Longtime Illinois Route 66 advocate Marty Bilecki dies at age 86

Marty Bilecki, a longtime and active member of the Route 66 Association of Illinois, of Morris, Illinois, died Monday morning in LaSalle County, Illinois. He was 86. A woman who answered the phone at UC Davis-Callahan Funeral Home in Morris said it was believed Bilecki succumbed from health issues. News of Bilecki's death broke Monday … Continue reading Longtime Illinois Route 66 advocate Marty Bilecki dies at age 86

Allen’s Fillin’ Station in Commerce being put up for sale

Allen's Fillin' Station, a landmark along a section of original Route 66 in Commerce, Oklahoma, is being put up for sale by its longtime co-owner. Bobby Allen said the asking price for the former gas station at 101 S. Main St. in Commerce is $34,900, though it is negotiable. The sale price would include all … Continue reading Allen’s Fillin’ Station in Commerce being put up for sale

Arizona imposes new restrictions because of COVID-19

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey ordered the shutdown of bars, movie theaters, gyms and water parks Monday for at least 30 days because of a surge of coronavirus cases in that state. “Our expectation is that our numbers next week will be worse,” Ducey said, according to the Associated Press. Arizona health officials reported 3,858 more … Continue reading Arizona imposes new restrictions because of COVID-19

California closes bars in Los Angeles County because of coronavirus

California's governor on Sunday ordered the closing of bars in seven counties, including Los Angeles County, because of an upsurge in coronavirus cases. State officials also have urged eight other counties, including San Bernardino County, to close their bars, reported the Los Angeles Times and other news outlets in the region. The order came two … Continue reading California closes bars in Los Angeles County because of coronavirus

A journey on how Disney’s Cars Land was developed

Disney Parks a few days ago uploaded a video where two people from Disney and Pixar were interviewed on how they came up with the inspirations for Cars Land at Disney California Adventure Park. Pixar’s Roger Gould and former Disney Imagineer Kathy Mangum provide an under-the-hood look of what went into the development and creation … Continue reading A journey on how Disney’s Cars Land was developed

Texas adds restrictions to restaurants, closes bars because of COVID-19 surge

Route 66 travelers will find closed taverns today and restaurants capped at 50% capacity in Texas starting Monday after the governor imposed new restrictions because of a steep rise in coronavirus cases there. Gov. Greg Abbott issued these orders Friday: All bars and similar establishments that receive more than 51% of their gross receipts from … Continue reading Texas adds restrictions to restaurants, closes bars because of COVID-19 surge

Donut Man opens satellite location in downtown Los Angeles today

Donut Man, a Route 66 fixture in Glendora, California, opens a second location today in the Grand Central Market in downtown Los Angeles after being delayed for months by the coronavirus pandemic. Eater Los Angeles reports the market sits between Hill Street and Broadway (aka Route 66) in downtown L.A. The second Donut Man location, … Continue reading Donut Man opens satellite location in downtown Los Angeles today

Fabled elm trees west of Clinton may not be around much longer

Elm trees west of Clinton, Oklahoma, documented in Michael Wallis' seminal 1990 book "Route 66: The Mother Road" have died at an alarming rate in recent years and may not be long for this world. A longtime reader with a keen eye alerted me to this a few days ago and shot a short video … Continue reading Fabled elm trees west of Clinton may not be around much longer

COVID-19 prompts cancellation of Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta for the first time in its history

Organizers of the annual Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta on Monday announced the cancellation of the annual October event for the first time since it launched in 1972 because of the coronavirus pandemic. The cancellation is a major blow to New Mexico's tourism economy. An estimated 850,000 people attend each year over its nine days. The … Continue reading COVID-19 prompts cancellation of Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta for the first time in its history

Pop-up drive-in theater in Romeoville adds four more movie screenings

The village of Romeoville, Illinois, a few weeks ago hosted a movie screening on a pop-up outdoor screen, dubbed the Route 66 Drive-In Theater. It was so popular, it has added four more screenings this summer. The pop-up drive-in is at 680 Townhall Drive, behind the Romeoville Athletic & Event Center and just west of … Continue reading Pop-up drive-in theater in Romeoville adds four more movie screenings