Gearhead Curios in Galena to hold official ribbon-cutting on June 17

Mark your calendars. Gearhead Curios of Galena, Kansas, will hold an official ribbon-cutting at 1 p.m. June 17 to celebrate several years of work on the former Texaco station. "It will have been almost 5 years of renovations; we have been soft open since March of '22 but come June we will be ready ready … Continue reading Gearhead Curios in Galena to hold official ribbon-cutting on June 17

Historic Hotel Andaluz in Albuquerque bought by a local Hilton properties owner

Hotel Andaluz, built in downtown Albuquerque by Conrad Hilton in 1938, was purchased earlier this month by a local group that owns five Hilton properties in the region. According to the Albuquerque Journal, Legacy Hospitality bought the property from Gary Goldman. Todd Walters, vice president of operations at Legacy Hospitality, did not disclose the price. … Continue reading Historic Hotel Andaluz in Albuquerque bought by a local Hilton properties owner

Neon Museum of St. Louis opens along an alignment of Route 66

St. Louis has a new attraction along one of its old alignments of Route 66 -- the Neon Museum of St. Louis, which opened about a month ago. According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the museum in a former garage sits along 3537 Choteau St. (aka Route 66). It's owned and curated by artist Deborah … Continue reading Neon Museum of St. Louis opens along an alignment of Route 66

New Mexico PBS puts its archive online, including “¡Colores! Route 66 in New Mexico”

New Mexico PBS stations recently completed digitization of their archives since 1963, including a one-hour special about Route 66 in that state. "¡Colores! Route 66 in New Mexico" aired in August 2001. I recommend you spend time with it during the Thanksgiving holiday. You'll probably see vintage photos and footage you've never seen before. The … Continue reading New Mexico PBS puts its archive online, including “¡Colores! Route 66 in New Mexico”

Texas Old Route 66 Association helps replace damaged VW at Bug Ranch

The Texas Old Route 66 Association a few days ago swapped out a damaged Volkwagen at the Bug Ranch art installation in Panhandle, Texas. The association stated in a Facebook post: One of the VWs out at the Bug Ranch had been severely vandalized and pretty much on the ground for the last 2 years.Thanks … Continue reading Texas Old Route 66 Association helps replace damaged VW at Bug Ranch

Frankoma Pottery Company store opens in Glenpool after long hiatus

Frankoma Pottery, a historic company with deep roots along Route 66 in Sapulpa, Oklahoma, held its grand opening Saturday in nearby Glenpool, Oklahoma, after years of uncertainty about whether a brick-and-mortar site for the company ever would be revived. According to the Tulsa World, several longtime Frankoma employees were scheduled to attend the event. The … Continue reading Frankoma Pottery Company store opens in Glenpool after long hiatus

Catoosa comprehensive plan proposes a 1.2-mile View 66 Trail to Blue Whale

A proposed 20-year comprehensive plan for the City of Catoosa, Oklahoma, envisions a 1.2-mile View 66 Trail that connects from Rodger Berry Sports Complex to the iconic Blue Whale. Fox23 in Tulsa reports the city already has applied for a $2 million grant through the Oklahoma Department of Transportation to pay for the 12-foot-wide asphalt … Continue reading Catoosa comprehensive plan proposes a 1.2-mile View 66 Trail to Blue Whale

Half-Corvette in Joplin is being temporarily removed for restoration

The half-Corvette at Seventh and Main streets (aka Route 66) in Joplin, Missouri, that's served as a photo op for about a decade is being temporarily removed for a face-lift. KSN-TV reports: It will be removed sometime during the week after Thanksgiving — repaired, repainted, and re-installed by the local business, Mafia Paint Shop. The … Continue reading Half-Corvette in Joplin is being temporarily removed for restoration

City of Clinton receives two proposals for Glancy Motel property

The Clinton (Oklahoma) Economic Development Authority this week received two proposals for the Glancy Motel and Pop Hicks properties, prompting it to urge the City Council to not accept bids for the properties' demolition as previously planned. Details of the proposals were reported in the Clinton Daily News (subscription required). Local residents Corky Heard and … Continue reading City of Clinton receives two proposals for Glancy Motel property

Book review: “Eating Up Route 66”

Fill your gas tank and bring your appetite. T. Lindsay Baker's new book, "Eating Up Route 66" (Amazon link), takes readers on a culinary and historic adventure down the Mother Road. It's safe to say the 448-page volume -- subtitled "Foodways on America's Mother Road" -- instantly is a definitive work about Route 66 restaurants. … Continue reading Book review: “Eating Up Route 66”