Snow of the century

Albuquerque and much of the northern half of New Mexico experienced record snowfall with the latest winter storm. The National Weather Service in Albuquerque reported that 11.3 inches of snow fell in one day Friday, breaking the old one-day record of 9.3 inches, set in 1958, according to the Albuquerque Journal. According to latest data … Continue reading Snow of the century

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Precious Moments park will close some attractions

The Joplin (Mo.) Globe reports today that the Precious Moments Inspiration Park, located in the Route 66 town of Carthage, Mo., announced it will close several attractions because of a steep decline in bus tours. Among the attractions slated to close and likely won't reopen are the Fountain of Angels, Wedding Island, an RV park … Continue reading Precious Moments park will close some attractions

Another winter storm is wreaking havoc

KOB-TV in Albuquerque reports that a nasty winter storm has closed all or parts of Interstate 40 from the Duke City to the Texas line, but police are allowing some local traffic on Route 66. Eastbound traffic is being stopped at Tramway Boulevard in Albuquerque, and unlike the last storm, Route 66 is only open … Continue reading Another winter storm is wreaking havoc

It may be ugly, but it’s tasty

Lynn Grisard Fullman, aka the Food Detective for the Birmingham (Ala.) News, put out a list of highlights in the past year, and the Midpoint Cafe in Adrian, Texas, made the cut: Ugly?: Well, Joann Harwell at MidPoint Cafe along Historic Route 66 near Amarillo, Texas, actually bestowed the title herself to her chocolate-peanut butter … Continue reading It may be ugly, but it’s tasty

A thank-you from the Cancer Rider

Now that she's had a couple of days of rest from her cross-country bicycle trip on Route 66, Michelle Thompson has posted her post-ride thoughts and thank-yous on her Web site.

Battle of the books

Route 66 enthusiast Emily Priddy has announced that she's going to update her parents' guide to the Mother Road, "Route 66 for Kids," on Feb. 1. The book has been available a free download as Adobe Acrobat or a Microsoft Word file from the Kids on 66 Web site since 2005, although it was initially … Continue reading Battle of the books

An addition to a list

From KCAL-TV, a CBS affiliate: GLENDORA, Calif. -- A 27-year-old Army specialist from Glendora who was killed by a roadside bomb in Iraq on Saturday became the San Gabriel Valley's 22nd death in the war, it was reported Thursday. Army Spc. Elias Elias is believed to be the first casualty from Glendora, where he has … Continue reading An addition to a list

Pain Walker launches Web site

Remember Dennis Kinch, the man afflicted with chronic pain who walked Route 66 to raise awareness for the National Pain Foundation? He's no longer with the foundation, but he's establishing a nonprofit group called Pain Education, Awareness and Re-invention, or PEAR. He's also writing a book about his experiences and producing a documentary. He also … Continue reading Pain Walker launches Web site

California Welcome Center will have Route 66 theme

According to this short story in the San Bernardino County Sun, a new California Welcome Center on Hospitality Lane near the junction of Interstates 215 and 10 will have a Mother Road flavor when it opens in February: The California Welcome Center will combine a Route 66 and 1950s retro theme with plasma screens, multimedia, … Continue reading California Welcome Center will have Route 66 theme

A new big frog for Waynesville?

There's a big, painted stone frog on Waynesville Hill just off old Route 66 in Wayneville, Mo. It's been a local landmark for years, and its name is W.H. Croaker. According to the Waynesville Frog Fest site, this is how the frog was created: You see, several years ago the Missouri Department of Transportation was … Continue reading A new big frog for Waynesville?