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Trailer for “The California Promise” documentary released

Trailer for “The California Promise” documentary released

A three-minute promotional trailer for Unoccupied Route 66‘s latest documentary, “The California Promise,” was placed online a few days ago. This segment shown here deals primarily with the Mojave Desert ghost town of Bagdad. More about the upcoming film: Join…

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A chat with Meramec Caverns owner Les Turilli

A chat with Meramec Caverns owner Les Turilli

The Washington Missourian newspaper recently sat down with Les Turilli Sr., owner of Meramec Caverns in Stanton, Missouri, who talked about its troubles in 2016 and the cave’s storied history. Meramec Caverns, which has been open to the public since…

Radiator Springs cast will make an appearance in “Cars 3”

Radiator Springs cast will make an appearance in “Cars 3”

Disney-Pixar this week confirmed what long had been rumored — the original “Cars” cast from the fictional Route 66 town of Radiator Springs will make an appearance in the upcoming “Cars 3” film this summer. “Cars 3” is introducing a…

Woman stole $313,000 in Petrified Forest National Park entrance fees

Woman stole $313,000 in Petrified Forest National Park entrance fees

A former worker at the Petrified Forest National Park in eastern Arizona was sentenced to a year in prison and ordered to pay back the $313,000 in entrance fees she stole. Sharon Baldwin, 47, of Sanders, Arizona, also must undergo…

Son of tony restaurant owner charged in shooting at Eat-Rite Diner

Son of tony restaurant owner charged in shooting at Eat-Rite Diner

The son of one of the most acclaimed restaurants in St. Louis — even the country — was charged with shooting a man during a dispute in the parking lot of one of the city’s most blue-collar restaurants, the Eat-Rite…

Smashing Pumpkins frontman takes Route 66 again

Smashing Pumpkins frontman takes Route 66 again

Billy Corgan, best-known as the singer and songwriter for the 1990s band Smashing Pumpkins, recently meandered across America, including parts of Route 66 in Arizona and California. There’s no real point to the video, except Corgan does like the old…

Deep background on the Wigwam Motel in Holbrook

Deep background on the Wigwam Motel in Holbrook

The Arizona Republic newspaper recently published several articles about the Wigwam Motel in Holbrook, Arizona, and revealed details about the Route 66 landmark even longtime roadies may not know. It’s worth reading the articles in full, starting here. But a…

Motel Safari in Tucumcari is up for sale

Motel Safari in Tucumcari is up for sale

The owners of the historic and nicely restored Motel Safari in Tucumcari, New Mexico, announced they have put the Route 66 property up for sale. Co-owner Richard Talley put the word out with a message on the Route 66 World…

A look back at the Rock Cafe, Pop Hicks restaurants

A look back at the Rock Cafe, Pop Hicks restaurants

Anthony Reichardt recently uploaded a couple of more videos from his videotaped road trips on Route 66 in a 1959 Cadillac during the 1990s. The first is from the Rock Cafe in Stroud, Oklahoma, in 1994 and 1995. The first…

An interview with Jim Conkle

An interview with Jim Conkle

Those who ever have spent any time with longtime Route 66 aficionado Jim Conkle will recognize many of the things he says about the Mother Road in this interview. The 25-minute interview was done by host Joan Rudder-Ward on the…

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