Route 66 News

Let’s lobby for Route 66 half-dollar coins

A writer for Numismatic News, a magazine about coin collecting, is lobbying Congress for a series of Route 66 commemorative half-dollar coins that would be minted in 2016 — the 90th anniversary of the Mother Road — and is advocating…

“Yukon’s Best Flour” sign is restored

The iconic “Yukon’s Best Flour” sign on top of the flour mill on Route 66 in Yukon, Okla., was glowing again Friday night during a relighting ceremony, according to KFOR-TV in nearby Oklahoma City. The 42-by-55-foot sign reportedly is seen…

Footage from the Bunion Derby

Here’s rare footage of runners participating in C.C. Pyle’s International Transcontinental Foot Race, aka the Bunion Derby, in 1928. Two-thirds of the Los Angeles-to-New York race took place on a fledgling Route 66. The footage is an excerpt from the…

New Route 66 mural being installed in Galena

Installation of a Route 66 tile mural began this week at Seventh and Main streets in downtown Galena, Kan., and should be finished by the weekend, reported the Joplin (Mo.) Globe. From the newspaper: The mural, designed by Chris Auckerman…

Santa Fe motel reopens as special-needs apartments

The historic Stage Coach Motor Inn in Santa Fe, N.M., reopened Tuesday as apartments for low-income or special needs residents, reported KOB-TV in Albuquerque. The Santa Fe New Mexican newspaper also had some details about the Route 66 motel’s adaptive…

66 Drive-In will host screening of “Cars”

The 66 Drive-In Theatre in Carthage, Mo., will host a special screening of the 2006 Disney-Pixar animated film “Cars” on Aug. 1, as part of festivities for the International Route 66 Festival in nearby Joplin. Pixar Animated Studios will provide…

George Benson’s tribute to Nat King Cole

I’ve read a lot of warm reviews in recent weeks for jazz artist George Benson‘s latest album, “Inspiration: A Tribute to Nat King Cole.” Naturally, if you’re going to record a tribute to Cole, you have to record “Route 66,”…

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