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Music where you find it September 30, 2010

Posted by Ron Warnick in Music, Road trips.
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Charles Hazlewood takes a trip down the Mother Road and searches out music where he can find it.

Hazlewood is an award-winning British conductor. He’s a bit cheeky, but there’s no denying his enthusiasm.

“Beauty Bend” September 30, 2010

Posted by Ron Warnick in Art, Movies, Signs.
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Here’s a terrific short documentary about neon lighting along Route 66 in New Mexico. Most of the neon lights you’ll see are in Albuquerque. Longtime Route 66er Johnnie Meier also makes an appearance.

66 Bowl memorabilia auction set for Friday September 30, 2010

Posted by Ron Warnick in Businesses, Signs, Sports.

The contents and historic sign of the now-closed 66 Bowl in Oklahoma City will be auctioned on-site and online on Friday, reported The Oklahoman newspaper.

Dakil Auction said registration for the auction will begin at 9 a.m. Friday, with the auction beginning at 10. Go here for more information about the items and about the auction.

The nearby Spices of India grocery bought 66 Bowl for $1.4 million, according to property records. The conversion of the bowling alley to a grocery and restaurant will be complete by the end of the year, reported the Oklahoman.

The auction was originally planned for August, but a delay in the closing of the property’s sale forced it to reschedule.

66 Bowl,  built in 1959, was sold by 78-year-old owner Jim Haynes after one of his investments went sour, according to an Associated Press report.

UPDATE: The Associated Press has a new story about the upcoming auction. New tidbit: The owner wants a minimum $50,000 for the sign.

Fontana Americana September 30, 2010

Posted by Ron Warnick in Movies.
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Andrea Rico and student filmmaker Tiffany Petitt have produced this good-looking video about Route 66 in Fontana, Calif., along with footage from Route 66 Rendezvous in nearby San Bernardino.

Presentations set for California Route 66 project September 29, 2010

Posted by Ron Warnick in History, Preservation.

The California Preservation Foundation and the Route 66 Corridor Preservation Program have announced several informational presentations across the state about their joint project about Route 66.

From the news release:

The informational presentations on the status of the California Route 66 study will be held October 12-14, 2010. CPF and NPS are encouraging the public to attend to provide their input and share personal observations and experiences regarding Route 66. The public and all interested parties are invited to learn about the project and how it can benefit Route 66 communities at one of the following community presentations:

Tuesday, Oct. 12, at 6 p.m.
Echo Park Branch Library
1410 W. Temple St.
Los Angeles,  CA 90026

Wednesday Oct. 13, 2010 at 6 p.m.
California Route 66 Museum
16825 S D St.
Victorville, CA 92395

Thursday October 14, 2010 at 5:30 PM
Wagon Wheel Restaurant
2420 Needles Highway
Needles, CA 92363

“We are eager to receive feedback from all Route 66 enthusiasts, historians and community leaders on the information that has been collected to date; the types of resources, and themes developed for the US Highway 66 in California Multiple Property Documentation Form,” said Jennifer Gates, Field Services Director for CPF.

The groups seek to put together the first comprehensive study of Route 66 in California. Such a study will make it easier to list properties on the National Register of Historic Places and give such properties more protection.

Tulsa Route 66 shield repaired again (fingers crossed) September 29, 2010

Posted by Ron Warnick in Attractions, Museums, Signs.
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The big Route 66 shields on an overpass at Cyrus Avery Centennial Plaza in Tulsa have been repaired again after vandalism a few months ago, and city officials are optimistic they’ve taken the steps to lessen the likelihood that will happen again.

City planner Dennis Whitaker told Urban Tulsa:

“We think we’ve got a pretty good system in place,” he said. “The head architect has fanned out some additional schematic panels of mesh on the bridge that are transparent from the street. They don’t obstruct the view from the skywalk, either.”

With the new protective panels, he said, designers believe they have come as close as they can to keeping someone from being able to damage the shields, even if they are swinging an object, without encapsulating them. Whitaker said additional barriers have been put in place that also will keep anyone from accessing the outside of the pedestrian bridge and damaging the shields that way.

Whitaker also said that security cameras also were being placed around the plaza.

Whitaker also told the newspaper that the design for a Route 66 museum on the site should begin this fall, and that a bronze statue should also be placed at the plaza late this year or in early 2011.

Volunteers to brighten abandoned gas stations in Tucumcari September 29, 2010

Posted by Ron Warnick in Gas stations, Preservation.
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Volunteers in Tucumcari, N.M., want to brighten up the town’s Route 66 corridor by repainting several abandoned gas stations, including one that will look like a Whiting Brothers station when finished, according to an article in the Quay County Sun.

Chamber executive director Bob Beaulieu said the idea was hatched on Saturday morning when a group of volunteers painted the gas station next to the chamber of commerce. The original goal was simply to give the building a two-tone paint job, but Beaulieu said volunteer Richard Talley, who co-owns Motel Safari, had a different idea.

“As we were nearing the end, Richard came up with the thought of, ‘Why don’t we paint it like the old Whiting Brothers (gas station)?’ Then we stopped all of the two-tone thoughts and said, ‘Yeah, let’s work on that.’ Then I called the owner and got permission to work on that, and they said yes.”

The volunteers also received the help of local artist Doug Quarles in a visual design for the Whiting station. They hope to have two of the stations repainted before winter weather makes it too cold to work.

To give you a better idea of a Whiting Brothers station’s color scheme, this article about the now-defunct Southwest chain contains several photos.

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