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Gay Parita memorial garden nearly finished

Gay Parita memorial garden nearly finished

Barbara Turner’s memorial garden for her late parents is nearly finished several months after she took over the Gay Parita gas-station site west of Halltown, Missouri. Barbara Turner announced her intentions to build the garden that would contain her parents’…

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Man skateboarding Route 66 for foundation

Man skateboarding Route 66 for foundation

Australian celebrity athlete Damien Rider seeks to skateboard the 2,300 miles of Route 66 to raise money for his Rider Foundation that combats child abuse and post-traumatic stress syndrome. He began his journey with a skateboarding partner June 27 in Chicago…

Jim Jones honored by Illinois Route 66 Association

Jim Jones honored by Illinois Route 66 Association

Jim Jones, a longtime volunteer at the Illinois Route 66 Hall of Fame and Museum with a longtime personal history with Route 66 in Odell, Illinois, recently was honored with the President’s Award by the Illinois Route 66 Association. According to…

Museum of the American Military Family soon will open in Tijeras

Museum of the American Military Family soon will open in Tijeras

The Museum of the American Military Family, which once existed only online, opens next month along Route 66 in Tijeras, New Mexico, east of Albuquerque. The museum‘s founder and executive director, Circe Olson Woessner, told the Rio Rancho Observer it plans a grand…

Lowell Davis creates new sculpture on Route 66 in Carthage

Lowell Davis creates new sculpture on Route 66 in Carthage

Famous folk artist Lowell Davis recently unveiled a new sculpture on the northeast side of Carthage, Missouri, along Route 66. The Carthage Press reported the sculpture is at 125 N. River St., near Missouri 96 (aka Route 66): The creation…

Middle-schoolers’ Route 66 presentation wins national contest

Middle-schoolers’ Route 66 presentation wins national contest

A group of middle-school students from rural Iowa captured a national title for their Route 66 presentation during the annual National History Day contest in Maryland last week. Jack Anderson, Jader Briggs, Megan Swancutt, Daytona Foley and Logan Smith of Akron-Westfield Community…

Aubrey McClendon’s death ruled an accident

Aubrey McClendon’s death ruled an accident

A medical examiner’s report and an Oklahoma City Police investigation determined energy tycoon Aubrey McClendon’s fatal crash in March was an accident and not suicide, as believed. McClendon was former CEO of Chesapeake Energy in Oklahoma City and built the popular Pops restaurant…

One of the Whiting Brothers dies

One of the Whiting Brothers dies

Mickey Whiting, one of the men who helped run Whiting Bros. gas stations along Route 66 and the West for several decades and co-founder of Kaibab Industries, died at age 87 on June 2 at his home in Phoenix. An obituary in several…

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…

Women on the Mother Road website launched

Women on the Mother Road website launched

Cinefemme and the Route 66 Corridor Preservation Program announced Thursday the release of The Women on the Mother Road website and oral-history project. According to a news release from the corridor program: The Women On The Mother Road: Route 66 Web-site and Oral…

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