Activist Cindy Sheehan taking Route 66 for Tour de Peace ride

Antiwar activist Cindy Sheehan, perhaps best-known for her long protest in front of President George W. Bush's ranch during the Iraq War, will embark on a Tour de Peace bicycle ride from California to Washington, D.C., including Route 66. Sheehan protested Bush and the war not long after her soldier son Casey was killed in … Continue reading Activist Cindy Sheehan taking Route 66 for Tour de Peace ride

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A look at a future boarding house on Route 66

About a year ago, a Springfield newspaper reported that the Route 66 town of Atlanta, Ill., was reviving an old boarding house that housed overnight Route 66 travelers until the 1940s. Here's the excerpt: The community also has purchased an 1891 residence that served as a rooming house for Route 66 travelers in the 1940s, … Continue reading A look at a future boarding house on Route 66

Crystal City Shopping Center sells for much less than anticipated

The main building that largely comprises the Crystal City Shopping Center in southwest Tulsa sold today for $435,000, which was less than half what was anticipated, according to several Tulsa media outlets. KTVI-TV reported that City Councilor Jeannie Cue said the new owner had a good reputation for maintaining its buildings -- a major issue … Continue reading Crystal City Shopping Center sells for much less than anticipated

Atlanta, Ill., organizes a cruise for all-electric vehicles

Credit the town of Atlanta, Ill., to find a new twist to the typical Route 66 car cruise -- it has organized an event for all-electric vehicles on June 8. The Electric Vehicle Cruise-In will be from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. that day in downtown Atlanta, where an older alignment of Route 66 runs. … Continue reading Atlanta, Ill., organizes a cruise for all-electric vehicles

Willem Bor’s latest Route 66 miniatures

Netherlands resident Willem Bor, who's built detailed replicas of Route 66 landmarks in miniature, delivered four more models in recent months. The miniatures were: The now-closed Diamonds Restaurant in Villa Ridge, Mo. Riviera Roadhouse in Gardner, Ill., which was destroyed by a fire in 2010. Gay Parita station in Paris Springs, Mo. Bor and his … Continue reading Willem Bor’s latest Route 66 miniatures

Route 66 enthusiast Jan Finder, aka The Wombat, dies

Jan Howard Finder, who was much better known to Route 66 enthusiasts as The Wombat, died Tuesday during his latest bout with cancer, according to friends on his Facebook page and other media outlets. He was just a few days short of his 74th birthday. According to one friend, Finder died of multiple organ failure as … Continue reading Route 66 enthusiast Jan Finder, aka The Wombat, dies

City of Carthage prods railroad to fix Whee Bridge

http://youtu.be/l5F-VnJt-kM The City of Carthage, Mo., is taking a more assertive approach with the Union Pacific railroad to shore up two bridges, including the historic "Whee" Bridge on Route 66, reported the Carthage Press. City Administrator Tom Short said the recent closing of the nearby Sycamore Street bridge due to cracks in its supports prompted … Continue reading City of Carthage prods railroad to fix Whee Bridge

Carlyle Motel neon sign listed for sale on eBay

The historic neon sign of the Carlyle Motel on Route 66 in Oklahoma City is listed for sale on eBay after its owners removed it several weeks ago. Steve Davis, whose eBay account is mr.classicars, has the sign listed for $99, but it carries an unnamed minimum price. The auction ends March 3. According to the … Continue reading Carlyle Motel neon sign listed for sale on eBay

Area chamber considers a smaller Route 66 Rendezvous

The San Bernardino Area Chamber of Commerce is considering a slimmed-down version of the annual Route 66 Rendezvous, which was suspended last week due to funding cuts and the City of San Bernardino's bankruptcy, according to the Redlands Daily Facts. "There is a concern that if we don't have an event this year, it may … Continue reading Area chamber considers a smaller Route 66 Rendezvous

Another promo for “American Giants” series

Stone Baker is planning a series of videos on YouTube titled "American Giants," about his obsession with fiberglass statues (aka Muffler Men) that graced roadsides during the 1960s and '70s. Baker posted another promotional video for the series, set to begin this spring. You'll see several Muffler Men along Route 66 in Illinois in this … Continue reading Another promo for “American Giants” series