Mitla Cafe in San Bernardino marks 80th year

The Milta Cafe, one of the oldest Mexican restaurants in the Los Angeles metro area, market its 80th birthday earlier this month. According to the San Bernardino County Sun, the San Bernardino restaurant marked the milestone with a banquet attended by 200 longtime patrons, family members and musician Poncho Sanchez. Commemorative pins, mugs and shot glasses … Continue reading Mitla Cafe in San Bernardino marks 80th year

Oklahoma Route 66 Hall of Fame needs nominees for 2018

The Oklahoma Route 66 Association is taking nominations for its biennial Oklahoma Route 66 Hall of Fame. Every two years, the association honors two people -- one living and one deceased -- for the Hall of Fame. The 2018 ceremony will be April 28 at the Oklahoma Route 66 Museum in Clinton. This information is … Continue reading Oklahoma Route 66 Hall of Fame needs nominees for 2018

Singer’s music video shot at Albuquerque Route 66 sites

Pop singer Bebe Rexha and country-pop duo Florida Georgia Line recently released a music video shot at two Route 66 sites in Albuquerque. Rexha's "Meant to Be" video was released Oct. 23 to YouTube. It's racked up millions of views and reached the top 10 of the iTunes chart. Featured in the video are the Grandview … Continue reading Singer’s music video shot at Albuquerque Route 66 sites

Once-doomed Classen Circle may be purchased and renovated

Oklahoma City's historic Classen Circle complex to businesses, which just weeks ago faced the wrecking ball to make way for a Braum's store, seems to have landed a new owner who pledges to fix up the property. The Oklahoman newspaper reports: Local real estate investor Josh Thomas said he entered into a purchase contract for … Continue reading Once-doomed Classen Circle may be purchased and renovated

Route 66 Experience may break ground by spring

The long-planned Route 66 Experience facility in Tulsa may break ground by April or May 2018 and open to the public by November 2019 if all goes to plan, according to an email from the Route 66 Alliance's executive director. Ken Busby said about $13 million has been raised for the Route 66 Experience, which … Continue reading Route 66 Experience may break ground by spring

Rare film footage of old Galena

The Galena Mining and Historical Museum late Wednesday posted on Facebook this video of very old film footage of Galena, Kansas, much of it believed to be in the 1920s. It shows a variety of scenes around town, including its lead and zinc-mining industries. The museum posted this message with the footage: This video was … Continue reading Rare film footage of old Galena

Fees could rise sharply at popular national parks, including Grand Canyon

The U.S. Park Service is considering steep increases to 17 of its most popular national parks, including Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona, a side trip for many Route 66 travelers. The Associated Press reported Tuesday: Visitors to the Grand Canyon, Yosemite, Yellowstone, Zion and other national parks would be charged $70 per vehicle, up … Continue reading Fees could rise sharply at popular national parks, including Grand Canyon

Settlement reached between Davis Arms Museum, state

The J.M. Davis Foundation, which runs the J.M. Davis Arms Museum in Claremore, Oklahoma, and the state of Oklahoma recently reached an agreement over a nearly 10-year-old lawsuit alleging breach of contract by the state. The Claremore Daily Progress reported: Under the terms of the agreement approved Friday, Oct. 6, 2017 by Rogers County District … Continue reading Settlement reached between Davis Arms Museum, state

UPDATED: Eat-Rite Diner closes; it may open

The historic Eat-Rite Diner in St. Louis closed Tuesday for at least two weeks because of mechanical issues, and its aging owner said the shutdown may be even longer than that. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch, which landed the scoop, talked to the restaurant's owner, L.B. Powers, who said the shutdown is because of an exhaust-fan … Continue reading UPDATED: Eat-Rite Diner closes; it may open

Museum unveils restored Tucumcari Motel sign

The New Mexico Route 66 Museum in Tucumcari on Monday officially unveiled the restored Tucumcari Motel neon sign. Here's a brief Facebook video of the unveiling: Eight Ball Engineering in Clovis, New Mexico, restored the sign’s paint. Wellborn Sign Company in Amarillo, Texas, restored the neon. To show you how far the sign has come, … Continue reading Museum unveils restored Tucumcari Motel sign