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Pontiac lands another museum

The Route 66 town of Pontiac, Illinois, has gained another museum to its bulging portfolio — one that’s dedicated to basketball in the the Land of Lincoln that’s scheduled to open by summer 2016. According to the Bloomington Pantagraph, the…

Ernie Banks broke the Cubs color line

I didn’t know this until nearly two days after his death, but Ernie Banks, aka Mr. Cub, essentially was the first player to break the color line with Chicago’s National League baseball club. Sports writer Joe Posnanski explains: At that…

11,000 participate in Route 66 Marathon

A total of 11,000 people participated in a variety of races during the past weekend’s Route 66 Marathon in Tulsa, including the 26.2-mile main event. A few highlights on what has become one of Tulsa’s biggest events in less than…

Solutions for Joplin’s troubled golf course

A few days ago, the Joplin Globe published a long article about the financial issue about the city-owned Schifferdecker Golf Course, which is on Route 66 on the west side of Joplin, Missouri. The golf course runs an annual deficit…

Summer in St. Louis

A friend on Facebook posted this a few days ago, and it certainly will make former residents of the Gateway City homesick. If nothing else, maybe it’ll encourage a few Route 66 travelers to hang around the city for a…

New Mexico continues to snub Tucumcari for a racetrack license

The Quay County Sun newspaper last week published a well-researched story that speculates why the Route 66 town of Tucumcari, New Mexico, hasn’t been awarded a license from the state to build a horse-racing track and casino, despite a licenseĀ being…

Joplin’s new baseball team is called the Blasters

The name for the new American Association professional baseball team in Joplin, Mo., will be the Blasters, with a logo that includes a reference to Route 66. The club announced theĀ nickname and logo Monday afternoon in Joplin. The logo contains…

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