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Ash Fork’s little-known historical gem

Ash Fork’s little-known historical gem

Only one of two steel dams still exist in the United States, and one is less than a mile off an old alignment of Route 66 east of Ash Fork, Arizona. Known as the Bainbridge Steel Dam or the Ashfork-Bainbridge…

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Reconstruction of Summit Inn may begin in January

Reconstruction of Summit Inn may begin in January

The co-owner of the wildfire-destroyed Summit Inn near Hesperia, California, said the rebuilding of the landmark Route 66 restaurant likely would begin in January. The Victorville Daily Press had some of the details about the coming reconstruction after reporting a fundraiser…

Savior of Twin Arrows landmark found dead in murder-suicide

Savior of Twin Arrows landmark found dead in murder-suicide

Mary Smeal, who reportedly was responsible more than any other person for the restoration a few years ago of the Twin Arrows off Route 66 in Arizona, was found dead Wednesday an apparent murder-suicide. Coconino County sheriff’s deputies found the…

Zettlers Route 66 store in Ash Fork put up for sale

Zettlers Route 66 store in Ash Fork put up for sale

The owners of the Zettlers Route 66 store in Ash Fork, Arizona, have put the business up for sale less than a year after opening it. Kirk and Yvette Slack finished about 15 months of cleaning and renovations to the historic building on…

A little tinkering under the hood

This is the time of year, during the tourism off-season, when Route 66 News needs to do some updates in both its page content and its digital motor. So if you see something a little odd here or there, it’s…

Blue Whale hosts pop-up sale of Snapchat’s Spectacles

Blue Whale hosts pop-up sale of Snapchat’s Spectacles

The landmark Blue Whale of Catoosa, Oklahoma, hosted a temporary kiosk Tuesday morning for Snapchat’s new video-recording Spectacles, drawing dozens of technology buffs from all over the region. Linda Hobbs, an operator of the gift shop at the Route 66…

Jack Brown, CEO of Stater Bros. Markets, dies at 78

Jack Brown, CEO of Stater Bros. Markets, dies at 78

Jack Brown, 78, longtime CEO of Southern California’s Stater Bros. Markets chain, died Sunday night surrounded by family members, according to a news release from the company Monday. Stater Bros. was the longtime chief sponsor of the Route 66 Rendezvous in San…

Exploring the ruins of Ella’s Frontier

Exploring the ruins of Ella’s Frontier

Crowd-funded filmmaker Dan Bell recently explored the ruins of Ella’s Frontier off old Route 66 near Joseph City, Arizona. He interspersed the film with footage from the 1980s shortly after the business closed with the owner’s death in 1984. According…

Survey indicates how bicycle tourism may affect Route 66

Survey indicates how bicycle tourism may affect Route 66

The Adventure Cycling Association — which produced a fine map series on how to cycle on the Route 66 — recently released some findings of a biennial survey. With some light editing, I decided to highlight data that’s most relevant…

Memories of Leon Russell

Memories of Leon Russell

A lot of Tulsa residents are glum today. That’s because songwriter and session musician Leon Russell died in his sleep at age 74, it was announced Sunday. Russell was Tulsa’s favorite musical son. He certainly became the city’s most prominent…

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