Officials break ground on De Anza project in Albuquerque

The long-awaited redevelopment of De Anza Motor Lodge in Albuquerque officially began Wednesday with a ground-breaking ceremony at the historic but closed Route 66 motel. Mayor-elect Tim Keller and current mayor Richard Berry, who officially leaves office this week, were there to help use the shovels at the event, according to Albuquerque Business First. The … Continue reading Officials break ground on De Anza project in Albuquerque

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Future holds many changes for Route 66 Village in Tulsa

The folks at KTUL-TV in Tulsa caught up with the people behind the Route 66 Village in southwest Tulsa to get an update. In short, many changes are in store at the outdoors transportation museum. Right now, a Route 66 visitors center, made to look like a gas station, is being constructed next to the … Continue reading Future holds many changes for Route 66 Village in Tulsa

Midewin removing one history in favor of another

Officials of Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie near Wilmington, Illinois, are gradually removing storage bunkers that once were a part of the Joliet Army Ammunition Plant in favor of restoring the original prairie. The fascinating article in The Herald-News illustrates how preservation or restoration can come in direct conflict with another era of history in the … Continue reading Midewin removing one history in favor of another

Albuquerque Rapid Transit opens; buses are rolling

The controversial $119 million Albuquerque Rapid Transit bus project along Central Avenue (aka Route 66) began operation 13 months after construction began. Reporters and dignitaries boarded one of the all-electric buses for its maiden voyage Saturday. One of the buses running Saturday was a Route 66-themed vehicle. Mayor Richard Berry, who shepherded the ART project to … Continue reading Albuquerque Rapid Transit opens; buses are rolling

Marshfield to add signs to old alignment of Route 66

The city of Marshfield, Missouri, soon will add signs along the 1929 city alignment of Route 66. According to the Marshfield Mail, residents of the old Route 66 alignment of Pine Street in town had no objection to signing it. The newspaper reported from a city-council meeting: The committee members, who included Jill Phillips, Sheri … Continue reading Marshfield to add signs to old alignment of Route 66

Needles chamber may move to El Garces

  The chamber of commerce of Needles, California, is proposing a move into the historic El Garces railroad complex, built in 1908 as a Harvey House in that city. Jerry Telles, a member of the chamber, made the pitch during a recent Needles City Council meeting, according to the Needles Desert Star. The chamber of … Continue reading Needles chamber may move to El Garces

Rocket launch over Amboy delayed

"Mad" Mike Hughes' scheduled launch today of his self-made rocket over the Route 66 town of Amboy, California, was delayed after the Bureau of Land Management nixed it, saying he didn't have permission. However, Hughes told the Washington Post he would launch the rocket -- with him inside -- sometime next week on private property … Continue reading Rocket launch over Amboy delayed

Albuquerque wants to create historic Route 66 inventory

The city of Albuquerque is considering a resolution to create an inventory of all buildings along Route 66 that are 50 years old and older to document and even preserve them. KRQE-TV in Albuquerque reports: The city said the building inventory would have a snapshot of the building, information about it, building materials used, as … Continue reading Albuquerque wants to create historic Route 66 inventory

Man plans to launch himself in rocket over Amboy on Saturday

A self-taught rocket scientist plans to launch his steam-powered creation -- with him inside -- over the Route 66 hamlet of Amboy, California, between 2 and 3 p.m. Saturday. According to the Santa Fe New Mexican, “Mad” Mike Hughes built his rocket in his garage from salvaged parts and about $20,000 of his own money. … Continue reading Man plans to launch himself in rocket over Amboy on Saturday

InSites offering special tours in Chicagoland on Thanksgiving, holiday season

If you're in the Chicago area during the Thanksgiving holiday or during the Christmas season, the InSites tour company has something for you. InSites and David "Windy City Road Warrior" Clark, who organized tours a few weeks ago during the Miles of Possibility Conference, are offering a Thanksgiving Day road trip between Wilmington, Illinois, and … Continue reading InSites offering special tours in Chicagoland on Thanksgiving, holiday season