Route 66 News

Possible closure endangers unique postal stamp

Last week, we reported that more than a dozen towns along Route 66 may see their post offices closed as a cost-cutting move. That list included the western Arizona town of Oatman. But here’s a unique angle from the Mohave…

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Coliseum Ballroom in Benld destroyed by fire

The historic Coliseum Ballroom, located on an older alignment of Route 66 in Benld, Ill., was destroyed by fire Saturday night, according to several media outlets in the St. Louis area. The fire started about 9:15 a.m. According to KSDK-TV…

Northern Arizona sees a surge in tourism

We’re starting to see a pattern here … Northern Arizona — namely the city of Flagstaff and surround Coconino County — saw record levels of tourism in 2010, while the rest of the state declined, reported Arizona Public Media. And…

Zillions of Route 66 photos in two minutes

This clip serves as an impressive demonstration of Pummelvision, which turns still photos into fast-paced videos. Here’s another example: The next time you shoot 2,000 images on your next Route 66 trip, you know what to do.

It’s demolition, not salvation

This report from KOB-TV about the demolition of the abandoned State Fair Mercado Motel on Central Avenue (aka Route 66) in Albuquerque irked me a bit. Listen, I understand that Route 66 tourism remains a cottage industry, and that only…

A video review of “The Art of Cars”

The book, “The Art of Cars,” was published about the same time the first Disney-Pixar “Cars” movie was released in 2006. This is a new review of the book, and the video format shows the book’s illustrations and exceptional design…

A visit to Bill Shea’s station

Here’s a feature from KHQA-TV in Quincy, Ill., about Bill Shea’s gas station and petroliana collection (some of which is quite valuable) along Route 66 in Springfield, Ill. I’m glad to see this. I believe this is the first YouTube…

State honors Arizona Route 66 passport program

The Arizona Route 66 passport program received the prestigious Governor’s Tourism Award during the Governor’s Conference on Tourism earlier this month in Phoenix, reported the Williams-Grand Canyon News. The Arizona Historic Route 66 Passport, spearheaded by the Historic Route 66…

Joliet museum sees 50% jump in tourism

The Joliet Area Historical Museum in Joliet, Ill., reports a 50 percent rise in visitors since the 2008-2009 fiscal year, according to the Chicago Tribune. Guess what gets a good portion of the credit for the increase: About 16,000 people…

Williams may get a railroad museum next year

Tucked into this Arizona Republic story about a railroad buff is this intriguing excerpt: For years, Al Richmond has been collecting – schedules, pamphlets, photos, even locomotives – things that would tell railroad’s story as it unfolded in Arizona. […]…

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