Route 66 News

Hello from Belgium

Here’s an oldie but goodie from Belgium native Burt Blanca and his King Creoles. I’m guessing this version of Bobby Troup’s most famous song was recorded in the early 1960s. Blanca is nearly 70 years old, and according to his…

Electric vehicle group to support Route 66 festival

The┬áHistoric Electric Vehicle Foundation will bring electric vehicles and lend its support to the International Route 66 Festival on Aug. 14-17 in Kingman, Ariz., according to a news release from the group. After reviewing the information on the festival the…

How to play “Route 66” on ukulele

Bueno Chen gives in-depth instructions on how to play Bobby Troup’s “Route 66” on ukulele, so you can try it at home. Chen provides a lot of online courses in the instrument and is an instructor at the University of…

A feature on Maldaner’s, one of Route 66’s oldest restaurants

The Springfield State Journal-Register in Springfield, Ill., soon will publish a section on area businesses that are at least 100 years old. One of them is Maldaner’s Restaurant in downtown Springfield, which has operated since 1884. It sits on Sixth…

TripAdvisor ranks Blue Swallow among top bargain motels

The Blue Swallow Motel in Tucumcari, N.M., ranked among the top 25 “bargain” motels in the United States in TripAdvisor’s 2014 Traveler’s Choice Awards. The Blue Swallow is listed at No. 6. TripAdvisor said the average nightly rate in its…

Pete Seeger, R.I.P.

Folk singer and social activist Pete Seeger died Monday night in New York City hospital at age 94, according to various media outlets. We’ll let the Los Angeles Times and other newspapers report about Seeger’s impact on music and America…

Historic Bernalillo bar isn’t closed, but it’s for sale

The historic Silva’s Saloon along old Route 66 in Bernalillo, N.M., isn’t closed (contrary to rumor), but the owner confirmed to Albuquerque Business First the business indeed is for sale. Owner Denise Silva told the newspaper the bar will stay…

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