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The ghosts of Tom Joad

The ghosts of Tom Joad

Below the new and idyllic Route 66 Roadside Park in Springfield, Missouri, a campground for the homeless has sprung up in recent months. KYTV in Springfield talked to Heather Cooper, one of the homeless there: “I have post traumatic stress disorder…

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Heart of Route 66 Auto Museum set to open by March

Heart of Route 66 Auto Museum set to open by March

The Heart of Route 66 Auto Museum in Sapulpa, Oklahoma, will have a soft opening in late March and an official opening June 1, according to Richard Holmes, president of the nonprofit museum. The museum at 13 Sahoma Lake Road, just…

Oklahoma Land Run marker remains broken after two years

A marker on Route 66 that tells of one of Oklahoma’s historic land runs remains unrepaired about two years after someone broke it. KOCO-TV in Oklahoma City reports that, as usual, the problem is a lack of money: The Run of 89…

Mojave Trails National Monument order expected soon

Mojave Trails National Monument order expected soon

A declaration of a Mojave Trails National Monument that would include almost all of Route 66 from Needles to Barstow, California, is coming within days, according to a lengthy article by the San Francisco Chronicle. For six years, Sen. Dianne Feinstein…

Laurel Kane, matriarch of Afton Station, dies

Laurel Kane, matriarch of Afton Station, dies

Laurel Kane, 69, matriarch of the Afton Station visitors center on Route 66 in Afton, Oklahoma, died Thursday from a short illness as the result of a fall at her home in Tulsa earlier in the week, according to her former husband, David…

Decade-old Cars film still draws tourists to Route 66

Decade-old Cars film still draws tourists to Route 66

In a few months, the Disney-Pixar animated Cars film will mark its 10th anniversary. Because of its setting included the fictional Route 66 town of Radiator Springs, the film brought several years’ worth of new tourists to the real Route 66. Based…

Final 2015 report of Route 66: The Road Ahead Initiative panel released

Final 2015 report of Route 66: The Road Ahead Initiative panel released

The steering committee of the Route 66: The Road Ahead Initiative last week issued a final report of what it did in 2015 and what it hopes to carry out in 2016. You can read the entire 13-page report here.…

Nearly 200 attend Glenn Frey memorial in Winslow

Nearly 200 attend Glenn Frey memorial in Winslow

About 200 people attended a memorial service Tuesday night at Standin’ on a Corner Park in Winslow, Arizona, for The Eagles co-founder Glenn Frey, who died at age 67 on Monday from several illnesses. The Associated Press reported that Winslow…

“Take It Easy” co-writer Glenn Frey dies

“Take It Easy” co-writer Glenn Frey dies

There’s a little corner in Winslow, Arizona, that’s a sadder sight to see Glenn Frey, a co-founder of the mega-selling country-rock band The Eagles and co-writer of one of its early hits, “Take It Easy,” that made the Route 66 town…

Mural will be added to Chelsea pedestrian tunnel

Mural will be added to Chelsea pedestrian tunnel

A mural that will portray the history of Chelsea, Oklahoma, will be painted on the pedestrian tunnel that goes under Route 66 in the town, reported The Daily Progress of nearby Claremore, Oklahoma. Artist Ken Hollingshead of Sapulpa, Oklahoma, has been preparing…

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