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Michael Wallis inducted to Circle Cinema Walk of Fame

Michael Wallis inducted to Circle Cinema Walk of Fame

Michael Wallis, author of the best-selling “Route 66: The Mother Road” and the voice of the Sheriff of Radiator Springs in the Disney-Pixar “Cars” movies, recently was inducted into the Walk of Fame at the Circle Cinema in Tulsa. Wallis…

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New mural to be unveiled Sunday in Elkhart

New mural to be unveiled Sunday in Elkhart

A new Route 66-themed mural in downtown Elkhart, Illinois, will be unveiled Sunday during a weekend that includes the 11th annual Car Cruise-In at The Mill in nearby Lincoln, Illinois. Here’s more information about the mural from a news release:…

Charley’s Automotive Service in Grants named to National Register

Charley’s Automotive Service in Grants named to National Register

The long-closed Charley’s Automotive Service building along Route 66 in Grants, New Mexico, was named to the National Register of Historic Places. The designation became effective Oct. 4, according to a recent email from the National Park Service. The station…

Braum’s withdraws application to rezone Classen Circle

Braum’s withdraws application to rezone Classen Circle

Those protesting the proposed razing of historic Classen Circle in Oklahoma City earned a victory when the Braum’s restaurant chain withdrew its rezoning application for the project. Several Oklahoma City news outlets, including the The Oklahoman newspaper, reported the Braum’s…

Launching Pad Drive-In lands new owners

Launching Pad Drive-In lands new owners

The Launching Pad Drive-In in Wilmington, Illinois — best-known for its Gemini Giant fiberglass giant on a corner of the property — has new owners who plan to reopen the Route 66 landmark in the late spring. The Free Press…

Elbow Inn’s main building reopens

Elbow Inn’s main building reopens

The main building for the Elbow Inn bar and barbecue restaurant in Devil’s Elbow, Missouri, reopened Wednesday about five months after record flooding ravaged it and the tiny Route 66 town. The Elbow Inn’s beer-garden area reopened a few weeks…

Scenes from the Military Vehicle Preservation Association Route 66 Convoy

Scenes from the Military Vehicle Preservation Association Route 66 Convoy

We’ve been tracking the Military Vehicle Preservation Association’s Route 66 Convoy, where about 70 military vehicles are going west the length of the Mother Road over several weeks. You can follow the convoy’s progress online here, which includes a live…

Historic house for sale in Webb City being considered as a B&B

Historic house for sale in Webb City being considered as a B&B

A historic house on the north edge of downtown Webb City, Missouri, is on the market, and prospective buyers are considering it for use as bed-and-breakfast lodging. KSN-TV took a closer look at the Aylor House: The 3,000 square foot…

Tom Petty, R.I.P.

Tom Petty, R.I.P.

Word came down late Monday that rock ‘n’ roll legend Tom Petty died after suffering a cardiac arrest at his Southern California home. He was 66. I’ll let others wax poetic about his marvelous career, including one of my favorite…

Book review: Charles Phoenix’s “Addicted to Americana”

Book review: Charles Phoenix’s “Addicted to Americana”

If you wondered whether famed pop-culture enthusiast Charles Phoenix included Route 66 attractions in his latest book, “Addicted to Americana” (180 pages, hardcover, illustrated, Prospect Park Books), all you have to do is glance at its cover. It contains an…

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