County board rejects zoning change for massive 2 Guns Resort project

The Coconino County Board of Supervisors on Wednesday night unanimously rejected an ambitious redevelopment plan for the Two Guns, Arizona, site. John Gunderman of Indiana had planned to convert 267 acres at the Route 66 ghost town into a 774-unit western-themed "glamping" area with a cliffside hotel, treehouses, yurts, cabins, several restaurants, a rodeo, two … Continue reading County board rejects zoning change for massive 2 Guns Resort project

Vintage gas pump stolen from Owl Court property in Oklahoma City

A gasoline pump that dated to 1930 was stolen from the old Owl Court motel property in Oklahoma City that now is used by a local coffee shop. According to KOCO-TV in Oklahoma City, the Texaco pump at the Route 66 motel that served as the marquee for Brew Brother Coffee inside the long-closed motel's … Continue reading Vintage gas pump stolen from Owl Court property in Oklahoma City

Bluebird Inn boutique hotel opens in a historic building in downtown Elk City

The Route 66 town of Elk City, Oklahoma, has a new lodging option. It is the Bluebird Inn boutique hotel, located one block off the Mother Road in a former shoe store built in 1905. The Bluebird is located on the brick streets of 118 W. Broadway Ave. The hotel, which held its grand opening … Continue reading Bluebird Inn boutique hotel opens in a historic building in downtown Elk City

Route 66 bike trail extension in Normal would link to Sprague’s Super Service station

The town council of Normal, Illinois, on Monday will consider whether to approve a bid for an extension of a bicycle trail along Route 66 that would connect to the historic Sprague's Super Service station. According to WGLT, an National Public Radio affiliate at Illinois State University: The roughly $471,000 contract would extend the trail … Continue reading Route 66 bike trail extension in Normal would link to Sprague’s Super Service station

Muralist to repaint and renovate big milk bottle on Oklahoma City’s Milk Bottle Building

Muralist Chris Presley is repainting and renovating the 11-foot-tall Braum’s milk bottle that sits atop the iconic Milk Bottle Building in Oklahoma City, which should add many more years to the bottle's lifespan. The triangle-like tract sits 2416 Classen Blvd. (aka Route 66) and is near another Route 66 alignment, Northwest 23rd Street. The Milk Bottle … Continue reading Muralist to repaint and renovate big milk bottle on Oklahoma City’s Milk Bottle Building

Tribal, national parks groups file suit to protect Mojave Desert from Cadiz water project

The Native American Land Conservancy and National Parks Conservation Association last month filed a federal lawsuit that challenges the U.S. Bureau of Land Management’s decision in the final days of the Trump administration that benefitted the Cadiz water proposal.  According to a news release posted in the Sierra Sun Times: The BLM issued a right-of-way … Continue reading Tribal, national parks groups file suit to protect Mojave Desert from Cadiz water project

Did Ernest Hemingway really write “The Old Man and the Sea” at Cubero?

PBS-TV this week is airing a three-part series about famed author Ernest Hemingway that's co-directed by Lynn Novak and esteemed filmmaker Ken Burns. Thoughts by Hemingway buffs who watch the series may turn to the Route 66 village of Cubero, New Mexico, where Hemingway was reputed to have written "The Old Man and the Sea" … Continue reading Did Ernest Hemingway really write “The Old Man and the Sea” at Cubero?

Route 66 Extraordinary Women program begins to accept applications for grants

The Route 66 Extraordinary Women Initiative, under the auspices of the Route 66 Road Ahead Partnership, now is taking applications for up to $2,500 grants for women-owned businesses along the historic highway. According to a news release from the partnership: Businesses and attractions located directly on an alignment of Route 66, that are owned or … Continue reading Route 66 Extraordinary Women program begins to accept applications for grants

Report: Gold Dome in Oklahoma City may become a music venue

An Oklahoma City forum reports the historic Gold Dome bank building is under contract and may be converted into a live-music venue. The scoop came from OKCTalk, which has broken other big news in the city. It reported: Plans by VEGA architecture of Denver reveal the intention to convert the dome into a live music … Continue reading Report: Gold Dome in Oklahoma City may become a music venue

Museum Club in Flagstaff reopens

The historic Museum Club in Flagstaff, Arizona, reopened last week amid a new ownership group after a weeks-long closure in early January. According to the Arizona Daily Sun in Flagstaff, the Route 66 nightclub was purchased by a local company that calls itself The Zookeepers, derived from the long-known nickname that stems from its stuffed-animal … Continue reading Museum Club in Flagstaff reopens