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Longtime owner of Edmond restaurant dies

Bessie “Cleo” Noe Lamson, longtime co-owner of the now-defunct Wide-A-Wake Cafe on Route 66 in Edmond, Okla., died at age 102 on Monday, according to an obituary in the Edmond Sun. Lamson and her husband Crawford owned the Wide-A-Wake for about…

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At the Donut Drive-In

I happened to be driving through St. Louis on a snowy Christmas Eve, and stopped to check out the restored neon sign and the delectable products at Donut Drive-In.

A taste of the past?

I stumbled onto this video today, posted by Casey Smalley. The description of the video: Here you can place an order for a 18 oz. bottle of my family’s barbecue sauce that my grandpa, Ed Smalley, made popular through his…

Historic building in Joliet will be torn down

The century-old White Store in downtown Joliet, Ill., will be razed to make way for a new building being erected by Joliet Junior College, reported the Herald-News. The four-story White Store at 235 Chicago St. (on the Illinois 53 alignment…

The fire is so delightful

Today, it’s time to relax with an eggnog, with your feet propped up near a virtual Yule log fire. Music is by Sam Harris, who grew up just a few miles from Route 66 in Sand Springs, Okla.

“O Holy Night”

Route 66, a female a capella quartet based in Chicago, posted this Christmas-themed performance a few days ago. Alas, Route 66 does most of its work with sales conferences and private gatherings. So, if you notice a public performance on…

Rancho’s plans for Foothill Boulevard

The City of Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., has just posted a computer animation video of its plans to dress up Foothill Boulevard (aka Route 66), including the Pacific Electric Trail overpass. The pedestrian bridge is particularly impressive. 12/28/2010 UPDATE: The Inland…

Traffic report

Here’s a recent TV report about the closure and detour from the westbound Bird Creek Bridge on Oklahoma 66 near Catoosa: I’m glad those rumble strips are being removed. I drove over them a few days ago, and they were…

He’s no tenderfoot

The Quay County Sun in Tucumcari, N.M., caught up with a Ron Zaleski, who’s walking barefoot across the country — including much of Route 66 — for Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans. Zaleski is walking across the United States without…

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