Downtown Pontiac, Ill., will dedicate trees tomorrow to two deceased Route 66 fans, Betty Estes and Lenore Weiss, at 11 a.m. during a car-cruise event, according to a news release from Pontiac Tourism. The "Get Your Kicks on Route 66" cruise will be in their honor. At 11, the Rev. David Sabel of St. Mary’s Parish … Continue reading Pontiac will dedicate trees to two late roadies
Many news releases from motel chains are self-serving and not terribly useful. But this one from Motel 6 is notable for what it says and providing numbers to support its material. According to a story posted on Breaking Travel News: Route 66 is the most popular U.S road trip for British travellers this year according … Continue reading British name Route 66 as favorite U.S. road trip
If you're very lucky (and happen to be a guy), Angel Delgadillo might have time to give you a shave at his barbershop on Route 66 in Seligman, Ariz. https://youtu.be/JzAgmoGJQP4 "The Angel of Route 66" is more known for greeting tourists and selling tons of Route 66-related souvenirs at his gift shop. But, at one … Continue reading A close shave
University of New Mexico students provided some ideas to the City of Albuquerque on how to dress up its stretch of Route 66, reported KOB-TV. Students came up with renderings and designs to help the city rehabilitate parts of Central Ave. Some ideas include creating walkways over I-25, adding more parks and open-air markets along … Continue reading Students provide ideas for Route 66 in Albuquerque
Rich Dinkela shot this video of him trying to access both sides of an old bridge in Bridgeport, Okla., that once spanned the South Canadian River and carried Route 66 until the mid-1930s. The bridge is long-gone; the only thing left are the bridge supports. https://youtu.be/ifzbPWC9mR8 I've explored the north portion of the bridge. I … Continue reading Exploring the old Bridgeport alignment of Route 66
A major book publisher, Penguin Group USA, will drive a mobile bookstore on Route 66 from Oklahoma to California this fall, according to a news release today. The mobile bookstore -- basically a tricked-out moving truck -- will make several appearances at book events this year. This is the one most relevant to the Mother … Continue reading Publisher will take mobile bookstore down Route 66
Before the Fabulous Thunderbirds formed in Texas in the 1970s, there was another Fabulous Thunderbirds rock band out of New Mexico during the mid-1960s. According to one well-researched online source, the Thunderbirds' version of Bobby Troup's song was released in 1965 on Red Feather Records in Albuquerque: https://youtu.be/KE4ti9-nLm0 More from Popsike.com: Legend has it that … Continue reading The original Fabulous Thunderbirds
A letter to the editor featured Sunday in the Tulsa World encapsulates the frustrations many Tulsans feel about the Route 66 part of the Vision 2025 sales-tax program. You can read the letter by Scott Swearingen here. A few key parts: On almost any day, I see visitors to Tulsa stopping to admire the Cyrus … Continue reading Where is Tulsa’s Route 66 museum?
Here's a version of Bobby Troup's "Route 66" you may not have heard. Perry Como gave it a whirl in 1959, with additional lyrics. Perry Como - Route 66 from Jeroen Boersma on Vimeo.
A Kickstarter campaign aims to raise $16,000 to restore the historic Roy's sign at the Route 66 town of Amboy, Calif. The restoration is part of the newly christened Amboy Foundation of Art's eventual goal to turn the motel at the Roy's complex into an artist's colony. According to the Kickstarter page: Restoration of this neon … Continue reading Kickstarter campaign launched to restore Roy’s sign