A place that hasn’t changed

John Weeks of the San Bernardino County Sun takes a look at "Things that Haven't Changed" in the Southern California Inland Empire. One of them is on the Mother Road: Want a good old-fashioned sandwich? Head to Peppi's at 17670 Foothill Blvd. in Fontana. It's a classic Route 66 eatery that has been serving up … Continue reading A place that hasn’t changed

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Country Store may close

(Sign hanging above the cash register at the Country Store) When the Country Store opened on 11th Street in Tulsa nearly 40 years ago, it was, in fact, in the country. Four decades of urban sprawl later, the Country Store's location on historic Route 66 is considered part of midtown Tulsa. Farmers are an endangered … Continue reading Country Store may close

Old Chain of Rocks Bridge closes parking lot

In a column by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch's Matthew Hathaway, we learn that Trailnet, which runs the Old Chain of Rocks Bridge that connects a pedestrian/biking trail from north St. Louis to Madison, Ill., is closing a parking lot on the Missouri side of the river indefinitely because of vandalism to vehicles there. In an … Continue reading Old Chain of Rocks Bridge closes parking lot

Historic hotel won’t be taken over by city after all

A few weeks ago, we passed along a report by the Kankakee (Ill.) Daily Journal that said the city of Wilmington was going to take over the historic Eagle Hotel on Route 66 on Jan. 15 because its owner, William Scales, didn't have it operating as a business by a city-imposed five-year deadline. On Monday, … Continue reading Historic hotel won’t be taken over by city after all

“Devil Girl” movie shot on Route 66

Production recently wrapped on the thriller film "Devil Girl," which was shot on Route 66 and uses the historic road as its setting. Here's synopsis of the film, according to its Web site: Fay is a small town girl on a road trip to Hollywood to pursue her dream of becoming an actress. When her … Continue reading “Devil Girl” movie shot on Route 66

The case of the mysterious traffic surge

Traffic at Route 66 News jumped to record levels today, fueled mostly by a link from the Wigwam Motel in Rialto, Calif. The motel showed how its teepee design inspired the Cozy Cone Motel in the animated hit movie, "Cars." That link to here has existed for nearly 10 months, so I was flummoxed on … Continue reading The case of the mysterious traffic surge

Another class ring found at Blue Whale is returned

For the second time in a month, a class ring that was found years ago at the Blue Whale of Catoosa, Okla., was returned to its rightful owner, according to the Tulsa World. The ring was was stolen from the owner's house in the burglary in the 1980s. It either was pawned to someone else … Continue reading Another class ring found at Blue Whale is returned

Tropics restaurant continues to languish

This story in the Lincoln (Ill.) Courier tells about a situation that's common even in prosperous towns along the Mother Road -- a business district that is indeed busy, but still has a lot of vacancies. One of those vacancies is The Tropics restaurant: Tropics co-owner Tami Goodrich of Lincoln said last week she and … Continue reading Tropics restaurant continues to languish

Postcard display returns by popular demand

The Albuquerque library system had a traveling exhibit of vintage postcards that displayed varying times in the city's history. That, of course, included images from Route 66. The exhibit ran from April 2005 to last December. However, there was enough continued interest that the postcards will be on display again through March 24 at the … Continue reading Postcard display returns by popular demand

A Riverwalk — in Grants

The Gallup (N.M.) Independent has an interesting story about Riverwalk in the nearby Route 66 town of Grants, N.M. San Antonio has the best-known Riverwalk; it appears Grants decided to have one of its own. The Riverwalk in Grants is a greenbelt along the Rio San Jose that in the midst of a three-stage development. … Continue reading A Riverwalk — in Grants