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“The Allure of Route 66”

Earlier this month, Tulsa photographer and Route 66 enthusiast Rhys Martin gave this presentation at Tulsa’s Central Library as part of the “Travels with Tulsans” series. He was limited to 45 minutes for his presentation. For the benefit of people…

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A collage of images from West Texas

A collage of images from West Texas

This stunning video features the images of Wyman Meinzer, the official photographer for the state of Texas, and the music of Doug Smith. The images don’t strictly come from Route 66 — although Palo Duro Canyon State Park south of Amarillo…

Route 66 motel photos from 1970s shown by California gallery

Route 66 motel photos from 1970s shown by California gallery

Plenty of photographers have documented old motels along Route 66 in the past 20 years. However, a new exhibit, “Route 66 Motels” at the Joseph Bellows Gallery in La Jolla, California, shows images more than 40 years old. The images…

Book review: “Route 66: A Trail of Tears”

Book review: “Route 66: A Trail of Tears”

This isn’t a Route 66 nostalgia book. “Route 66: A Trail of Tears” (514 pages, soft cover, self-published) offers vivid evidence why some people regarded the highway with anguish and dread during its heyday. Historian Barry Duncan compiled hundreds of black-and-white photographs of accidents along…

A sample of a treasure trove of photos

A sample of a treasure trove of photos

This new video features a collection of photos taken during the early 1980s by the Oklahoma Department of Transportation along NW 39th Street from Oklahoma City to the suburb of Bethany, before U.S. 66 become decommissioned. According to Rachel Mosman, a photo archivist…

Book review: “Route 66 Crossings”

Book review: “Route 66 Crossings”

Because so many Route 66 books have entered the marketplace over the past three decades or so, one initially wonders why Jim Ross’ new volume about historic bridges on the Mother Road hasn’t been done before. But as one dives deep…

GlassBoy Studios opens in Arcadia

GlassBoy Studios opens in Arcadia

Joel Rayburn’s GlassBoy Studios neon-lighting company — also home to Tourist Trap Tees –opened for business last week in downtown Arcadia, Oklahoma, next to Route 66 and the town’s famous Round Barn. The above photo is shows the business and the custom-painted Route 66…

Ramada Kingman running a Route 66 photo contest

Ramada Kingman running a Route 66 photo contest

Ramada Kingman in Kingman, Arizona, is asking Route 66 fans to help decorate the facility’s lounge, restaurant and lobby as part of the hotel’s continuing revitalization. To that end, the Ramada Kingman is running a photo contest. More details from…

A new look at Cuba’s murals

A new look at Cuba’s murals

Antigravity Photography used a drone to provide a new way to see Cuba’s murals along Missouri’s Route 66. I wasn’t sure how drone photography was useful for showing murals. But you’ll see, as I did, how their panning abilities can…

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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