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What now would be the cities in the “Route 66” song?

What now would be the cities in the “Route 66” song?

Andrea Sachs, a Washington Post reporter who’s driven Route 66 and written about it several times, recently posited an interesting mental exercise. If Bobby Troup were writing “(Get Your Kicks on) Route 66” in 2017, what cities would he include…

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Two prominent Kingman figures named to Arizona hall of fame

Two prominent Kingman figures named to Arizona hall of fame

Late actor Andy Devine and artist-author Bob Boze Bell, both whom had long and enduring links to Kingman, Arizona, and Route 66, were named to the Arizona Music and Entertainment Hall of Fame a few weeks ago. Late western author Zane…

New bridges in Carthage to reopen no later than mid-September

New bridges in Carthage to reopen no later than mid-September

The Missouri Department of Transportation this week approved a contract to replace two Missouri 96 (aka Route 66) bridges on the northeast side of Carthage. The road will reopen no later than Sept. 15, but the $6.2 million contract with Clarkson…

Central Avenue businesses report 30 percent drop from ART construction

Central Avenue businesses report 30 percent drop from ART construction

Construction on the Albuquerque Rapid Transit bus project began on Central Avenue in earnest a few weeks ago, and the results are not pretty — several businesses are reporting as much as a 30 percent drop in revenue. KOAT-TV cited the 30-percent…

Albuquerque buys land for a Route 66 visitors center

Albuquerque buys land for a Route 66 visitors center

Albuquerque city officials on Wednesday morning celebrated the purchase of land on Route 66 west of the city for a Route 66 visitors center. The Albuquerque Journal reported the $3.4 million facility will funded by the city, state and county,…

Appeals court clears ART project; city still hasn’t received grant

Appeals court clears ART project; city still hasn’t received grant

An appeals court this week affirmed a lower court’s ruling the massive Albuquerque Rapid Transit project along Central Avenue (aka Route 66) can proceed. However, the city still hasn’t received a crucial $69 million grant to fund the mass-transit bus project,…

Amarillo officially declared a cultural district

Amarillo officially declared a cultural district

Amarillo officially recently was designated a cultural district by the Texas Commission on the Arts. Amarillo was one of 35 cities receiving the cultural-district tag, according to a story in the Amarillo Globe-News. It took two years for the city to…

Should Albuquerque set up a Route 66 state park?

Should Albuquerque set up a Route 66 state park?

Jon Knudsen, a longtime resident of Albuquerque and a University of New Mexico instructor, posited an intriguing idea during an op-ed piece in the New Mexico Market Place: Placing a Route 66 state park in the middle of the city…

Route 66 Gateways in Tulsa win architectural design award

Route 66 Gateways in Tulsa win architectural design award

  The Route 66 Gateways that grace the Mother Road at the eastern and western edges of Tulsa recently won an architectural design award. The gateways, designed Dewberry Architects, received a People’s Choice Award at the American Institute of Architects…

Memories of Times Beach persist more than 30 years later

Memories of Times Beach persist more than 30 years later

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch recently published a story about Marilyn Leistner, who was the last mayor of Times Beach, Missouri, before the Route 66 town was deserted for good in 1983 because of dioxin contamination. Road contractor Russell Bliss used…

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