Decopolis store on Tulsa’s Route 66 to hold a grand opening Saturday

The second Decopolis store, located along the main alignment of Route 66 in Tulsa, will hold its grand opening Saturday. The event will be from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday at 1401 E. 11th St. (aka Route 66). Decopolis, dedicated to the city's celebrated Art Deco architecture, still has its original store at 511 … Continue reading Decopolis store on Tulsa’s Route 66 to hold a grand opening Saturday

Box Car BBQ building in Sapulpa may become a pot dispensary

The building that housed the now-closed Box Car BBQ restaurant in Sapulpa, Oklahoma, may soon become a medical marijuana dispensary. The Sapulpa Times reports an application for a special use permit has been filed with the city to convert the building at 918 W. Dewey Ave. (aka Route 66) into a dispensary. Sapulpa's planning commission … Continue reading Box Car BBQ building in Sapulpa may become a pot dispensary

Tucumcari group raising money to buy a vintage neon motel sign

A group based in Tucumcari, New Mexico, is raising money to buy a neon sign listed on eBay that once graced a closed motel in the city. The sign once hung on the large, ornamental stone chimney of the Trav-O-Tel Motel along U.S. 54 in Tucumcari, less than a mile north of Route 66.One can … Continue reading Tucumcari group raising money to buy a vintage neon motel sign

Route 66 in Wheeler County, Texas, added to National Register of Historic Places

About 30 miles of Route 66 in Wheeler County, Texas, from the Oklahoma border to the Gray County line has been designated to the National Register of Historic Places. The listing was effective Sept. 22, according to an email from the National Park Service. The email states the historic designation covers the south outer road … Continue reading Route 66 in Wheeler County, Texas, added to National Register of Historic Places

West Central Route 66 Visitor Center in Albuquerque to break ground in December

The long-planned West Central Route 66 Visitor Center in Albuquerque should break ground in December, with a planned opening by January 2022. Luis Hernandez Jr., West Central Community Development Group’s executive director, revealed the timeline for the $12 million project on Nine Mile Hill in a recent report by the Albuquerque Journal. The development group … Continue reading West Central Route 66 Visitor Center in Albuquerque to break ground in December

Fine-art photographer lends a hand to struggling Midpoint Cafe

A fine-art photographer based in Amarillo is helping the iconic Midpoint Cafe in nearby Adrian, Texas, as it struggles through the economic ripples of the COVID-19 pandemic. Jim Livingston, whom many readers may remember from his "I Am Route 66" project, said he would donate proceeds from the sale of photographs of the Route 66 … Continue reading Fine-art photographer lends a hand to struggling Midpoint Cafe

“Austin City Limits” will air Asleep At the Wheel retrospective Oct. 31

The long-running PBS-TV music program "Austin City Limits" next month will broadcast a special retrospective on the western-swing band Asleep at the Wheel, both of which is marking its 50th anniversary. Asleep At the Wheel performed on the show's first episode back in 1970. In total, the band has appeared on the show 11 times … Continue reading “Austin City Limits” will air Asleep At the Wheel retrospective Oct. 31

Latest RoadTripOK video focuses on Oklahoma City

The latest RoadTripOK video this week features two museums and an annual memorial sporting event in Oklahoma City. Here is the video: https://youtu.be/l6C986buRS0 Here are the three places the video covers: Oklahoma City Memorial and MuseumOklahoma City Memorial MarathonOklahoma History Center Note: The annual marathon went virtual this year because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Oklahoma … Continue reading Latest RoadTripOK video focuses on Oklahoma City

Criollo cattle once grazed in California’s Mojave Desert

It's hard to believe now, but Criollo cattle that were brought with Christopher Columbus more than 500 years ago to North America once roamed the harsh Mojave Desert of Southern California. That nugget came from John R. Beyer, a columnist for the Victorville Daily Press, in a feature about the depleted Route 66 town of … Continue reading Criollo cattle once grazed in California’s Mojave Desert

Some stucco repairs made to Painted Desert Trading Post

Volunteers recently spent a few days performing stucco repairs to the long-abandoned Painted Desert Trading Post building in eastern Arizona before winter sets in. When the group returns in the spring, it'll finish the stucco work, then Route 66 artist and researcher Jerry McClanahan eventually will repaint the faded letters on the building. Mike Ward … Continue reading Some stucco repairs made to Painted Desert Trading Post