Road bandits

The Bloomington (Ill.) Pantagraph published a story about the Cattle Bandits, a country-rock band that's opening a show for country star John Anderson at the McLean County Fair tomorrow night. The Cattle Bandits' soon-to-be-released CD, "Homegrown," contains a few Route 66 references. That's the case as the style runs from the country of "Beaches of … Continue reading Road bandits

When the going gets weird …

A few weeks ago, an Italian film crew dressed in superhero costumes was traveling down Route 66 for a twisted documentary called "Roast to Coast." The San Bernardino County Sun reported: The four, with cameras in hand, are asking anyone they encounter to either kiss or lick a 10-pound roast they are hauling on their … Continue reading When the going gets weird …

Obama stops at Route 66 restaurant

Two weeks ago, it was Republican presidential candidate John McCain stopping at a Route 66 icon, Ted Drewes Frozen Custard in St. Louis. Today, it was Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama stopping at a historic Route 66 restaurant in Lebanon, Mo., according to KY3-TV in Springfield. On his way to Rolla, Obama’s campaign bus took … Continue reading Obama stops at Route 66 restaurant

Good advice

Irv Gordon owns a 1966 Volvo P1800, and he doesn't just let it sit in the garage. The car rolled over 2 million miles in 2002, and is just 300,000 miles away from the 3-million mark. He commutes 125 miles to work, takes a lot of road trips, and is in the Guinness Book of … Continue reading Good advice

Mural erected at Pig-Hip site

A new mural depicting the Pig-Hip restaurant and museum, which burned down last year, was erected at the site in Broadwell, Ill. According to the Lincoln (Ill.) Courier: The painting, by Arlene Waldmire of Rochester, shows both the restaurant and the nearby motel that sat on Route 66 at Broadwell during the heyday of the … Continue reading Mural erected at Pig-Hip site

A new lodging option in Barstow?

Apparently the owners of a motel on Route 66 in Barstow, Calif., saw all the vacationers driving by and decided to do something about it. From the Desert Dispatch: Their current property, the Topper Motel on West Main Street, is popular with people, mostly locals, owner Ken Patel said, needing a room for more than … Continue reading A new lodging option in Barstow?

Vol. 2 of “Route 66” series set for October reports that the tentative release date for "Route 66: The Complete 2nd Season" is Oct. 21. Suggested retail price will be $49.98. That's all the information available.

Rose Bowl soon will open as an events center

It looks like the Rose Bowl along Route 66 in Tulsa soon will open as an events center -- three years after it closed as a bowling alley, reports the Tulsa World. "Our ultimate goal is to create the experience of being in a retro dining hall with food, alcohol and entertainment," said co-owner Sam … Continue reading Rose Bowl soon will open as an events center

Missing cemetery statue found

A 400-pound bronze statue that went missing three years ago from the Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery in Elwood, Ill., was found last week, reports the Joliet Herald-News. The statue was found Friday in an overgrown lot near Braceville, Ill., and is 100 percent intact. The statue was commissioned to honor workers who died in a … Continue reading Missing cemetery statue found

Tulsa gas station restoration is recognized

The Vickery Phillips 66 Station, located on an old alignment of Route 66 in Tulsa, was given a Citation of Merit by the Oklahoma State Historic Preservation Office, reported the Daily Oklahoman. The station, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, was rehabilitated by Michael Sager, with help from project architect Mike Kertock. The … Continue reading Tulsa gas station restoration is recognized