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Part of Route 66 in Mojave Desert to be closed until mid-September

Part of Route 66 in Mojave Desert to be closed until mid-September

A portion of Route 66 that runs through the Mojave Desert just east of Amboy, California, will be closed through mid-September because of bridge construction. San Bernardino County published a news release Monday in the Desert Dispatch newspaper, based in…

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A look back at the Rock Cafe, Pop Hicks restaurants

A look back at the Rock Cafe, Pop Hicks restaurants

Anthony Reichardt recently uploaded a couple of more videos from his videotaped road trips on Route 66 in a 1959 Cadillac during the 1990s. The first is from the Rock Cafe in Stroud, Oklahoma, in 1994 and 1995. The first…

Congressman introduces bill to make Route 66 a National Historic Trail

Congressman introduces bill to make Route 66 a National Historic Trail

A congressman from Illinois has introduced a bill that would designate Route 66 as a National Historic Trail under the auspices of the National Park Service. U.S. Rep. Darin LaHood (R-Ill.) recently introduced bill H.R. 801 to amend the National Trails System…

Sinkhole closes part of Route 66 in Commerce

Sinkhole closes part of Route 66 in Commerce

A part of Route 66 in Commerce, Oklahoma, will remain closed indefinitely after a sinkhole appeared near the road. The sinkhole was found Friday. about 35 feet from South Main Street near Commerce High School. Police monitored the hole and…

Catoosa to meet with state officials over plan to close Route 66 exit

Catoosa to meet with state officials over plan to close Route 66 exit

Officials with Catoosa, Oklahoma, will meet with Oklahoma Department of Transportation officials later this month over a proposal to close a Route 66 exit from westbound Interstate 44. However, ODOT officials, according to The Daily Progress in nearby Claremore, Oklahoma, the…

Angel Delgadillo archives given to university

Angel Delgadillo archives given to university

Northern Arizona University announced Friday it accepted the archives of longtime Route 66 champion Angel Delgadillo to its collection. The announcement came in Delgadillo’s hometown of Seligman, Arizona, on the 90th birthday of Route 66. Delgadillo, 89, known as the…

Happy 90th birthday, Route 66!

Happy 90th birthday, Route 66!

Today — which also happens to be Veterans Day — marks the 90th birthday of the official existence of U.S. Highway 66, better known as Route 66. Nov. 11, 1926, was the day the American Association of State Highway Officials…

Highway plan concerns Catoosa officials, businesses

Highway plan concerns Catoosa officials, businesses

An Interstate 44 widening plan concerns officials in Catoosa, Oklahoma, because it may turn tourists away from the town and Route 66. The plan would close the exit to northbound Oklahoma Route 66 from westbound I-44. Instead, westbound drivers would have…

“Show Me 66” documentary to premiere Nov. 10

“Show Me 66” documentary to premiere Nov. 10

The Missouri History Museum has been working on a documentary, “Show Me 66: Main Street Through Missouri,” for about a year. The 90-minute film will premiere at 7 p.m. Nov. 10 in Lee Auditorium at the Missouri History Museum in…

Why was Route 66 also known as “Bloody 66”?

Why was Route 66 also known as “Bloody 66”?

For decades, Route 66 was known as “Bloody 66” because of the many car crashes that occurred on that busy and often-narrow highway. When I first talked to old-timers about Route 66 during the late 1990s, many of them recalled…

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