Driving Route 66 to save time

If you're traveling through central Missouri near the Interstate 44 corridor from Thursday through Thanksgiving, it may be advisable to take old Route 66 in the Rolla and Doolittle area. The Rolla Daily News reports that the transportation department is adding lane restrictions to that interstate and that delays could be 45 minutes to an … Continue reading Driving Route 66 to save time

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Scenes from the Mother Road Festival

An auto-enthusiast outfit called ARS Promotions put together a video from last weekend's International Route 66 Mother Road Festival in Springfield, Ill.

Reimagining the Route

This is a well-done video about Route 66 from the Center for Creative Land Recycling. It explains how the Mother Road -- especially in the desert Southwest -- is being revitalized with brownfields remediation, alternative energy, outdoor recreation and historical tourism.

Worth watching

The St. Louis Business Journal is reporting that U.S. Rep. Russ Carnahan of Missouri is planning Tuesday to introduce a bill to Congress that would provide 20 percent federal tax credits to help rehabilitate historic structures. The Journal reports that Carnahan wants to model the program after Missouri's much-praised program that provides rehabilitation tax credits … Continue reading Worth watching

Eating and cruising in Illinois

Phil Vettel of the Chicago Tribune has filed a story about Route 66 eating establishments in Illinois between St. Louis and the Windy City. Cited are Dell Rhea's Chicken Basket of Willowbrook, That 50's Place Diner in Dwight, the revived Palms Grill in Atlanta, Charlie Parker's in Springfield, and Erato on Main in Edwardsville. Many … Continue reading Eating and cruising in Illinois

More details on Twin Arrows restoration

In the past few weeks, some encouraging signs were seen regarding the long-deteriorating Twin Arrows complex east of Flagstaff, Ariz. The two giant arrows were fully restored (seen above) after years of decline, and a volunteer work crew helped tidy up the property during the Route 66 Festival a few days later. Now, it appears … Continue reading More details on Twin Arrows restoration

Building roads

Check out this footage of a new television ad for GMC trucks, especially around the 0:06 mark: (Hat tip: Johnny "Moo-Moo" Miller)

Cozy dogs and Ted Drewes

You can't do much better than this. Cozy dogs from the Cozy Dog Drive-In in Springfield, Ill., and frozen custard from Ted Drewes Frozen Custard in St. Louis will be among the fare served at the St. Louis Route 66 Festival next weekend at the Old Chain of Rocks Bridge, reports the Suburban Journals. Both … Continue reading Cozy dogs and Ted Drewes

Steve McQueen’s Oklahoma connection

I always wondered how Route 66 Vintage Iron in Miami, Okla., managed to acquire one of movie star Steve McQueen's motorcycles. McQueen's bio has him in Missouri, Indiana and California, but not the Sooner State. NWAOnline answers the question: McQueen, who starred in films like "The Magnificent Seven," "Hell is for Heroes" and "Bullitt," had … Continue reading Steve McQueen’s Oklahoma connection