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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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DVD review: “The Missouri Maze”

DVD review: “The Missouri Maze”

Unoccupied Route 66 continues its mix of history and atmospheric images of forlorn Route 66 sites in its latest documentary, “The Missouri Maze.” The 26-minute film ($14.95 list, shipping included), directed by KC Keefer and hosted by Nick Gerlich, tells about…

Route 66-Lincoln Highway marker erected in Joliet

Route 66-Lincoln Highway marker erected in Joliet

The city of Joliet, Illinois, long has been known by historians as boasting the intersection of two historic roads — Route 66 and the Lincoln Highway. Now casual travelers will learn of this major crossroads with a new, 7-foot-tall marker at…

Route 66 Welcome Center in Missouri may get solar-powered road

Route 66 Welcome Center in Missouri may get solar-powered road

The Route 66 Welcome Center off Interstate 44 in Conway, Missouri, may get a roadway made of solar panels, according the Kansas City Star and other media. The proposal is part of the Missouri Department of Transportation’s Road to Tomorrow initiative, which…

Route 66 part of Devore Interchange Project not quite finished

Route 66 part of Devore Interchange Project not quite finished

Friday marked the finish of a huge part of the $324 million Devore Interchange Project in Southern California. However, the part that would have reconnected a two-mile section of Route 66 for the first time in decades won’t be finished…

Los Angeles may preserve ‘Green Book’ properties

Los Angeles may preserve ‘Green Book’ properties

Los Angeles and the Getty Conservation Institute are exploring the possibility of rehabbing and protecting about 50 properties once listed in the Negro Motorist Green Book. A few of the properties may be designated as L.A. Historic-Cultural Monuments, reported the Los Angeles Times. The…

County seeks grant for Sidewalk Highway

County seeks grant for Sidewalk Highway

Ottawa County in northeast Oklahoma is seeking more than $450,000 in federal Transportation Alternatives Program money to fix the “Sidewalk Highway” of original Route 66 south of Miami. According to an article in the Miami News-Record: If awarded, the money would be used…

Highway improvements won’t affect The Boundary

Highway improvements won’t affect The Boundary

Last month, word that the Oklahoma Department of Transportation would improve Oklahoma Route 66 between Arcadia and Luther made the owner of The Boundary wonder whether his barbecue restaurant would have to be razed. He’s probably resting easier after what…

La Bajada Hill may become a national monument

La Bajada Hill may become a national monument

In the wake of Barack Obama last week designating a big chunk of Route 66 in the Mojave Desert as the Mojave Trails National Monument, pressure is building on the president to designate La Bajada Hill in New Mexico as a national…

66 Corridor project appears to be dead

66 Corridor project appears to be dead

During the gap between the Christmas and New Year’s holidays, federal officials apparently nixed a long-simmering 66 Corridor interstate proposal, aka Interstate 66, that would have linked Paducah, Kentucky, and Cape Girardeau, Missouri. The Associated Press first broke the story. The 66…

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