A chat with Mary Beth Babcock, owner of Buck Atom’s Cosmic Curios on Route 66

Last week, Tim Landes of TulsaPeople magazine sat down for a chat with Mary Beth Babcock, owner of the Buck Atom's Cosmic Curios on 66 shop in Tulsa. For the uninitiated, the gift shop in a repurposed gas station at 1347 E. 11th St. (aka Route 66) not only commissioned its own Muffler Man fiberglass … Continue reading A chat with Mary Beth Babcock, owner of Buck Atom’s Cosmic Curios on Route 66

Oklahoma Tourism official, ROUTE Magazine editor named officers of Route 66 Road Ahead Partnership

The director of travel promotions for Oklahoma Tourism and the editor of ROUTE Magazine recently were named to the Promotion Working Group of the Route 66 Road Ahead Partnership. According to a news release from the group, the changes came in the wake of Promotion Working Group chairman Bill Kelly stepping down from that post. … Continue reading Oklahoma Tourism official, ROUTE Magazine editor named officers of Route 66 Road Ahead Partnership

Reader’s Digest names Kingman the nicest place in Arizona

Reader's Digest proclaimed the Route 66 town of Kingman as the Nicest Place in Arizona because of the way the townsfolk treated a homeless man -- a nice bounceback after an ugly PR nightmare last year involving prankster Sacha Baron Cohen. The editors at Reader's Digest wrote this about Kingman: Ask people what they like … Continue reading Reader’s Digest names Kingman the nicest place in Arizona

VIDEOS: De Anza Motor Lodge sign taken down for restoration

Workers on Wednesday took down the neon sign for the De Anza Motor Lodge in Albuquerque to be restored -- one of many steps to rehabilitate the long-closed historic Route 66 property into a boutique motel. Melissa Lea Beasley, president of the New Mexico Route 66 Association, wrote in that group's Facebook page: Today the … Continue reading VIDEOS: De Anza Motor Lodge sign taken down for restoration

Land dispute may hold up restoration of Threatt Filling Station

Descendants of the family that ran the Threatt Filling Station near Luther, Oklahoma, want to reopen the Route 66 landmark as a visitors center and museum, but they first must resolve a land dispute involving the property. Built by Allen Threatt in 1915, the gas station remains one of the few surviving African-American-owned businesses along … Continue reading Land dispute may hold up restoration of Threatt Filling Station

Website for ROUTE Magazine goes live

  The official website for the fledgling ROUTE Magazine went live Wednesday, a few weeks after print copies of the Route 66-focused magazine arrived in Barnes & Noble bookstores and some motels along the Mother Road. The website is offering print subscriptions for U.S. and Canada readers. Rates are $55 for the U.S. and $72 … Continue reading Website for ROUTE Magazine goes live

A closer look at White Dog Hill restaurant near Clinton

Oklahoma Living magazine, a publication by the state's electrical cooperatives, recently published an article for its Table Talk section about the White Dog Hill restaurant just off Route 66 east of Clinton, Oklahoma. The whole article is worth reading, but a key part is the video, which shows the restaurant's culinary delights and amazing scenery … Continue reading A closer look at White Dog Hill restaurant near Clinton

Route 66 Alliance working on Negro Motorist Green Book website project

The Route 66 Alliance and Mike McUsic are working on a website to help pass along photos, stories and video about Route 66 sites listed in editions of the Negro Motorist Green Books from 1936 to 1964, plus plenty of other of the usual road-trip material you might find. The Historypin website is meant to … Continue reading Route 66 Alliance working on Negro Motorist Green Book website project

Two prominent Kingman figures named to Arizona hall of fame

Late actor Andy Devine and artist-author Bob Boze Bell, both whom had long and enduring links to Kingman, Arizona, and Route 66, were named to the Arizona Music and Entertainment Hall of Fame a few weeks ago. Late western author Zane Grey also was inducted. The Kingman Daily Miner reported about the inductions a few days ago: … Continue reading Two prominent Kingman figures named to Arizona hall of fame

Outtakes from the Route 66 Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue

The Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue featuring Route 66 was published almost a year ago, but this video I haven't seen made its way to YouTube a couple of days ago. You'll see a lot of Route 66 landmarks, and plenty of footage of the late Gary Turner, owner of Gay Parita gas station west of … Continue reading Outtakes from the Route 66 Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue