A tour of the Litchfield Route 66 museum

This 28-minute video from "Illinois Stories," produced by PBS affiliate WSEC-TV in Springfield, takes you inside the Litchfield Museum and Route 66 Welcome Center in Litchfield, Ill. http://youtu.be/Ho5G74b75ws If you're a little short on time, you can skip ahead to the six-minute mark and let Ariston Cafe owner Nick Adam guide you and the host … Continue reading A tour of the Litchfield Route 66 museum

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Historic gas station in Oklahoma City torn down

A cottage-style gas station in Oklahoma City that dated to the beginnings of Route 66 was torn down in recent weeks to make way for a fast-food restaurant, according to the OKC Central blog, which is affiliated with The Oklahoman newspaper. The long-closed station stood at Pennsylvania Avenue and Northwest 23rd Street (aka Route 66). … Continue reading Historic gas station in Oklahoma City torn down

Boots Motel honored by National Park Service

The Boots Motel in Carthage, Mo., was honored Saturday by the National Park Service's Route 66 Corridor Preservation Program for removing a gabled roof and restoring the Route 66 landmark to its original, flat-roofed appearance. According to the Joplin Globe newspaper: A plaque was presented to Debye Harvey, a co-owner of the motel, by Kaisa … Continue reading Boots Motel honored by National Park Service

Route 66 made of Lego pieces

A few weeks ago, Kendall Yost announced he would make a reproduction of Route 66 made entirely of Lego pieces during the Ozark Empire Fair in Springfield, Mo. The Route 66 miniature is up, which you can see here with this video from the Springfield (Mo.) News-Leader: The Ozark Empire Fair runs through Aug. 3.

A look back at Lucille Hamons

Bob Hall, who used to work at KFOR-TV in Oklahoma City, posted this report from 1988 about Lucille Hamons, owner of Lucille's service station on Route 66 in Hydro, Okla. This is interesting to watch, mostly because it was before Michael Wallis' best-selling "Route 66: The Mother Road" was published, kick-starting Route 66's renaissance. http://youtu.be/8Gr8KrSRYn4 … Continue reading A look back at Lucille Hamons

New miniature of the Bagdad Cafe

Take a close look at the above photos. Can you tell the real Bagdad Cafe near Newberry Springs, Calif., and the miniature replica? The second photo is the real McCoy. Willem Bor of the Netherlands has made amazingly detailed miniatures of Route 66 landmarks. The latest was the Bagdad Cafe, made famous by the European … Continue reading New miniature of the Bagdad Cafe

World Peace Monument apparently is back on track

Here's one of the oddest videos you'll see on this website. We'll let John Clanton, a Tulsa World photographer who made the clip, explain in an accompanying story: By his count, King Richard LéRoy has 1,613 used bowling balls. That’s 6,823 short of his goal. His real name is Richard Branaman, but he prefers to … Continue reading World Peace Monument apparently is back on track

Cars on the Route adding more Pixar characters

Cars on the Route, formerly known as 4 Women on the Route in Galena, Kan., recently added a replica of Tow Mater from the Disney-Pixar animated movie "Cars," and more are coming, reported the Joplin Globe. “This is just the first addition of many ‘Cars’ related vehicles,” Doug Gatewood, a consultant for developers Brian Jordan and … Continue reading Cars on the Route adding more Pixar characters

Topock 66 Spa and Resort holds a soft opening

After almost three years of planning and construction, the Topock 66 Spa and Resort in Topock, Ariz., opened for business July 19 at the old Topock Marina location, reported the Mohave Daily News. Owner Chet Hitt saved some relics from the old building and has collected other memorabilia to highlight the area’s connection with Route … Continue reading Topock 66 Spa and Resort holds a soft opening

Amarillo will add new signs along its Route 66 district

KFDA-TV in Amarillo, Texas, reports the Sixth Street District in Amarillo soon will add new Route 66 signs along the historic business district. The video is here: KFDA - NewsChannel 10 / Amarillo News, Weather, Sports More from the report: In the next few months, these new medal signs will begin to appear between Georgia … Continue reading Amarillo will add new signs along its Route 66 district