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This shows why black people aren’t nostalgic about Route 66

This shows why black people aren’t nostalgic about Route 66

Interest in the history of Route 66 largely is fueled by the memories of people who traveled¬†the Mother Road from 1946 to the mid-1960s. It’s nostalgia. Black people don’t share¬†nostalgia as enthusiastically. I surmised it was because Jim Crow laws…

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Newspaper lists 66 Things About Route 66 in Illinois

For the past few weeks, the State Journal-Register in Springfield, Illinois, embarked on an ambitious project to list daily a landmark on Route 66 in the state. It was called 66 Things About Route 66, and each entry featured a…

Pontiac shield featured on cover of National Geographic Route 66 calendar

Pontiac shield featured on cover of National Geographic Route 66 calendar

The giant Route 66 shield mural featured on the back of the Illinois Route 66 Hall of Fame and Museum in Pontiac, Illinois, is the cover image of the 2016 Route 66 wall calendar published by National Geographic. The cover…

Documentary film, book coming about Negro Travelers Green Book

Documentary film, book coming about Negro Travelers Green Book

This weekend, filmmakers Calvin Alexander Ramsey and Becky Wible Searles will interview relatives of the former publisher of the Negro Travelers Green Book for a documentary, according to the New York Times. Victor Hugo Green, a letter carrier who lived…

Full inventory of Negro Motorist Green Book sites released

Full inventory of Negro Motorist Green Book sites released

Here’s another reason to go on a road trip: The Route 66 Corridor Preservation Program has released a list of all the properties listed in the Negro Motorist Green Book from 1936 to 1964 during the Jim Crow era of…

‘Keeping You on the Mother Road’ soon will publish third edition

‘Keeping You on the Mother Road’ soon will publish third edition

“Keeping You on the Mother Road,” also known as the Route 66 Yellow Pages, soon will publish an expanded third edition. You may peruse a preview edition of the 564-page publication below, or you may go here to download it…

‘Top Gear’ begins Route 66 trip this week

“Top Gear,” the popular British television series about driving cars, began a 2,400-mile road trip this week on Route 66 in a Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse — a convertible version of what is considered the fastest sports car in history. From the…

Where are the surviving Green Book businesses?

A historian with the National Park Service is searching for surviving buildings once listed in the “Negro Motorist Green Book” travel directory from 1936 to 1964, and he’s asking for roadies’ help in finding them along Route 66. The Negro…

Revival of Route 66 Pulse newspaper planned

The long-dormant Route 66 Pulse newspaper will be revived in digital form soon, then in print later this summer, publisher Jim Conkle said in an email Friday. Part of the email from Conkle at jimconkle(at)live.com: We are looking for stories,…

Second edition of “Route 66 Yellow Pages” makes improvements

When the inaugural “Keeping You on the Mother Road” (aka “The Route 66 Yellow Pages”) appeared two years ago, I noted it was a good rookie effort by the Kansas firm that produced it, but improvements were needed. Mother Road…

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