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The saint of ANEW Living

The saint of ANEW Living

Nearly a year ago, we reported about ANEW Living, which was converting a run-down Route 66 motel in Flagstaff, Arizona, into temporary, affordable rental housing to those who are homeless. The former 66 Motel offers single rooms or studios for $600 to…

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Tale from a Route 66 childhood gets an Oscar nod

Tale from a Route 66 childhood gets an Oscar nod

I missed this when it was announced last week, but a Pixar animator now is an Academy Award nominee because of his short film, inspired by his childhood at a Route 66 motel in California. Sanjay Patel, with producer Nicole Grindle, were nominated for…

Former co-owner of Blue Swallow Motel dies

Former co-owner of Blue Swallow Motel dies

Dale Bakke, a co-owner of the Blue Swallow Motel in Tucumcari, New Mexico, during a crucial time for the Route 66 landmark’s preservation, died Jan. 4, a month short of his 61st birthday. Dale Bakke and his wife, Hilda, bought the motel…

Mural will be added to Chelsea pedestrian tunnel

Mural will be added to Chelsea pedestrian tunnel

A mural that will portray the history of Chelsea, Oklahoma, will be painted on the pedestrian tunnel that goes under Route 66 in the town, reported The Daily Progress of nearby Claremore, Oklahoma. Artist Ken Hollingshead of Sapulpa, Oklahoma, has been preparing…

Book review: “2 for $6 on Route 66”

Book review: “2 for $6 on Route 66”

If you want to know what it’s like to run a motel on the Mother Road, Debra Whittington’s “2 for $6 on Route 66” provides a vivid glimpse. Specifically, the book (140 pages, self-published, soft cover, $10) offers a glimpse from…

Fire damages Wildorado motel

Fire damages Wildorado motel

A suspected electrical fire Tuesday destroyed much of the Royal Inn, one of the original Route 66 businesses in Wildorado, Texas, reported the Amarillo Globe-News. The first call came into Oldham County Sheriff’s Office at 9:48 a.m. and the fire…

A glimpse of Route 66 in Villa Ridge in 1994

Dan Uscian recently uploaded video footage from 1994 of three Route 66 business in near Villa Ridge, Missouri — the Tri-County Truck Stop, the Gardenway Motel and the Diamonds restaurant. The Diamonds and Gardenway are closed. The Tri-County Truck Stop closed…

Did Honda rip off an image from Roy’s of Amboy?

Did Honda rip off an image from Roy’s of Amboy?

Honda is airing an advertisement for its Happy Honda Day Sales Event for 2016. A former caretaker for Roy’s in Amboy, California, says the carmaker appropriated an image of the Route 66 landmark in animated footage for the spot. Watch…

Photo at Roy’s in Amboy freaks out Internet

Photo at Roy’s in Amboy freaks out Internet

A chunk of the Internet is scandalized or even terrified over what appears to be a lot of blood splattered over the inside of one of the rooms of a long-closed motel at Roy’s in Amboy, California. A Reddit user on a Route 66 trip…

The glow of El Vado

The glow of El Vado

Maybe by the year 2017, we’ll get to see this again. Dan Uscian recently uploaded footage from June 1994 when the neon tubing of the historic El Vado Motel along Route 66 in Albuquerque still glowed brightly, including its memorably designed…

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