Route 66 events on same weekend draw crowds

Two Route 66 festivals on the same weekend but more than 1,500 miles part drew good crowds over the Sept. 25-27 weekend. The president of the board of directors for the 14th annual International Route 66 Mother Road Festival in downtown Springfield, Illinois, told the State Journal-Register that festival attendance was up "substantially" this year. The … Continue reading Route 66 events on same weekend draw crowds

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Clifton’s Cafeteria reopens Thursday

Clifton's Cafeteria, a mainstay in downtown Los Angeles since 1935, will reopen Thursday after a massive renovation that took $14 million and four years. The restaurant was supposed to reopen Sept. 22, but owner Andrew Meieran and its operators decided to delay it a few days after a ceremonial ribbon-cutting Sept. 17 apparently revealed a few kinks … Continue reading Clifton’s Cafeteria reopens Thursday

Book review: “The Trip”

A trip on Route 66 often changes the life of the person taking that journey. Andy Warhol's trip from New York City to Los Angeles in 1963 -- much of it on 66 -- probably didn't change his career, but it accelerated it into him becoming a Pop Art icon. Deborah Davis makes the case about … Continue reading Book review: “The Trip”

Is the Gold Dome leaking?

Over the weekend, a video by Diana Winslow surfaced that shows water damage around the exterior of Oklahoma City's historic Gold Dome, indicating a roof leak or drainage problems. https://youtu.be/W1kcs8gZj3c Winslow works for Examiner.com, but I've seen no story about this yet. Regardless, the video speaks for itself. And she asks an important question -- … Continue reading Is the Gold Dome leaking?

“Greetings from Coldwater” novel is available

This isn't going to be a book review, because I'm married to the author and am understandably biased. Regardless, Route 66 fans likely will be interested to know of the publication of Emily Priddy's first novel, "Greetings from Coldwater," set on Route 66 in the fictional town of Coldwater in eastern New Mexico. Print and … Continue reading “Greetings from Coldwater” novel is available

The story behind Kingman’s water tanks

The Route 66 water tanks in Kingman, Arizona, remain one of the most-photographed sites in the city. What you probably didn't know is the tanks' origins, and how close Kingman came to losing it forever. The Kingman Daily Miner newspaper, publicizing the upcoming Best of the West on 66 Festival, delved into the water tanks' … Continue reading The story behind Kingman’s water tanks

Shea’s Gas Station Museum soon will be auctioned

Everything at Shea's Gas Station Museum in Springfield, Illinois -- including the land on which it sits -- soon will be auctioned almost two years after the patriarch's death at age 91. A bunch of outdoor equipment at the site is slated to be auctioned by Darrell L. Adcock Auction Service starting at 10 a.m. Oct. 10. Bill Shea … Continue reading Shea’s Gas Station Museum soon will be auctioned

Tulsa seeks Route 66 art projects

If you're an artist inspired by Route 66, the Arts Commission for the City of Tulsa is seeking artwork at two Route 66 sites in town. The first site is for the traffic circle at East Admiral Place and South Mingo Road, which is on the original 1926 to 1932 alignment of Route 66 in … Continue reading Tulsa seeks Route 66 art projects

Roof repairs to Chatham Railroad Museum urgently needed

It's not leaking yet. But the roof to the historic site of the Chatham Railroad Museum in Chatham, Illinois, urgently needs repairs as winter sets in within a few months. The Chatham Railroad Museum Association is hosting a Chatham Depot Day from 1 to 5 p.m. Oct. 4 to raise funds for the roof, according … Continue reading Roof repairs to Chatham Railroad Museum urgently needed

Route 66 museum, convention center proposed in downtown Grants

A committee that is seeking new ways to use the Cibola County Building and Grounds site once its is vacated is proposing a convention center and Route 66 museum, according to the Cibola County Beacon. The county's administrative, district court and attorney offices, adult probation and parole and regional dispatch office will move from 515 … Continue reading Route 66 museum, convention center proposed in downtown Grants