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

U.S. travel restrictions with foreign countries may begin to ease by mid-May

The Biden Administration may start relaxing U.S. COVID-19 travel restrictions with Mexico, Canada, United Kingdom, Europe and Brazil by the middle of May -- giving hope to foreign travelers they might be able to explore Route 66 by summer for the first time in more than a year. The CNBC report Thursday cited two sources … Continue reading U.S. travel restrictions with foreign countries may begin to ease by mid-May

Tulsa Decopolis creator launches a fundraiser for store’s new neon sign

The creator of Decopolis in Tulsa launched a GoFundMe.com campaign to help him install a new neon sign at his store on Route 66. William Franklin launched the campaign a few days ago, with the goal of raising $3,500. Franklin wrote: Our area of Route 66 already has some great attractions and neon signs, like … Continue reading Tulsa Decopolis creator launches a fundraiser for store’s new neon sign

“Mega Mayor” Muffler Man installed at Uranus Missouri complex

A new, 22-foot-tall Muffler Man fiberglass statue was installed Tuesday at the Uranus Missouri complex in St. Robert, Missouri. The statue is called Mega Mayor, a likeness of Uranus Missouri owner and self-proclaimed mayor Louie Keen when he's duded up in his American-flag-inspired costume. Mega Mayor, which holds a large golf ball in one hand … Continue reading “Mega Mayor” Muffler Man installed at Uranus Missouri complex