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Will Dell Rhea’s Chicken Basket supplant the Launching Pad?

Here’s an interesting rumor that started the morning. A part of the report by WJOL radio in Will County, Ill.: The possibility calls for a new Dell Rhea’s Chicken to go where the cuurrnt Launching Pad restaurant is located.  The…

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Route 66 NonStop launches fundraising campaign

After hinting at it for months, the fellow behind the “open source” Route 66 NonStop website has launched a fundraising attempt at $50,000 at Indiegogo. Ingar Hagen, founder and CEO of the Norwegian company Mobideal AS, said his proposed website…

Two slain, one badly hurt at Pontiac’s Palamar Motel

Two people were found dead and a third was “gravely injured” Tuesday at the Palamar Motel in Pontiac, Ill., which reportedly is now used as apartments, reported the Bloomington Pantagraph. The newspaper reported: Police were called Tuesday morning to check…

More about Springfield’s mosaic mural

The Springfield News-Leader produced this video about the Route 66 mural in Springfield, Mo., which was created in 2001 with the guidance of local artist Christine Schilling with dozens of young artists: More about the project: Campbell Elementary School students…

Running the route … in a whimsical way

This rather whimsical film about running on Route 66 is a project for the International Association of Administrative Professionals: IAAP | Route 66 from Blue Coffee Pictures on Vimeo. Blue Coffee Pictures explains: This Kansas City-based organization wanted a film…

Route 66 is subject of “America: Fact vs. Fiction” episode

An episode Wednesday of the “America: Fact vs. Fiction” program on the Military Channel will include Route 66 as its subject matter, according to an email from one of the show’s creators. Joel Sturdivant interviewed “Route 66: The Mother Road”…

Route 66 in Illinois and Missouri

Filmmaker and writer Carter Liotta and a pal embarked on a recent Route 66 trip from Chicago to western Missouri. It’s a terrific primer to that section of Route 66 in the Midwest. Route 66: Illinois and Missouri from Carter…

El Vado Motel being considered as a food market

A food and farmers market is one of the proposals being considered for reusing the long-closed El Vado Motel along old Route 66 in Albuquerque, reported KOAT-TV in Albuquerque. The City of Albuquerque seized the historic motel from a local…

A western Missouri side trip

Those who are traveling Route 66 in western Missouri between Springfield and Carthage may want to consider a side trip, according to longtime roadie Tonya Pike. Pike emailed me about the Hangar Kafe, which opened in May in rural Miller,…

Whirl-A-Whip reopens with new owners

The historic Whirl-A-Whip restaurant near an old alignment of Route 66 in Girard, Ill., reopened under new ownership after a two-year hiatus, reported the Springfield State Journal-Register. Brent and Anita Barnes recently reopened the walk-up stand. It first opened in…

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