“The Allure of Route 66”

Earlier this month, Tulsa photographer and Route 66 enthusiast Rhys Martin gave this presentation at Tulsa's Central Library as part of the "Travels with Tulsans" series. He was limited to 45 minutes for his presentation. For the benefit of people who couldn't attend it, Martin recorded it for posterity. https://youtu.be/7s8DcaPe-1g Forty-five minutes sound like a … Continue reading “The Allure of Route 66”

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A collage of images from West Texas

This stunning video features the images of Wyman Meinzer, the official photographer for the state of Texas, and the music of Doug Smith. The images don't strictly come from Route 66 -- although Palo Duro Canyon State Park south of Amarillo is a common side trip -- but they're fairly typical from what you might encounter … Continue reading A collage of images from West Texas

Tulsa residents provide intriguing ideas for land under I-244

Tulsa residents offered several intriguing ideas to develop a piece of land under Interstate 244 on the west side of the Arkansas River during a public hearing this week. It's one of the last of the original Vision 2025 projects for Route 66. The Tulsa World reports the land involves two triangular tracts between I-244 and Southwest Boulevard … Continue reading Tulsa residents provide intriguing ideas for land under I-244

Route 66 makes an appearance in Mercedes Super Bowl ad

The Super Bowl ad for the Mercedes-AMG GT Roadster takes a cue from the 1969 film "Easy Rider" and Steppenwolf's hit song from the movie, "Born to Be Wild." Make sure to keep your eyes peeled for the visual punchline. https://youtu.be/BvHFM8c7cPM The Super Bowl is Feb. 5. The advertisement is directed by the Coen Brothers, … Continue reading Route 66 makes an appearance in Mercedes Super Bowl ad

Progress report on the Route 66 Experience museum

Ken Busby, CEO and executive director of the Route 66 Alliance, provided an update this week on Public Radio Tulsa about the ongoing Route 66 Experience museum project in Tulsa. You can listen to the 25-minute interview here. Here are some highlights: --- About $13 million is raised,  nearly two-thirds of the way to the $23 million goal. … Continue reading Progress report on the Route 66 Experience museum

“Most Amazing Views of Route 66”

If you have an hour or so, check out this new video by Roamin' Rich Dinkela and Jamie Jessop showing views of Route 66 landmarks with the help of a drone. Interspersed occasionally in the footage are old images to give context. Jessop also was the music director for the well-edited and produced video. The … Continue reading “Most Amazing Views of Route 66”

Owner of Bud’s Tire & Wheel in Springfield, Missouri, dies

Leslie "Bud" Perry, longtime owner of the Bud's Tire & Wheel business in Springfield, Missouri, that's often photographed because of its Route 66 murals, died Monday. He was 79. According to KY3 in Springfield, Perry in 2013 received the John T. Woodruff Award, which recognizes Springfield residents’ contributions to Route 66, during the Birthplace of Route 66 … Continue reading Owner of Bud’s Tire & Wheel in Springfield, Missouri, dies

Sinkhole closes part of Route 66 in Commerce

A part of Route 66 in Commerce, Oklahoma, will remain closed indefinitely after a sinkhole appeared near the road. The sinkhole was found Friday. about 35 feet from South Main Street near Commerce High School. Police monitored the hole and decided to close the road Wednesday. According to a Facebook post Wednesday from the Commerce … Continue reading Sinkhole closes part of Route 66 in Commerce

Best Picture nominee was filmed in three Route 66 towns

  "Hell or High Water," one of nine films nominated Tuesday for Best Picture in the Academy Awards, lists the New Mexico Route 66 towns of Tucumcari, Moriarty and Albuquerque as among the locations where the movie was shot. The movie also was nominated for three other Oscars. The Western bank-heist movie stars Jeff Bridges, … Continue reading Best Picture nominee was filmed in three Route 66 towns

Webb City renames spring festival to Route 66 Cruise-A-Palooza

Webb City, Missouri, is making changes to its annual Spring on Broadway festival -- most notably changing the name to Webb City's Route 66 Cruise-A-Palooza. The Joplin Globe also reported the festival will become a one-day festival this year, then resume to being a two-day spring event in 2018. Scheduled for April 8, the festival's new … Continue reading Webb City renames spring festival to Route 66 Cruise-A-Palooza