Nob Hill Motel being converted into an office complex

The historic Nob Hill Motel on Route 66 in Albuquerque is being converted into an office complex, but its neon sign and distinctive appearance will remain intact. The complex likely will be called the Nob Hill Court; the "Court" was part of the motel's original name. Al Schwanke, a supervisor for the contractor for the … Continue reading Nob Hill Motel being converted into an office complex

Route 66 Pulse issue will include survey

The next issue of the Route 66 Pulse newspaper will include a survey and self-addressed stamped envelope. Researchers at Rutgers University are conducting a study on the people who travel the Mother Road. I'll let Jim Conkle, who is leading the revival of the Pulse, explain: The National Park Service Route 66 Corridor program received … Continue reading Route 66 Pulse issue will include survey

A road trip on Ruth

Here’s a new chapter of “Route 66: A Road Trip through the Bible.” This week’s episode comes from the book of Ruth. Every household should have hired help such as Ruth -- especially with her miracle vacuum cleaner.

Bringing up the rear

Here's a story by OETA about volunteers working to restore a 1951 caboose. The caboose eventually will be placed next to a vintage Frisco steam train at the Heritage Park-Route 66 Station in southwest Tulsa.

Rock Cafe returns to full service

The media was out in full force Friday for the Rock Cafe's first day of full food service since a fire nearly destroyed the historic Route 66 restaurant in Stroud, Okla., a year ago. Here's a story by KOTV in Tulsa. Here's an Associated Press story. Here's another from BAM's Blog, via the Daily Oklahoman. … Continue reading Rock Cafe returns to full service

Old Joplin golf course gets a face-lift

Schifferdecker Municipal Golf Course of Joplin, Mo., which is right off the Mother Road and even predates the highway, recently underwent extensive renovations, reported the Joplin Globe. Mayor Gary Shaw said the course is known as a historic one because it opened in 1922 alongside what became Route 66. “Schifferdecker is a bargain” in the … Continue reading Old Joplin golf course gets a face-lift

Albuquerque motel demolished

The Economy Inn in Albuquerque, formerly the Trade Winds Motel, was torn down Friday after becoming a chronic nuisance, reported KOB-TV. The station reported that the old Route 66 motel was a "a haven for drug dealers, prostitutes and other shady people." Albuquerque Police Chief Ray Schultz said Friday, " In my 27 years in … Continue reading Albuquerque motel demolished

“Route 66” producer dies

Mort Abrahams, a producer for the "Route 66" television show during the 1960s, died of natural causes at age 93 at his home in Sherman Oaks, Calif., reported the Hollywood Reporter. Abrahams was reportedly the show's producer in 1962-63. According to the, he produced the acclaimed episode, "Lizard's Leg and Owlet's Wing," in which … Continue reading “Route 66” producer dies

Notes from the road

We learned Thursday that longtime roadie Jeff Meyer, aka the Route 66 Roadologist, is in the hospital after having health problems earlier in the week, and he is undergoing tests. Meyer has been exploring Route 66 for more than two decades, is a founding member of the Illinois Route 66 Association, and was given the … Continue reading Notes from the road

Route 66 Pulse update

Bob "Crocodile" Lile and I have been exchanging e-mails about the resurrection of the Route 66 Pulse newspaper, which ceased publication in August 2008 after nearly two years of steep financial losses. As sales manager, he provided a few details about the efforts to revive the newspaper: Printing of the first issue of the revived … Continue reading Route 66 Pulse update