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Joplin’s Jewish temple soon will mark its centennial

Joplin’s Jewish temple soon will mark its centennial

The United Hebrew Congregation of Joplin, Missouri, will hold an open house from 1 to 4 p.m. June 12 to mark the 100th anniversary of its uniquely designed Jewish temple, situated on Route 66. Historic Murphysburg Preservation Inc., a group…

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More about that church in Amboy

More about that church in Amboy

Earlier in the month, we reported the steeple at the long-closed church in Amboy, California, would be restored after the elements finally toppled it in 2013. Specifics about the history of the St. Raymond Church in Amboy were scant, save…

Steeple on church in Amboy will be restored

Steeple on church in Amboy will be restored

The steeple of a church in the desert Route 66 town of Amboy, California, will be restored by mid-month, according to the former manager of Roy’s in Amboy. Carlos Aceves also said by text message last week the roof of…

Route 66’s close link to “The Graduate” movie

Route 66’s close link to “The Graduate” movie

Do you recognize this church? It’s not on Route 66, but close. Perhaps this climactic scene will jog your memory: The place where Dustin Hoffman repeatedly screams “Elaine!” at a just-married Katharine Ross in the 1967 movie “The Graduate” actually…

“Church-Appropriate Dance Moves”

Chris Farley lives! That was my reaction from this whimsical video created by theChurch.at, based in the Tulsa region. Occasionally, while searching for Route 66 material, you’ll find the strangest — and funniest things. This is one of them. Church…

“Eternal Route 66” DVD produced

“Eternal Route 66” DVD produced

Chuck Williams, who parlayed his Christian faith and enthusiasm for Route 66 into two editions of his “Eternal Route 66” book, recently announced he’s created an “Eternal Route 66” DVD filmed on the Mother Road. Here’s a trailer for the…

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…

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