More signs of Route 66 revitalization in Tulsa

KOTV in Tulsa filed this story about the ongoing revitalization of 11th Street, aka Route 66, in Tulsa. NewsOn6.com - Tulsa, OK - News, Weather, Video and Sports - KOTV.com | The intriguing part of the neighborhood is Soul City, a design studio housed in a former gas station that soon will open a restaurant, … Continue reading More signs of Route 66 revitalization in Tulsa

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Pixar short film uses Route 66 motel as its setting

An upcoming short film by Pixar Animation Studios, "Sanjay's Super Team," uses a Route 66 motel as its setting. That's because the short's director, Sanjay Patel, saw his parents buy and operate Route 66's Lido Motel in San Bernardino, California, according to the Los Angeles Times. His family still owns the motel. The short film will be … Continue reading Pixar short film uses Route 66 motel as its setting

Part of Route 66 in Mojave Desert may remain closed until 2016

A portion of the National Trails Highway (aka Route 66) from Essex, California, to just east of Amboy, California, may remain closed until 2016 because flash flooding in September 2014 damaged the roadway and bridges there, according to a San Bernardino County official. The flooding washed away about 50 bridges from Essex to Ludlow, California. … Continue reading Part of Route 66 in Mojave Desert may remain closed until 2016

Lincoln on 66 Visitors Center opens

The Lincoln on 66 Visitors Center, a prominent new part of the McLean County Museum of History in downtown Bloomington, Illinois, opened to more than 300 guests in just three hours during its debut Saturday, according to the Bloomington Pantagraph. Spurred by the success of Pontiac, Illinois, playing up Route 66 tourism, Bloomington embarked on a major renovation … Continue reading Lincoln on 66 Visitors Center opens

The top 10 restaurants of Route 66 are …

You can call it a landslide. The people have spoken, and the No. 1 restaurant on Route 66 won by nearly a 2-to-1 margin over the runner-up. More than two weeks ago, we launched an online poll via PollDaddy.com to find out from readers what they considered to be Route 66’s top 10 restaurants. More … Continue reading The top 10 restaurants of Route 66 are …

Section of old Route 66 in Kansas added to National Register

A 2-mile section of old Route 66 north of Baxter Springs, Kansas, was added to the National Register of Historic Places effective April 14, according to an email this week from the National Park Service. The National Register designation was expected after the Kansas Historical Society nominated it in February. The section of roadway also … Continue reading Section of old Route 66 in Kansas added to National Register

Carthage restaurant sues Springfield eatery for trademark violation

The owner of Whisler's Drive Up restaurant in Carthage, Missouri, filed a trademark-infringement lawsuit against the owner of a Whisler's restaurant in Springfield, Missouri, according to the Springfield News-Leader. Whisler's Drive Up has been operating at 300 N. Garrison Ave., in Carthage since 1953 on an alignment that was marked Route 66 from the 1930s … Continue reading Carthage restaurant sues Springfield eatery for trademark violation

Short film coming about Will Rogers, Route 66

In recent days, a film crew has been working with "Route 66: The Mother Road" author Michael Wallis and Jennifer Rogers-Etcheverry, great-granddaughter of Oklahoma humorist Will Rogers, at the Will Rogers Memorial Museum in Claremore, Oklahoma, and other locations for a project. Russ Kirkpatrick of Kirkpatrick & Kinslow Productions in nearby Tulsa told me in an email what … Continue reading Short film coming about Will Rogers, Route 66

A closer look at Oatman

A Northern Arizona University student, Margo McClellan, produced an audio documentary about the Route 66 town of Oatman, Arizona. McClellan told the Mojave Daily News she came to the town because of its famous burros, but also became fascinated by its residents. The documentary is below, with photos to accompany the audio: Oatman AZ - … Continue reading A closer look at Oatman

What I did on my vacation

The answer is: not much. It is supposed to be R&R time, after all. However, my ever-creative companion Emily (aka Redforkhippie) was busy at the historic Blue Swallow Motel in Tucumcari, New Mexico, painting images of extinct neon signs that once graced Route 66 in Tucumcari, plus one in nearby San Jon, in one of … Continue reading What I did on my vacation