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Albuquerque’s new shopping center sign is a throwback

Albuquerque has a new shopping center along its Route 66 corridor, but its main sign will spark memories of the previous business there. The Trade Winds Shopping Center recently finished construction, and it has a sign that’s reminiscent of the…

Teardown schedule for Bel-Aire Motel solidifies

The historic but long-troubled Bel-Aire Motel in Springfield, Illinois, will be demolished by late summer or early fall, according to Tim Landis in his State Journal-Register business column. It earlier was reported the motel on South Sixth Street (aka Route…

Did ‘Back to the Future’ get an idea from Blue Swallow Motel?

Did ‘Back to the Future’ get an idea from Blue Swallow Motel?

A longtime reader, Greg Holmes of Ace Jackalope fame, was at a theater screening the 1985 hit movie “Back to the Future” when he saw something familiar. In a scene were Marty is in 1955, there is a sign for…

Phantom Ranch in the Grand Canyon

Phantom Ranch in the Grand Canyon

While poking around Grand Canyon National Park’s website, I found this well-done 10-minute video about Phantom Ranch, at the bottom of the canyon. The video went live only a few weeks ago. Not only is the footage breathtaking, but you’ll…

The top 10 icons of Route 66 are …

The top 10 icons of Route 66 are …

The readers have spoken. We now know the top 10 icons of Route 66. About a month ago, we launched an online poll via PollDaddy.com to find out from readers what they considered to be Route 66’s top 10 icons. The…

Albuquerque motel destroyed by fire

Albuquerque motel destroyed by fire

Fire destroyed the former Mountain Lodge motel Thursday afternoon along Route 66 on the east edge of Albuquerque, reported the Albuquerque Journal and other media outlets. The motel had been converted into apartments. No one was hurt in the blaze,…

Reminder: Icons poll open for 2 more weeks

Reminder: Icons poll open for 2 more weeks

Although a great many of you have long since voted, the poll begunĀ in early December about the top 10 icons of Route 66 remains open through Dec. 31. More than 18,000 votes have been collected so far. On midnight Dec.…

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