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Lightning strike closes Santa Rosa restaurant for weeks

Lightning strike closes Santa Rosa restaurant for weeks

The historic Route 66 Restaurant in Santa Rosa, New Mexico, will be closed for weeks after a lightning strike destroyed the building’s electrical system, according to this week’s print edition of the Guadalupe County Communicator, based in Santa Rosa. The…

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‘Great Food Truck Race’ on Route 66 begins Aug. 23

‘Great Food Truck Race’ on Route 66 begins Aug. 23

The sixth season of the Food Network’s “The Great Food Truck Race” begins Aug. 23 with a variety of challenges along Route 66 towns, according to a news release this week. The season opener will air at 9 p.m. Eastern…

Joplin barber shop likely to become gallery, visitors center

Joplin barber shop likely to become gallery, visitors center

An automotive artist from California may buy Dale’s Ole 66 Barber Shop in Joplin, Missouri, and turn it into a gallery and visitors center, according to the Joplin Globe. Len Nordmann of Lake Elsinore, California, wants to buy the property at 2312 Utica…

New T-shirt features Whoopee Coaster

Tourist Trap Tees, based in Oklahoma, is releasing a new T-shirt featuring a Mother Road legend from Illinois. This one is the Whoopee Coaster of Lyons (also known as the Whoopie Coaster) — a long wooden structure basically designed as a…

Signs saved from the demolished Bel-Aire Motel

Signs saved from the demolished Bel-Aire Motel

An article this week in the The State Journal-Register answers one question in the wake of the demolition of the Bel-Air Motel in Springfield, Illinois — what will happen to the neon signs? The short answer: They’ve been acquired by…

Route 66 Malt Shop soon will close

Route 66 Malt Shop soon will close

What appeared to be almost inevitable is becoming reality — the Route 66 Malt Shop in Albuquerque soon will close after losing its lease, according to a report by KRQE-TV in Albuquerque. It was reported in April the restaurant had…

‘American Pickers’ filming on Route 66 in Oklahoma

‘American Pickers’ filming on Route 66 in Oklahoma

Two of the cast members of the History Channel’s “American Pickers” reality show spent part of last week filming on Route 66 in Oklahoma, according to an article in the Grand Lake News and one of the star’s Instagram accounts.…

2015 cost-share grants for Route 66 announced

The Route 66 Corridor Preservation Program announced four cost-share grants totaling more than $97,000 for 2015. Boots Court architectural neon restoration, Carthage, Missouri, $20,000 grant, $20,565 match: Built in 1939, the Boots Court Motel is an outstanding example of a…

Crocodile Lile’s tips for traveling Route 66 in Texas

Crocodile Lile’s tips for traveling Route 66 in Texas

Many of you know Crocodile Lile, a longtime officer of the Texas Old Route 66 Association and owner of Lile Art Gallery along Sixth Avenue (aka Route 66) in Amarillo. In this new video from Texas Tourism, Lile is the…

Incredible scenes from the Cajon Pass fires

Wildfires along the Cajon Pass north of the Los Angeles metro area are an unfortunate but fairly regular occurrence during summer, and the fires often close the Interstate 15 / Route 66 corridor for a few hours. Friday’s fire was…

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