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Book review: “Route 66: A Trail of Tears”

Book review: “Route 66: A Trail of Tears”

This isn’t a Route 66 nostalgia book. “Route 66: A Trail of Tears” (514 pages, soft cover, self-published) offers vivid evidence why some people regarded the highway with anguish and dread during its heyday. Historian Barry Duncan compiled hundreds of black-and-white photographs of accidents along…

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Harley Russell documentary premieres Saturday at short-film festival

Harley Russell documentary premieres Saturday at short-film festival

Filmmaker March Mercanti will premiere his documentary about Harley Russell of the Mediocre Music Makers in Erick, Oklahoma, on Saturday at the San Jose International Short Film Festival. The nearly 14-minute film is titled simply “Harley.” Here is the summary: Despite living…

Carthage compromise may aid Route 66 travelers

Carthage compromise may aid Route 66 travelers

The city of Carthage, Missouri, and the Missouri Department of Transportation may have hammered out a compromise that will lead to a better bridge-project detour for Route 66 travelers and give maintenance to those old bridges on the detour. The Carthage…

More vintage Route 66 videos from Anthony Reichardt

More vintage Route 66 videos from Anthony Reichardt

Anthony Reichardt recently uploaded more videos from Route 66 trips he undertook in a 1959 Cadillac during the early to mid-1990s. The videos contain plenty of historic value because it documents landmarks that have disappeared or changed. Reichardt’s dedicated YouTube channel…

“Show Me 66” documentary to premiere Nov. 10

“Show Me 66” documentary to premiere Nov. 10

The Missouri History Museum has been working on a documentary, “Show Me 66: Main Street Through Missouri,” for about a year. The 90-minute film will premiere at 7 p.m. Nov. 10 in Lee Auditorium at the Missouri History Museum in…

El Fidel Hotel to be auctioned next week

El Fidel Hotel to be auctioned next week

The historic El Fidel Hotel in Las Vegas, New Mexico, will be auctioned online for six-day period starting Oct. 27. The 1923 hotel, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is going on the block because its owner is retiring.…

Cyrus Avery Court apartments inspired by 1950s

Cyrus Avery Court apartments inspired by 1950s

The newly refurbished and rechristened Cyrus Avery Court apartment complex in Tulsa takes its inspiration from nearby Route 66 and the 1950s. The property at 5223 E. 12th St. (map here) sits a block south of Route 66’s 11th Street and is named…

Fabulous 40 Motel in Adrian reopens

Fabulous 40 Motel in Adrian reopens

The Fabulous 40 Motel in Adrian, Texas, reopened last week after a hiatus of more than a decade. And the new proprietors also own The Bent Door cafe along Route 66 in Adrian, which they also hope to reopen sometime next year.…

Illinois Route 66 gets $2.16 million for trails

Illinois Route 66 gets $2.16 million for trails

The Illinois Department of Transportation on Wednesday awarded $2.16 million in grants for bicycle and walking trails along Route 66 in Williamsville and McLean County. The two projects were part of 33 statewide that received grants from the Illinois Transportation…

Willem Bor creates new Route 66 miniatures

Willem Bor creates new Route 66 miniatures

Longtime readers probably know of Willem Bor of the Netherlands, who in the last few years has created miniatures of well-known Route 66 landmarks for museums or private individuals. The bad news is Bor contracted cancer and had to cancel…

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