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Owners of Milagro gas station soon will retire

Owners of Milagro gas station soon will retire

The longtime owners of the Milagro gas station west of Santa Rosa, New Mexico, will retire by the end of August. The future of the Route 66 landmark remains unknown. Last week’s print edition of the Guadalupe County Communicator reported Rudy…

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Seven minutes about the Bunion Derby

Seven minutes about the Bunion Derby

I missed this when it was uploaded a few weeks ago, but this seven-minute film about the 1928 Trans-American Footrace, aka Bunion Derby, encapsulates the amazing Route 66 sports event as well as anything you’ll likely see. The film was produced by…

“The Leisure Seeker” film gets a Grade-A cast

“The Leisure Seeker” film gets a Grade-A cast

The good news is the film version of Michael Zadoorian’s Route 66 novel “The Leisure Seeker” will star Donald Sutherland and Helen Mirren in the lead roles, and filming will begin later this year. The bad news is the film won’t take place…

Upcoming “Sinatoro” comic will become a television series

Upcoming “Sinatoro” comic will become a television series

“Sinatoro,” a forthcoming comic created by Grant Morrison, will be turned into a television series by Universal Television and filmmakers Chris and Paul Weitz. The Hollywood Reporter got the scoop over the weekend at Comic-Con in San Diego. It reported:…

“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…

Desert Sands Motel catches fire again

Desert Sands Motel catches fire again

Albuquerque firefighters on Sunday responded to a second fire in 40 days at the now-closed Desert Sands Motel along the city’s Route 66 corridor. A passerby alerted the fire department about 3 p.m. after seeing a fire burning in the…

DVD review: “The Missouri Maze”

DVD review: “The Missouri Maze”

Unoccupied Route 66 continues its mix of history and atmospheric images of forlorn Route 66 sites in its latest documentary, “The Missouri Maze.” The 26-minute film ($14.95 list, shipping included), directed by KC Keefer and hosted by Nick Gerlich, tells about…

“Boomtown: An American Journey” film nominated for an Emmy

“Boomtown: An American Journey” film nominated for an Emmy

The Tulsa history film “Boomtown: An American Journey” was nominated for an Emmy Award in the historical documentary group in the Heartland chapter. Russ Kirkpatrick, owner and producer of Kirkpatrick and Kinslow Productions that made the film, said in an…

Michael Wallis to give “state of the road” speech at Vinita festival

Michael Wallis to give “state of the road” speech at Vinita festival

Michael Wallis, writer of the best-selling “Route 66: The Mother Road” and more than a dozen other books, will give a “State of the Mother Road” speech June 18 during the Vinita Route 66 Festival in Vinita, Oklahoma. Wallis long…

“Cars” movie marks its 10th anniversary

“Cars” movie marks its 10th anniversary

Today marks 10 years since the release of the Disney-Pixar animated film “Cars” that sparked a wave of new travelers on Route 66. The “Cars” movie grossed more than $460 million in worldwide box office receipts during the summer of 2006, with…

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