Santa Rosa fiscal crisis likely will impact its bid for museum

The City of Santa Rosa, N.M., faces a financial "catastrophe" after the state suddenly withheld $160,000 in gross receipts taxes in June, with an extra $240,000 reportedly withheld in the coming weeks, reported the  current print edition of the Guadalupe County Communicator in Santa Rosa. The state abruptly withheld the money after an undisclosed business … Continue reading Santa Rosa fiscal crisis likely will impact its bid for museum

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Jumpin’ Ack Flash

Putting this video together took some hard-core traveling: Jumpin Ack on 66 from Shaun Callahan on Vimeo. More about this journey can be read here.

New reality series takes a Route 66 road trip

Jeff Schroeder and Jordan Lloyd, who starred in the reality series "The Amazing Race" and "Big Brother," are starring in a new CBS.com web-only series, "Jeff & Jordan Do America," where they drive Route 66 from Chicago to Los Angeles to begin a new life. Here's a preview of the show, which begins July 18: … Continue reading New reality series takes a Route 66 road trip

Wigwam Motel featured on Route 66 Rendezvous T-shirt

The historic Wigwam Motel is featured on the official T-shirt of the annual Route 66 Rendezvous in San Bernardino, Calif., scheduled for Sept. 13-16, reported the Contra Costa Times. The T-shirt was unveiled Thursday. Kumar Patel provided this photo of the shirt: The newspaper reported: Owners of the Wigwam, Jack and his son, Kumar Patel, who … Continue reading Wigwam Motel featured on Route 66 Rendezvous T-shirt

The story behind Ambler-Becker Texaco

Here's the latest of the Route 66 Stories video series for Illinois. This one's an interview with Phil Becker, longtime operator of the Ambler-Becker Texaco station in Dwight. http://youtu.be/dBYY2Ze05x0 The station no longer operates as a gas station, but has been converted into a visitors center.

Mitla Cafe marking 75th anniversary

http://youtu.be/6xFn2iktFiw The historic Mitla Cafe in San Bernardino, Calif., is marking its 75th anniversary with a blues and jazz concert Saturday and another celebration in September, reported The Press-Enterprise newspaper. The key to its longevity has been the family atmosphere and a menu that is largely the same as when Lucia Rodriquez started the restaurant, … Continue reading Mitla Cafe marking 75th anniversary

Joliet theater expanding its tour hours

In response to demand from Route 66 tourists and other visitors, the historic Rialto Square Theater in Joliet, Ill., is greatly expanding its hours for tour groups, reported the Naperville Sun. The newspaper said the theater would expand its tour hours to 10 a week. In the past, the theater offered only one tour a week … Continue reading Joliet theater expanding its tour hours

Business owner in Seligman reported missing

Rick Gaffney, owner of the J & R Mini Mart Cafe along Route 66 in Seligman, Ariz., has been reported missing since June 19 when he failed to meet a friend that day in Flagstaff, reported the Arizona Republic and other media outlets. Gaffney's business partner in Prescott told authorities that he found Gaffney's car … Continue reading Business owner in Seligman reported missing

A hike into Amboy Crater

A few years ago, Emily (aka Redforkhippie) and I hiked up Tucumcari Mountain in Tucumcari, N.M., to get up close and personal with one of Route 66's most prominent landmarks. During a recent vacation, we took the same approach to Amboy Crater, an extinct volcano about two miles west of the tiny Route 66 burg of … Continue reading A hike into Amboy Crater

Tourism center in Springfield, Mo., sports Route 66 theme

The city's tourism center in downtown Springfield, Mo., will include a new Route 66 theme, reported KY3-TV in Springfield. The television station reported: The center at 815 St. Louis St. will sport window graphics reflecting the heyday of Route 66 – the historic byway upon which the center is located – and scenes from Springfield … Continue reading Tourism center in Springfield, Mo., sports Route 66 theme