Litchfield Museum and Route 66 Welcome Center wins $30,000 grant to expand veterans exhibit

The Litchfield Museum and Route 66 Welcome Center in Litchfield, Illinois, recently won a $30,000 grant to help expand its Veterans' Room there. Anne Jackson, secretary of the welcome center, detailed the windfall in a letter to the Journal-News: The Litchfield Chamber of Commerce had been housed in the museum since our opening.  They decided to … Continue reading Litchfield Museum and Route 66 Welcome Center wins $30,000 grant to expand veterans exhibit

Ten coffins found in mass grave that may be victims of 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre

There may have been a breakthrough in the search for bodies from the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre. A research team on Wednesday found 10 deteriorated coffins in an area of Oaklawn Cemetery where 18 black men reportedly were buried after the worst race riot in U.S. history, according to the Tulsa World and other media … Continue reading Ten coffins found in mass grave that may be victims of 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre

Historical society selling 2021 calendar of old Route 66 images east of Albuquerque

The East Mountain Historical Society is selling the eighth edition of its annual calendars, and this one features images from old Route 66 in the region. A news release from the society states: Now available through the society’s online store, each of the 12 months of Old Route 66 features a historic photo related to the legendary highway … Continue reading Historical society selling 2021 calendar of old Route 66 images east of Albuquerque

Troubled Brookshire Motel in Tulsa is torn down

The troubled Brookshire Motel in Tulsa was torn down Monday after four fires decimated what was left of the Route 66 property. A body was found in one of the fires in May, prompting local officials to abandon plans to save the motel. Route 66 advocates in the city were saddened by the teardown but … Continue reading Troubled Brookshire Motel in Tulsa is torn down

Fifteen years

Today marks the 15th anniversary of the founding of Route 66 News.

Cash register from Threatt Filling Station to be part of Smithsonian exhibition

The original cash register used in the historic Threatt Filling Station on Route 66 near Luther, Oklahoma, is on display as part of the Smithsonian's "The Negro Motorist Green Book" exhibition at the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis. According to The Luther Register, the cash register is on loan during a three-year national tour … Continue reading Cash register from Threatt Filling Station to be part of Smithsonian exhibition

AAA Oklahoma to launch early celebration of Route 66’s centennial

AAA Oklahoma will get an early start on the 2026 centennial of Route 66 by launching the U.S. 66 Road Fest event from Tulsa to Oklahoma City next year. According to a news release from AAA, the festival starting in mid-June 2021 also will include all the communities along Route 66's 420 miles in the Sooner … Continue reading AAA Oklahoma to launch early celebration of Route 66’s centennial

Box Car BBQ building in Sapulpa may become a pot dispensary

The building that housed the now-closed Box Car BBQ restaurant in Sapulpa, Oklahoma, may soon become a medical marijuana dispensary. The Sapulpa Times reports an application for a special use permit has been filed with the city to convert the building at 918 W. Dewey Ave. (aka Route 66) into a dispensary. Sapulpa's planning commission … Continue reading Box Car BBQ building in Sapulpa may become a pot dispensary

Route 66 in Wheeler County, Texas, added to National Register of Historic Places

About 30 miles of Route 66 in Wheeler County, Texas, from the Oklahoma border to the Gray County line has been designated to the National Register of Historic Places. The listing was effective Sept. 22, according to an email from the National Park Service. The email states the historic designation covers the south outer road … Continue reading Route 66 in Wheeler County, Texas, added to National Register of Historic Places

Latest RoadTripOK video focuses on Oklahoma City

The latest RoadTripOK video this week features two museums and an annual memorial sporting event in Oklahoma City. Here is the video: https://youtu.be/l6C986buRS0 Here are the three places the video covers: Oklahoma City Memorial and MuseumOklahoma City Memorial MarathonOklahoma History Center Note: The annual marathon went virtual this year because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Oklahoma … Continue reading Latest RoadTripOK video focuses on Oklahoma City