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Route 66 News

Songwriter J.J. Cale dies

J.J. Cale, a Tulsa Central High School alum whose songs became hits for other artists and proved to be a huge influence on Eric Clapton, died of a heart attack Friday night. He was 74. You can read all sorts…

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Wacky weather hits Albuquerque and Tulsa

A severe thunderstorm brought wind gusts of nearly 90 mph and caused flash flooding and power outages Friday in Albuquerque, reported several media outlets, including the Albuquerque Journal newspaper. That storm follows another storm just a few days ago in…

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Take a virtual tour of Cain’s Ballroom

If you’ve never been to the historic Cain’s Ballroom concert venue in Tulsa, here’s a virtual tour courtesy of Google Maps. You can even go onto the mezzanine: View Larger Map The Google Maps images were taken this week by…

Missouri town painting fire hydrants in a Route 66 theme

The Route 66 town of Sullivan, Mo., is embarking on an unusual art project where its fire hydrants are being repainted to commemorate a landmark or city along the Mother Road, reported the Sullivan Journal. Although the highway runs from…

University of New Mexico receives grant for Route 66 plaza

The Uni­ver­sity of New Mex­ico School of Archi­tec­ture & Plan­ning received a $150,000 federal grant to design a Route 66 plaza of gathering and garden spaces in Albuquerque, reported Albuquerque Business First. The funds were designated by the National Endow­ment…

Arrest prompts Williams to review parking ordinance

A questionable arrest, plus a discrepancy in no-parking zones, have prompted the city of Williams, Ariz., to review its ordinance for downtown parking, reported the Williams-Grand Canyon News. For a town that gets its lifeblood from Grand Canyon and Route…

Broadway stage manager provides face-lift to Baxter Springs museum

An alum of Baxter Springs High School in southeastern Kansas is using his talents as a stage manager on Broadway to make long-needed improvements to the Baxter Springs Heritage Center and Museum. According to the Joplin Globe, Brian Rardin has…

Ted Drewes offers college money to its employees

I’ve been to Ted Drewes Frozen Custard dozens of times in St. Louis and I never knew it did this — offers generous amounts of money for college to its employees. KTVI-TV in St. Louis has the story if you…

New Berwyn business inspired by Route 66 trip

A toy and candy shop in Berwyn, Ill., exists because of the inspiration Route 66 gave to owner Tracy Balnis, according to a news release from the Berwyn Development Corp. Rissi’s Old Time Candy & Toys, located on 6834 W.…

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