Rihanna paints anti-Trump message on Cadillac Ranch; Trump supporters respond

It’s an election year, so that means pro and con messages about presidential candidates will abound on Route 66 in the coming months. That includes at the famed Cadillac Ranch along Route 66 in Amarillo, where pop megastar Rihanna — the one with 250 million records sold in her career — spraypainted a message on … Continue reading Rihanna paints anti-Trump message on Cadillac Ranch; Trump supporters respond

Arsonist torches one of the cars at Cadillac Ranch

An apparent arsonist early Sunday set fire to one of the classic cars that make up the landmark Cadillac Ranch on Amarillo’s west side. KAMR-TV in Amarillo reported the first fire call came in at 2:12 a.m. The fire was extinguished, and no arrests have been made. The administrator at the Cadillac Ranch page on … Continue reading Arsonist torches one of the cars at Cadillac Ranch

Amarillo Route 66 art prominently featured in Plainview gallery

Route 66 artwork from Amarillo figures prominently in an art show in the unlikely locale of Plainview, Texas (pop. 20,700). The “Yellow City Art” show at Contemporary Art Museum Plainview, which runs through February, features the work of photographer Ed Ruscha (known for his 1963 “Twentysix Gasoline Stations” photo book) and the late Stanley Marsh … Continue reading Amarillo Route 66 art prominently featured in Plainview gallery

The early history of Cadillac Ranch

The Artsy website posted a well-researched article of how the Cadillac Ranch art installation in Amarillo, Texas, came to be, including vintage photos of it being built. Cadillac Ranch turned into a roadside icon — including for Route 66 travelers — in the four decades since local tycoon Stanley Marsh 3 commissioned it from the Ant Farm … Continue reading The early history of Cadillac Ranch

Amarillo’s tallest building named to National Register of Historic Places

The tallest skyscraper in the Texas Panhandle, located in Amarillo, this week was named to the National Register of Historic Places. The FirstBank Southwest Tower at 600 S. Tyler St. in Amarillo, next to the Sixth Avenue alignment of Route 66 in downtown Amarillo, earned the designation Wednesday, according to an email Friday from the … Continue reading Amarillo’s tallest building named to National Register of Historic Places

Plenty of Route 66 in Big & Rich video

The country-rock duo Big & Rich released this music video for “California” more than six months ago, and it contains a few Route 66 landmarks in the footage. In it, you’ll find the rest stop near Alanreed, Texas; Cadillac Ranch near Amarillo; old Route 66 in Tucumcari, New Mexico (including the interior of the Kix … Continue reading Plenty of Route 66 in Big & Rich video

Book review: “The American Dream?: A Journey on Route 66”

Shin Yin Khor’s graphic memoir “The American Dream?: A Journey on Route 66” turns out to be an unusual travelogue. Not only is it created by a comic artist, but it comes from the perspective of a young American from the so-called Left Coast who was born in another country. Subtitled “Discovering Dinosaur Statues, Muffler … Continue reading Book review: “The American Dream?: A Journey on Route 66”

Mother Road Market in Tulsa shows stunning early success

The Mother Road Market just off Route 66 in Tulsa opened a few weeks ago as an incubator for about 20 food or retail stores and an events center, and the results since then can be described as stunning. John Klein, a columnist for the Tulsa World newspaper, in a recent entry passed along these … Continue reading Mother Road Market in Tulsa shows stunning early success

Group wants to remove Cadillac Ranch

A group calling itself Erase Marsh Madness wants to remove all artwork in Amarillo linked to the now-deceased Stanley Marsh 3, including the famous Cadillac Ranch near Route 66. Before he died at age 76 last year, Marsh was criminally indicted on multiple counts of sexual abuse of underage teenage boys. And several family members … Continue reading Group wants to remove Cadillac Ranch

Willem Bor creates new Route 66 miniatures

Longtime readers probably know of Willem Bor of the Netherlands, who in the last few years has created miniatures of well-known Route 66 landmarks for museums or private individuals. The bad news is Bor contracted cancer and had to cancel one of his upcoming trips on Route 66. The good news is because he’s got … Continue reading Willem Bor creates new Route 66 miniatures