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A chat with a Texola business owner

KC Keefer, as part of his ongoing “Genuine Route 66 Life” series, talks to Masel Zimmerman of the Tumbleweeds Grill and Country Store in the Route 66 ghost town of Texola, Okla. About a year ago, Zimmerman took a 1930s…

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Joplin dedicates Route 66 Mural Park

Most of it has been up for months, but Joplin, Mo., dedicated its Route 66 Mural Park on Thursday night with a ribbon-cutting and other downtown events. The park near at Seventh and Main — where two alignments of Route…

Old-time photo studio opens across from Blue Swallow Motel

An old-time-style photography studio has opened across the road from the landmark Blue Swallow Motel in Tucumcari, N.M. The couple that opened those businesses also plan to eventually open a Route 66 wedding chapel in that space. Here is one of…

Illinois county gets $2 million grant for Route 66 Bike Trail

McLean County, Ill., has received $2 million in state funds to build a five-mile segment of the Route 66 Bike Trail from the north side of Normal to Towanda, according to the Bloomington Pantagraph. The newspaper said: County Engineer Eric…

It’s official: There will be a third “Cars” film

Disney-Pixar plans a second sequel to the animated “Cars” movie, according to Variety and many other media outlets, although we’d long reported it would happen. Disney CEO and chairman Bob Iger made the announcement during the annual Walt Disney Co.…

Southwest Missouri station puts Route 66 segments online

Years ago, KY3-TV reporter Ed Fillmer, a native of the Route 66 town of Marshfield, Mo., shot segments about Route 66 in Missouri. Yesterday, the Springfield, Mo., station put those segments online. The video cannot be embedded, but I’ve provided direct…

Where are the surviving Green Book businesses?

A historian with the National Park Service is searching for surviving buildings once listed in the “Negro Motorist Green Book” travel directory from 1936 to 1964, and he’s asking for roadies’ help in finding them along Route 66. The Negro…

Ribbon-cutting set for El Garces on May 3

The long rehabilitation of El Garces in Needles, Calif., will be capped with a ribbon-cutting ceremony May 3, reported the Needles Desert Star. According to the newspaper, the city manager said renovations will finish by the end of this month,…

A word from our sponsor

Here’s a 1961 television spot — nearly two minutes long — for Chevrolet. Have you seen the USA — or Route 66 — in your Chevrolet? And the folks who made that ad somehow wondered years later where psychedelia came…

Joplin will dedicate Route 66 Mural Park on Thursday

The Joplin, Mo., Chamber of Commerce will hold a ribbon-cutting to dedicate the Route 66 Mural Park at 6:05 p.m. Thursday, according to a news release from the chamber. The park near at Seventh and Main — where two alignments…

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