COVID-19 concerns prompt postponement of Route 66 Road Fest to next year

The Route 66 Road Fest in Oklahoma City and Tulsa in June has been postponed to 2022 due to concerns about the COVID-19 pandemic. According to a story in the Claremore Daily Progress: “Like everyone in Oklahoma, we must do all we can to ensure public safety,” said Jared Peterson, president of AAA Club Alliance … Continue reading COVID-19 concerns prompt postponement of Route 66 Road Fest to next year

Hi-Way Cafe near Vinita creates Giving Wall for helping customers in need

The historic Hi-Way Cafe near Vinita, Oklahoma, created a "Giving Wall" so customers can discreetly pay it forward for those who are less fortunate, especially during economic hardships created by the COVID-19 pandemic. The wall inside the Route 66 restaurant two miles west of town has a message that states: "If you are hungry or … Continue reading Hi-Way Cafe near Vinita creates Giving Wall for helping customers in need

Village of Tijeras opens new drive-in theater today

The Village of Tijeras, New Mexico, tonight will open its new Park and View drive-in theater just off Route 66. The theater at 12 Camino Municipal behind the village hall on Route 66 will screen "Forrest Gump" tonight, with "The Goonies" on March 13. According to the online form to order tickets, both screens already … Continue reading Village of Tijeras opens new drive-in theater today

‘Valentine Sally’ identified nearly 40 years after her body was found near Ash Fork

About a year ago, Route 66 enthusiast Blue Miller wrote on her Never Quite Lost blog about the mystery of "Valentine Sally," an unidentified young woman whose body was found near Ash Fork, Arizona, in an apparent homicide in February 1982. This week, Valentine Sally finally has her true name. She is Carolyn Eaton, a … Continue reading ‘Valentine Sally’ identified nearly 40 years after her body was found near Ash Fork

Cost-share grants unexpectedly revived for Route 66 Corridor Preservation Program

The Route 66 Corridor Preservation Program, which technically ended in 2019, unexpectedly relaunched its cost-share grant program and is taking applications for it through late April. The revival of the program came to light Tuesday with an email from Rhys Martin, president of the Oklahoma Route 66 Association. He also flagged a new grant program … Continue reading Cost-share grants unexpectedly revived for Route 66 Corridor Preservation Program

El Vado Motel developer to revamp Imperial Inn Motel in Albuquerque

The same developer who revamped the El Vado Motel and Monterey Motel in Albuquerque also will transform another Route 66 motel in that city -- the Imperial Inn Motel. According to Albuquerque Business First (subscription required), the motel will become a mix of residential, restaurants and retail: The city announced Saturday it is moving forward … Continue reading El Vado Motel developer to revamp Imperial Inn Motel in Albuquerque

Chat ‘n Chew near Route 66 in Normal catered to black customers in Jim Crow era

The Route 66 Bloomington-Normal, Illinois page on Facebook recently posted an interesting, if obscure, historical item for Black History Month -- the Chat 'n Chew restaurant and grocery in Normal. Here's the post, with Terri Ryburn of Ryburn Place (formerly Sprague Super Service station) in Normal supplying the photo: https://www.facebook.com/Route66BN/posts/153881979883693 A 2017 article, titled "Jim … Continue reading Chat ‘n Chew near Route 66 in Normal catered to black customers in Jim Crow era

Is the Mystic Maze near Needles a sacred tribal site or gravel mining operation?

A recent discussion thread on the National Old Trails Road page on Facebook recently centered on a site I hadn't heard of before -- the Mystic Maze, aka Topock Maze, just south of Needles, California. For the uninitiated, the Mystic Maze is a series of rows of parallel lines in the desert, just south of … Continue reading Is the Mystic Maze near Needles a sacred tribal site or gravel mining operation?

A rare glimpse inside one of the water-intake towers near the Old Chain of Rocks Bridge

If you've ever walked on the Old Chain of Rocks Bridge that connects St. Louis to Madison, Illinois, you probably wondered what is inside those nearby water-intake towers on the Mississippi River. St. Louis television station KTVI provided a rare look via water intake tower No. 2: KTVI also has a gallery of images inside … Continue reading A rare glimpse inside one of the water-intake towers near the Old Chain of Rocks Bridge

New exhibit at Oklahoma gallery focuses on famed pop artist Ed Ruscha’s roots

The Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center in Oklahoma City is hosting an exhibit on pop-art icon Ed Ruscha and the first-ever examination of his roots, including his Sooner State upbringing and the impact of Route 66 on him. The center's Eleanor Kirkpatrick Main Gallery is hosting the show in his hometown until July 5. Free tickets … Continue reading New exhibit at Oklahoma gallery focuses on famed pop artist Ed Ruscha’s roots