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Route 66 Experience may break ground by spring

Route 66 Experience may break ground by spring

The long-planned Route 66 Experience facility in Tulsa may break ground by April or May 2018 and open to the public by November 2019 if all goes to plan, according to an email from the Route 66 Alliance’s executive director.…

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Fees could rise sharply at popular national parks, including Grand Canyon

Fees could rise sharply at popular national parks, including Grand Canyon

The U.S. Park Service is considering steep increases to 17 of its most popular national parks, including Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona, a side trip for many Route 66 travelers. The Associated Press reported Tuesday: Visitors to the Grand…

Route 66: The Road Ahead issues third-quarter report

Route 66: The Road Ahead issues third-quarter report

Last week, the Route 66: The Road Ahead Partnership issued its third-quarter report to keep the Route 66 community up-to-date on its activities and future endeavors. Bill Thomas, chairman of the group, summarized the report in an overview. One excerpt,…

Joliet’s baseball stadium to be renamed Joliet Route 66 Stadium

Joliet’s baseball stadium to be renamed Joliet Route 66 Stadium

The independent baseball stadium in Joliet, Illinois, eventually will be renamed Joliet Route 66 Stadium, it was announced Friday during the Route 66 Miles of Possibility Conference in Joliet. The name change may not occur for a year because of…

Miles of Possibility news conference to introduce Launching Pad Drive-In’s new owners

Miles of Possibility news conference to introduce Launching Pad Drive-In’s new owners

On Tuesday, Tully Garrett and Holly Barker officially bought the long-closed Launching Pad Drive-In in Wilmington, Illinois, and its iconic Gemini Giant fiberglass statue. On Friday, the couple will be introduced as the Route 66 restaurant’s new owners during a…

New Route 66 mural goes up in Lexington

New Route 66 mural goes up in Lexington

With the help of a local teenager, the Route 66 town of Lexington, Illinois, boasts a new mural that pays tribute to the Mother Road. Karen Wingo, owner of the Thrift Avenue store at Main Street and Route 66 in…

A closer look at Uranus, Missouri

A closer look at Uranus, Missouri

Louie Keen, fresh off his successful bid to make the Guinness Book of World Records, recently was featured in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch because of the success and growth of his Uranus Fudge Factory complex off Route 66 near St.…

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…

Filmmaker is crowdfunding a portion of his Blue Whale movie

Filmmaker is crowdfunding a portion of his Blue Whale movie

  Tulsa-based filmmaker Jonathan Rossetti wants to make a coming-of-age independent film set at the iconic Blue Whale of Catoosa, Oklahoma, and he has set up a crowdfunding campaign to hire a casting director. Rossetti launched up his campaign this…

Book review: “100 Things to Do on Route 66 Before You Die”

Book review: “100 Things to Do on Route 66 Before You Die”

Traveling Route 66 has ended up on many people’s so-called “bucket list,” or “things you ought to do before you kick the bucket.” Prolific author Jim Hinckley created a bucket list for Route 66 itself in his newest book, “100…

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