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Pacific’s 70-year Christmas tradition began as a prank

Right before Thanksgiving, members of the local Lions Club raised 14 lines of lights to create a Christmas tree on the top of the bluff on Blackburn Park, next to Route 66 in Pacific, Missouri. It’s been a tradition in…

Road to Our Lady of the Highways Shrine will close for repairs this fall

A badly deteriorated section of Interstate 55 west frontage road between Farmersville and Raymond in Illinois — best known as a section of Route 66 that passes in front of┬áthe historic Our Lady of the Highways Shrine — will be…

Religious imagery and “The Grapes of Wrath”

Frank Gifford of rt66pix.com recently was interviewed by Susan Olasky of WORLD radio, which is part of a Christianity-based multimedia group. Gifford explained how he found Christian imagery in John Steinbeck’s seminal novel, “The Grapes of Wrath,” much of which…

Our Lady of the Highways caretaker dies

Lee William Marten, 64, a co-caretaker of The Shrine of Our Lady of the Highways on Route 66 near Raymond, Ill., died at his home Saturday after a bout with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, according…

Harvey Girls documentary to debut in Kansas City

A new documentary, “The Harvey Girls: Opportunity Bound,” will debut at 6:30 p.m. June 21 at the National Archives in Kansas City, Mo. The film,┬ádirected by Katrina Parks and produced by Katrina and Michael Parks and Thaddeus Homan, will be…

Key figure in Our Lady of the Highways Shrine dies

Loretta (Marten) Ludek, 74, who was instrumental in founding the Our Lady of the Highways Shrine along old Route 66 near Raymond, Ill., died Tuesday at her home in Anderson, Ind., according to an obituary by Brown-Butz-Diedring Funeral Home. The…

Church expansion takes on a Route 66 theme

The Wildwood Community Church in Norman, Okla., recently built an addition that includes a Route 66 theme, according to an article in the Norman Transcript. According to the newspaper: The general idea of the expansion centers around a Route 66…

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