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Book review: “Route 66 Splendor: An Adult Coloring Book”

Book review: “Route 66 Splendor: An Adult Coloring Book”

At least one Route 66 adult coloring has hit the market, and more probably will to take advantage of the craze. But they will be hard-pressed to surpass Jo Ann Kargus’ newly published “Route 66 Splendor: An Adult Coloring Book.”…

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Surprise wedding at Route 66 Neon Festival

Surprise wedding at Route 66 Neon Festival

Those who attended the Arcadia Route 66 Neon Fest headquartered last weekend at Jim Ross’ house off old Route 66 near Arcadia, Oklahoma, got a surprise — the wedding of two longtime roadies,officiated by a third longtime roadie. Ross and…

Mother Road enthusiast forms UK Route 66 Association

Mother Road enthusiast forms UK Route 66 Association

Steve Bellamy, a Wales-based Route 66 aficionado known for his DrivingRoute66.com guide to the Mother Road, announced last week he is forming a UK Route 66 Association. In a text, Bellamy wrote about the genesis of the group: I’m aware…

Streetcar Diner also was target of Riviera Roadhouse fire

Streetcar Diner also was target of Riviera Roadhouse fire

When a suspicious fire in 2010 burned down the historic Riviera Roadhouse restaurant in Gardner, Illinois, the arsonist also unsuccessfully targeted the nearby Streetcar Diner that night. That little-known fact was revealed in more than 200 pages of documents and dozens…

Shea’s Route 66 Museum returning as Route 66-themed auto-repair shop

Shea’s Route 66 Museum returning as Route 66-themed auto-repair shop

Shea’s Route 66 Museum in Springfield, Illinois, which closed and its contents auctioned after the death of its longtime owner in 2013, will reopen this summer as a Route 66-themed auto-repair business. Local classic-car aficionados Randy Pickett and Jake Niewold plan…

A symbol of stupidity

A symbol of stupidity

A woman fell into the Arkansas River in Tulsa and was rescued Tuesday after she looked for “satanic symbols” that allegedly were on the underside of the historic 11th Street Bridge. Several Tulsa media outlets posted the story, but KJRH-TV reported the…

Joplin announces “Fiddlers on the Route” music festival

Joplin announces “Fiddlers on the Route” music festival

Joplin, Missouri, will host a two-day “Fiddlers on the Route” music festival — including the Nashville-based The Road Crew — on June 30 and July 1 in the city’s Landreth Park amphitheater. The Joplin Convention & Visitors Bureau and Connect2Culture…

City of Springfield to promote car cruising on Kearney Street

City of Springfield to promote car cruising on Kearney Street

In a historic reversal, the city council of Springfield, Missouri, earlier this week voted unanimously to promote car cruising along Kearney Street — a prominent Route 66 alignment — on certain Friday nights this summer. The city now will encourage motorists…

Congressman takes road trip to promote Route 66 legislation

Congressman takes road trip to promote Route 66 legislation

Illinois congressman Rodney Davis on Tuesday toured Route 66 in Illinois to drum up support for his bills for a Route 66 centennial commission and a National Historic Trail for the Mother Road. Davis and state Rep. Avery Bourne, who introduced…

Dell Rhea’s Chicken Basket neon sign comes down — temporarily

Dell Rhea’s Chicken Basket neon sign comes down — temporarily

The famous and historic neon sign for Dell Rhea’s Chicken Basket in Willowbrook, Illinois, recently was taken down. But don’t panic — it will be gone only a few weeks so it can be fixed and renovated so it looks…

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