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Straight to the DVD pile

Here’s a movie I had no idea existed until today. It’s a road-trip film called “$5 a Day,” and it¬†was released on DVD on Tuesday. According to¬†HamptonRoads.com’s High-Def Watch section, the movie takes place partly on Route 66. Though it…

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Auction set for Tuesday of 66 Bowl’s contents

A big auction to sell off the contents of the historic 66 Bowl in Oklahoma City has been set for Tuesday, according to KWTV. The list of items on the block will include the bowling alley’s iconic neon sign. The…

Briton driving Route 66 to raise funds for hospice

Ted Brooker of England will mark his 66th birthday by driving Route 66 next month in a Harley-Davidson motorcycle and raise funds for a local hospice, reported the Derbyshire Times. “I’ve had a great life so far and thought it…

New “Route 66: Ten Years Later” trailer

A new trailer has just been posted for the “Route 66: Ten Years Later” documentary by Tim Steil and Jim Luning. The big premiere will be at the Portage Theater in Chicago at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 9.

City, historical society fight over building

The City of Claremore, Okla., and the Rogers County Historical Society are in a spat over the use of a recently vacated building, reported the Claremore Daily Progress. The city wants the former Fire Administration Building at 121 N. Weenonah…

Bushyhead rodeo event moving away from Route 66

The Bushyhead Pasture Roping and Barrel Race, long presided over by rodeo legend Clem McSpadden, is moving away from the Route 66 hamlet of Bushyhead, Okla., to Bristow, Okla., and away from the Mother Road, reported the Pryor (Okla.) Daily…

Funding application for replacing Mojave bridges sent today

San Bernardino County is filing an application today with the U.S. Department of Transportation for a grant to rebuild several dozen wooden trestle bridges in California’s Mojave Desert. The Daily Press in Victorville reported yesterday that the county was applying…

Family feud

The Arizona Republic published a fascinating but ultimately sad story about family members’ fight over the Gilbert Ortega Sr. estate. Ortega began his silver and turquoise empire as a Route 66 in Lupton, Ariz., by selling American Indian trinkets during…

Meet the man behind The Mill’s restoration

The Lincoln Courier posted an article about John Sutton, project manager behind the restoration of The Mill restaurant on Route 66 in Lincoln, Ill. Sutton was just named the Courier’s Citizen of the Month. He is currently devoting his time…

Ohio man plans 2,500-mile bicycle ride

Jamey Mixson of South Euclid, Ohio, soon will start a bicycle ride across the country to raise awareness about illiteracy and childhood obesity, reported the Cleveland Plain-Dealer. Mixson will start Saturday from Cleveland and will end his journey in Los…

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