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Little Richard nearly died on Route 66

Little Richard nearly died on Route 66

WEHOville.com this week started a promising series, “Tales from Historic Route 66,” about the Mother Road through West Hollywood, California. The first entry was about rock legend Little Richard, who nearly died in a West Hollywood car crash in 1985. Little Richard…

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Goal: Reopen Macoupin County Cannonball Jail next year

Goal: Reopen Macoupin County Cannonball Jail next year

Sensing a likely tourism draw, Macoupin County wants to reopen its circa-1870 county jail near downtown Carlinville, Illinois. However, the interior of the fortress-like structure, often called the Macoupin County Cannonball Jail, remains covered with toxic lead paint. About $13,000 has been raised…

Fire damages historic dance hall in Amarillo

A fire Saturday heavily damaged the Soul Town nightclub along old Route 66 in Amarillo, Texas, and the longtime owner is assessing how to rebuild it. Jimmy Dunn, 77, owns Soul Town, which before was the Crystal Pistol strip club,…

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…

“Boomtown” documentary wins an Emmy

“Boomtown” documentary wins an Emmy

The Tulsa history film “Boomtown: An American Journey” won a regional Emmy Award on Saturday night in the historical documentary group in the Heartland Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. “Boomtown” was the first movie made by Kirkpatrick…

La Paloma marks 50th anniversary

La Paloma marks 50th anniversary

La Paloma restaurant along Route 66 in La Verne, California, is marking its 50th year this week. But according to the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, the Mexican restaurant’s roots go back even further, to the 1920s: That’s when the property…

A sample of a treasure trove of photos

A sample of a treasure trove of photos

This new video features a collection of photos taken during the early 1980s by the Oklahoma Department of Transportation along NW 39th Street from Oklahoma City to the suburb of Bethany, before U.S. 66 become decommissioned. According to Rachel Mosman, a photo archivist…

Jim Jones honored by Illinois Route 66 Association

Jim Jones honored by Illinois Route 66 Association

Jim Jones, a longtime volunteer at the Illinois Route 66 Hall of Fame and Museum with a longtime personal history with Route 66 in Odell, Illinois, recently was honored with the President’s Award by the Illinois Route 66 Association. According to…

Museum of the American Military Family soon will open in Tijeras

Museum of the American Military Family soon will open in Tijeras

The Museum of the American Military Family, which once existed only online, opens next month along Route 66 in Tijeras, New Mexico, east of Albuquerque. The museum‘s founder and executive director, Circe Olson Woessner, told the Rio Rancho Observer it plans a grand…

Summit Inn ownership soon will change

Summit Inn ownership soon will change

The Summit Inn, situated off old Route 66 on the top of Cajon Pass in southern California, will change hands after almost 50 years under ownership by C.A. Stevens. The Victorville Daily Press reports the Otto Recinos family of nearby Wrightwood, California,…

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