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Illinois Route 66 advocate Lenore Weiss dies

Lenore Weiss, a co-winner of the prestigious Steinbeck Award and other preservation honors for work that she and her husband John Weiss did for Route 66 in Illinois, died today after a battle with cancer. She was 63. Lenore had…

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Notes from the road

I’ve tried to glean a deeper look at the crisis in Needles, Calif., over the possible loss of its only grocery store, Bashas’. The grocer chain filed bankruptcy a few months ago, and it is set to close 10 stores…

An interview with Joe Sonderman

Longtime St. Louis-area roadie Joe Sonderman is interviewed by phone regarding his new book from Arcadia Publishing, “Route 66 in New Mexico,” and talks about the Mother Road in general. Sonderman’s comments about New Mexico itself are especially knowledgeable ……

UPDATED: “Route 66” TV show app has an identity problem

About 10 episodes from the original “Route 66” television series were recently released as iPhone and iTouch applications. Each full episode in the app costs 99 cents, and includes a few screen shots. It gives you the option of watching…

Riviera may close over fire-safety spat

As feared, it appears the historic Riviera Roadhouse along Route 66 in Gardner, Ill., may have to close because of fire-safety problems. The Joliet Herald-News reports: The lights were on but no one was home Thursday night at the Riviera…

Director’s cuts

Jim Luning, an accomplished photographer, has delved into filmmaking as well in the past few years. This clip below contains samples of his recent film work, including clips from “Route 66: Ten Years Later” with cohort Tim Steil. The two…

Devil’s Elbow Bridge gets stabilization grant

This historic but deteriorating Devil’s Elbow Bridge that carries an older alignment of Route 66 into Devil’s Elbow, Mo., got good news recently. The bridge will receive a grant to help stabilize the structure until more funds can be found…

All-American pitch

This Webster Weekly Report from Webster University tells about the last of a series of public meetings in an effort to make Route 66 a National Scenic Byway or an All-American Road. The last meeting occurred in St. Louis County.…

The silence of the trains

James Chilton of the Kingman Daily Miner takes a look at a railroad “quiet zone” that soon will take effect in the fellow Route 66 town of Flagstaff, Ariz. The rule will require train engineers to put a sock in…

Rail Haven Motel nominated to National Register

The Rail Haven Motel along Route 66 in Springfield, Mo., has been nominated to the National Register of Historic Places, reports KBIA radio. Randy Nottle is the motel’s manager. “We cater to a lot of European travelers coming down Route…

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