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Museum unearths Red Chief Motel diner mural

Museum unearths Red Chief Motel diner mural

A museum recently uncovered a nearly forgotten Native American-themed mural from the diner of the Red Chief Motel in Rancho Cucamonga, California. Officials at the Cooper Regional History Museum in nearby Upland, California, recently took the mural out of storage and put it on…

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Hotel plan may endanger original Barney’s Beanery

Hotel plan may endanger original Barney’s Beanery

The original Barney’s Beanery restaurant and bar along Route 66 in West Hollywood, California, may be endangered by a proposed five-story hotel in that spot. The Los Angeles Times reported on a few of the details: The proposal — which is…

Two Oklahoma properties added to National Register

Two Oklahoma properties added to National Register

Two areas of Route 66 in Oklahoma recently were named to the National Register of Historic Places, according to an email Thursday from the National Park Service. First, the register recognized the Downtown Claremore Historic District that includes a couple…

A look at “Route 66: Radiance, Rust and Revival on the Mother Road”

A look at “Route 66: Radiance, Rust and Revival on the Mother Road”

The “Route 66: Radiance, Rust and Revival on the Mother Road” show at the Albuquerque Museum ends in about 10 days. If you are unable to see it, this well-produced and remarkably comprehensive video from the city’s television channel may suffice: The show’s…

A tragedy on Route 66 in 1968

A tragedy on Route 66 in 1968

I stumbled onto this recent video about a car accident in October 1968 that killed four teenagers on Foothill Boulevard (aka Route 66) in Fontana, California.. Two other teens died on Foothill in other accidents the same weekend. The video…

Speakers lineup announced for Miles of Possibility Conference

Speakers lineup announced for Miles of Possibility Conference

The Route 66 Miles of Possibility conference recently announced its speakers for the Oct. 20-23 event at the McLean County Museum of History/Cruisin’ with Lincoln on 66 Visitors Center and the Ensenberger Building in downtown Bloomington, Illinois. Last year’s Miles of…

Book review: “Portrait of Route 66”

Book review: “Portrait of Route 66”

“Portrait of Route 66” provides many colorful or obscure images from the massive Curt Teich Postcard Archive, and it offers a look at the Mother Road from the mid-1920s to the early 1950s. But one of the most enjoyable parts of “Portrait…

The Mill likely will reopen as a museum by April

The Mill likely will reopen as a museum by April

The Mill restaurant in Lincoln, Illinois, likely will reopen as an area history museum in April after almost 10 years of restoration work on the Route 66 landmark. The Springfield State Journal-Register published a detailed story about The Mill and the…

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…

A concise history of Ash Fork

A concise history of Ash Fork

Marshall Trimble, who’s been designated Arizona’s official state historian, appears in this 2 1/2-minute video about the Route 66 town of Ash Fork, Arizona, for the Ash Fork Historical Society and Museum. And because Trimble grew up in Ash Fork,…

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