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Should Albuquerque set up a Route 66 state park?

Should Albuquerque set up a Route 66 state park?

Jon Knudsen, a longtime resident of Albuquerque and a University of New Mexico instructor, posited an intriguing idea during an op-ed piece in the New Mexico Market Place: Placing a Route 66 state park in the middle of the city…

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Route 66 Gateways in Tulsa win architectural design award

Route 66 Gateways in Tulsa win architectural design award

  The Route 66 Gateways that grace the Mother Road at the eastern and western edges of Tulsa recently won an architectural design award. The gateways, designed Dewberry Architects, received a People’s Choice Award at the American Institute of Architects…

Memories of Times Beach persist more than 30 years later

Memories of Times Beach persist more than 30 years later

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch recently published a story about Marilyn Leistner, who was the last mayor of Times Beach, Missouri, before the Route 66 town was deserted for good in 1983 because of dioxin contamination. Road contractor Russell Bliss used…

Wall Street Journal produces short video on Route 66

Wall Street Journal produces short video on Route 66

Taking note of Route 66’s 90th birthday, the Wall Street Journal a couple of days ago produced this video — virtually all of it in California’s Mojave Desert — about America’s most famous highway: At 4 1/2 minutes, it conveys…

Michael Wallis’ voice now greets visitors at Tulsa airport

Michael Wallis’ voice now greets visitors at Tulsa airport

Starting today, visitors to Tulsa International Airport will receive a new recorded greeting from none other than best-selling Route 66 author, Radiator Springs sheriff and longtime Tulsa resident Michael Wallis. And, yes, Wallis touts Route 66 as part of the…

Book review: “Route 66 Barn Find Road Trip”

Book review: “Route 66 Barn Find Road Trip”

It’s a book I’m a bit surprised hasn’t been done before — a few chums travel down Route 66 searching for “barn finds” of classic cars. In case you’re not familiar with the term, “barn find” is a long-neglected classic car…

Educators, Route 66 can use your help

Educators, Route 66 can use your help

Calling all educators who used Route 66 in their curriculum: The Route 66: The Road Ahead Initiative wants to hear from you. University of New Mexico professor and author David Dunaway is serving as chairman of the initiative’s Research &…

Route 66: The Road Ahead update, 12/3/2016 edition

Route 66: The Road Ahead update, 12/3/2016 edition

Bill Thomas of the Route 66: The Road Ahead Initiative asked whether regular updates about the group’s activities could be posted on Route 66 News. I agreed to do so on a monthly or bimonthly basis. Here is the first…

Route 66 sculptures nearly done for Tulsa’s Howard Park

Route 66 sculptures nearly done for Tulsa’s Howard Park

Utah sculptor Patrick Sullivan probably will finish his three Route 66 sculptures for Howard Park in Tulsa sometime next week. Tulsa World columnist John Klein recently talked to Sullivan, who patiently has wielded a hammer and chisel to create the images…

Book review: “Route 66 Roadside Signs and Advertisements”

Book review: “Route 66 Roadside Signs and Advertisements”

“Route 66 Roadside Signs and Advertisements” leaves little doubt it exists primarily as an image-driven book. After all, you have to show all these neon signs, banners and billboards that made an indelible impression on generations of Route 66 travelers and…

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