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Green chile stew-eating contest added to Grants festival

Green chile stew-eating contest added to Grants festival

Major League Eating announced this week it will add a green chile stew-eating contest to its circuit at the Historic Route 66 Fall Fiesta in Grants, New Mexico, on Oct. 8. The contest will be at 1 p.m. that day at Fire…

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Singer’s new music video is a postcard from Tucumcari

Singer’s new music video is a postcard from Tucumcari

Albuquerque native and pop-country singer Alex Stern released a music video for her song “Runaways” a few days ago. The video shot by Randy Shaffer practically is a love letter to the Route 66 town of Tucumcari, New Mexico. It…

Dobson Museum, home undergoing renovations

Dobson Museum, home undergoing renovations

The Dobson Museum and historic home one block west of Route 66 in Miami, Oklahoma, now are undergoing renovations. The Miami News-Record talked to museum director Jordan Boyd: Volunteers have helped rearrange and move structures, cases and artifacts in order…

New song by Chely Wright mentions Tucumcari

New song by Chely Wright mentions Tucumcari

Not only does the new song by Chely Wright about a truck-stop waitress evoke the open road, but it mentions the small-but-classic Route 66 town of Tucumcari, New Mexico, about halfway through. Here it is. The song is called “Mexico.”…

Scenes from the Best of the West on 66 Fest Parade

Frank Kocevar, former co-owner of Historic Seligman Sundries in Seligman, Arizona, recently uploaded this from the Best of the West of 66 Fest in Kingman, Arizona. Grand marshals for the parade were Dries Bessels and Marion Flimm of the Dutch…

Museum unearths Red Chief Motel diner mural

Museum unearths Red Chief Motel diner mural

A museum recently uncovered a nearly forgotten Native American-themed mural from the diner of the Red Chief Motel in Rancho Cucamonga, California. Officials at the Cooper Regional History Museum in nearby Upland, California, recently took the mural out of storage and put it on…

Hotel plan may endanger original Barney’s Beanery

Hotel plan may endanger original Barney’s Beanery

The original Barney’s Beanery restaurant and bar along Route 66 in West Hollywood, California, may be endangered by a proposed five-story hotel in that spot. The Los Angeles Times reported on a few of the details: The proposal — which is…

More details released on future Big Texan Steak Ranch

More details released on future Big Texan Steak Ranch

While groundbreaking remains weeks away, the owners of the Big Texan Steak Ranch in Amarillo revealed many plans for a bigger restaurant and other attractions just down the road. The current Big Texan seats about 500 people, but customer demand has outgrown it…

Glenn Frey tribute statue unveiled in Winslow

Glenn Frey tribute statue unveiled in Winslow

It took a day later than expected, but the Glenn Frey tribute statue was unveiled Saturday at the Standin’ on the Corner Park in Winslow, Arizona. Hundreds of people — along with about an equal number of smartphones — attended the unveiling.…

Ground broken for Cardinal Route 66 Memorial Park

Ground broken for Cardinal Route 66 Memorial Park

Area officials broke ground Friday for Cardinal Route 66 Memorial Park in Webb City, Missouri, on a triangular piece of land on the town’s east side. Actual construction will begin in a few days. Completion of the park is scheduled…

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