More details about Oklahoma Tourism’s big ad buy in NYC’s Times Square

Oklahoma Tourism last week provided more details about the advertising, including for Route 66, which it recently purchased for the gigantic video screens at Times Square in New York City. The department stated this in a news release: Visitors near Father Duffy Square, a heavily trafficked pedestrian plaza, will be able to look up and … Continue reading More details about Oklahoma Tourism’s big ad buy in NYC’s Times Square

Kiddieland, a tradition in Carthage for 70 years, reopens for the summer

What's cool about Route 66 is you never stop learning something about it. That includes Kiddieland in Carthage, Missouri, which has been run by the local Kiwanis Club for more than 70 years. Kiddieland at 2000 Oak St. (aka Route 66) opened for the season during Memorial Day weekend. It opens each Saturday, and Sunday … Continue reading Kiddieland, a tradition in Carthage for 70 years, reopens for the summer

Albuquerque officials sponsor a resolution to give $250,000 to improve Route 66

Two Albuquerque city councilors have introduced a resolution to earmark $250,000 to improve the city's 18 miles of Route 66, including the rehabilitation of iconic signs. City councilors Klarissa Pena and Renee Grout have sponsored the resolution. Rachael Hernandez, an aide to Pena, stated in an email the resolution first will go to the city's … Continue reading Albuquerque officials sponsor a resolution to give $250,000 to improve Route 66

Snippets of Oklahoma Route 66 shown on Times Square’s big video screens

Mary Beth Babcock, the owner of the Buck Atoms Cosmic Curios on Route 66 store in Tulsa, recently flagged a brief video shot by a friend in New York City. The footage shows several landmarks from Route 66 and other spots in the Sooner State that were displayed on the big video screens in Times … Continue reading Snippets of Oklahoma Route 66 shown on Times Square’s big video screens

Will Rogers Memorial Museum in Claremore to undergo a $14 million expansion and renovation

The Will Rogers Memorial Museum in Claremore, Oklahoma, will undergo an extensive renovation and expansion in the next few years -- the first since the museum opened in 1938. The Joplin Globe reported: Letters from Will Rogers’ adolescence, glass slides of movie posters, studio contracts, movie scripts and costumes are just a few of the … Continue reading Will Rogers Memorial Museum in Claremore to undergo a $14 million expansion and renovation

Heart of Route 66 Auto Museum in Sapulpa offering rides in century-old Packard

The Heart of Route 66 Auto Museum in Sapulpa, Oklahoma, is offering half-hour rides in a 100-year-old Packard car. The Tulsa World reported the 1922 Packard long had been on display at the museum on Sapulpa's west side, just off Route 66. This time, however, the museum will offer rides at $11 a head each … Continue reading Heart of Route 66 Auto Museum in Sapulpa offering rides in century-old Packard

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

“Interactive metaverse exhibit” coming to Springfield involves Negro Motorist Green Book

In May, the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity and Gov. JB Pritzker announced $4 million in grants for various projects along Route 66, including one to Springfield for an "interactive metaverse exhibit" that would focus on "the lived experiences of Black Americans traveling or living in communities along Route 66 throughout its history." Last week, … Continue reading “Interactive metaverse exhibit” coming to Springfield involves Negro Motorist Green Book

Home movie footage from 1977 shows Fort Courage and Flintstones Bedrock City in Arizona

Steve Palmer recently posted online some film footage taken during a family vacation in 1977. It shows Fort Courage in Houck, Arizona, and Bedrock City north of Williams, Arizona. https://youtu.be/KaYmXc7EmSU Fort Courage has been abandoned for years and is deteriorating to the elements and vandals. According to Atlas Obscura, Fort Courage was built in the … Continue reading Home movie footage from 1977 shows Fort Courage and Flintstones Bedrock City in Arizona

Oklahoma on verge of state Route 66 Commission, millions for development and preservation

A bill in the Oklahoma Legislature is on the cusp of creating an Oklahoma Route 66 Commission and earmarking up to $6.6 million in annual funding for the preservation and development of the historic highway. The Oklahoma House advanced the bill by a 72-6 vote, and the Senate advanced it to the governor by a … Continue reading Oklahoma on verge of state Route 66 Commission, millions for development and preservation