About these ads
Route 66 News

The former glory of the Bel-Aire Motel

The historic Bel-Aire Motel in Springfield, Illinois, is known for its retro neon sign and Sputnik structure on the roof. It’s also known for hundreds of code violations and criminal activity by many of its tenants. It didn’t used to…

About these ads

Grand Canyon Railway bringing out steam engine for Father’s Day weekend

The Grand Canyon Railway, based in the Route 66 town of Williams, Arizona, will bring back a 1923 steam locomotive and Pullman cars for special displays and excursions on Father’s Day weekend, June 14-15. It’s part of the railroad’s first…

Downtown Albuquerque may install public bathrooms

Downtown Albuquerque is strongly considering the construction of public bathrooms partly for the use of Route 66 tourists, reported KRQE-TV. But it’s not just for tourism reasons (ick): The report sort of dances around the issue, but I suspect the…

Cracks appear on Skydeck Ledge of Willis Tower

Cracks spidered on the transparent floor of a Skydeck Ledge of Chicago’s Willis Tower, formerly known as the Sears Tower, after visitors stood on it 103 floors above ground level, according to various media reports. The NBC affiliate in Chicago…

Webb City wants to add downtown to National Register

A move is afoot in Webb City, Missouri, to add its entire downtown district to the National Register of Historic Places, reported KOAM-TV in nearby Pittsburg, Kansas. Webb City is looking at the move not just to add a publicity…

Bloomington moves forward on Route 66 tourism center

Even though it doesn’t have all the money needed for the project, the¬†McLean County Museum of History in Bloomington, Illinois, is taking bids on building a tourism center that will highlight Route 66, reported the Bloomington Pantagraph. The project would…

Tuxedo cruising

Here’s Roy Gaines and His Orchestra playing a nice arrangement of Bobby Troup’s “Route 66,” from Gaines’ 2009 album, “Tuxedo Blues.” If you like a big horn section, this is for you: The song may be downloaded for 99 cents…

A chat with Laurel Kane at Afton Station

KC Keefer continues his Genuine Route 66 Life video series with an interview with Laurel Kane, co-owner of Afton Station in Afton, Oklahoma. Afton Station, a former gas station on Route 66 in town, was converted into a display area…

Woman eats two Big Texan 72-ounce steaks in less than 15 minutes

Holy cow. A woman from Nebraska devoured two of the Big Texan Steak Ranch‘s trademark 72-ounce steak dinners in less than 15 minutes Monday, reported the Amarillo Globe-News, and set an apparent record in the process. Molly Schuyler of Bellevue,…

Old motel cabins in Joplin soon will be removed

Old motel cabins on Route 66 in Joplin, Missouri, soon will be razed or removed, according to a story by a business columnist Wally Kennedy in the Joplin Globe newspaper. The item was tucked into a story about Rob’s Audio…

%d bloggers like this: