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Route 66 Alliance working on Negro Motorist Green Book website project

Route 66 Alliance working on Negro Motorist Green Book website project

The Route 66 Alliance and Mike McUsic are working on a website to help pass along photos, stories and video about Route 66 sites listed in editions of the Negro Motorist Green Books from 1936 to 1964, plus plenty of…

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Bad news, good news for Formosa Cafe in West Hollywood

Bad news, good news for Formosa Cafe in West Hollywood

Fans of the historic Formosa Cafe along Route 66 in West Hollywood, California, have endured a mix of good news and bad news this month. The bad news is the restaurant, which dates to 1925 at 7156 Santa Monica Blvd.,…

Missouri History Museum sees highest attendance since 1930s

Missouri History Museum sees highest attendance since 1930s

  The Missouri History Museum in St. Louis finished 2016 with its highest attendance in about 80 years, and a Route 66 exhibit is being partially credited for that. KSDK-TV in St. Louis reports the museum logged more than 500,000…

Visits with Lillian Redman at the Blue Swallow Motel

Visits with Lillian Redman at the Blue Swallow Motel

Anthony Reichardt recently uploaded several more videos from Route 66 trips he took in the early to mid-1990s in a 1959 Cadillac. The highlight video of this bunch is several visits with Lillian Redman, longtime owner of the iconic Blue Swallow…

New firearms store / gun range using pieces of Hawkins Mill

New firearms store / gun range using pieces of Hawkins Mill

A new firearms store and gun range is being built along Route 66 in Springfield, Missouri, at the old Hawkins Mill site and using pieces of it in its design. Cherokee Firearms of Springfield is building a new facility at…

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…

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…

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