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The lost photos of Joplin

May 22 marked the third anniversary of the powerful tornado that struck Joplin, Missouri, and changed that Route 66 city forever. I recommend you read this story from Al-Jazeera America about the Lost Photos of Joplin project, which collected more…

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Ground broken on Birthplace of Route 66 Park

Officials in Springfield, Missouri, held a groundbreaking ceremony Thursday for the Birthplace of Route 66 Park as part of the College Street revitalization project. This report by KOLR-TV contains some vintage footage of Route 66 in Springfield: Officials hope to…

‘Mad Men’ re-creates Burger Chef along Route 66

The AMC television series “Mad Men” last week ended an episode with several of its characters dining at a Burger Chef restaurant. For a drama that takes place during the 1960s, it was appropriate to stage a scene in one of…

Devil’s Elbow Bridge reopens to traffic

The historic Devil’s Elbow Bridge along Route 66 in Devil’s Elbow, Missouri, reopened to traffic Thursday — three months early — after much-needed repairs were completed. The blog of Pulaski County Tourism Bureau has the details of the unannounced reopening:…

Tucumcari considers offering abandoned property to businesses at low cost

The Quay County Sun newspaper reported a county commissioner is proposing that Tucumcari, New Mexico, essentially give away abandoned property to businesses. Under the plan, the city would make some abandoned properties and buildings it owns available to new or expanding business…

Arizona publishes travel guide for electric vehicle drivers

The Arizona Office of Tourism launched an Electric Vehicle Travel Guide that includes tours on Route 66, according to a story on HybridCars.com. AOT’s Electric Vehicle Travel Guide is said to be tailored specifically for all-electric vehicle travelers and filled with valuable, downloadable…

Route 66 Bridge makes Missouri Preservation’s Most Endangered List

The Route 66 Bridge at Route 66 State Park near Eureka, Missouri, made Missouri Preservation‘s Most Endangered Historic Places list for 2014, according to a news release Tuesday. The Diamonds Cafe, aka the Tri-County Truck Stop, also on Route 66…

Route 66 Cares distributes money to tornado-stricken towns

Route 66 Cares, an offshoot of the Route 66 Chamber of Commerce, on Sunday distributed more than $1,500 from donations and fundraisers to the tornado-ravaged towns of Quapaw, Oklahoma, and Baxter Springs, Kansas. The Red Ball Bar & Grill in Baxter Springs…

Filmmaker is shooting documentary about “The Grapes of Wrath”

Filmmaker P.J. Palmer of (twenty)2 films is making a documentary movie about John Steinbeck’s “The Grapes of Wrath” novel after acquiring official rights from the Steinbeck estate, according to a news release. The new documentary “The Grapes of Wrath: We Shall…

Albuquerque closes in on Route 66 revitalization plan

KOB-TV reports that the city of Albuquerque is “one step closer” to implementing a proposal revitalization plan for Route 66. Here’s the station’s report: A key excerpt from the report: An in-depth draft of the plan details what’s ahead, including…

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