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Memories of Times Beach persist more than 30 years later

Memories of Times Beach persist more than 30 years later

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch recently published a story about Marilyn Leistner, who was the last mayor of Times Beach, Missouri, before the Route 66 town was deserted for good in 1983 because of dioxin contamination. Road contractor Russell Bliss used…

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Wall Street Journal produces short video on Route 66

Wall Street Journal produces short video on Route 66

Taking note of Route 66’s 90th birthday, the Wall Street Journal a couple of days ago produced this video — virtually all of it in California’s Mojave Desert — about America’s most famous highway: At 4 1/2 minutes, it conveys…

Educators, Route 66 can use your help

Educators, Route 66 can use your help

Calling all educators who used Route 66 in their curriculum: The Route 66: The Road Ahead Initiative wants to hear from you. University of New Mexico professor and author David Dunaway is serving as chairman of the initiative’s Research &…

Route 66 sculptures nearly done for Tulsa’s Howard Park

Route 66 sculptures nearly done for Tulsa’s Howard Park

Utah sculptor Patrick Sullivan probably will finish his three Route 66 sculptures for Howard Park in Tulsa sometime next week. Tulsa World columnist John Klein recently talked to Sullivan, who patiently has wielded a hammer and chisel to create the images…

Book review: “Route 66 Roadside Signs and Advertisements”

Book review: “Route 66 Roadside Signs and Advertisements”

“Route 66 Roadside Signs and Advertisements” leaves little doubt it exists primarily as an image-driven book. After all, you have to show all these neon signs, banners and billboards that made an indelible impression on generations of Route 66 travelers and…

Ash Fork’s little-known historical gem

Ash Fork’s little-known historical gem

Only one of two steel dams still exist in the United States, and one is less than a mile off an old alignment of Route 66 east of Ash Fork, Arizona. Known as the Bainbridge Steel Dam or the Ashfork-Bainbridge…

Exploring the ruins of Ella’s Frontier

Exploring the ruins of Ella’s Frontier

Crowd-funded filmmaker Dan Bell recently explored the ruins of Ella’s Frontier off old Route 66 near Joseph City, Arizona. He interspersed the film with footage from the 1980s shortly after the business closed with the owner’s death in 1984. According…

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…

Lawmaker seeks Illinois Route 66 Centennial Commission

Lawmaker seeks Illinois Route 66 Centennial Commission

It’s still 10 years away, but an Illinois lawmaker wants to set up a commission to help celebrate Route 66’s 100th anniversary in 2026. State Rep. Tim Butler (R-Springfield) introduced House Bill 6624 that would form an Illinois Route 66 Centennial…

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…

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