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Part of Route 66 in California designated a scenic route

Route 66 from Oro Grande, Calif., to the Arizona state line near Needles was designated a scenic route by the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors, according to a report today by The Sun Runner magazine. The county made the…

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Cubs fans and their goat only days from Chicago

The group of five Cubs fans and their pet goat Wrigley are less than a week from strolling into Chicago after a 1,900-mile trek from Arizona, according to the Bloomington Pantagraph. The newspaper’s photographer caught up with them Monday south…

Motel 6 wants “correspondents” for a Route 66 trip

This seems to be a glass half-full, glass half-empty situation. The Motel 6 chain is looking for “Open Road Correspondents” this summer to journey down several classic highways, including Route 66 from Amarillo, Texas, to Santa Monica, Calif. The catch…

Admiral Twin Drive-In vandalized

The Admiral Twin Drive-In, a landmark theater in Tulsa that’s still being rebuilt after a devastating fire in September 2010, suffered vandalism to its ticket booth and new concession stand on Saturday, reported KOTV in Tulsa. Almost every ceiling light…

DVD review: “Route 66: The Complete Series”

No more piecemeal releases. No more half-baked formatting. Shout! Factory has released all four seasons of the acclaimed “Route 66” television drama of the early 1960s, and they all come in one well-conceived package, in stores tomorrow. The guts of…

Volunteers repaint Paul Bunyan statue in Illinois

Volunteers from the Illinois Route 66 Association this weekend repainted the 19-foot-tall Paul Bunyan fiberglass statue on Route 66 in downtown Atlanta, Ill., reported the Bloomington Pantagraph. The newspaper reported that help came from Michigan and Iowa, as well as…

One from the BBC vault

This is a version of Bobby Troup’s “Route 66” by an apparently long-gone band called Freak UK. The video was broadcast by the BBC in 1991. I suspect this was influenced by Depeche Mode’s version from 1987. Freak UK’s frontman…

High rider

A woman from Los Angeles wants to ride her double-high bicycle (like the one seen above) down Route 66 from Chicago to Santa Monica later in the summer, with the help of a national magazine. Melissa Rougeaux yesterday applied for…

Media get a sneak preview of Cars Land

A small group of journalists toured Cars Land at Disney California Adventure before it officially opens on June 15. The Orange County Register was one of them. Cars Land is patterned after the fictional Route 66 town of Radiator Springs,…

“We’re Going West”

Here’s a new video from the good folks at The Road Crew, a country-rock band that’s served as boosters of Route 66 for the past few years: The song comes from “Songs from the Mother Road” album, which you can…

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