A profile of a prolific Oklahoma muralist

An Oklahoma City television station recently profiled a Sooner State muralist who's painted up to 4,000 murals during his career, including several on Route 66. Here's the profile of Bob Palmer from KFOR-TV. You can see one of his Route 66 murals in the segment: Dozens of his historic-themed murals can be seen here. You'll … Continue reading A profile of a prolific Oklahoma muralist

New exhibit at Joplin examines Route 66’s impact on culture

A new exhibit at an arts center in Joplin, Missouri, examines the cross-cultural impact of Route 66 from a native of that town. "Route 66: Crossing Cultural Lines," curated by artist and former American Jazz Museum curator Sara Sonié Joi Thompson-Ruffin, will be in the main gallery of the Spiva Center for the Arts in … Continue reading New exhibit at Joplin examines Route 66’s impact on culture

Museum Club of Flagstaff to go on indefinite hiatus starting Monday

Citing hardships caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the historic Museum Club of Flagstaff, Arizona, will go on at least an indefinite hiatus starting Monday. The storied bar and music club on Flagstaff's east side along Route 66 made this announcement Monday on its Facebook page: This is our last week open. It's been a fun … Continue reading Museum Club of Flagstaff to go on indefinite hiatus starting Monday

Woody’s Wood-Fire Pizza in Joplin reopens as a much bigger location after fire

Woody's Wood-Fire Pizza, a stalwart along Route 66 on the west side of Joplin, Missouri, recently reopened after a fire a year ago prompted the owners to make big improvements to the restaurant. Wally Kennedy, the business columnist for the Joplin Globe, stated Woody's once was "the tiniest restaurant in Joplin." However, the rebuild by … Continue reading Woody’s Wood-Fire Pizza in Joplin reopens as a much bigger location after fire

Library of Congress puts Negro Motorist Green Book interviews online, including Threatt Filling Station’s

The Library of Congress recently posted online photographs and taped interviews of the owners of surviving African American businesses for Candacy Taylor's Negro Motorist Green Book research. One of the interviewees is Allen Threatt of the Threatt Filling Station along Route 66 near Luther, Oklahoma. The collection, found here, includes interview subjects from Miami, Florida; … Continue reading Library of Congress puts Negro Motorist Green Book interviews online, including Threatt Filling Station’s

St. Robert begins restoration of Stanley Cour-Tel neon signs

The City of St. Robert, Missouri, recently announced it began the long-awaited restoration of the Stanley Cour-Tel neon signs that once graced a defunct motel along Route 66 in west St. Louis. The sign restorations are part of the Route 66 Sign Neon Park planned at the historic George M. Reed Roadside Park at 228 … Continue reading St. Robert begins restoration of Stanley Cour-Tel neon signs

Joe Bono, longtime owner of Bono’s Deli in Fontana, dies at age 88

Joe Bono, owner of the landmark Bono's Restaurant and Deli along Route 66 in Fontana, California, for years before it was converted to Bono's Italian Restaurant last year, died Dec. 1. He was 88. Bono died peacefully at his home, according to an obituary Thursday in the Fontana Herald News. Bono, born and raised in … Continue reading Joe Bono, longtime owner of Bono’s Deli in Fontana, dies at age 88

President Trump signs Route 66 Centennial Commission Act bill into law

President Donald Trump on Wednesday signed the Route 66 Centennial Commission Act into law, giving the forthcoming commission a few years to plan for Route 66's centennial in 2026. The White House reported Trump's signing of Senate Bill 1014 on Wednesday night, with six other bills. The U.S. House advanced it by voice vote earlier … Continue reading President Trump signs Route 66 Centennial Commission Act bill into law

Glaida Funk, the matriarch at Funks Grove Maple Sirup, dies at age 94

Glaida Funk, the longtime matriarch of the landmark Funks Grove Pure Maple Sirup near Funks Grove, Illinois, died Friday. She was 94. The Bloomington Pantagraph in nearby Bloomington posted a death notice, but arrangements were incomplete Sunday night at Calvert & Metzler Memorial Home in Bloomington. We'll post more information when it becomes available. Terri … Continue reading Glaida Funk, the matriarch at Funks Grove Maple Sirup, dies at age 94

Eat-Rite Diner in St. Louis shuts down again

The historic Eat-Rite Diner in St. Louis has closed permanently for a second time in a little more than three years. Longtime Route 66 enthusiast Joe Sonderman reported the closing in a Facebook post on Friday evening, with the owners citing crime, violence and COVID-19 regulations. KSDK-TV in St. Louis confirmed the closure with the … Continue reading Eat-Rite Diner in St. Louis shuts down again