Tulsa artist makes striking new poster featuring Will Rogers, Route 66

Longtime Tulsa residents know of William Franklin and his artistic talents. But his latest creation that's offered for sale at his Decopolis gift store is particularly notable, especially to Route 66 fans. Franklin stated in a recent Facebook post: Every once in a while ya get lucky and come up with an idea that is … Continue reading Tulsa artist makes striking new poster featuring Will Rogers, Route 66

Big Route 66 mural completed at Tulsa Welding School

A local artist recently completed a 722-square-foot, Route 66-themed mural on the side of the Tulsa Welding School along the East 11th Street alignment of Route 66. Sarah Thompson finished the mural earlier this month. It features Tulsa landmarks such as the Meadow Gold sign, Desert Hills Motel and the Oasis Motel. According to Yahoo! … Continue reading Big Route 66 mural completed at Tulsa Welding School

Google Doodle contains an artist’s tribute to Route 66

The Google Doodle on Google's homepage on Saturday will contain a commissioned work of an artist's representation of Route 66. Allison Hacker of M Booth Communications alerted us to the forthcoming Google Doodle in an email about two weeks ago: While every Doodle has a story behind it, this specific one has a 2,448-mile-long journey. … Continue reading Google Doodle contains an artist’s tribute to Route 66

Concept cars from the 1950s will be displayed at forthcoming Route 66 Visitors Center in Albuquerque

Two concept cars conceived by a New Mexico resident during the 1950s will be on loan at the Route 66 Visitor Center on Albuquerque's west side when the facility opens later this spring. An artist's rendering of Leopold Garcia's "Bubbles Car." Leopold E. Garcia's “Bubbles Car” and “City Car" will be part of the visitors … Continue reading Concept cars from the 1950s will be displayed at forthcoming Route 66 Visitors Center in Albuquerque

Tulsa’s Gilcrease Museum opens temporary shop in Shops at Mother Road Market

Tulsa's famed Gilcrease Museum has opened a temporary shop in the Shops at Mother Road Market along Route 66 as the museum itself is closed to undergo a multimillion-dollar renovation. The Curations by Gilcrease Museum shop features merchandise and art that reflects the museum's acclaimed collection, plus works by contemporary artists. The Tulsa World reports: … Continue reading Tulsa’s Gilcrease Museum opens temporary shop in Shops at Mother Road Market

Illinois tourism bureau applies for grant for Route 66 visitor center, reopening Cannonball Jail

A tourism bureau in southwest Illinois has applied for a state grant that would create a new Route 66 visitor center and reopen the Cannonball Jail in Carlinville, among other projects. According to Riverbender.com, the Great Rivers & Routes Tourism Bureau of Southwest Illinois applied for the grant under the state's Route 66 Grant Program administered … Continue reading Illinois tourism bureau applies for grant for Route 66 visitor center, reopening Cannonball Jail

Life-size statue of Jim Hinckley to be dedicated in Kingman on May 27

A life-size bronze statue of prominent Route 66 author and advocate Jim Hinckley will be dedicated on May 27 in downtown Kingman, Arizona. The event will be part of a block party from 3 to 10 p.m. to present a public arts project, "Kingman Tours: A Walkabout with Jim Hinckley." That day also will be … Continue reading Life-size statue of Jim Hinckley to be dedicated in Kingman on May 27

Marine Corps Logistics Base Barstow incorporates Route 66 shield to its emblem

Marine Corps Logistics Base Barstow near Barstow, California, recently dedicated a 6-foot-tall metal sculpture, signs and road stencils where the military service's eagle, globe and anchor emblem also comes with a Route 66 shield. The Stars and Stripes newspaper had the story: The symbol, made up of a highway shield superimposed over the service’s emblem, … Continue reading Marine Corps Logistics Base Barstow incorporates Route 66 shield to its emblem

Artist creates “Signs” billboard along Route 66 in western Oklahoma

Oklahoma Baptist University professor Corey Fuller recently created an art billboard titled "Signs" along Route 66 in western Oklahoma. One can see the "Signs" billboard driving west on Route 66 between Weatherford and Clinton, between mile markers 77 and 78 on Interstate 40's north side. The university had more details in a news release: The … Continue reading Artist creates “Signs” billboard along Route 66 in western Oklahoma

National Preservation Awards honors restoration of Black Officers Club at Fort Leonard Wood

The National Trust for Historic Preservation last week gave one of its National Preservation Awards to Fort Leonard Wood in mid-Missouri for restoring Building 2101, better known as the Black Officers Club. The building was notable in it contains a mural by Staff Sgt. Samuel Countee, whose work was influenced by the Harlem Renaissance. The … Continue reading National Preservation Awards honors restoration of Black Officers Club at Fort Leonard Wood