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“The Mayor of Route 66”

This charming video shows a lot of footage from Seligman, Ariz., but most of it concentrates on one of the town’s native sons, Angel Delgadillo. Delgadillo sometimes is called “The Mayor of Route 66.” Who am I to argue? Advertisements…

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An explainer of the Luna Lodge’s national award

A few weeks ago, Luna Lodge in Albuquerque won a national award for converting the historic Route 66 motel into low-income housing despite numerous obstacles. The Novogradac Journal of Tax Credits Historic Rehabilitation Awards Luncheon produced this video about the Luna’s honor.…

A word from our sponsor

Here’s a blast from the past — a Levi’s commercial, reputedly from 1976, with “Route 66” as the theme: Several observations and some background: Because this commercial is nearly three minutes long, I wonder when this commercial would have aired.…

McCook’s curiously familiar welcome sign

The village of McCook, Ill., recently erected a new welcome sign along its stretch of Route 66, next to the ’50s-themed Steak N Egger restaurant that once was Snuffy’s 24-Hour Grill. The sign does feature a Route 66 shield prominently,…

“American Giants,” Episode 6

Joel Baker has posted on YouTube the sixth episode of his “American Giants” series, a personal exploration of roadside fiberglass giants (aka Muffler Men). The episode concentrates on Muffler Men found in the Chicago suburbs of Crystal Lake and Libertyville. I…

Downtown Plainfield named to National Register of Historic Places

Downtown Plainfield, Ill., which hosts not one, but two historic highways, was named to the National Register of Historic Places, according to an email Friday from the National Park Service. Plainfield’s Downtown Historic District is bounded by Lockport, Main and…

“I hate the Okies”

The folks with the National Steinbeck Center recently completed a trip on Route 66 before the 75th anniversary of the publication of John Steinbeck’s “The Grapes of Wrath.” The group has posted a slew of videos in the last few…

Carthage unveils new welcome sign

The City of Carthage, Mo., on Friday unveiled a new welcome sign that features a Route 66 shield and a symbol of the city, a maple leaf, according to a news release from the city. Local artist Rachel Wilson designed…

Palms Grill will close temporarily after Oct. 25

The historic Palms Grill Cafe on Route 66 in downtown Atlanta, Ill., will temporarily close after Oct. 25 because current manager Ronda McBride has contracted cancer and needs to focus on her health and treatments, according to a news release.…

Crowdsourcing with The King

I have to admit, this is a pretty cool way for the City of Springfield, Mo., to highlight its crowdsourcing effort to revitalize its College Street Corridor, aka Route 66. Help Us Save Red’s! from SGF CityView on Vimeo. More…

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