Route 66 News

More details about Victorville festival trickle out

We’ve known for months that the annual International Route 66 Festival in 2012 would be hosted in Victorville, Calif. In recent days, more details have emerged about the Aug. 9-12 event. A news release from the festival contained this: The…

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This is good to see

Something I wasn’t sure we’d see again … Harley and Annabelle Russell recently performing in their home base of Erick, Okla. (Warning: the video contains Harley’s typically bawdy humor … another good sign, actually). For those new to Route 66…

A Route 66 app that takes you there … with limits

Italian photographer Carlo Pinasco recently launched an application, “Image Route 66,” for iPads, iTouches, and iPhones that contains more than 200 high-resolution images from a Route 66 road trip he took in May. With it, you can take a virtual trip…

Boot Hill restaurant put up for sale

The owner of the Boot Hill Saloon & Grill in Vega, Texas, has put the restaurant up for sale. However, Boot Hill will continue operating until it finds a buyer. Boot Hill chef and owner Rory Schepisi, known for her…

“Ain’t No Rest for the Wicked”

Cage the Elephant, an up-and-coming rock band from Bowling Green, Ky., used a lot of footage from Cadillac Ranch in Amarillo, Texas, for this music video:

A visit to Bottletree Ranch

Here’s a good new video of one of the must-stops on Route 66 — Elmer Long’s Bottletree Ranch near Oro Grande, Calif. There’s nothing quite like it in the world, much less the Mother Road.

The Nat will become an antique mall

The Nat Ballroom, a legendary former nightclub on Route 66 in Amarillo, Texas, will be converted into an antique mall that perhaps will eventually include a cafe and movie screen, reported the Amarillo Globe-News today. The previous tenant’s lease ended…

Another town sees surge of Route 66 tourism

It isn’t just Pontiac, Ill., seeing a big increase in Route 66 tourism in recent years. According to an article today in the Springfield State Journal-Register, the small town of Atlanta, Ill., is experiencing a surge, too. From the newspaper:…

Rock Cafe owner appears in Chickasaw Nation spot

A few months ago, Dawn Welch, owner of the Rock Cafe on historic Route 66 in Stroud, Okla., said she’d been interviewed for a commercial spot by the Chickasaw Nation. Here it is: UPDATE: I forgot about this blog spot,…

Smithsonian magazine details Route 66’s revival

David Lamb of Smithsonian magazine has written an excellent article about Route 66’s abandonment by the U.S. highway system and the Mother Road’s eventual revival. It’s in the February issue, but you can read it online here. The article focuses…

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