Paleontologist collects trash from old Route 66 at Petrified Forest National Park

Old bottles of 76 and Kist soda and a Crescent Creamery bottle found along old Route 66 in the Petrified Forest National Park. (NPS) KJZZ-FM radio, a public station based in Phoenix, recently conducted a fascinating interview with a paleontologist at the Petrified Forest National Park in eastern Arizona. William Parker, the paleontologist, collects trash … Continue reading Paleontologist collects trash from old Route 66 at Petrified Forest National Park

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Old Joliet Prison to host 40th-anniversary party for “Blues Brothers” movie

The Old Joliet Prison, now converted into a tourism site, in Joliet, Illinois, will host a big bash in August to mark the 40th anniversary of "The Blues Brothers" movie, part of which was originally filmed there. The Herald-News, based in Joliet, reported the celebration will be a two-day event. Final dates aren't 100% set, … Continue reading Old Joliet Prison to host 40th-anniversary party for “Blues Brothers” movie

Another new neon sign goes up on Tulsa’s Route 66 for Burnett’s Flowers

Burnett's Flowers in Tulsa became Tulsa Route 66's first new neon sign installation in 2020 after the business received a neon sign grant from the city. The Tulsa Route 66 Commission stated in a Facebook post the flower shop recently moved near 11th Street (aka Route 66) and Quincy Avenue, but it's been in business … Continue reading Another new neon sign goes up on Tulsa’s Route 66 for Burnett’s Flowers

Route 66 Historical Trail bill won’t be reintroduced until after Supreme Court case

A lawsuit awaiting a decision in front of the U.S. Supreme Court is delaying the reintroduction of a bill that would designate Route 66 as a National Historic Trail, according to a newsletter sent Thursday from the Route 66 Road Ahead Partnership's chairman. Bill Thomas, partnership chairman, stated the Supreme Court probably won't rule on … Continue reading Route 66 Historical Trail bill won’t be reintroduced until after Supreme Court case

Tucumcari reconsiders, advances landmark sign ordinance proposal

After prodding by officers from the New Mexico Route 66 Association, the Tucumcari City Commission last week passed a first reading of a proposed landmark ordinance for the town's historic Route 66 neon signs. However, final passage by the commission likely faces an uphill battle because of concerns about the ordinance infringing on property rights. … Continue reading Tucumcari reconsiders, advances landmark sign ordinance proposal

Route 66 Road Ahead announces seven new recruits from tourism field

The Route 66 Road Ahead Partnership this week announced the recruitment of seven new tourism directors to the Promotion Working Group, giving it representation from all eight states that Route 66 traverses. Jennifer Mullins, chairwoman of the Promotion Working Group and Oklahoma's director of travel promotion, landed the seven recruits three months after joining the … Continue reading Route 66 Road Ahead announces seven new recruits from tourism field

Will crowdfunding help revitalize vintage Route 66 hotel in Albuquerque?

The folks who seek to revitalize The Hotel Blue just west of downtown Albuquerque are using a novel source in the effort -- crowdfunding. Los Angeles-based ARRIVE Hotels & Restaurants announced plans in August to redevelop The Hotel Blue at 717 Central Ave. (aka Route 66) and rebrand it as ARRIVE Albuquerque. The Albuquerque Journal … Continue reading Will crowdfunding help revitalize vintage Route 66 hotel in Albuquerque?

Route 66 e-group advocates moving to MeWe platform

After several months of consideration, the Route 66 group on Yahoo!, also known as the Route 66 e-group, announced last week it is asking members to migrate to the MeWe platform. Mike Ward, one of the original e-group's moderators, stated with the MeWe announcement: Take a look and give it a chance. I don’t ever … Continue reading Route 66 e-group advocates moving to MeWe platform

History Museum on the Square named Best New Attraction by USA Today

The History Museum on the Square in Springfield, Missouri, won the award for Best New Attraction in USA Today's annual 10Best listings. The nationwide newspaper wrote this about the downtown museum: The history of Route 66 comes alive at the new Springfield History Museum on the Square, where six galleries tell the stories of Springfield’s … Continue reading History Museum on the Square named Best New Attraction by USA Today

Road closed in Petrified Forest National Park for pavement, bridge work

A lengthy section of road in the Petrified Forest National Park in eastern Arizona will be closed through late March, with possible travel delays through June after the road reopens. According to the Navajo-Hopi Observer, the road closure begins south of the Blue Mesa Loop and north of the Crystal Forest trail area. Areas closed … Continue reading Road closed in Petrified Forest National Park for pavement, bridge work