Carlinville beefs up facade grant program partly due to coming Route 66 centennial

The City of Carlinville, Illinois, is doubling the amount of money available in its facade grant program because it wants its historic downtown to look good during Route 66's centennial in 2026. The Journal-Courier reports the city usually sets aside $10,000 for the program, but it is doubling it for the 2022-2023 fiscal year by … Continue reading Carlinville beefs up facade grant program partly due to coming Route 66 centennial

“Route 66: The Untold Story of Women on the Mother Road” to be broadcast in March

Katrina Parks' documentary about women who played a significant role in the history of Route 66 finally will be coming to television screens in March. Parks announced on Facebook last week her "Route 66: The Untold Story of Women on the Mother Road" will air on American Public Television. In a follow-up message with Route … Continue reading “Route 66: The Untold Story of Women on the Mother Road” to be broadcast in March

“The Great Muslim American Road Trip” coming to PBS this summer

"The Great Muslim American Road Trip," a documentary series about a Muslim couple traveling Route 66, will air on PBS-TV later this summer. The three-part series will be offered on PBS stations, PBS.org and the PBS app, reported Realscreen.com. The series follows rapper Mona Haydar and her husband Sebastian Robins as they explore the U.S. … Continue reading “The Great Muslim American Road Trip” coming to PBS this summer

City of Clinton to sell its 1939 fire station along Route 66

The City of Clinton, Oklahoma, transferred its ownership of a distinctive 80-year-old fire station to the Clinton Industrial Authority, which in turn likely will sell it. The building at 523 W. Gary Blvd., aka Route 66, changed hands during the city council meeting last week, reported the Clinton Daily News (subscription required). “This is the … Continue reading City of Clinton to sell its 1939 fire station along Route 66

Book review: “Here We Are … on Route 66”

Prolific author Jim Hinckey's new book "Here We Are ... on Route 66" (Amazon link) contains plenty of color photos of easily recognizable landmarks along the Mother Road. Don't let the familiarity fool you. This volume is more of a deep dive into the obscure past of selected towns along the Mother Road. Noting that … Continue reading Book review: “Here We Are … on Route 66”

29,000 Oklahoma Route 66 Passports distributed in just a few months in 2020

Remember the Oklahoma Route 66 Passport created by the Oklahoma Department of Tourism a couple of years ago? It turns out the agency distributed that little booklet by the truckload. The department this week sent out a news release about the 2020 tourism season, during the first part of the COVID-19 pandemic. It contained this … Continue reading 29,000 Oklahoma Route 66 Passports distributed in just a few months in 2020

Route 66 travelers get sticker shock from recent car-rental rates

One interesting thread on the HIstoric Route 66 page on Facebook has been by prospective Route 66 travelers -- especially foreigners -- who nearly had a heart attack when seeing the prices on rental vehicles. Lee Thurston in a recent post on the group stated he made a reservation a year ago for an SUV … Continue reading Route 66 travelers get sticker shock from recent car-rental rates

‘Goth Home’ in Lincoln no longer is on the market

An octagon home in Lincoln, Illinois, that earned internet fame with its nearly all-black interior and exterior no longer is on the market. The Lincoln Courier reported in late December the house at 110 Edgar St. that the property is in the process of being sold to an out-of-town buyer, sight unseen. The prospective buyer … Continue reading ‘Goth Home’ in Lincoln no longer is on the market

First Avenue Bridge in Barstow closed indefinitely after an accident

The First Avenue Bridge that leads to a Route 66 museum in Barstow, California, was closed to traffic after an accident last week and will remain off-limits indefinitely. The Victorville Daily Press reports the city is keeping the historic span closed as it assesses damage from a head-on crash that occurred Wednesday afternoon. It left … Continue reading First Avenue Bridge in Barstow closed indefinitely after an accident

Joe Sonderman’s “Route 66 Then and Now” book finds an unexpected second life

Thanks to an out-of-the-blue feature by a British newspaper, Joe Sonderman's "Route 66 Then and Now" book suddenly has found new interest nearly four years after its publication. Sonderman's "Route 66 Then and Now" (Amazon link) was published by London-based Pavilion Books in May 2018. The book compares old images of Route 66 to what … Continue reading Joe Sonderman’s “Route 66 Then and Now” book finds an unexpected second life