Globetrotter Lodge in Holbrook has new owner

The Globetrotter Lodge in Holbrook, Arizona, announced it has a new owner, and the deal will close July 8. Peter and Mona Hoeller, natives of Austria, announced in November 2018 they had put the Route 66 motel up for sale. They originally said the 10-room hotel would be listed for $598,000. According to a comment … Continue reading Globetrotter Lodge in Holbrook has new owner

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New Mexico imposes 14-day quarantine to all travelers in the state

New Mexico's governor announced she was imposing up to a 14-day quarantine for all travelers coming into the state until at least July 15 to tamp down a coronavirus surge there. Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham said during the health briefing Wednesday she was deeply troubled by a higher COVID-19 caseload in her state and big … Continue reading New Mexico imposes 14-day quarantine to all travelers in the state

Fire destroys long-closed Palmer Hotel in Afton

A fire first reported Tuesday afternoon destroyed the long-closed Palmer Hotel along Route 66 in Afton, Oklahoma. The Joplin Globe in Missouri reported the fire was reported at 4 p.m. Tuesday. About 20 fire departments and 125 firefighters were called to battle the blaze, which continued to smolder 24 hours later. So much water was … Continue reading Fire destroys long-closed Palmer Hotel in Afton

“Bless Me, Ultima” author Rudolfo Anaya dies at age 82

Rudolfo Anaya, author of the acclaimed novel "Bless Me, Ultima" and the widely acknowledged founder of Chicano literature, died Sunday at age 82. He spent much of his childhood in Santa Rosa, New Mexico, and remains the Route 66 town's most famous person. Anaya was in declining health in recent years, his niece told the … Continue reading “Bless Me, Ultima” author Rudolfo Anaya dies at age 82

Longtime Illinois Route 66 advocate Marty Bilecki dies at age 86

Marty Bilecki, a longtime and active member of the Route 66 Association of Illinois, of Morris, Illinois, died Monday morning in LaSalle County, Illinois. He was 86. A woman who answered the phone at UC Davis-Callahan Funeral Home in Morris said it was believed Bilecki succumbed from health issues. News of Bilecki's death broke Monday … Continue reading Longtime Illinois Route 66 advocate Marty Bilecki dies at age 86

Allen’s Fillin’ Station in Commerce being put up for sale

Allen's Fillin' Station, a landmark along a section of original Route 66 in Commerce, Oklahoma, is being put up for sale by its longtime co-owner. Bobby Allen said the asking price for the former gas station at 101 S. Main St. in Commerce is $34,900, though it is negotiable. The sale price would include all … Continue reading Allen’s Fillin’ Station in Commerce being put up for sale

Arizona imposes new restrictions because of COVID-19

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey ordered the shutdown of bars, movie theaters, gyms and water parks Monday for at least 30 days because of a surge of coronavirus cases in that state. “Our expectation is that our numbers next week will be worse,” Ducey said, according to the Associated Press. Arizona health officials reported 3,858 more … Continue reading Arizona imposes new restrictions because of COVID-19

California closes bars in Los Angeles County because of coronavirus

California's governor on Sunday ordered the closing of bars in seven counties, including Los Angeles County, because of an upsurge in coronavirus cases. State officials also have urged eight other counties, including San Bernardino County, to close their bars, reported the Los Angeles Times and other news outlets in the region. The order came two … Continue reading California closes bars in Los Angeles County because of coronavirus

A journey on how Disney’s Cars Land was developed

Disney Parks a few days ago uploaded a video where two people from Disney and Pixar were interviewed on how they came up with the inspirations for Cars Land at Disney California Adventure Park. Pixar’s Roger Gould and former Disney Imagineer Kathy Mangum provide an under-the-hood look of what went into the development and creation … Continue reading A journey on how Disney’s Cars Land was developed

Texas adds restrictions to restaurants, closes bars because of COVID-19 surge

Route 66 travelers will find closed taverns today and restaurants capped at 50% capacity in Texas starting Monday after the governor imposed new restrictions because of a steep rise in coronavirus cases there. Gov. Greg Abbott issued these orders Friday: All bars and similar establishments that receive more than 51% of their gross receipts from … Continue reading Texas adds restrictions to restaurants, closes bars because of COVID-19 surge