Baseball and Route 66

Linda Campbell, a columnist for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, offered interesting thoughts from her family's trips over the years to see America by visiting baseball parks, large and small. My family takes baseball road trips to towns that would never have made our radar screen were it not for a love of baking on the … Continue reading Baseball and Route 66

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Roadies on the radio

Oklahoma Route 66 historian Jim Ross passes along word that an interview by KOSU, a National Public Radio affiliate, about Route 66 will air at 7:04 a.m. and 10:17 a.m. today. Laurel Kane, co-owner of Afton Station, also was interviewed, but she wasn't sure whether her comments made the final cut. The frequency will be … Continue reading Roadies on the radio

More of a drizzle than a storm

Kim Schneider, a travel writer for Michigan Live, poses this question about NBC-TV's dud of a reality series on Route 66, "The Great American Road Trip": Has the show done more to keep people off the road than on it? Short answer from me: I doubt it. First off, ratings for "Road Trip" have been … Continue reading More of a drizzle than a storm

Au natural

Urban Tulsa posted a fascinating article about Oaklake Trails Naturist Park near Depew, Okla., off Route 66. Simply put, it is a 400-acre resort for nudists. At Oaklake, everyone is nude or nearly nude. Women and men wearing nothing but hats and sunglasses splash in the pool. A young woman sits outside her cabin in … Continue reading Au natural

Motorcycle trip raising money for fallen firefighters

A group of firefighters is riding motorcycles on Route 66 from Chicago to Santa Monica, Calif., to raise money for a foundation that benefits the families of firefighters who died in the line of duty, reports KSDK-TV in St. Louis. The trip concludes Aug. 5. The group was in St. Louis on Tuesday. From the … Continue reading Motorcycle trip raising money for fallen firefighters

Notes from the “Road Trip”

Some notes from the latest episode of the NBC reality series "The Great American Road Trip": The good. The Midpoint Cafe in Adrian, Texas -- along with its gift shop -- got quite a bit of air time during Monday's episode, even though the pie-eating contest in the restaurant was a bit repulsive. The good. … Continue reading Notes from the “Road Trip”

All a-Twitter

Long story short: Regular readers of Route 66 News ought to check my Twitter site, which is here. Five of the most-recent Twitter posts also are listed on the main Route 66 News page. Route 66 News stories are automatically fed to the Twitter page. I also repost entries from Twitter users that should be … Continue reading All a-Twitter

Going through The Mill

The Lincoln Daily News has posted a few photos from the 80th-anniversary celebration of The Mill in Lincoln, Ill. The re-enactors of old characters at the mostly restored Route 66 restaurant are a hoot. I didn't know the place had an association with gangster Al Capone. The main story is here. A lot of interesting … Continue reading Going through The Mill

Historic status sought for Lamplighter property

A portion of the Inn of the Lamplighter, a longtime social gathering spot and an oasis for Route 66 travelers in Springfield, Ill., is going to be nominated as a historic landmark, reports the Springfield Journal-Register. This week a group of residents at the Route 66 landmark-turned-condos begins the work of putting a piece of … Continue reading Historic status sought for Lamplighter property