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Business owners say ART work will hurt Route 66 festival

Business owners say ART work will hurt Route 66 festival

Businesses along the Nob Hill sector in Albuquerque say next month’s Route 66 Summerfest will be hampered by ongoing Albuquerque Rapid Transit construction. In a featured guest column signed by 16 other business owners in the Albuquerque Journal, Stone Mountain Bead…

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Two large chrome chickens coming to Route 66 in Edmond

Two large chrome chickens coming to Route 66 in Edmond

Two 6-foot-tall chrome chickens will be coming soon to a new restaurant along Route 66 in Edmond, Oklahoma. The Edmond Sun newspaper reports the chrome chickens are manufactured from Harley-Davidson motorcycle exhaust pipes and other components by Rustic Steel Creations…

McLean County in Illinois extends Route 66 Bike Trail

McLean County in Illinois extends Route 66 Bike Trail

The board of McLean County, Illinois, this week voted to extend the Route 66 Bike Trail another 3.25 miles from Shirley, Illinois, to the hamlet of Funks Grove. The current trail runs from Towanda, Illinois, through the Bloomington-Normal metro area…

‘Blight’ designation may boost Springfield’s Kearney Street

‘Blight’ designation may boost Springfield’s Kearney Street

It sounds counter-intuitive, but the city of Springfield, Missouri, is considering declaring Kearney Street blighted so it can improve it in the future. Kearney remains a prominent Route 66 alignment once known as a car-cruising corridor during the 1970s and…

Vendor testing interest in Texas Route 66 license plate

Vendor testing interest in Texas Route 66 license plate

A vendor for specialty license plates in Texas is testing the waters for a possible Route 66 plate issued in the Lone Star State. MyPlates.com and the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles are considering the plate, according to a news release…

Seeing Oatman Road from all angles

Seeing Oatman Road from all angles

Over the years, I’ve posted videos of people cruising Route 66 on the twisting, turning Oatman Road to Oatman, Arizona. Skip La Fetra recently drove east on Oatman Road with a 360-degree video camera mounted to the top of his…

De Anza Motor Lodge project takes another step forward

De Anza Motor Lodge project takes another step forward

The lengthy quest to rehabilitate and reopen the long-shuttered De Anza Motor Lodge in Albuquerque took another significant step forward last week. The city’s Landmarks and Urban Conservation Commission on Wednesday approved a redevelopment plan for the Route 66 motel…

Movie review: ‘Cars 3’

Movie review: ‘Cars 3’

“Cars 3” not only becomes Pixar’s animated tribute to stock-car racing, but it represents a return to the emotional core of the original 2006 film. Before describing the plot about humanized cars, Route 66 aficionados should know the fictional town…

Route 66 fan producing documentary on music scene of Springfield, Missouri

Route 66 fan producing documentary on music scene of Springfield, Missouri

Dave Hoekstra, a big Route 66 fan for much of his 30-year career at the Chicago Sun-Times, is producing a film series about unheralded rich music scenes in the United States, including Springfield, Missouri. Titled “Song of an Unsung America,”…

Book review: “The 1928 Bunion Derby”

Book review: “The 1928 Bunion Derby”

Before going in-depth with this review of James R. Powell’s “The 1928 Bunion Derby,” prospective customers should know right away it is not a turn-by-turn guidebook to the infamous 3,423-mile Trans-American Footrace from Los Angeles to New York City —…

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