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Red-hot electric blues version of “Route 66”

Red-hot electric blues version of “Route 66”

We’re doing a little traveling — guess where? — so posting might be a little light for a couple of days. In the meantime, I dug up a video from the archives that’s a favorite in electric-blues circles, for good…

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Meteor City Trading Post may have a savior

Meteor City Trading Post may have a savior

A couple from Indiana on Monday officially acquired the long-closed and vandalized Meteor City Trading Post west of Winslow, Arizona, and plan to restore and reopen the Route 66 landmark. Meteor City closed in 2012 and soon became ransacked. It…

Artist offering Route 66-inspired diorama, map to museums or collectors

Artist offering Route 66-inspired diorama, map to museums or collectors

Wendy Jack, a California-based artist, completed an elaborate diorama, map and other displays for a work titled “A Nostalgic Journey on Route 66” she hopes will interest museums, organizations or individuals. The work consists of an approximate 4 1/2-by-3 1/2-foot…

A high-speed trip on Route 66 through the Mojave Desert

A high-speed trip on Route 66 through the Mojave Desert

A dedicated driver known only by the name of Forgotten Hwy recently uploaded footage of drives on Route 66 through California’s Mojave Desert. These are quality, high-speed videos with annotations of towns, prominent crossroads and streets encountered on the Mother…

Illinois touts Route 66 to young people in new “Up for Amazing” campaign

Illinois touts Route 66 to young people in new “Up for Amazing” campaign

The Illinois Office of Tourism recently released its new “Up for Amazing” advertising campaign designed to draw tourists from the millennial generation and Generation X to the state. Route 66 features prominently in at least two of the 30-second ads. And…

“Route 66 and Historic Byways in Cibola County”

“Route 66 and Historic Byways in Cibola County”

Do yourself a favor and watch this 22-minute video, “Route 66 and Historic Byways in Cibola County,” which covers cultural and historical attractions in that New Mexico county. The video was produced by Manuel Vasquez and director Barbara Wesley at Seven Cities…

Church in historic building hosting fundraiser today for Route 66 Village

Church in historic building hosting fundraiser today for Route 66 Village

The Merge Church, in a historic building in the Red Fork district of southwest Tulsa, is hosting at a matinée screening today of a 1943 John Wayne film as a fundraiser for the nearby Route 66 Village. Merge Church at…

Basketball Museum of Illinois gets green light in Pontiac

Basketball Museum of Illinois gets green light in Pontiac

A museum devoted to all forms of basketball in the state of Illinois will open in Pontiac by late 2017 or 2018, it was announced this week. The Basketball Museum of Illinois, curated by the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association, will…

Long-closed Inn of Amarillo soon will be torn down

Long-closed Inn of Amarillo soon will be torn down

The city of Amariilo likely will be on the hook financially to demolish the long-closed and squalid Inn of Amarillo, also known the Holiday Inn West or the Vic-Mon Motor Hotel. A big problem for the city is the cost to…

Ruby Street Bridge in Joliet to undergo months of repairs

Ruby Street Bridge in Joliet to undergo months of repairs

We have some good news and bad news about the historic Ruby Street Bridge in Joliet, Illinois. The bad news is the bridge will undergo repairs starting Monday and may cause traffic tie-ups until the project’s completion this summer because of…

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