 66 through California’s Mojave Desert. The latest edition focuses on a few tiny burgs in the middle of the desert, including this one little stop I’d forgotten about: Traveling west from Fenner…

Joplin museum director Q&A

Brad Belk, the director for the Joplin (Mo.) Museum Complex, answered questions from Joplin Globe readers about his proposal for a one-sixth-cent sales tax to move the museum and its contents to historic Memorial Hall. Most of the questions are…

Mural at I-44 welcome center has Route 66 theme

A few days ago, the Joplin (Mo.) Globe reported about a new mural at the Missouri Welcome Center on Interstate 44 in Joplin that contains a prominent Route 66 theme and uses old license plates as part of the artwork.…

Comprehensive study planned for Route 66 in California

The California Preservation Foundation and the Route 66 Corridor Preservation Program are joining forces to begin a first-ever comprehensive study of that state’s portion of historic Route 66, according to a news release Monday from the foundation. The study will…

Waldmire’s final meeting with his beloved VW

A few days ago, I posted a story about Tom Wanko’s unselfish efforts to transport Bob Waldmire’s early 1970s Volkwagen minibus from southern Arizona to Rochester, Ill., because he was too ill to drive it himself. I received this eyewitness…

Bob Waldmire’s gathering

Cathie Stevanovich, president of the Route 66 Association of Illinois, attended the wake Sunday for Route 66 artist Bob Waldmire at the Wilson Park Funeral Home in Rochester, Ill. She had this to report, via e-mail: So many people had…

Senator to propose national monument along Route 66 in Mojave

U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) will introduce legislation today that will establish a national monument along Route 66 from Needles to Ludlow, Calif., reported the Los Angeles Times. It would be called the Mojave Trails National Monument, instead of the…

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