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Patti Page’s take on “Route 66”

Here’s a version of Bobby Troup’s “Route 66” you probably haven’t heard — by the recently departed Patti Page. The YouTube account, maynardcat, apparently is a vinyl record aficionado. He /she said about Page’s recording: Route 66 by Patti Page…

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“Raze the Roof” event at Boots Motel canceled due to weather

The “Raze the Roof” volunteer event scheduled for this weekend at the historic Boots Motel in Carthage, Mo., has been canceled because of grim weather forecasts. Here’s the email sent Thursday from the Boots: ┬áThe owners of the historic Boots…

Key figure in Our Lady of the Highways Shrine dies

Loretta (Marten) Ludek, 74, who was instrumental in founding the Our Lady of the Highways Shrine along old Route 66 near Raymond, Ill., died Tuesday at her home in Anderson, Ind., according to an obituary by Brown-Butz-Diedring Funeral Home. The…

Asleep At the Wheel and the Texas Playboys

This is quite a treat. Someone has posted the entire “Austin City Limits” show from 1992 that featured Asleep At the Wheel and four members of ┬áthe Texas Playboys. It’s western-swing heaven. If you want to hear “Route 66,” you…

Effort officially begins to restore Rancho Cucamonga station

Work to restore the historic Cucamonga Service Station on Route 66 in Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., officially started with a ceremony Wednesday, reported the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin. A sign company deeded the property to the Route 66 Inland Empire California…

Route 66 Rendezvous may relocate to Beaumont and be renamed

Organizers of the Route 66 Rendezvous may relocate the classic-car event to Beaumont, Calif., after it was canceled because of severe financial problems by its longtime host city, San Bernardino. According to a short breaking-news article Wednesday afternoon by the…

Mural painted on wall at Route 66 Motel in Barstow

The historic Route 66 Motel in Barstow, Calif., took a wall that was a troublesome graffiti magnet and had it repainted into a Route 66-themed mural, reported the Desert Dispatch newspaper. Owner Ved Shandil enlisted local artist Kim Capp to…

4 Women on the Route undergoing significant changes

The 4 Women on the Route restaurant and souvenir shop on old Route 66 in Galena, Kan., has undergone significant changes in recent weeks — including a name change. The former Kan-O-Tex gas station at the corner of Front and…

Former Albuquerque motel officially reopens as apartments

The Luna Lodge along Route 66 in Albuquerque, which dates to 1949, officially reopened today as housing for low-income residents after a $3 million renovation that kept its historic aspects. KRQE-TV in Albuquerque filed this good report about the motel’s…

How Route 66 still kicks

Enjoy this two-part interview with Rick Antonson and Peter Armstrong, who on Fanny Kiefer’s “Studio 4” talk show in Vancouver, Canada, tell of their adventures on Route 66 several years ago. That journey spawned an acclaimed book by Antonson, “Route…

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