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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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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…

A chat with Dries Bessels

KC Keefer’s Genuine Route 66 Life video series released its latest clip, an interview with Dries Bessels. Bessels co-founded the Dutch Route 66 Association in the Netherlands and guides motorcycle tours down Route 66 annually. It probably is safe to say Bessels…

A history of The Tropics restaurant

A history of The Tropics restaurant

Tami Goodrich, whose family owned The Tropics in Lincoln, Illinois, for 40 years, recently gave a presentation that delved deep into the history of the Route 66 restaurant. The New Herald News published a long article about Goodrich’s presentation at…

An interview with Laurel Kane

An interview with Laurel Kane

In 2012, Afton Station matriarch Laurel Kane was interviewed by Simon Cantlon and Justin Nathanson for their “Motels on Route 66” documentary film. The duo still are working on their movie. However, with the announcement of Kane’s death last week, they…

Laurel Kane, matriarch of Afton Station, dies

Laurel Kane, matriarch of Afton Station, dies

Laurel Kane, 69, matriarch of the Afton Station visitors center on Route 66 in Afton, Oklahoma, died Thursday from a short illness as the result of a fall at her home in Tulsa earlier in the week, according to her former husband, David…

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…

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…

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