Big Route 66 neon sign installed at the Illinois State Fair in Springfield

A 40-foot neon sign was installed a few days ago at the Illinois State Fair in Springfield. The sign is near the fairgrounds' Gate 2, which is at the corner of Peoria Road (aka Route 66) and Sangamon Avenue. It's the first of five signs at the gate. The Route 66 Experience also is located … Continue reading Big Route 66 neon sign installed at the Illinois State Fair in Springfield

GM claims its updated Super Cruise will allow users to cruise Route 66 hands-free

General Motors recently announced it has expanded the number of miles where users can employ its Super Cruise program and drive hands-free, including on Route 66. Forbes had some of the details: The latest upgrade will mark the first time the system can be activated on local roads — typically non-divided state and federal highways … Continue reading GM claims its updated Super Cruise will allow users to cruise Route 66 hands-free

Article reveals more details on Dennis Hopper’s iconic “Double Standard” photo

A recent story in the New Yorker provided a lot more detail about "Double Standard," a now-iconic photograph from inside a car of a Los Angeles gas station at a Route 66 intersection by actor Dennis Hopper during the early 1960s. Here's an Instagram image of the photo on display in London: View this post … Continue reading Article reveals more details on Dennis Hopper’s iconic “Double Standard” photo

Joliet clarifies what it will do with nearly a half-million dollars for Route 66

A report in an area newspaper recently clarified how Joliet, Illinois, will use nearly $500,000 to beef up its Route 66 attractions for the highway's centennial in 2026. According to the Herald-News (paywall), the city council loaned $484,500 to the Heritage Corridor Convention and Visitors Bureau so it could get started quickly on Route 66 … Continue reading Joliet clarifies what it will do with nearly a half-million dollars for Route 66

City of Chenoa considers redevelopment of an abandoned section of Route 66

The City of Chenoa, Illinois, is considering a redevelopment of a long-abandoned section of Route 66 near the railroad tracks on the city's south side. Most veteran travelers of Route 66 have driven on the four-lane section of Route 66 that curved around the western edge of the town. It was Route 66 from 1946 … Continue reading City of Chenoa considers redevelopment of an abandoned section of Route 66

Hear Angel Delgadillo’s induction speech for the Arizona Tourism Hall of Fame

Last month, 95-year-old Angel Delgadillo of Seligman, Arizona, was inducted into the Arizona Tourism Hall of Fame during a ceremony in Paradise Alley. A number of details emerged from the event, but little about Delgadillo's induction speech itself. This week, a video of Delgadillo's speech emerged on YouTube. According to a Facebook post from Delgadillo's … Continue reading Hear Angel Delgadillo’s induction speech for the Arizona Tourism Hall of Fame

Former Dodgers baseball broadcaster Vin Scully dies at age 94

Vin Scully, broadcaster for the Dodgers major-league baseball team for 67 seasons from their time in Brooklyn to its move to Los Angeles during the late 1950s, died Tuesday at age 94, according to the Los Angeles Times and other media outlets. Scully retired after the 2016 season. The Times reported this about Scully's broadcasting … Continue reading Former Dodgers baseball broadcaster Vin Scully dies at age 94

“Cars on the Road” series to begin streaming Sept. 8 on Disney+

"Cars on the Road," an offshoot of the Route 66-inspired Disney-Pixar animated "Cars" movies, will begin airing its first episodes on the Disney+ streaming platform on Sept. 8. Disney and Pixar released a trailer for the series on Monday: https://youtu.be/mhRs-M9kYvw "Cars on the Road" will have nine episodes this season. United Press International had more … Continue reading “Cars on the Road” series to begin streaming Sept. 8 on Disney+

Second pedestrian in three months dies in front of Ted Drewes, prompting calls for more patrols

A second pedestrian in three months has died while crossing the street in front of Ted Drewes Frozen Custard's flagship stand in south St. Louis, prompting calls for more police to patrol that area and other action. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that Matthew Nikolai, 17, a senior at Christian Brothers College High School, was … Continue reading Second pedestrian in three months dies in front of Ted Drewes, prompting calls for more patrols

Route 66 Experience at Illinois State Fair gets $500,000 grant; Old Joliet prison gets $250,000

The Route 66 Experience at the Illinois State Fair in Springfield will receive a $500,000 grant to help add to the exhibit, according to a news release from the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity. The Old Joliet Prison in Joliet also will receive $250,000 from the same program for exterior illumination of the … Continue reading Route 66 Experience at Illinois State Fair gets $500,000 grant; Old Joliet prison gets $250,000