DVD review: “The Spirit of 66”

Here's an interesting addition to a Route 66 fan's library -- a documentary shot so long ago and out of circulation for so long, it's become a relic in its own right. That would be the DVD version of "The Spirit of 66" ($20, plus shipping), the 50-minute pilot for a proposed 10-part television series … Continue reading DVD review: “The Spirit of 66”

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Oklahoma Route 66 Museum exhibit focuses on music of the road

The Oklahoma Route 66 Museum in Clinton has started a new exhibit that focuses on the music and music artists who helped make Route 66 famous, according to a news release from the museum. "Music for the Mother Road: Route 66" features displays and interactive pieces about the history of radio and the popular songs … Continue reading Oklahoma Route 66 Museum exhibit focuses on music of the road

Another time-lapse road trip

This video of time-lapse footage by Jody Cusack of the UK-based ZeroCut Media essentially is a plug for the Go Pro Hero3 camera, but there are a lot of cool images from Route 66 here. GoPro Time-Lapse USA from Jody Cusack on Vimeo.

Frontier Motel in Truxton soon will have a new owner

The historic Frontier Motel in Truxton, Ariz., with its adjoining cafe and nearby bar and gas station, are under contract to soon be owned by a tour operator from New Zealand. Sam Murray, owner of Gilligan's Wild West Tours, said during a telephone interview the transfer of licenses through Mohave County is the only holdup … Continue reading Frontier Motel in Truxton soon will have a new owner

Team wants Joplin to improve historic baseball stadium

The El Paso Diablos baseball team wants to move to Joplin, Mo., but wants the city to improve Joe Becker Stadium in return. The Diablos, affiliated with the American Association of Independent Professional Baseball and owned by WLD Suarez Baseball, were so successful in El Paso, Texas, that a professional team moved a Class AAA affiliate … Continue reading Team wants Joplin to improve historic baseball stadium

Webb City candy shop revives classic candy-canes

The Minerva Candy Co. in downtown Webb City, Mo., revived a long-dormant candy-cane recipe over the weekend with the help of the former owner. According to the Joplin Globe: It’s been years since Minerva manufactured the Christmas treat. The shop had been closed since the mid-2000s until Tom Hamsher and his wife, Mary, purchased it … Continue reading Webb City candy shop revives classic candy-canes

Chilly day for the Route 66 Marathon

Folks at today's Route 66 Marathon in Tulsa dealt with 20-degree temperatures at race time, with wind chills in the teens. Participants probably were OK once they ran a few miles. But it had to be uncomfortable for fans and volunteers. At least it didn't snow; a winter weather advisory of snow and sleet is … Continue reading Chilly day for the Route 66 Marathon

Gillioz Theatre has a new owner

The historic Gillioz Theatre in downtown Springfield, Mo., has a new owner, and it's not the local community college, as expected. According to the Springfield News-Leader, Springfield resident Robert Low, owner of the Prime Inc. trucking company, purchased the theater that sits on an old alignment of Route 66. Low also signed a lease agreement … Continue reading Gillioz Theatre has a new owner

Future looks brighter for Rich & Creamy stand

The Rich & Creamy ice cream stand in Joliet, Ill., which faced an iffy future months ago because of back rent, a leaky roof and warnings about hazards to pedestrians, seems to have a brighter days ahead. The city is applying for a $25,000 grant to fix the roof, reported The Herald-News in Joliet. And … Continue reading Future looks brighter for Rich & Creamy stand

How POPS picks its sodas

This video is essentially a plug for US Food's soda line. But it also gives a good overview of POPS on Route 66 in Arcadia, Okla. Artisan Sodas Route 66 from Hank Henry on Vimeo. UPDATE: I've been told that US Food has discontinued the sodas, and the video has been pulled.