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Flash flooding reported in Flagstaff July 31, 2010

Posted by Ron Warnick in Weather.
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A cloudburst Friday in the Flagstaff, Ariz., caused scattered flash flooding around the city, including standing water at the Milton Road underpass on Route 66, reported the Arizona Daily Sun.

The mid-afternoon bursts led the Coconino County Sheriff’s Office to temporarily close Highway 89 between Silver Saddle Road and Sunset Crater, along with several other residential roads. Reports from county officials had water flowing curb to curb on Campbell Avenue, washing over debris and large rocks. However, there were no calls for help for injured or stranded area residents.

Localized street flooding also snarled traffic and activity throughout the city, especially near downtown when the Milton Road underpass flooded and all four lanes of traffic were closed for about two hours.

For the day, Pulliam Airport recorded 1.32 inches, most of it falling between about 3 and 4 p.m. Northern Arizona University saw 1.71 inches, and about 1 inch fell outside a weather spotter’s home in Timberline.

That’s an astounding amount of rain in one day for northern Arizona. No injuries or deaths were reported. More rain is forecast for Sunday.

Here’s some video of the flooding along the Mother Road:

Wayne the Train takes a cruise July 31, 2010

Posted by Ron Warnick in Music.
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Country-swinger Wayne “The Train” Hancock performs “Route 66″ from his live-in-concert “Swing Time” album. A true road warrior, Hancock plays this sing at virtually every gig.

A closer look at Chandler July 30, 2010

Posted by Ron Warnick in Attractions, Television, Towns.
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Here’s a nice and informative video about the Route 66 town of Chandler, Okla. The clip was produced by the good folks of OETA.

Santo Domingo Trading Post gets $1 million restoration grant July 30, 2010

Posted by Ron Warnick in Businesses, Preservation.
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The former Santo Domingo Trading Post along old Route 66 north of Albuquerque was awarded a $1 million federal grant from the Economic Development Administration to restore the property, reported the New Mexico Business Weekly.

The trading post is on Kewa Pueblo, formerly called Santo Domingo.

From the report:

The trading post is adjacent to the New Mexico Rail Runner Express stop on the pueblo. It was consumed by a fire in 2001. Pueblo officials expect the revitalized trading post to generate 30 jobs. Plans for the site include a restaurant and other services for Rail Runner commuters, tourists and local residents.

The dilapidated building still bears a faded sign that proclaims “where real Indians trade” and was on Historic Route 66 and the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe rail line. That made it a well-known tourist stop for the Southwest Chief and motorists. Dignitaries, including President John F. Kennedy, visited the spot as well.

The trading post was listed on the New Mexico Register of Cultural Properties in 1997 and on the National Register of Historic Properties in 1998. Tony Tortalita, governor of Kewa Pueblo, said the trading post has been an icon of the pueblo’s history and the plan is to use it to showcase its culture and traditions through arts and crafts.

Some photos of the old Santo Domingo Trading Post can be found here.

Hula hoops and malt shops July 30, 2010

Posted by Ron Warnick in Restaurants.
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I’m posting this just because I like it, plus you get to see the Route 66 Malt Shop at its new location in the Nob Hill area of Albuquerque.

Santa Rosa scoops July 29, 2010

Posted by Ron Warnick in Gas stations, Museums, Preservation, Publications, Restaurants, Towns.
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I always enjoy the print edition of the Guadalupe County Communicator, based out of Santa Rosa, N.M., when it arrives in my mailbox each week. It’s a lively newspaper owned by a former Rocky Mountain News reporter, and the fact it’s on Route 66 is  bonus.

This week, the Communicator contained these items of interest to Mother Road fans:

  • Longtime New Mexico Route 66 advocate Johnnie Meier is considering a Route 66-themed museum in the 1906 Charles Ilfeld Warehouse in Santa Rosa. I’d known that Meier, who owns a Classical Gas petroliana museum in Embudo, N.M., was looking at Santa Rosa for another museum. But this was the first I’d heard about a specific location. Meier also may put the museum in Tucumcari.
  • The nearby Route 66 ghost town of Cuervo may put its long-closed schoolhouse on the market. The school was built with stone, and sits on a rise just south of Interstate 40 and Route 66. But the roof is decaying, but townsfolk want to sell the building before it deteriorates to where it’s no longer salvageable. Cuervo, which once boasted a population of 240, now counts only 11 residents. The Santa Rosa School District, which owns the property, will likely put it up for bid.
  • Meier, investigating whether the long-defunct Club Cafe still stands in Santa Rosa, found a building on the property that contains an old sign of the Club Cafe’s famous “fat man” mascot, plus  “a lot of dust.” It had been reported that the Club Cafe has been torn down, but Meier disputes that. It’s not certain whether what Meier found is proof that the building was the Club Cafe, but the sign was quite a find regardless. I reckon this fellow would settle the matter once and for all.

Red Cedar Inn to be converted into a business center July 29, 2010

Posted by Ron Warnick in Businesses, Preservation, Restaurants.
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Today, the Washington Missourian provided a bit more clarity about what’s happening to the closed Red Cedar Inn restaurant along Route 66 in Pacific, Mo.

According to the newspaper, owner Jim Smith is turning it into the Historic Red Cedar Business Center. He’s moving his real estate office in there, and other tenants will eventually follow.

He says changing the primary use of the building will not alter the original appearance of the structure. Only the empty kitchen area will be changed.

“I can tell you that the integrity of the interior of the building will be maintained,” Smith said. “The bar will remain exactly as it is and will be used as a break room.” […]

“We reached a point where we had to do some renovations to the building,” Smith said. “We have some plans for the business center, but we’re not ready to reveal all of them yet.”

The Red Cedar Inn operated as a restaurant and tavern for more than 70 years until it closed abruptly in 2007. The City of Pacific once held an option to buy the building and convert it into a local museum, but those plans fell through.

Old motels and restaurants on Route 66 have been adapted into new uses before, including the Nob Hill Motel in Albuquerque.

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