Route 66 News

Memorial Day tribute

Here is a list of military personnel from Route 66 towns who have died in Iraq and Afghanistan. I’ve also added informative links to each of the fallen, wherever possible. ILLINOIS Chicago Staff Sgt. Oscar D. Vargas-Medina, died May 1,…

“Honkytonk Stomp”

You might see a familiar Route 66 landmark in the Texas Panhandle featured prominently in this Brooks & Dunn video. And, yes, that’s Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top in the pool hall, and on guitar and guest vocals.

“Riding with Private Malone”

This song by David Ball is about a cool car and a departed soldier. It seems appropriate for Route 66 and the Memorial Day weekend.

Rugby player rolls down 66

If you see a big, scruffy-looking guy with a Triumph motorcycle and an English accent on the Mother Road, it just might be rugby star and World Cup winner Steve Thompson, according to the Daily Mail in London. The 31-year-old…

Rail Haven Motel listed to National Register

The Route 66 Rail Haven Motel of Springfield, Mo., now an independently owned part of the Best Western chain, was listed on the National Register of Historic Places effective May 10, according to an e-mail today from the National Park…

Drive-in theaters stage a small comeback

Julianne Glatz, writing for the Illinois Times and using the Route 66 Drive-In in Springfield as a focus, notes that drive-in theaters seems to have halted a long decline in popularity. But in the last decade, drive-ins have been making…

What’s next for closed Route 66 in McCook?

Berkeley (Ill.) Suburban Life published a follow-up story about the $40 million settlement between the Illinois Department of Transportation and Vulcan Materials over the closing of a one-mile stretch of Joliet Road (aka Route 66) in McCook. The state alleged…

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