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Random stabbings in Bloomington include German tourist

Two people were stabbed Wednesday in downtown Bloomington, Illinois, in what police described as a random attack. One of the victims was a German tourist who was visiting the city’s Route 66 visitors center amid a Route 66 trip. According…

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A look at off-limits Route 66 in McCook

A look at off-limits Route 66 in McCook

A few weeks ago, Roamin’ Rich Dinkela — with the help of a drone helicopter — created this video about the closed section of Route 66 near McCook, Illinois. The approximate one-mile section of Joliet Road, aka Route 66, was…

Albuquerque plans to upgrade city neon signs to LED

Albuquerque plans to upgrade city neon signs to LED

Deep in a KRQE-TV story about the City of Albuquerque’s Route 66-themed signs — including the archways over Central Avenue — is this item — the city eventually will upgrade them to LED. Apparently neon owned by the city has…

KY3’s reporter’s Route 66 videos

In recent weeks, Paul Adler, a reporter for the KY3 television station in Springfield, Missouri, traveled Route 66 from Santa Monica to help promote the town’s Birthplace of Route 66 Festival and broadcast a bunch of on-the-scene segments. Adler in…

More 1993 videos of a Route 66 trip

More 1993 videos of a Route 66 trip

Anthony Reichardt of Santa Ana, California, has uploaded four more videos from 1993, when he and a friend drove a 1959 Cadillac down old Route 66. The first is Thelma White, longtime proprietor of Whitehall Mercantile in Halltown, Missouri. She also…

Route 66’s close link to “The Graduate” movie

Route 66’s close link to “The Graduate” movie

Do you recognize this church? It’s not on Route 66, but close. Perhaps this climactic scene will jog your memory: The place where Dustin Hoffman repeatedly screams “Elaine!” at a just-married Katharine Ross in the 1967 movie “The Graduate” actually…

23,000 attend Birthplace of Route 66 Festival

23,000 attend Birthplace of Route 66 Festival

About 23,000 people visited downtown Springfield, Missouri, during the past weekend’s Birthplace of Route 66 Festival, only in its fifth year of existence. About 5,000 also attended the Route 66 parade during the festival, according to city officials cited Sunday…

Palms Motel in Needles is for sale

Palms Motel in Needles is for sale

The Palms Motel of Needles, California, a historic property on Route 66 that features individual cabins amid towering palm trees, is for sale for $429,900, according to a recent listing on several real-estate sites. The property was listed on Trulia.com…

Clifton’s Cafeteria reopens Sept. 17

Clifton’s Cafeteria reopens Sept. 17

The historic Clifton’s Cafeteria of downtown Los Angeles will reopen Sept. 17 after a $10 million, multiyear remodeling, reported Los Angeles Magazine. A few days ago, the restaurant’s reopening appeared imminent because of a job fair last week. Now, there’s…

Painted Desert Inn may serve ice cream, baked goods

Painted Desert Inn may serve ice cream, baked goods

The historic Painted Desert Inn in the Petrified Forest National Park in eastern Arizona soon may partly go back to its original purpose as an eating place if the National Park Service has its way. For the first time in…

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