Route 66 News

Illinois governor touts Route 66 as tourism destination for Brazilians

On Monday, Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn extolled his state, including its section of Route 66, as a tourism destination during a trade mission to Sao Paulo, Brazil. According to a news release, Quinn said: “Illinois offers Brazilians an authentic American…

Springfield festival sees bigger numbers

The just-completed International Route 66 Mother Road Festival in downtown Springfield, Ill., saw higher numbers in both attendance and classic-car entrants, reported the Springfield State Journal-Register. Kim Rosendahl, president of the festival, said there were about 1,100 cars on display compared…

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,…

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. Like this:Like Loading…

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…

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