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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…

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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…

Co-creator of Mr. D’z Route 66 Diner dies

Co-creator of Mr. D’z Route 66 Diner dies

Roy Dunton, a longtime Route 66 resident who with his son built Mr. D’z Route 66 Diner and a slew of automotive businesses in Kingman, Arizona, died last week at age 95. According to an obituary in the Kingman Daily…

Book review: “John T. Woodruff”

Book review: “John T. Woodruff”

Cyrus Avery of Tulsa is known worldwide as the “Father of Route 66.” Springfield, Missouri, is known as the “Birthplace of Route 66.” John Woodruff never earned a tagline with his name. But a new book leaves little doubt he played a…

Sluggish road project hampers Route 66 business

Sluggish road project hampers Route 66 business

It’s no secret a road-construction project can put a serious crimp on the revenue of businesses that depend on that traffic. But the Indian Village Gift Shop at Continental Divide, New Mexico, really suffered from one this year. Completion of…

More about Route 66 Welcome Center’s so-called solar road

More about Route 66 Welcome Center’s so-called solar road

Additional information emerged over the weekend about the oft-reported Route 66 Welcome Center solar road that will be installed near Conway, Missouri. The solar panels will be laid on a 12-by-20-foot section of sidewalk, not road surface, at the Route 66-themed rest area off…

Is the Big Texan Steak Ranch on Route 66?

Is the Big Texan Steak Ranch on Route 66?

The answer: Yes. It sits on an obscure and short-lived alignment of Route 66 from the 1920s. More on this later. While recently reporting the Big Texan Steak Ranch in Amarillo, Texas, likely will begin building a bigger complex soon, I wrote this…

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