Historic Central Camera store goes up in flames during unrest in Chicago

The historic Central Camera store along Route 66 in downtown Chicago burned Saturday night amid unrest over the death a few days ago of an African-American man in Minneapolis police custody. The store's neon sign, however, appeared to be intact. A reporter with the CBS-TV affiliate in Chicago reported the store 332 S. Wabash Ave. … Continue reading Historic Central Camera store goes up in flames during unrest in Chicago

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Retiring Public Radio Tulsa director plans books on Route 66 motels, theaters in Tulsa

Pierce Pennant Terminal in Tulsa Steve Clem, operations director at Public Radio Tulsa for 11 years, retired last week from his post and is planning two books about defunct theaters and Route 66 motels in that city. During a Q&A session with his now-former employer, Clem revealed about projects he has in the hopper: PRT: … Continue reading Retiring Public Radio Tulsa director plans books on Route 66 motels, theaters in Tulsa

Reality show to be filmed at Uranus Missouri next month

The owner of the Uranus Missouri complex near St. Robert said a reality-television show will begin filming there in the next few weeks. Louie Keen, the owner of the complex, stated this Friday on Facebook with his typical touch of irreverence: Some great news this morning!It appears our Reality Show is a GO!Video crew staff … Continue reading Reality show to be filmed at Uranus Missouri next month

Bearizona to build a large enclosure for three orphaned grizzly bear cubs

Bearizona, a wildlife park situated just off Route 66 in Williams, Arizona, announced this week it will build an elaborate and large enclosure for three grizzly bear cubs that were orphaned in April in Montana. Bearizona will take in the three cubs sometime next month. They were orphaned after their mother was euthanized by the … Continue reading Bearizona to build a large enclosure for three orphaned grizzly bear cubs

Route 66 Road Ahead is conducting a survey about COVID-19’s effects

The Route 66 Road Ahead Partnership announced this week is it conducting a survey of businesses, attractions, and sites along Route 66 to gauge the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. The partnership wrote in an email: The goal of the survey is to understand the degree to which the COVID-19 pandemic has negatively impacted Route … Continue reading Route 66 Road Ahead is conducting a survey about COVID-19’s effects

A look at Amarillo from nearly 60 years ago

For a fun look into the past, take a look at this 15-minute promotional film that touted the virtues of the Route 66 town of Amarillo, Texas, and the surrounding region. The film was created between 1962 and 1964 by Southwestern Public Service Company and the Amarillo Chamber of Commerce. The colors of this clip … Continue reading A look at Amarillo from nearly 60 years ago

Ski Lodge Roof House in Daggett will be converted back into a visitor center

The famous Ski Lodge Roof House along Route 66 in Daggett, California, will be restored and brought back to its original purpose as a visitors center. Delvin Roy Harbour posted this bit of information Sunday on Facebook: Terri Terry, secretary and editor for the Daggett Historical Society, confirmed the news in a text message and … Continue reading Ski Lodge Roof House in Daggett will be converted back into a visitor center

66 Drive-In in Carthage will be one of the venues on TobyMac, Newsboys tour

In another sign drive-in theaters are becoming an alternative for music tours during the coronavirus pandemic, Christian music artists TobyMac and Newsboys have booked shows at 16 drive-ins this summer, including at the 66 Drive-In in Carthage, Missouri. The all-ages show at the 66 Drive-In will be July 11, gates opening at 6:30 p.m., and … Continue reading 66 Drive-In in Carthage will be one of the venues on TobyMac, Newsboys tour

Tourists’ bigger commitment to road trips may help Route 66 in a COVID-19 world

Because the coronavirus has made air travel less attractive, U.S. tourists may turn more to road trips for their vacations in the coming months. The Pontiac Daily Leader, citing tourism officials in Illinois, said travelers are looking more toward driving destinations for vacations instead of far-flung spots by plane. “I think we’re going to see … Continue reading Tourists’ bigger commitment to road trips may help Route 66 in a COVID-19 world

Waynesville marks 30th year of Missouri’s Route 66 declared a historic district

Missouri Route 66 Centennial Commission member Jackie Welborn (left) and former Missouri state Rep. Jim Mitchell attended Mayor Luge Hardman’s proclamation signing ceremony Thursday evening. Pulaski County Tourism Bureau was represented by Laura Huffman (right). The mayor of Waynesville, Missouri, on Thursday signed a proclamation recognizing the upcoming 30-year anniversary of Missouri’s designation of its … Continue reading Waynesville marks 30th year of Missouri’s Route 66 declared a historic district