A look at the Wigwam Motels almost 25 years ago

Anthony Reichardt recently uploaded videos he shot during the early to mid-1990s at the Wigwam Motel in Holbrook, Arizona, and Wigwam Motel in Rialto, California. Reichardt has uploaded dozens of videos from that era on his 1959 Cadillac on Route 66 channel. They hold a lot of historic value, as not a lot of videos … Continue reading A look at the Wigwam Motels almost 25 years ago

Deep background on the Wigwam Motel in Holbrook

The Arizona Republic newspaper recently published several articles about the Wigwam Motel in Holbrook, Arizona, and revealed details about the Route 66 landmark even longtime roadies may not know. It’s worth reading the articles in full, starting here. But a few things stood out, plus a couple of observations from me: — The motel closed … Continue reading Deep background on the Wigwam Motel in Holbrook

Woman worked for two Route 66 icons in Arizona

Here’s an obituary you don’t read every day — an Arizona woman who died earlier this month worked not for one, but two bona fide Route 66 icons during her lifetime. Dorthy “Dottie” Ann Hatch Hansen, 83, of St. Johns, Arizona, died Oct. 19. She was born in Pinedale, Arizona, but spent most of her … Continue reading Woman worked for two Route 66 icons in Arizona

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”

Book review: Charles Phoenix’s “Addicted to Americana”

If you wondered whether famed pop-culture enthusiast Charles Phoenix included Route 66 attractions in his latest book, “Addicted to Americana” (180 pages, hardcover, illustrated, Prospect Park Books), all you have to do is glance at its cover. It contains an image of the Desert Hills Motel neon sign in Tulsa and a tepee from one … Continue reading Book review: Charles Phoenix’s “Addicted to Americana”

Route 66 Navigation offering prepaid cards, new rates

The Route 66 Navigation app has introduced new subscription rates and prepaid cards that can be purchased at more than 40 businesses along Route 66 from Chicago to Santa Monica. According to a news release from Route 66 Navigation: Each card with exclusive design has its own unique QR code, which activates navigation for Android … Continue reading Route 66 Navigation offering prepaid cards, new rates

Route 66 featured on NPR’s “Weekend Edition Saturday”

National Public Radio’s “Weekend Edition Saturday” program spent about four minutes on Route 66 and the uncertain fate of the Route 66 Corridor Preservation Program, which expires in 2019. The segment by NPR affiliate KNAU focuses on Holbrook, Arizona, which features Joe and Aggie’s Cafe and the Wigwam Motel, both along the Mother Road. The … Continue reading Route 66 featured on NPR’s “Weekend Edition Saturday”

Website of panoramic Route 66 images is updated

About a decade ago, David Schaubert embarked on long Route 66 trips and used his hobby of panoramic photography to document many places along the Mother Road. Those photos were posted on his website, 6t6kix.com. In recent days, Schaubert updated the format of the images so they could be accessible to view to almost everyone … Continue reading Website of panoramic Route 66 images is updated

Book review: “Pop 66”

“Pop 66,” a collection of Wes Pope’s black-and-white pinhole-camera images taken over a 20-year period on Route 66, contains plenty of intrigue. But it’s Pope’s text that elevates the book (hardcover, 115 pages, Press Syndication Group) into part travelogue, part family history.and part biography. Subtitled “A Dreamy Pop Can Odyssey Along Route 66,” part of the … Continue reading Book review: “Pop 66”

Wayward pickup causes damage at Wigwam Motel

A suspected teenage drunken driver caused thousands of dollars in damage to the Wigwam Motel in San Bernardino, California, when his pickup truck veered off the road and destroyed the motel’s front fence, a light pole and other structures early Sunday morning. The crash happened about 3 a.m. The crash involving the pickup truck also damaged a … Continue reading Wayward pickup causes damage at Wigwam Motel