“Cars” bookmark for bargain hunters

A reader pointed this out a few days ago: Overstock.com is taking orders for a Pixar "Cars" bookmark that contains a film strip of what appears to be a scene from the original teaser trailer. It's scheduled to be shipped in April. I find it a bit curious it's being sold on Overstock.com -- especially … Continue reading “Cars” bookmark for bargain hunters

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Grain elevator museum will have self-guided tours

The J.H. Hawes Grain Elevator Museum in the wonderful Route 66 town of Atlanta, Ill., is making improvements so that visitors can tour the museum without a volunteer needing to be present, reports the Bloomington Pantagraph. The $25,000 cost for the improvements already has been raised by Hawes' descendants, said Bill Thomas, a volunteer. To … Continue reading Grain elevator museum will have self-guided tours

Route 66 Rendezvous will be in downtown only

Last year, part of the Stater Bros. Route 66 Rendezvous in San Bernardino, Calif., was in the National Orange Show Events Center. This year, the Rendezvous will be held in downtown only, reports the San Bernardino County Sun. Popular demand was cited as the reason. Last September, a car show and other attractions were held … Continue reading Route 66 Rendezvous will be in downtown only

Illinois Route 66 Hall of Fame inductees announced

The inductees are the Willie Anderson Trucking Co. of Lexington, the now-closed Berghoff restaurant in Chicago, Scottie's roadhouse restaurant in Hamel, and former state trooper Leland Storm, reports the Bloomington Pantagraph.  Marilyn and Durell Pritchard also were given the special ambassodor's award. Anderson’s company, which once operated 26 trucks, started in the late 1930s as … Continue reading Illinois Route 66 Hall of Fame inductees announced

More chowdown reviews from the Duke City

Eckleburg & Grumblecake have added two new reviews of Albuquerque restaurants on their I8Route66 Web site: Bandido Hideout (7.0 rating out of 10) and El Taco Tote (8.0 rating).

Fontana wants to mark Mother Road heritage

The city of Fontana, Calif., is jumping on board a bit late, but I'm glad to see it says it will try to revitalize its portion of Route 66. According to the San Bernardino County Sun: City leaders are trying to celebrate Fontana's Route 66 ties through streetscape, such as fountains, a park, signs, monuments, … Continue reading Fontana wants to mark Mother Road heritage

San Bernardino mural is finished

Local artist Damon Lindsey finished the mural on the northeast corner of Second and E streets in San Bernardino, Calif., that pays homage to Route 66, reports the San Bernardino County Sun. Alas, I have been unable to find any images of the mural. There is this short description: The 1930s theme includes a trolley … Continue reading San Bernardino mural is finished

My heart belongs to my Mother (Road)

Flea of the One Good Thing blog writes about her love of Route 66: I've been waiting impatiently for the kids to get old enough to dump them off, kicking and sobbing, at summer camp for two full weeks, weeks that I can spend driving endlessly west and cooing over cheap roadside attractions and makeshift … Continue reading My heart belongs to my Mother (Road)

A place to cruise in for a beer

The $20: Lush Ladies blog on the St. Louis Post-Dispatch Web site weighs in about the Cruisin' Rte 66 bar at 7895 Watson Road (old Route 66). It used to be known as George's Route 66 Bar and Grill, but it's best-known for the big neon martini glass at the front of the building (which, … Continue reading A place to cruise in for a beer

Gallup rotosphere will be restored

The Gallup Independent has the photo above with the following information: Star Light: Hinckley Signs employees Danny Ellis, Gilbert Mexican, Dan Rudisill and Tamend Brown dismantle the star-shaped sphere after removing it from the top of the Downtown Plaza sign Monday in Gallup. The old sign, which is motorized and lit with neon lights, is … Continue reading Gallup rotosphere will be restored