A look back at the Rock Cafe, Pop Hicks restaurants

Anthony Reichardt recently uploaded a couple of more videos from his videotaped road trips on Route 66 in a 1959 Cadillac during the 1990s. The first is from the Rock Cafe in Stroud, Oklahoma, in 1994 and 1995. https://youtu.be/zhaj-mo_g5M The first segment of the video shows a couple of neon signs along Route 66 that … Continue reading A look back at the Rock Cafe, Pop Hicks restaurants

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An interview with Jim Conkle

Those who ever have spent any time with longtime Route 66 aficionado Jim Conkle will recognize many of the things he says about the Mother Road in this interview. The 25-minute interview was done by host Joan Rudder-Ward on the "Silver Sage" program, a weekly 30-minute cable-television show geared towards the age-50-and-older crowd. It's a … Continue reading An interview with Jim Conkle

“Route 66: In Search of Ghosts and Treasures” contains major revisions, additions

A few weeks ago, author Phyllis Chandler Grey informed me by email she was publishing a revised paperback version of her 2016 children's book "Route 66: In Search of Ghosts and Treasures." I said the new volume probably didn't warrant a story, because minor revisions are made to books all the time. It's routine in … Continue reading “Route 66: In Search of Ghosts and Treasures” contains major revisions, additions

Founder of Billy Ray’s Catfish & BBQ restaurant dies

Billy Ray Cooper, founder and owner of Billy Ray's Catfish & BBQ along Route 66 in southwest Tulsa, died Monday, reported the Tulsa World. He was 65. The restaurant's Facebook page posted this message Tuesday: It is with heavy hearts we share the news that our founder, friend, and beloved family member Billy Ray Cooper fulfilled … Continue reading Founder of Billy Ray’s Catfish & BBQ restaurant dies

Albuquerque Rapid Transit foes drop lawsuit against it

Opponents of the ongoing Albuquerque Rapid Transit project along Central Avenue (aka Route 66) this week dropped a lawsuit that sought to stop the construction. The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals refused to stop construction after a lower court ruled the project could proceed. The Albuquerque Journal reported: Yolanda Gallegos, an attorney for the plaintiffs … Continue reading Albuquerque Rapid Transit foes drop lawsuit against it

Missouri to build new bridge next to Gasconade River bridge

The Missouri Department of Transportation announced Thursday it will build a new bridge next to the closed Gasconade River Bridge near Hazelgreen and keep the historic bridge standing for now. In the meantime, local preservationists will have to find an entity to take over ownership of the old bridge, or it eventually may be removed. … Continue reading Missouri to build new bridge next to Gasconade River bridge

The Mill grand opening set for April 29

The Mill in Lincoln, Illinois, will reopen as a museum during a grand opening April 29 after the former Route 66 restaurant finished renovations to make its restrooms accessible to the handicapped. Thanks to prompting from Route 66 Heritage Foundation of Logan County board secretary Geoff Ladd, the city likely will help organize several events … Continue reading The Mill grand opening set for April 29

South Pasadena to paint Route 66 shield on road near Fair Oaks Pharmacy

The city of South Pasadena, California, and the California Historic Route 66 Association on Saturday will paint a large Route 66 shield onto Fair Oaks Avenue in front of Fair Oaks Pharmacy. The ceremony that will mark the recent 90th anniversary of Route 66 will take place at 11 a.m. at the corner of Fair Oaks … Continue reading South Pasadena to paint Route 66 shield on road near Fair Oaks Pharmacy

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One suspect arrested, one at large for role in sign thefts in Seligman

The Yavapai County Sheriff's Office reported it has one suspect in custody and is looking for a second in their alleged roles in December in stealing historic signs from Delgadillos' Route 66 Gift Shop in Seligman, Arizona. The Daily Courier of Prescott, Arizona, reported late Tuesday that William Martin Clark, 38, of Prescott Valley, Arizona, … Continue reading One suspect arrested, one at large for role in sign thefts in Seligman