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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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Michael Wallis’ voice now greets visitors at Tulsa airport

Michael Wallis’ voice now greets visitors at Tulsa airport

Starting today, visitors to Tulsa International Airport will receive a new recorded greeting from none other than best-selling Route 66 author, Radiator Springs sheriff and longtime Tulsa resident Michael Wallis. And, yes, Wallis touts Route 66 as part of the…

Zettlers Route 66 store in Ash Fork put up for sale

Zettlers Route 66 store in Ash Fork put up for sale

The owners of the Zettlers Route 66 store in Ash Fork, Arizona, have put the business up for sale less than a year after opening it. Kirk and Yvette Slack finished about 15 months of cleaning and renovations to the historic building on…

Memories of Leon Russell

Memories of Leon Russell

A lot of Tulsa residents are glum today. That’s because songwriter and session musician Leon Russell died in his sleep at age 74, it was announced Sunday. Russell was Tulsa’s favorite musical son. He certainly became the city’s most prominent…

Signs to be added to downtown Route 66 alignment in Lincoln

Signs to be added to downtown Route 66 alignment in Lincoln

The city of Lincoln, Illinois, soon will add signs to direct travelers to a more-obscure 1926-1930 alignment through downtown. The Illinois Route 66 Scenic Byway announced this week it worked with the city and the Illinois Department of Transportation to…

Cubs win first World Series in 108 years

Cubs win first World Series in 108 years

The Cubs no longer are a punchline. For decades, the Chicago Cubs baseball team served as an ultimate example of sports futility. After winning a World Series title in 1908 — one of several during a very successful decade — the…

Construction of Barstow Route 66 signs to begin next month

Construction of Barstow Route 66 signs to begin next month

Construction of eight classic-car-themed Route 66 signs will begin within the next two weeks in Barstow, California. The Desert Dispatch newspaper reported the signs will place vehicles popular on Route 66 during the 1950s through the 1970s on a masonry base. The seven-foot-tall signs…

Highway plan concerns Catoosa officials, businesses

Highway plan concerns Catoosa officials, businesses

An Interstate 44 widening plan concerns officials in Catoosa, Oklahoma, because it may turn tourists away from the town and Route 66. The plan would close the exit to northbound Oklahoma Route 66 from westbound I-44. Instead, westbound drivers would have…

Carthage compromise may aid Route 66 travelers

Carthage compromise may aid Route 66 travelers

The city of Carthage, Missouri, and the Missouri Department of Transportation may have hammered out a compromise that will lead to a better bridge-project detour for Route 66 travelers and give maintenance to those old bridges on the detour. The Carthage…

Cyrus Avery Court apartments inspired by 1950s

Cyrus Avery Court apartments inspired by 1950s

The newly refurbished and rechristened Cyrus Avery Court apartment complex in Tulsa takes its inspiration from nearby Route 66 and the 1950s. The property at 5223 E. 12th St. (map here) sits a block south of Route 66’s 11th Street and is named…

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