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Bridge plan threatens three historic Oklahoma Route 66 bridges

A recently updated eight-year plan for bad bridges in Oklahoma targets three Route 66 bridges for replacement, including the famous Pony Bridge near Bridgeport. The initial news release about the bridge plan said spans would be replaced or rehabilitated. However,…

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Coney Island restaurant moves into Springfield’s Sonrise Donuts building

The historic Coney Island restaurant in Springfield, Ill., has reopened in the equally historic Sonrise Donuts building, according to the Springfield State Journal-Register. Both restaurants boasted long tenures on Route 66. Emilio and Rosa Lomeli reopened The New Coney Island…

Mother Road music on tap

Here’s a sing-and-tap version of Bobby Troup’s “Route 66” by¬†Merry Lou Metzger and Jack Imel on a 1980 episode of “The Lawrence Welk Show.” That’ll never be as surreal as this moment from the Welk show.

Route 66 Interpretive Plaza in Tulsa is finished

Travelers on Route 66 in Tulsa now have a new, short side trip to check out — the Route 66 Interpretive Plaza near 11th Street and Mingo Road. The sign in a median at that intersection that directs you to…

Tulsa’s Route 66 Village would get Vision2 funding

The Route 66 Village along old Route 66 in west Tulsa would receive $549,000 from potential Vision2 sales-tax funding, reported the Tulsa World after a Thursday meeting of the City Council. Councilors parceled out about $158 million in¬†quality-of-life projects if…

The true story of Waynesville’s Frog Rock

A fascinating article in the Waynesville Daily Guide talks about the history of the Frog Rock landmark along Route 66 in Waynesville, Mo., and the urban legends associated with it: Contrary to popular belief, the large frog-shaped boulder that sits…

Edmond softball complex will take on Route 66 and Pops theme

A new softball complex being built on the east edge of Edmond, Okla., will feature a Mother Road theme, reported The Oklahoman newspaper. The $5.7 million project for four softball diamonds broke ground Wednesday. The complex entrance will be four…

British cyclists want to do Route 66 in one week

Ten cyclists from Great Britain want to set a world record by pedaling all 2,448 miles of Route 66 in just seven days, according to the St. Albans Review. The cyclists will embark on the relay effort sometime next year,…

Route 66, 20 years ago

Wayne Freedman, a reporter for KGO-TV in San Francisco, on Wednesday tweeted about these two videos from 1992 about Route 66. The first video prominently features Angel “The Angel of Route 66” Delgadillo. The second video from the same time…

A chat with the Bagdad Cafe’s owner

A host for an Irish travel site, Travelbiz.ie, sat down for an interview with Andrea Pruett, owner of the Bagdad Cafe in Newberry Springs, Calif. The Route 66 restaurant enjoyed the extreme good fortune of being the setting for the…

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