British celebrity couple is traveling Route 66

A celebrity couple from Great Britain is traveling on a portion of the Mother Road for three weeks, according to a story in The Daily Mirror of London. Jason Orange, a member of the UK-based pop band Take That, and British comedian Catherine Tate reportedly are dating, and decided to take some time together on … Continue reading British celebrity couple is traveling Route 66

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Kansas Route 66 attains Historic Byway status

The Kansas portion of historic Route 66 has been designated as a Kansas Historic Byway, according to a news release today from the Kansas Department of Transportation. The designation applies to all 13 miles of Route 66 in southeastern Kansas, including older alignments. As a result, the route will feature Kansas Scenic Byway signs (example … Continue reading Kansas Route 66 attains Historic Byway status

Roadie enters Phillips 66 Local Legends contest

Rich Dinkela, a Route 66 enthusiast based in St. Louis and proprietor of HookedOnRoute66.com, has entered a video in Phillips 66's Local Legends contest. http://youtu.be/4YN9Efq65nU Among the prizes is one year of free gasoline, which Dinkela says he'll use for his customized and heavily autographed "Route 66 Adventure Truck" on future trips. On his blog, he … Continue reading Roadie enters Phillips 66 Local Legends contest

Lake Overholser Bridge

The historic Lake Overholser Bridge in western Oklahoma City was reopened to traffic a few weeks ago, as this new video clip shows: http://youtu.be/bQS8Z8nNO34 Music is by The Road Crew. UPDATE: Concidentally, here's another angle from the bridge that was just posted from another YouTube account: http://youtu.be/HBH84CAjRwk

Latest Tucumcari gas-station makeover is complete

The latest old gas station in Tucumcari, N.M., to receive a makeover has been completed. This building, which now houses Four Season Pest Control, has been repainted to resemble an old-time Magnolia station. A group of volunteers has given nostalgic paint jobs to more than a half-dozen abandoned or repurposed gas stations along Route 66 … Continue reading Latest Tucumcari gas-station makeover is complete

Santa Rosa newspaper makes a sequel

Last year about this time, the Guadalupe County Communicator newspaper, based in Santa Rosa, N.M., printed a special edition in case its local high-school football won the state championship. To top it off, the newspaper timed it so the congratulatory edition would actually be distributed at the game the minute the state title was won. … Continue reading Santa Rosa newspaper makes a sequel

A tourism director worth watching

Those who are in charge of chambers of commerce on Route 66 probably should observe closely the guy who's just been hired for the same sort of job in Springfield, Ill. -- Fred Puglia. Puglia still needs City Council approval to be named chief of the Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau. But, rest assured, the … Continue reading A tourism director worth watching

Christmas windows in Tucumcari

On Saturday night, the 2011 Christmas Village Display will debut at 808 E. Route 66 Blvd. in Tucumcari, N.M. The display, across the street from the historic Blue Swallow Motel, will feature Lionel toy trains and Rose Kaye's extensive collection of ceramic lighted buildings. The display was set up inside vacant spaces of the building; … Continue reading Christmas windows in Tucumcari

One-man band

But you've never seen a version of Bobby Troup's most famous song like this one: http://youtu.be/skGgLgcwMPQ The performer's name is Mark Di Giuseppe of Italy, aka The Legendary Straniero.

Church expansion takes on a Route 66 theme

The Wildwood Community Church in Norman, Okla., recently built an addition that includes a Route 66 theme, according to an article in the Norman Transcript. According to the newspaper: The general idea of the expansion centers around a Route 66 theme. All of the art is original and much of the general decor are things … Continue reading Church expansion takes on a Route 66 theme