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More 1990s video from Route 66 in a 1959 Cadillac

Anthony Reichardt recently uploaded more videos to YouTube from his travels on Route 66 during the early to mid-1990s in a 1959 Cadillac. At the least, the videos are valuable for historic reasons. Some of the places Reichardt visited have…

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Tulsa will add markers to historic Route 66 sites

Tulsa will add markers to historic Route 66 sites

The city of Tulsa recently issued a request for a proposal from prospective contractors to place historical markers or plaques near Route 66 sites. The request by the city is here; the proposal must be submitted by June 14. In…

Boots Court, 66 Drive-In suffer hail damage

Boots Court, 66 Drive-In suffer hail damage

At least two Route 66 landmarks — the Boots Court motel and the 66 Drive-In theater — suffered extensive damage from a severe hailstorm early Sunday, mostly to their neon lighting. KTTS radio showed a photo of hailstones at least…

Staffers’ favorite parts of the Route 66 exhibit at the Missouri History Museum

Staffers’ favorite parts of the Route 66 exhibit at the Missouri History Museum

The Missouri History Museum in St. Louis recently launched a video series about the current “Route 66: Main Street Through St. Louis” exhibit. Staffers with the museum are asked about their favorite parts of the show. Here are their answers: And…

Tourists affix dozens of stickers on Gemini Giant of Wilmington

Tourists affix dozens of stickers on Gemini Giant of Wilmington

While tourists continue to visit the Gemini Giant in Wilmington, Illinois, despite the closing of the Launching Pad Drive-In restaurant in 2013, one new twist recently emerged — visitors slapping stickers on the iconic fiberglass figure. According to the Daily…

Thoughts about the Associated Press story on Route 66

Thoughts about the Associated Press story on Route 66

A few days ago, the Associated Press published a story about the Route 66 Corridor Preservation Program expiring in 2019 and its possible effect on Route 66 businesses and towns. You can read the story straight from the source here.…

Elbow Inn in Devil’s Elbow partially reopens Friday

Elbow Inn in Devil’s Elbow partially reopens Friday

The Elbow Inn restaurant and bar in Devil’s Elbow, Missouri, will partly reopen Friday for the Memorial Day weekend, less than a month after it was heavily damaged by a record flood from the Big Piney River. A phone call…

Redevelopment of De Anza Motor Lodge begins next month

Redevelopment of De Anza Motor Lodge begins next month

The long-awaited redevelopment project for the closed De Anza Motor Lodge in Albuquerque begins in June, setting up the Route 66 property’s reopening as an extended-stay hotel sometime in summer 2018. Construct Southwest, chosen by the city to redevelop the…

The highs and lows of Williams, Arizona

The highs and lows of Williams, Arizona

Williams, Arizona, burgeons with tourists and few storefront vacancies along its downtown Route 66 corridor these days. Yet it also battles with long-term problems. The Arizona Daily Sun newspaper in nearby Flagstaff published a report on the renaissance of Williams…

Songs for “Cars 3” soundtrack announced

Songs for “Cars 3” soundtrack announced

Disney-Pixar recently announced the songs and artists that will be on the eight-song “Cars 3” movie soundtrack. The songs include originals by Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys and blues rocker ZZ Ward, four covers of classic songs and two instrumentals by…

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