Will Rogers Museum will promote Route 66 in 2015

The Will Rogers Memorial Museum in Claremore, Oklahoma, will include the promotion of Route 66, aka the Will Rogers Memorial Highway, during a series of changes for the upcoming year, according to a news release published in the Tulsa World. The museums, which also includes the Rogers' Birthplace Ranch in Oologah, Oklahoma, also are planning: … Continue reading Will Rogers Museum will promote Route 66 in 2015

Effort to save the Gasconade Bridge goes beyond the rally

Last week, "Roamin' Rich" Dinkela organized a rally at the foot of Route 66's Gasconade River Bridge near Hazelgreen, Missouri, that was closed Dec. 18 by the state because of deterioration. The rally was designed to urge the Missouri Department of Transportation to repair, not replace, the 90-year-old bridge. Dinkela's efforts continued beyond the rally. … Continue reading Effort to save the Gasconade Bridge goes beyond the rally

Yacovelli’s restaurant near St. Louis is closing

Yacovelli's Restaurant and Catering, one of St. Louis' oldest eateries, is closing its doors for good on New Year's Day, according to various media reports. Employees and owners of the restaurant held a "Last Dance, Last Chance" party on Friday. The restaurant will be open on Tuesday and Wednesday, and will have a last hurrah … Continue reading Yacovelli’s restaurant near St. Louis is closing

Rocky Drake dies

Longtime roadies who traveled the Texas Panhandle may remember Rocky Drake, who died suddenly at age 58 on Friday. Drake was the husband of former Oldham County Chamber of Commerce director Linda Drake, who were based in Vega, Texas, for years. Linda, who survives, was heavily involved in promoting in Route 66, and she and Rocky often showed … Continue reading Rocky Drake dies

Soul food restaurant opens across from Victorville museum

If you've visited the California Route 66 Museum in Victorville and are feeling hungry, you don't need to go far for a meal. Renee Allen's Mac & Cheese and More opened last month at 16838 D Street, across the street from the museum. The restaurant also has a location in nearby Apple Valley, California. According to … Continue reading Soul food restaurant opens across from Victorville museum

Spy agency’s rocket launch had a Route 66 reference

The rocket launch of a device by the National Reconnaissance Office in 2011 came with a mission patch that included a prominent Route 66 reference. Here's the patch: According to the NRO, the device was launched aboard an Orbital Sciences Corporation Minotaur I rocket from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California on Feb. 6, 2011. The launch was called NROL-66. … Continue reading Spy agency’s rocket launch had a Route 66 reference

Route 66 in selfies

Professional photographer Martin Hogeboom of the Netherlands took a series of self-portraits during a Route 66 motorcycle trip, then combined them into one video. See how many of the background locations you recognize: route 66. in selfies from Martin Hogeboom on Vimeo.

Los Angeles cafe was shown in Christmas film

Not many people know this, but a historic restaurant along Route 66 in the Eagle Rock neighborhood of Los Angeles was used in a prominent scene in the 2004 movie "Surviving Christmas," starring Ben Affleck. According to Los Angeles Magazine: Surviving Christmas is set in and around Chicago but some scenes were lensed right here … Continue reading Los Angeles cafe was shown in Christmas film

Hollywood seeks a business improvement district on Route 66

Look who's arrived to the party -- the fabled neighborhood of Hollywood in Los Angeles is seeking a Hollywood Route 66 Business Improvement District along a 2 1/4-mile stretch of the Mother Road, reported the Beverly Press. The newspaper reported Los Angeles City Councilman Tom LaBonge is one of those who've taken the lead on the project: Business owners … Continue reading Hollywood seeks a business improvement district on Route 66

Anonymous donor gives Williams new street lights

The town of Williams, Arizona, received quite a Christmas gift a few day ago. An anonymous benefactor will cover the cost of installing up to 160 new street lights in town, including its tourist-heavy stretch of Route 66, reported the Williams-Grand Canyon News. The lights are worth a total of between $150,000 and $180,000. But … Continue reading Anonymous donor gives Williams new street lights