County OKs redevelopment plan for Lake Dolores waterpark in Newberry Springs

The San Bernardino County board of supervisors approved a plan that would allow the redevelopment of the long-abandoned Lake Dolores waterpark north of Newberry Springs, California. The Victor Valley News reported: According to a newsletter from Robert Lovingood’s office, “the Board on Tuesday unanimously approved a general plan amendment and conditional use permit to establish … Continue reading County OKs redevelopment plan for Lake Dolores waterpark in Newberry Springs

Albuquerque will spend $500,000 to publicize its Route 66 corridor, ART

The City of Albuquerque will spend $500,000 to publicize its stretch of Route 66 and its troubled Albuquerque Rapid Transit system. The city has issued a request for proposals that will be due April 28. It stated: The City of Albuquerque Economic Development Department is seeking a qualified marketing firm to develop and implement a … Continue reading Albuquerque will spend $500,000 to publicize its Route 66 corridor, ART

An alternate version of “Route 66” by Bing Crosby

Here's a version of "(Get Your Kicks on) Route 66" that I haven't heard before now. It's Bing Crosby with John Scott Trotter and his Orchestra and Chorus during "Philco Radio Time" on Oct. 30, 1946. https://youtu.be/dMiHd_y1uf8 Crosby earlier that year recorded a version of Bobby Troup's song with the Andrew Sisters, which reached No. … Continue reading An alternate version of “Route 66” by Bing Crosby

Ted Drewes Frozen Custard in St. Louis will temporarily close today

Ted Drewes Frozen Custard, a St. Louis landmark since the 1930s, announced it would close temporarily starting today, citing the health concerns of employees and customers from the coronavirus pandemic. The company stated in a Facebook post it would continue to offer its frozen custard as usual in St. Louis-area grocery stores. Ted Drewes had … Continue reading Ted Drewes Frozen Custard in St. Louis will temporarily close today

Blue Swallow Motel in Tucumcari closes until at least April 12

Citing problems caused by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the owners of the Blue Swallow Motel in Tucumcari, New Mexico, announced Thursday they would close the Route 66 icon for at least 2 1/2 weeks. Co-owners Kevin and Nancy Mueller announced in a Facebook post on Thursday they would close the motel starting today, then reassess … Continue reading Blue Swallow Motel in Tucumcari closes until at least April 12

More details emerge about restoration of Monterey Motel in Albuquerque

The Monterey Motel in Albuquerque, next door to the redeveloped and equally historic El Vado Motel, is undergoing renovations that will take it back to its original look. Above is a vintage postcard of the motel, back when it was called the Monterey Court. The Albuquerque Journal had some details about the work being done: … Continue reading More details emerge about restoration of Monterey Motel in Albuquerque

La Posada temporarily closes because of coronavirus

The historic La Posada hotel, formerly a Harvey House in Winslow, Arizona, temporarily closed Monday for the first time since its reopening 23 years ago. The closure is happening because of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The hotel posted on its Facebook page: As difficult as it was for us to make this decision, we realize … Continue reading La Posada temporarily closes because of coronavirus

“American Motorcycle Simulator” videogame will take place on Route 66

A PC videogame, "American Motorcycle Simulator," will be released "soon," and it takes place on Route 66. The game is being developed and published by Movie Games S.A., part of PlayWay S.A. The release date is listed as "coming soon," but PC Gamer reports it will be out the first half of 2021. Here's the … Continue reading “American Motorcycle Simulator” videogame will take place on Route 66

Edmond museum awarded a grant for new Route 66 exhibit

The Edmond Historical Society & Museum in Edmond, Oklahoma, recently received a $2,800 grant from the Oklahoma Historical Society to help pay for a Route 66 exhibit. The Edmond Sun newspaper reported: "Because of Edmond's placement along Route 66, visitors are eager to learn more about our role in the history of the Mother Road," … Continue reading Edmond museum awarded a grant for new Route 66 exhibit

Roamin’ Rich presents an alternative option for restoring Sidewalk Highway

Roamin' Rich Dinkela, president of the Route 66 Association of Missouri, recently proposed an alternative option for preserving the nearly century-old Sidewalk Highway in Ottawa County, Oklahoma. Dinkela, who owns a paving company in the St. Louis area, said in a Facebook video a few days ago he modified an earlier plan for the Sidewalk … Continue reading Roamin’ Rich presents an alternative option for restoring Sidewalk Highway