Summit Inn owners plan to rebuild in 8-12 months

The owners of the Summit Inn restaurant plan to rebuild the Route 66 landmark eight to 12 months after a wildfire destroyed it earlier this month. The Victorville Daily Press reported co-owner Otto Recinos began this week salvaging what was left of the burned-out property near Oak Hills, California, at the top of Southern California's legendary Cajon … Continue reading Summit Inn owners plan to rebuild in 8-12 months

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Supertam on 66 proves popular with Chinese tourists

The Supertam on 66 ice-cream shop and Superman memorabilia museum in Carterville, Missouri, has developed a following from tourists who hail more than 7,000 miles away. Owner Larry Tamminen told the Joplin Globe newspaper his store is prominently listed in a Chinese-language Route 66 guide. That would explain why Tamminen suddenly has greeted more than 600 Chinese … Continue reading Supertam on 66 proves popular with Chinese tourists

Route 66 Corridor Preservation Program announces grants for 2016

The Route 66 Corridor Preservation Program, under the auspices of the National Park Service, announced its cost-share grants for 2016. This year, the program awarded eight cost-share grants totaling more than $103,000 -- mostly for renovations or preservation of historic Route 66 properties. Since 2001, the program has awarded 122 projects $1.9 million with $3.1 … Continue reading Route 66 Corridor Preservation Program announces grants for 2016

Antique military vehicle convoy planned on Route 66 in fall 2017

The Military Vehicle Preservation Association plans an elaborate Route 66 convoy in September and October 2017 that will feature about 80 vintage military vehicles. According to an MVPA newsletter, the convoy will begin in Chicago on Sept. 16, 2017, and end in Santa Monica, California, on Oct. 14, 2017. The convoy's maximum speed will be 35 … Continue reading Antique military vehicle convoy planned on Route 66 in fall 2017

La Posada acquires vintage domed rail car

La Posada in Winslow, Arizona, recently acquired a historic Santa Fe Pleasure Dome rail car that will be refurbished to house history exhibits and a guest room. The rail car will be a part of the next phase of La Posada complex's Route 66 Art Museum project that begins next month. La Posada co-owner Allan Affeldt said in … Continue reading La Posada acquires vintage domed rail car

County’s puts nonbinding vote about ART on November ballot

Bernalillo County narrowly agreed to place a nonbinding vote on the November ballot, asking voters whether the controversial Albuquerque Rapid Transit project should be placed on another future ballot. The Albuquerque Journal reported county commissioners voted 3-2 along party lines -- with Democrats in the majority -- on the resolution Tuesday. Regardless of the Election Day outcome, the … Continue reading County’s puts nonbinding vote about ART on November ballot

Sluggish road project hampers Route 66 business

It's no secret a road-construction project can put a serious crimp on the revenue of businesses that depend on that traffic. But the Indian Village Gift Shop at Continental Divide, New Mexico, really suffered from one this year. Completion of a construction project off Interstate 40 and Route 66 is months late, causing Indian Village to … Continue reading Sluggish road project hampers Route 66 business

Atlanta levies six-figure fines against ordinance violators

Atlanta, Illinois -- citing its wish to keep its town attractive to Route 66 tourists -- has levied fines totaling over $100,000 each to two property owners it says violated ordinances. The Bloomington Pantagraph reported Mark Armstrong of Choctaw, Oklahoma, is dealing with a total of $112,500 in fines for his alleged failure to repair a building at 205 … Continue reading Atlanta levies six-figure fines against ordinance violators

Damien Rider skateboards Route 66 in 56 days

Australian athlete Damien Rider had planned to skateboard the length of Route 66 in 66 days. Instead, he completed it in 56 days -- more than 42 miles a day. The total journey was 3,795 kilometers, which is 2,358 miles. According to Rider's Facebook posts, he logged 140 miles in a single day and nearly … Continue reading Damien Rider skateboards Route 66 in 56 days

Lowriders, twerkers shut down Route 66 in Albuquerque

By now, you've probably seen an Associated Press report about how an unauthorized music-video shoot Saturday turned into an impromptu street party of 300 people -- including lowriders and twerkers -- that shut down Route 66 in Albuquerque. It seems like a silly story for AP to distribute around the globe. But the news service chooses to highlight … Continue reading Lowriders, twerkers shut down Route 66 in Albuquerque