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The ghosts of Tom Joad

The ghosts of Tom Joad

Below the new and idyllic Route 66 Roadside Park in Springfield, Missouri, a campground for the homeless has sprung up in recent months. KYTV in Springfield talked to Heather Cooper, one of the homeless there: “I have post traumatic stress disorder…

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Oklahoma Land Run marker remains broken after two years

A marker on Route 66 that tells of one of Oklahoma’s historic land runs remains unrepaired about two years after someone broke it. KOCO-TV in Oklahoma City reports that, as usual, the problem is a lack of money: The Run of 89…

A history of The Tropics restaurant

A history of The Tropics restaurant

Tami Goodrich, whose family owned The Tropics in Lincoln, Illinois, for 40 years, recently gave a presentation that delved deep into the history of the Route 66 restaurant. The New Herald News published a long article about Goodrich’s presentation at…

An interview with Laurel Kane

An interview with Laurel Kane

In 2012, Afton Station matriarch Laurel Kane was interviewed by Simon Cantlon and Justin Nathanson for their “Motels on Route 66” documentary film. The duo still are working on their movie. However, with the announcement of Kane’s death last week, they…

Jackson Boulevard Bridge marks 100th birthday

Jackson Boulevard Bridge marks 100th birthday

The Jackson Boulevard Bridge in Chicago, which carried Route 66 until the 1950s, marks the 100th anniversary of its opening today. The North Loop News dug up history on the draw bridge over the Chicago River, which still is used…

Coliseum Ballroom film will previewed at tribute show

Coliseum Ballroom film will previewed at tribute show

A documentary film about the Coliseum Ballroom in Benld, Illinois, will be previewed at a Feb. 20 tribute show for the former Route 66 landmark. According to the State Journal-Register in Springfield, Illinois: “Memories of the Coliseum Ballroom,” which will…

This shows why black people aren’t nostalgic about Route 66

This shows why black people aren’t nostalgic about Route 66

Interest in the history of Route 66 largely is fueled by the memories of people who traveled the Mother Road from 1946 to the mid-1960s. It’s nostalgia. Black people don’t share nostalgia as enthusiastically. I surmised it was because Jim Crow laws…

More about that church in Amboy

More about that church in Amboy

Earlier in the month, we reported the steeple at the long-closed church in Amboy, California, would be restored after the elements finally toppled it in 2013. Specifics about the history of the St. Raymond Church in Amboy were scant, save…

A profile of Bagdad Cafe’s owner

A profile of Bagdad Cafe’s owner

A lot of people — especially Europeans — know about the Bagdad Cafe in Newberry Springs, California, and its draw as the setting for the 1987 film “Bagdad Cafe.” But not many know about Andree Pruett, owner of the Route…

What is the best version of the “Route 66” song?

What is the best version of the “Route 66” song?

Hundreds of versions exist of Bobby Troup’s song “(Get Your Kicks on) Route 66,” better known simply as “Route 66,” that he wrote during a cross-country trip on that highway after World War II. Route 66 News has posted dozens of…

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