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Sun is setting on Irv’s Burgers

Irv’s Burgers,  a Route 66 landmark since the early 1950s in West Hollywood, Calif., will open for the last time today, reported the Los Angeles Times. The burger stand, once a haunt for musicians such as Jim Morrison and Janice…

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Work day set for Saturday at Sprague service station

John Weiss, a longtime preservationist with the Illinois Route 66 Association, has scheduled a work day at the historic Sprague Super Service station in Normal, Ill., starting at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 2. The Sprague station was built in 1931…

Look out for those baby rattlers!

This video was shot at the Jackrabbit Trading Post in Jackrabbit, Ariz. — probably best known for its “Here It Is!” billboard. View it if you dare: The video’s creator, Ace Jackalope, has a very good photo-heavy blog here, with…

Time-lapse of the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta

The 41st annual Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta wrapped a few days ago. Joel Schat of Roadtrippers.com filmed this wonderful time-lapse video from the event. I recommend you view it in full screen in high-definition. Next year’s Balloon Fiesta is set…

Blue Whale supporters want to light up giant mushrooms

Supporters of the Blue Whale of Catoosa, Okla., announced on the landmark’s Facebook page they want to decorate the grounds’ giant mushrooms with Christmas lights in a few weeks. And you can help. The supporters, also called Fins of the Blue…

Vic Suhling / Gas For Less sign glows again after 40-plus years

The restoration of the historic Vic Suhling / Gas For Less neon sign was unveiled Saturday evening next to the Litchfield Museum and Route 66 Welcome Center in Litchfield, Ill. According to a news release, up to 200 people attended…

Repairs being made on historic Route 66 near Springfield

A 1.3-mile stretch of old Route 66 near Springfield, Ill., that is on the National Register of Historic Places is being carefully repaired this week by county road crews, according to the Springfield State Journal-Register. The 1920s section, called Olde…

Groundbreaking held for Devil’s Elbow Bridge repairs

A ceremonial groundbreaking was held Thursday for long-awaited repairs that will begin for the historic Devil’s Elbow Bridge in Devil’s Elbow, Mo., according to a blog entry in the Waynesville Daily Guide. The truss bridge was built in 1923, making…

Tulsa announces plans to build Route 66 museum

The City of Tulsa is requesting proposals from developers to build a long-awaited Route 66 museum and visitors center on the banks of the Arkansas River, reported the Tulsa World today. The interpretive center and entertainment complex is to be…

“Route 66” episode of “Criminal Minds”

Last night, I saw a lot of Twitter chatter about a new episode of CBS’ crime drama, “Criminal Minds.” The episode was titled “Route 66.” I viewed it online. A couple of references to Route 66 are there, but they’re…

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