Oklahoma Tourism official, ROUTE Magazine editor named officers of Route 66 Road Ahead Partnership

The director of travel promotions for Oklahoma Tourism and the editor of ROUTE Magazine recently were named to the Promotion Working Group of the Route 66 Road Ahead Partnership. According to a news release from the group, the changes came in the wake of Promotion Working Group chairman Bill Kelly stepping down from that post. … Continue reading Oklahoma Tourism official, ROUTE Magazine editor named officers of Route 66 Road Ahead Partnership

Kaiser-Frazer neon sign near Mitchell disappears

A rare Kaiser-Frazer neon sign that stood for decades along Route 66 in Mitchell, Illinois, recently disappeared, and its whereabouts remain unknown. The sign was unique in that it was repainted and neon tubing installed to advertise the Town & Country Motel. But the paint job eventually peeled off, revealing the porcelain Kaiser-Frazer sign underneath. … Continue reading Kaiser-Frazer neon sign near Mitchell disappears

Kanye West film shot at Roden Crater art project near Flagstaff

I swear I'm not making any of this up. The IMAX film "Jesus Is King" from hip-hop superstar Kanye West, along with the artwork on his gospel album of the same title, was shot at Roden Crater, a volcano northeast of Flagstaff, Arizona, that's been sculpted into an ambitious art project over the last 40 … Continue reading Kanye West film shot at Roden Crater art project near Flagstaff

Citing bad behavior, Cool Springs Camp owner serves an eviction to his tenant

The owner of historic Cool Springs Camp between Kingman and Oatman, Arizona, recently gave an eviction notice to his tenant, Crazy Ray's Twisted Tees, because of what he described as vulgar behavior to women and the removal of a memorial to a World War II airman. Word of the eviction spread on social media this … Continue reading Citing bad behavior, Cool Springs Camp owner serves an eviction to his tenant

PBS station interviews Delbert Trew, a figure in Route 66’s renaissance

Do yourself a favor and watch this delightful 13-minute interview with Texas Panhandle rancher Delbert Trew and his wife by a local PBS station. The talk reveals a lot of Trew's homespun sense of humor. Trew probably is best-known for shepherding the founding of the Devil's Rope and Route 66 Museum in McLean, Texas, which … Continue reading PBS station interviews Delbert Trew, a figure in Route 66’s renaissance

Rutgers professor, Route 66 Road Ahead assembling a case studies project

The Route 66 Road Ahead Partnership announced last week it was putting together a Route 66 Case Studies Project with a Rutgers University professor to help Route 66 towns learn to use the road for economic development. The professor is David Listokin, who shepherded and co-wrote the influential Route 66 Economic Impact Study in 2012 … Continue reading Rutgers professor, Route 66 Road Ahead assembling a case studies project

New neon goes up at Tally’s Good Food Cafe in Tulsa

The new neon lighting at the landmark Tally's Good Food Cafe in Tulsa went up a few days ago. Tally's new neon was the beneficiary of the city of Tulsa's Route 66 neon-sign grant program. A grant pays up to $10,000 for 50% of the cost of a new neon sign or restoring an old … Continue reading New neon goes up at Tally’s Good Food Cafe in Tulsa

Researcher finds a photo of the precursor of John’s Modern Cabins

Joe Sonderman, a researcher of Route 66 in Missouri and other states, found a rare image of the roadside business that later became John's Modern Cabins near Newburg, Missouri. The image is above. Sonderman wrote in a Facebook post on Thursday: This is the oldest photo I have ever seen of the spot that became … Continue reading Researcher finds a photo of the precursor of John’s Modern Cabins

Route 66 enthusiast buys Le Brun Motel neon sign from Needles

A Route 66 fan from Michigan recently purchased the neon sign from the defunct Le Brun Motel that once stood in Needles, California, and plans to give it to a Route 66 neon museum in Missouri once he finishes some work on it. Scott Sheehan revealed the purchase in an Instagram post. He wrote, in … Continue reading Route 66 enthusiast buys Le Brun Motel neon sign from Needles

OKPOP museum breaks ground in Tulsa

Local and state officials participated Wednesday in the ceremonial groundbreaking for the Oklahoma Museum of Popular Culture, or OKPOP, in downtown Tulsa. The museum, which anticipates an opening in late 2021, will be filled with memorabilia and information about musicians, film stars, authors and artists with Oklahoma ties. It will be across the street from … Continue reading OKPOP museum breaks ground in Tulsa