Albuquerque’s new shopping center sign is a throwback

Albuquerque has a new shopping center along its Route 66 corridor, but its main sign will spark memories of the previous business there. The Trade Winds Shopping Center recently finished construction, and it has a sign that's reminiscent of the original Trade Winds Motel sign at that location. It looks like neon, but it's actually … Continue reading Albuquerque’s new shopping center sign is a throwback

Rock Creek Bridge reopens to traffic

The historic Rock Creek Bridge near Sapulpa, Oklahoma, was reopened to traffic Wednesday morning after a ceremony marking the occasion attended by the state's lieutenant governor. Lt. Gov. Todd Lamb was there to cut the ceremonial ribbon to the bridge, then rode in an antique car across the historic span, along with several dozen other … Continue reading Rock Creek Bridge reopens to traffic

Association asks for help to open I-40 in California to cyclists

The Adventure Cycling Association is petitioning the California Department of Transportation to open Interstate 40 to cyclists because old Route 66 through the Mojave Desert is still closed due to flood damage and because the old Mother Road is too rough for most bicycles. So the association is taking for the public's help so that … Continue reading Association asks for help to open I-40 in California to cyclists

Pontiac lands another museum

The Route 66 town of Pontiac, Illinois, has gained another museum to its bulging portfolio -- one that's dedicated to basketball in the the Land of Lincoln that's scheduled to open by summer 2016. According to the Bloomington Pantagraph, the Basketball Museum of Illinois, run by the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association, will be built inside … Continue reading Pontiac lands another museum

‘Singing Road’ already needs to be restriped

Barely three months after it was first installed, the New Mexico Department of Transportation will put new markings on the pavement of the "Singing Road" section of Route 66 east of Albuquerque because the old markings apparently have worn off. KRQE-TV in Albuquerque explains the problems involved with a set of rumble strips that allow … Continue reading ‘Singing Road’ already needs to be restriped

Ernie Banks broke the Cubs color line

I didn't know this until nearly two days after his death, but Ernie Banks, aka Mr. Cub, essentially was the first player to break the color line with Chicago's National League baseball club. Sports writer Joe Posnanski explains: At that time in the National League, just about every black player played in New York, either … Continue reading Ernie Banks broke the Cubs color line

National Trust shepherds preservation plan for Southwest Museum

The National Trust for Historic Preservation has added the century-old Southwest Museum of the American Indian as a "national treasure" and is devising a plan for its future, according to the Los Angeles Times. Here's what the newspaper found out: Over the next 18 months, the Washington, D.C.-based National Trust will gather ideas and build … Continue reading National Trust shepherds preservation plan for Southwest Museum

Owner of Gay Parita Sinclair station dies

Gary Turner, the beloved owner of the Gay Parita Sinclair gas station on old Route 66 west of Halltown, Missouri, died Thursday night. Turner's daughter, Barb Barnes, confirmed his passing Friday morning. Turner had battled health problems in the last few years, including a stroke in 2012 and a lengthy stay in the hospital this … Continue reading Owner of Gay Parita Sinclair station dies

Pacific lands grant to buy scenic lookout

The city of Pacific, Missouri, has been awarded a $350,000 grant to help buy Lookout on Jensen’s Point off Route 66, reported the Washington Missourian. The St. Louis County Parks awarded the grant earlier this month. Pacific's parks and recreation department will use the landmark after the sale with longtime owner Wayne Winchester goes through. … Continue reading Pacific lands grant to buy scenic lookout

TV show goes ghost-hunting at Grand Canyon Caverns

Grand Canyon Caverns on Route 66 near Peach Springs, Arizona, will be the subject of an episode of the Travel Channel's "Ghost Adventures," according to the Kingman Daily Miner. Route 66 Paranormal Investigators, based in Kingman, worked with show host Zak Bagans and a film crew for about a week at the caverns. The episode … Continue reading TV show goes ghost-hunting at Grand Canyon Caverns