Artificial intelligence program brings deceased Route 66 figures seemingly to life

A few weeks ago, the MyHeritage genealogy website released an artificial intelligence program called Deep Nostalgia. It takes still photographs of people, analyzes them and animates their faces in a lifelike way by making them seemingly blink their eyes, move their heads and make subtle movements with their lips. The effect often proves amazing, unsettling … Continue reading Artificial intelligence program brings deceased Route 66 figures seemingly to life

Bluebird Inn boutique hotel opens in a historic building in downtown Elk City

The Route 66 town of Elk City, Oklahoma, has a new lodging option. It is the Bluebird Inn boutique hotel, located one block off the Mother Road in a former shoe store built in 1905. The Bluebird is located on the brick streets of 118 W. Broadway Ave. The hotel, which held its grand opening … Continue reading Bluebird Inn boutique hotel opens in a historic building in downtown Elk City

Route 66 bike trail extension in Normal would link to Sprague’s Super Service station

The town council of Normal, Illinois, on Monday will consider whether to approve a bid for an extension of a bicycle trail along Route 66 that would connect to the historic Sprague's Super Service station. According to WGLT, an National Public Radio affiliate at Illinois State University: The roughly $471,000 contract would extend the trail … Continue reading Route 66 bike trail extension in Normal would link to Sprague’s Super Service station

How to update but preserve vital parts of a historic structure: the Captain Creek Bridge in Wellston

The Oklahoma Route 66 Association posted on Facebook a very good example of how to update a historic bridge to modern standards, yet keep the essential elements that make it unique. Behold the work being done to the Captain Creek Bridge in Wellston, Oklahoma: https://www.facebook.com/OklahomaRoute66/posts/10158426691872775 Oklahoma also is updating the iconic William H. Murray Bridge, … Continue reading How to update but preserve vital parts of a historic structure: the Captain Creek Bridge in Wellston

Owner of Outsiders House in Tulsa plans a second museum

The owner of The Outsiders House Museum in Tulsa is planning a second museum at an undisclosed location to hold items related to "The Outsiders" novelist S.E. Hinton. Danny Boy O'Connor, a member of the House of Pain hip-hop group who was deeply influenced by the book and film, purchased the ramshackle north Tulsa house … Continue reading Owner of Outsiders House in Tulsa plans a second museum

Tulsa resident tries to draw interest for his license-plate design that incorporates Route 66 Rising sculpture, Golden Driller

Tulsa resident and license plate collector Gus Oliver recently designed a plate that he hopes will draw enough interest that the state of Oklahoma eventually will sell it to Route 66 enthusiasts and Tulsa boosters. According to KOKI-TV in Tulsa, Oliver's design incorporates the iconic Golden Driller statue in Tulsa and that city's Route 66 … Continue reading Tulsa resident tries to draw interest for his license-plate design that incorporates Route 66 Rising sculpture, Golden Driller

Dinkela: Insurance dilemma for Gasconade River Bridge captures the attention of feds

The president of the Route 66 Association of Missouri said in a video posted Monday on social media that the state's requirement of unattainable insurance for the organization to take over ownership of the closed Gasconade River Bridge has attracted the attention of the federal government. Rich Dinkela began the Facebook post with this message: … Continue reading Dinkela: Insurance dilemma for Gasconade River Bridge captures the attention of feds

Muralist to repaint and renovate big milk bottle on Oklahoma City’s Milk Bottle Building

Muralist Chris Presley is repainting and renovating the 11-foot-tall Braum’s milk bottle that sits atop the iconic Milk Bottle Building in Oklahoma City, which should add many more years to the bottle's lifespan. The triangle-like tract sits 2416 Classen Blvd. (aka Route 66) and is near another Route 66 alignment, Northwest 23rd Street. The Milk Bottle … Continue reading Muralist to repaint and renovate big milk bottle on Oklahoma City’s Milk Bottle Building

Historic auto parts store in Baxter Springs to reopen April 22 as Bricks and Brew restaurant

The century-old Bob Page Auto Supply building along Route 66 in Baxter Springs, Kansas, will reopen on April 22 as a Bricks and Brews restaurant. KSNF-TV talked to the owner, Doug Puckett, who bought the building at 1531 Military Ave. (aka Route 66) two years ago and has been renovating it since: The neat thing … Continue reading Historic auto parts store in Baxter Springs to reopen April 22 as Bricks and Brew restaurant

Yukon’s Best Flour mills named to Preservation Oklahoma’s Most Endangered Places list

The Yukon's Best Flour mills in Yukon, Oklahoma, made the list of 2021's Most Endangered Places by Preservation Oklahoma. The 2021 list hadn't been posted on Preservation Oklahoma's website as of Friday afternoon. However, a mailer by the nonprofit organization announced the annual listing. Preservation Oklahoma issues the list each year to bring awareness of … Continue reading Yukon’s Best Flour mills named to Preservation Oklahoma’s Most Endangered Places list