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Route 66 in 6.6 minutes

Here’s a well-edited time-lapse video of a fellow who traveled Route 66 — including a side trip to Las Vegas — in a 1955 Chevrolet Bel Air during the wintertime. My favorite time-lapse travel video is this one from 2011. It’s…

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The ghosts of Tom Joad

The ghosts of Tom Joad

Below the new and idyllic Route 66 Roadside Park in Springfield, Missouri, a campground for the homeless has sprung up in recent months. KYTV in Springfield talked to Heather Cooper, one of the homeless there: “I have post traumatic stress disorder…

Coliseum Ballroom film will previewed at tribute show

Coliseum Ballroom film will previewed at tribute show

A documentary film about the Coliseum Ballroom in Benld, Illinois, will be previewed at a Feb. 20 tribute show for the former Route 66 landmark. According to the State Journal-Register in Springfield, Illinois: “Memories of the Coliseum Ballroom,” which will…

Sprague Super Service station will host a visitors center, gift shop by spring

Sprague Super Service station will host a visitors center, gift shop by spring

Terri Ryburn, who’s owned the Sprague Super Service gas station in Normal, Illinois, for almost 10 years and has spent all that time getting the historic property shored up, will open a Route 66 gift shop and visitors center on the…

Nearly 200 attend Glenn Frey memorial in Winslow

Nearly 200 attend Glenn Frey memorial in Winslow

About 200 people attended a memorial service Tuesday night at Standin’ on a Corner Park in Winslow, Arizona, for The Eagles co-founder Glenn Frey, who died at age 67 on Monday from several illnesses. The Associated Press reported that Winslow…

“Take It Easy” co-writer Glenn Frey dies

“Take It Easy” co-writer Glenn Frey dies

There’s a little corner in Winslow, Arizona, that’s a sadder sight to see Glenn Frey, a co-founder of the mega-selling country-rock band The Eagles and co-writer of one of its early hits, “Take It Easy,” that made the Route 66 town…

Coleman Theatre marks 20 years of organ’s homecoming

Coleman Theatre marks 20 years of organ’s homecoming

The Coleman Theatre in Miami, Oklahoma, is marking the 20th anniversary of the homecoming of itsMighty Wurlitzer pipe organ. The organ was built in 1928 and installed at the theater before its opening a year later, reported the Joplin Globe.…

What is the best version of the “Route 66” song?

What is the best version of the “Route 66” song?

Hundreds of versions exist of Bobby Troup’s song “(Get Your Kicks on) Route 66,” better known simply as “Route 66,” that he wrote during a cross-country trip on that highway after World War II. Route 66 News has posted dozens of…

Natalie Cole, R.I.P.

Natalie Cole, R.I.P.

Natalie Cole, a daughter of music legend Nat King Cole who became a music star in her own right, died Thursday of heart failure. She was 65. Cole earned several platinum albums and nine Grammy awards during her career, but she…

66 Bowl lanes being made into electric guitars

66 Bowl lanes being made into electric guitars

The 66 Bowl in Oklahoma City closed more than five years ago. But its bowling lanes live on in the form of limited-edition electric guitars by a well-known builder in Nashville. Bobby Clark of Dr. Mojo Guitars has created the 66 Bowl…

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