Delays pop up for Albuquerque Rapid Transit

Construction for the massive Albuquerque Rapid Transit project along Central Avenue (aka Route 66) will be delayed two months. Also, a former city attorney told a television station ART could be further delayed because the project runs afoul of the city's Landmarks and Urban Preservation Commission. ART would carve out two center lanes of nine … Continue reading Delays pop up for Albuquerque Rapid Transit

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Wife of Pig Hip Restaurant owner dies

Frances Edwards, the wife of longtime Pig Hip Restaurant owner Ernie Edwards, died March 1 at age 94 at St. Clara's Manor in Lincoln, Illinois. She helped her second husband, Ernie, at his landmark Pig Hip in Broadwell, Illinois, for about 30 years until the restaurant closed in 1991 after 54 years in business along Route … Continue reading Wife of Pig Hip Restaurant owner dies

Exploration diver dies in Santa Rosa’s Blue Hole

A diver with an exploration team died Saturday after an apparent accident deep in the underwater caverns of the famed Blue Hole of Santa Rosa, New Mexico. Shane Thompson, 43, of San Diego, an experienced diver with the ADM Exploration Foundation, died Saturday after he went missing during his team's much-anticipated exploration of the Blue … Continue reading Exploration diver dies in Santa Rosa’s Blue Hole

Zettlers Route 66 store opening soon in Ash Fork

A couple from Montana is reviving an old business in Ash Fork, Arizona, as the Zettlers Route 66 store. Zettlers Route 66 will open Friday after owners Kirk and Yvette Slack finished about 15 months of cleaning and renovations to the building, reported the Grand Canyon News. The store features a working 1960s Coke machine, Native … Continue reading Zettlers Route 66 store opening soon in Ash Fork

German trio wants to drive a Wartburg car on Route 66

Three guys from Germany want to drive a vintage Wartburg automobile on Route 66 and other American sites in August and September and raise money for charity. Arnold Schneider, Maximiliano di Paola and Jörg Tissat want to bring the Wartburg 311 camping/station wagon, nicknamed Willy, across the Atlantic Ocean to New York, where they will … Continue reading German trio wants to drive a Wartburg car on Route 66

Route 66 tourist center opens in Edwardsville

A Route 66 information center in Edwardsville, Illinois, has opened in the Afterwords Books store, which was a tourist inn for Route 66 travelers many years ago. The Edwardsville Intelligencer reports the city's Historic Preservation Commission forged a partnership with the bookstore to offer brochures and information about restaurants, museums, hotels, entertainment and other visitor information about Edwardsville. Cindy Reinhardt … Continue reading Route 66 tourist center opens in Edwardsville

Joplin may update its historic preservation plan

A consulting firm is helping the Historic Preservation Commission of Joplin, Missouri, update the city's historic preservation plan, reported the Joplin Globe. Peter Benton and Elizabeth Watson of Pennsylvania-based Heritage Strategies was hired by the commission and provide a draft of the updated plan. The Globe reported: A priority, Benton said, is to create and monitor … Continue reading Joplin may update its historic preservation plan

Graphic novel of “Cars” movie coming this summer

Toronto-based Joe Books will publish a thick, graphic-novel version of the 2006 Disney-Pixar animated movie "Cars" this summer. The Bleeding Cool website got the scoop Thursday. The print version of "Cars" will be 380 pages in softcover ($29.99 list) or hardcover ($49.99 list). A description of the book from the publisher: Hotshot rookie race car Lightning McQueen … Continue reading Graphic novel of “Cars” movie coming this summer

Wex’s long advertisement on Route 66

Brafton Content Marketing recently produced this four-part Web video series for Wex fuel-fleet cards. As you'll see, the series makes stops at several Route 66 landmarks in Illinois, New Mexico, Arizona and California. https://youtu.be/QAL5anTnSyo https://youtu.be/owFgUBVdpBc https://youtu.be/vLEPYS90W2E https://youtu.be/e0sIP0AkPP8

New sculpture being installed next to Tulsa Route 66

A new sculpture is being installed this week next to the Route 66 Gateway at Crystal City Shopping Center in west Tulsa. Artist Eileen Gay of Reno, Nevada, delivered the sculpture, titled "Floating Hanger." The Tulsa World had a description of it: Ten feet in diameter, the sculpture resembles two rotary gears, one larger than … Continue reading New sculpture being installed next to Tulsa Route 66