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New documentary delves into Nob Hill’s history

New documentary delves into Nob Hill’s history

A new, 12-minute documentary was produced about the Nob Hill neighborhood of Albuquerque, which set to mark its 100th anniversary next year. This video contains some boosterism, but it also has a lot of history and vintage photos about that…

A glimpse at a water intake tower at the Old Chain of Rocks Bridge

A glimpse at a water intake tower at the Old Chain of Rocks Bridge

The director of Public Utilities in St. Louis offered a Fox2 reporter in St. Louis a rare inside look at one of the century-old water intake towers near the Old Chain of Rocks Bridge. The Old Chain of Rocks Bridge…

“Painted Desert Trading Post” documentary is online

“Painted Desert Trading Post” documentary is online

KC Keefer’s 18-minute documentary, “Painted Desert Trading Post,” about the long-closed Route 66 landmark of the same name in eastern Arizona, went live on YouTube at midday Sunday. The film, hosted by Route 66 researcher Nick Gerlich, is part history…

Santa Monica Pier laying claim to Popeye’s inspiration

Santa Monica Pier laying claim to Popeye’s inspiration

Compelling evidence exists that the inspiration to the Popeye the Sailor Man cartoon was inspired by a real-life sailor who hung around the Santa Monica Pier in California, reported the Santa Monica Daily Press newspaper. Trouble is, a small town…

Route 66 exhibit was ‘most popular’ in Autry history

Route 66 exhibit was ‘most popular’ in Autry history

The just-completed “Route 66: The Road and the Romance” at the Autry National Center in Los Angeles was declared “the most popular show in the history of the museum” by its president. That pronouncement was made by museum president Richard…

Barstow will dedicate new mural Saturday

Barstow will dedicate new mural Saturday

A bank building in Barstow, California, will unveil Saturday a new mural about the region’s turquoise history, according to a report in the Desert Dispatch. Union Bank at 239 E. Main St. (aka Route 66) will unveil the mural at…

Interview with “The 66 Kid” author

Artist and western historian Bob Boze Bell was interviewed for about 13 minutes by a PBS television station at Arizona State University about his new biography, “The 66 Kid: Raised on the Mother Road,” that deals primarily with his childhood…

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