Atlanta, Illinois, votes to create tourism development director position

The city council of the Route 66 town of Atlanta, Illinois, voted last week to create the position of tourism development director and has begun advertising to fill it. According to a news release from Bill Thomas, chairman of the Route 66 Road Ahead Partnership who is based in Atlanta: The Tourism Development Director will … Continue reading Atlanta, Illinois, votes to create tourism development director position

Lowell Davis’ widow pledges to preserve his portion of Red Oak II

Rose Davis, the widow of Red Oak II creator Lowell Davis, told a local television station she would do her best to preserve a portion of her late husband's complex near Carthage, Missouri. KY3 of nearby Springfield, Missouri, recently interviewed her after Lowell died at age 83 earlier this month. Here are the key elements … Continue reading Lowell Davis’ widow pledges to preserve his portion of Red Oak II

Public hearing set for Dec. 16 on Kingman’s Downtown Infrastructure Design Project

The city of Kingman will hold a virtual public hearing at 5:30 p.m. local time on Dec. 16 about its Downtown Infrastructure Design Project.  Signals Arizona reports about the proposed project: The City of Kingman has a vision to revitalize the downtown area by improving the walkability and aesthetics for residents, merchants, and visitors while maintaining … Continue reading Public hearing set for Dec. 16 on Kingman’s Downtown Infrastructure Design Project

Gillespie receives state grant to improve its Illinois Coal Museum

The old Route 66 town of Gillespie, Illinois, received a $33,800 state grant to improve its Illinois Coal Museum. The museum was one of 43 that received $22.3 million in grants from the Illinois Public Museum Capital Grants Program. State Rep. Avery Bourne, R-Morrisonville, made the announcement, according to The Telegraph in Alton: “The Gillespie … Continue reading Gillespie receives state grant to improve its Illinois Coal Museum

Oklahoma is getting new road signs to mark historic Route 66

The Oklahoma Department of Transportation is manufacturing slightly redesigned road signs to mark historic Route 66 throughout the state, including adding dozens of more signs to stretches that lacked them. The Oklahoma Route 66 Association made the announcement earlier this week on its Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/OklahomaRoute66/posts/10158087435772775 The association stated the redesign removes the white bands … Continue reading Oklahoma is getting new road signs to mark historic Route 66

Joliet officially reopens Chicago Street, an original alignment of Route 66

The Joliet City Council on Monday marked the official reopening of North Chicago Street in downtown Joliet, Illinois, along with officials from the Joliet City Center Partnership, Joliet Chamber of Commerce and Will County. According to The Times Weekly: “This is an exciting day for all of Joliet as we reopen an iconic street in … Continue reading Joliet officially reopens Chicago Street, an original alignment of Route 66

Lonely Planet features a Route 66 trip through Arizona and New Mexico

Lonely Planet, which publishes a bunch of travel guides and has a popular website, posted this three-minute video of an Atlanta couple who traveled Route 66 in Arizona and New Mexico. Lonely Planet said this about the video: Historic Route 66 is full of hidden gems -- towns that seem frozen in time from the … Continue reading Lonely Planet features a Route 66 trip through Arizona and New Mexico

New sign marks Paul McCartney’s brief stop on Route 66 in Oklahoma

Oklahoma County and several residents of a stretch of original Route 66 on Monday installed a sign that commemorated a brief stop by a former Beatle, Paul McCartney, there in 2008. Shellee Graham, who lives on that segment of historic road with Route 66 historian Jim Ross, was there to help document the installation with … Continue reading New sign marks Paul McCartney’s brief stop on Route 66 in Oklahoma

“Two for the Road” episode on PBS-TV features the Texas Panhandle

A PBS-TV show titled "Two for the Road" recently aired a special episode that features the Texas Panhandle, of which a prominent portion includes Route 66 country. The show generously showcases the Route 66 towns of Shamrock, McLean, Groom, Amarillo, Vega, Adrian and Glenrio, along with Palo Duro Canyon, a popular side trip south of … Continue reading “Two for the Road” episode on PBS-TV features the Texas Panhandle

New Mexico adds new COVID-19 restrictions for two weeks starting Monday

The state of New Mexico will add new restrictions effective Monday because of soaring coronavirus cases there, and more states are likely to join it as the virus reaches a dangerous stage in the growth of infections and overwhelmed hospitals. Four other states on Friday also added COVID-19 restrictions. USA Today, which published a handy … Continue reading New Mexico adds new COVID-19 restrictions for two weeks starting Monday