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More about the Western Host Motel restoration

More about the Western Host Motel restoration

A few weeks ago, the Route 66 Corridor Preservation Program announced its annual cost-share grants. One of them was a property of which I was unfamiliar — the Western Host Motel in Grants, New Mexico. The $12,500 grant went towards…

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A look at “Route 66: Radiance, Rust and Revival on the Mother Road”

A look at “Route 66: Radiance, Rust and Revival on the Mother Road”

The “Route 66: Radiance, Rust and Revival on the Mother Road” show at the Albuquerque Museum ends in about 10 days. If you are unable to see it, this well-produced and remarkably comprehensive video from the city’s television channel may suffice: The show’s…

A tragedy on Route 66 in 1968

A tragedy on Route 66 in 1968

I stumbled onto this recent video about a car accident in October 1968 that killed four teenagers on Foothill Boulevard (aka Route 66) in Fontana, California.. Two other teens died on Foothill in other accidents the same weekend. The video…

Speakers lineup announced for Miles of Possibility Conference

Speakers lineup announced for Miles of Possibility Conference

The Route 66 Miles of Possibility conference recently announced its speakers for the Oct. 20-23 event at the McLean County Museum of History/Cruisin’ with Lincoln on 66 Visitors Center and the Ensenberger Building in downtown Bloomington, Illinois. Last year’s Miles of…

Book review: “Portrait of Route 66”

Book review: “Portrait of Route 66”

“Portrait of Route 66” provides many colorful or obscure images from the massive Curt Teich Postcard Archive, and it offers a look at the Mother Road from the mid-1920s to the early 1950s. But one of the most enjoyable parts of “Portrait…

Joplin may resurrect Mother Road Marathon

Joplin may resurrect Mother Road Marathon

Joplin may revive the Mother Road Marathon — a 26.2-mile footrace through parts of Oklahoma, Kansas and Missouri discontinued in 2013 after declining participation and complaints about its promoter. Tom Rogers of TwelveOne Race Management and Marketing in Joplin, who helps run 35 events…

Albuquerque task force takes over Desert Sands Motel

Albuquerque task force takes over Desert Sands Motel

Albuquerque’s Safe City Task Force took over control of the Desert Sands Motel after the property experienced a third fire there since May. The Route 66 motel faces an Oct. 1 deadline to make a good-faith effort to repair the property or…

Ted Drewes Frozen Custard wins World Ice Cream Index

Ted Drewes Frozen Custard wins World Ice Cream Index

Ted Drewes Frozen Custard of St. Louis won the second annual World Ice Cream Index in a contest run by an Irish marketing firm. Sool Nua of Dublin reported the Route 66 landmark prevailed over other establishments from 13 countries…

New Tulsa mural features Bob Wills, Route 66

A photo posted by Mary Beth Babcock (@marybethbabcock) on Sep 11, 2016 at 5:08pm PDT A new, huge mural at Third and Greenwood in downtown Tulsa pays tribute to Western swing icon Bob Wills and Route 66. The mural is…

Third fire strikes closed Desert Sands Motel in Albuquerque

Third fire strikes closed Desert Sands Motel in Albuquerque

A third fire since May broke out Saturday night at the now-closed Desert Sands Motel along Route 66 Albuquerque. According KQRE-TV, firefighters said homeless people started the blaze on a ground floor at the motel. They extinguished the blaze quickly, with…

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