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The story of the Palms Grill Cafe

GrahamSpencer, a communications firm with an office in Rockford, Ill., uploaded this video it produced about the Palms Grill Cafe in Atlanta, Ill. Route66 from GrahamSpencer on Vimeo. The film was made for the Illinois Route 66 Scenic Byway. Advertisements…

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Flagstaff takes new approach in preventing wildfires

In an effort to prevent wildfires, the Route 66 town of Flagstaff, Ariz., has taken a novel approach — paying for prevention measures itself. According the Atlantic Monthly: Funded by a $10 million bond that voters approved by a three-to-one…

Photographer discusses his techniques for his Route 66 images

Photographer Rick Sammon talks about photo techniques, using his trip on Route 66 as a springboard, during a recent Google+ Hangout session. You’ll see cool images from the Mother Road during this 38-minute presentation. Some of Sammon’s Route 66 gallery…

Former co-owner of Riviera Roadhouse dies

Margaret “Peggy” Kraft, longtime co-owner of the now-gone Riviera Roadhouse along Route 66 in Gardner, Ill., died Wednesday at age 89. According to her obituary, Kraft died in Miller Healthcare Center in Kankakee, Ill. Born in Valparaiso, Ind., she married…

El Garces restoration may begin in earnest

After many months of delays, it appears the restoration of the historic El Garces Hotel in Needles, Calif., will begin soon. According to a story Monday in the Needles Desert Star, the City Council approved a $188,000 bid from a…

Motorcycle tour may lead to surge of Uruguayan tourists

A report from the Rolla Daily News about a group of 39 motorcycle riders from Uruguay stopping in Rolla, Mo., during a two-week tour of Route 66 contained a somewhat of a same-old-same-old whiff about it. But when you examine…

Reality series being shot on Route 66

Reality shorts for “What Would You Do?” are being filmed on Route 66 by ABC News, reported the Amarillo Globe-News. The newspaper caught up with the camera crew at the Big Texan Steak Ranch in Amarillo. Producers chose the iconic Amarillo restaurant…

A competitor to the Hollywood sign?

Those who have traveled an old alignment of Route 66 recently along northeast Los Angeles may have gazed up into one of the hills overlooking the city and found an unfamiliar — yet familiar — sight. It’s a massive “Glassellland”…

Tornadoes cause damage in Oklahoma Route 66 towns

Powerful twisters on Sunday afternoon danced around the Route 66 corridor between Oklahoma City and Tulsa, and damaged homes in Wellston and Edmond, reported The Oklahoman newspaper and other media outlets. As of Sunday evening, there were no reports of…

The story behind Albuquerque’s big aluminum yucca

A huge aluminum yucca sculpture, appropriately titled “Aluminum Yucca,” in the east mountains of Albuquerque along Interstate 40 and old Route 66 recently marked its 10th year of existence, reported the Albuquerque Journal. The 22-foot-tall artwork stands out no matter…

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