Route 66’s lifeguard

The Bloomington Pantagraph recently published a profile about longtime Illinois state trooper Chester Henry, who patrolled Route 66 and Interstate 55 in the Pontiac area for more than 25 years and wrote an estimated 50,000 speeding tickets. Henry, now 84, has been retired for about 30 years. He still drives his old beat from time … Continue reading Route 66’s lifeguard

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Photographer will open exhibit in Kirkwood gallery

Missouri-based photographer Mark Appling Fisher will open his "Route 66 and Beyond" exhibit at the Ober Anderson Gallery in Kirkwood, Mo., on Friday. According to a news release from the gallery about his photos: Among them are hand colored, infrared film images of from unusual sites along the old Route 66, including a pink elephant … Continue reading Photographer will open exhibit in Kirkwood gallery

“Automatic”

This new video by Miranda Lambert came over my feed. I suspect a few Route 66ers will relate to its message -- not that I agree with everything in it: http://youtu.be/2ksWKOy665o I also am one of the few who learned to drive in a manual-transmission grain truck. The glimpse in the video of an Airstream … Continue reading “Automatic”

Suspected drunken driver crashes into Summit Inn

A suspected car thief who allegedly was drunk crashed a minivan into Route 66's iconic Summit Inn restaurant on the summit of Cajon Pass in Southern California, according to several media outlets. According to the Press-Enterprise, Jayson Ernest Johnson, 37, of Riverside, Calif., was arrested Thursday on suspicion of being drunk in public, stealing a vehicle, … Continue reading Suspected drunken driver crashes into Summit Inn

A hike to Amboy Crater

This new video shows as well as anything what it's like to hike to Amboy Crater, an extinct volcano near the Route 66 hamlet of Amboy, Calif. http://youtu.be/5BtMd-rdjrg The clip comes from the California Through My Lens channel, which is an offshoot of the California Through My Lens blog. The guy also uploaded this video … Continue reading A hike to Amboy Crater

Autry museum launches fundraiser for Route 66 exhibit

The Autry National Center of the American West in Los Angeles has launched an online fundraising campaign to help pay for its upcoming and long-awaited “Route 66: The Road and the Romance," according to a report in the Los Angeles Times. The Autry wants to raise $66,000 within 30 days through IndieGoGo. The campaign launched Tuesday; through … Continue reading Autry museum launches fundraiser for Route 66 exhibit

Suburban Chicago county approves Route 66 marketing plan

The board of Will County, Ill., recently approved a new marketing plan for a long-overlooked section of Route 66 from Joliet to Braidwood, reported the Southtown Star. The newspaper said: There is an “untapped tourism potential” here, and tying all these natural, recreational and historical amenities together is historic Route 66, said project consultant Ferhat … Continue reading Suburban Chicago county approves Route 66 marketing plan

Antique truck show will feature Campbell 66 Express

The American Truck Historical Society's National Convention in Springfield, Mo., not only will feature cruises and speech on Route 66, but a speaker about the town's long-closed Campbell 66 Express trucking firm, according to news release from the society and its website. The convention, scheduled for May 29-31 at the Ozark Empire Fairgrounds, will include … Continue reading Antique truck show will feature Campbell 66 Express

Tri-County Truck Stop will host ‘ghost hunt’

The long-closed Tri-County Truck Stop along Route 66 in Villa Ridge, Mo., will host a "ghost hunt" by the Paranormal Task Force on Saturday night. According to a report in the Washington Missourian, the interactive event begins at 6 p.m. and lasts until 4 a.m. The cost is $50. Tickets may be bought here. Tri-County Truck … Continue reading Tri-County Truck Stop will host ‘ghost hunt’

A “Holiday” in California

For folks in America who are still languishing in the clutches of a harsh winter, maybe this video by Danielle Dumont about the Golden State -- with lots of Route 66 content -- will make your day a bit warmer. Or induce you to take a vacation. California 2012 from Danielle Dumont on Vimeo. Music … Continue reading A “Holiday” in California