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Route 66 Theater may be haunted

If we are to believe a paranormal team sent to investigate, the historic Route 66 Movie Theater in downtown Webb City, Missouri, is haunted by a spirit named Zach. Here’s the story posted on KOAM-TV: KOAM TV 7 The team…

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Gardenway Motel closes

The historic Gardenway Motel in Villa Ridge, Missouri, abruptly closed Monday for as-yet-undetermined reasons, reported Jim Thole with the Route 66 Association of Missouri. Thole tried to contact the Eckelkamp family, which has owned the motel for nearly 70 years,…

Woman documenting every building on Albuquerque’s Route 66

An Italian woman who is a graduate student at the University of New Mexico is photographically documenting every building and landmark on Route 66 in Albuquerque, according to a story on the university’s news service. Donatella Davanzo, a University of…

West gateway in Tulsa going up

Yesterday, I received this photo from “Route 66: The Mother Road” author and Route 66 Alliance co-founder Michael Wallis. Apparently the Route 66 gateway on Southwest Boulevard (aka Route 66) on the west side of Tulsa, near Crystal City Shopping…

We’re back

Route 66 News suffered about a nine-hour outage because of problems with its host, HostGator. We get hosting services from longtime roadie Guy Randall, who is a reseller for HostGator. He did nothing wrong, but apparently something went awry during…

Book review: “Father of Route 66: The Story of Cy Avery”

Some may assume Cyrus Avery became known as “The Father of Route 66” simply because he was lucky enough to be in the right place at the right time when the highway became designated and federally certified in 1926. But…

Group seeks to restore old schoolhouse in Phelps

A nonprofit group is raising money to shore up and restore a long-abandoned, century-old Phelps School in the tiny Route 66 hamlet of Phelps, Missouri, reported the Joplin Globe. According to the article, Phelps School was finished in 1889 until…

Dell Rhea’s Chicken Basket wins state tourism award

The historic Dell Rhea’s Chicken Basket restaurant in Willowbrook, Illinois, received a Delicious Destination honor from Illinois Tourism, according to a news release. The Illinois Office of Tourism and DuPage Convention & Visitors Bureau reported that Dell Rhea’s is among…

A visit to Amarillo’s Sixth Street District

This video produced by TourTexas.com features Tucker Yeldell — described as “a lost prospector, reluctant farmer and early Texas Panhandle settler” — touring some of his favorite spots on Route 66 in Amarillo. Most of the tour is devoted to…

Former owner of Club Cafe dies

Ron Chavez, 78, a former owner of the long-closed Club Cafe in Santa Rosa, New Mexico, who later became noted as a writer and poet, died Oct. 15 in Albuquerque, reported the Taos News. His daughter, Sonia Valdez, told the…

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