Vintage firetruck added to fire station along Route 66 in east Tulsa

Tulsa Fire Station 66 -- along Route 66, naturally -- acquired and restored a 1950 former city firetruck for a photo op at the station. According to News on 6 in Tulsa: The work took more than 3 years of work by volunteers, who rebuilt the truck that was junked about 15 years ago. "And … Continue reading Vintage firetruck added to fire station along Route 66 in east Tulsa

New, Route 66-inspired neon sign graces an entrance to downtown Albuquerque

In a tribute to Route 66, the City of Albuquerque last week dedicated a new neon sign near the intersection of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue and Broadway Boulevard. It's about three blocks north of Route 66, but city officials had the Mother Road in mind with its look, said Mayor Tim Keller. According … Continue reading New, Route 66-inspired neon sign graces an entrance to downtown Albuquerque

Pig hip sandwiches predated Ernie Edwards’ restaurant in Broadwell along Route 66

A few online sources claim Ernie Edwards (sometimes listed as "Earnie") of the Pig Hip Restaurant along Route 66 in Broadwell, Illinois, was the inventor of his famous pig hip sandwiches. However, recent research effectively refutes that claim. First, a little background. Edwards ran what was the Pig Hip Restaurant in Broadwell from 1937 until … Continue reading Pig hip sandwiches predated Ernie Edwards’ restaurant in Broadwell along Route 66

White Fence Farm Restaurant in Romeoville begins 70th year in business

The landmark Original White Fence Farm Restaurant along Route 66 in Romeoville, Illinois, earlier this month began its 70th year in business under the Hastert family, though its roots go back about a century. The original restaurant at 1376 Joliet Road (aka Route 66) and its three other locations in the Chicagoland area closed for … Continue reading White Fence Farm Restaurant in Romeoville begins 70th year in business

Route 66-themed roundabout in El Reno begins construction

A Route 66-themed roundabout began construction Thursday at the intersection of Route 66 and U.S. 81 in El Reno, Oklahoma. According to a report in the Yukon (Okla.) Progress: “Work is scheduled to take about a year-and-a-half, weather permitting, and should be complete ahead of the Route 66 Centennial (in 2026),” ODOT spokesman Bryce Boyer … Continue reading Route 66-themed roundabout in El Reno begins construction

Former Vegas wedding chapel sign christened in Kingman with three weddings

A new neon sign that once touted a wedding chapel in Las Vegas was altered and re-erected along Route 66 in Kingman, Arizona, with three weddings recently held underneath after a lighting ceremony. Here's a video from the lighting and wedding ceremonies that were held on the evening of Feb. 9: The Kingman Visitors Center … Continue reading Former Vegas wedding chapel sign christened in Kingman with three weddings

Then-and-now slideshow of Albuquerque added to Central Avenue buses

Riders on Albuquerque Rapid Transit buses have a chance to glimpse at the city's past with a slideshow of Central Avenue (aka Route 66) and other landmarks from many decades ago to the current day. According to the Albuquerque Journal, the slides show Central Avenue when it was just a dirt road, then in the … Continue reading Then-and-now slideshow of Albuquerque added to Central Avenue buses

Papers of Route 66 cookbook author Marian Clark are donated to OSU-Tulsa

The research materials of late Route 66 cookbook author Marian Clark recently were donated to the Tulsa branch of Oklahoma State University. The Oklahoma Route 66 Association stated in a Facebook post that Clark's papers were given by her family to the association several years ago. With the donation to OSU-Tulsa, the papers are now … Continue reading Papers of Route 66 cookbook author Marian Clark are donated to OSU-Tulsa

Great Rivers & Routes video features Doc’s Just off 66 in Girard

The Great Rivers & Routes tourism bureau recently began a "Main Street of America" video series. The first video, which dropped in the last few days, features Doc's Just Off 66 soda fountain and restaurant in downtown Girard, Illinois. The video's hosts, Kevin and Emily, are understandably agog at the historic memorabilia on display at … Continue reading Great Rivers & Routes video features Doc’s Just off 66 in Girard

Couple acquires John’s Modern Cabins, Vernelle’s Motel in Missouri

A couple with close family ties to the shuttered Vernelle's Motel near Newburg, Missouri, also recently acquired the long-closed John's Modern Cabins property next door. They plan to convert the Vernelle's property into an RV park, using the now-abandoned Interstate 44 / Route 66 roadbed, and rename it Vernelle's Route 66 RV Park & Campground. … Continue reading Couple acquires John’s Modern Cabins, Vernelle’s Motel in Missouri