Route 66 News

Book review: “Route 66 Sightings”

The first time I leafed through the new photography book “Route 66 Sightings,” I encountered one large image that stopped me in my tracks: It was Dawn Welch, owner of the Rock Cafe of Stroud, Okla., standing amid the ruins…

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“The Old Lucky Diamond Motel”

Vince Gill has a new album out, “Guitar Slinger,” and this song is on it. Here’s an acoustic version performed for KUPL radio in Portland, Ore. It’s quite a Route 66 song. You can buy the studio version of this…

A tour of the Campbell Hotel

Recently, the owners of the Campbell Hotel along Route 66 in Tulsa offered me and Emily (aka Redforkhippie) a tour of the historic building. Last week, we took them up on their offer. We had toured the hotel in May…

Santa Fe motel will be converted into low-income housing

The historic Stage Coach Motor Inn along Cerrillos Road (aka Route 66) in Santa Fe, N.M., soon will be converted into a lower-income housing complex, according to the Albuquerque Journal. The Housing Trust of Santa Fe will begin renovating the…

Tucumcari’s newest repainting effort … and more

This past weekend, volunteers in Tucumcari, N.M., started their latest repainting effort on an abandoned gas station in town. The station, shown above, will be the seventh gas station in Tucumcari that’s been repainted in a nostalgic color scheme on…

The man behind the bottles

Here’s a new video about Elmer Long, proprietor of the Bottle Tree Ranch on Route 66 in Oro Grande, Calif. Elmer’s Facebook page is here.

The poop on Bill Freiday

Jim Hinckley pointed me to this recent obituary in the Kingman (Ariz.) Daily Miner of Burnell “Bill” Freiday, who died on Oct. 12 at age 95. The obit convincingly shows that Freiday lived a colorful life, with vocations that included…

Lights on at the Luna Cafe

A vintage neon sign — plus architectural neon — of the historic Luna CafeĀ on Route 66 in Mitchell, Ill., were relighted Saturday night during a ceremony attended by about 200 people. Jim Thole of the Route 66 Association of Missouri’s…

Roller rink reopens in Sapulpa

When we last checked with the closed Starlite Skate Rink on old Route 66 near Sapulpa, Okla., about 18 months ago, it was being converted into a church. Now the Sapulpa Daily Herald says the roller-skating facility is going back…

Chandler Baseball Camp named to National Register of Historic Places

Chandler Baseball Camp in Chandler, Okla., renowned for decades for its baseball-only camps run by Bo and Tom Belcher, was listed to the National Register of Historic Places effective Oct. 12, according to an email today from the National Park…

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