Jerry Ueckert, champion of Route 66 in New Mexico, dies at age 71

Jerry Ueckert, a strong advocate for Route 66, especially in New Mexico, died in Edgewood earlier this month. He was 71. In a lengthy obituary in the Edgewood Independent newspaper, it reported he co-founded the Route 66 Chamber of Commerce with Bob Audette, Keith Matson and Bill Gilmore. He also was managing editor of New … Continue reading Jerry Ueckert, champion of Route 66 in New Mexico, dies at age 71

Latest Oklahoma Route 66 Association Trip Guide now is available

The Oklahoma Route 66 Association recently announced it has printed its 2022-2023 edition of its Trip Guide and will be available at Business Member locations. A listing of the organization's Business Members is here. The Trip Guide has been printed for at least 20 years. The free Trip Guide also can be ordered online, with … Continue reading Latest Oklahoma Route 66 Association Trip Guide now is available

The strange tale of Mrs. Orcutt’s driveway near Newberry Springs

It sounds like the stuff of fiction: The federal government relented and built a more than 4-mile-long driveway to the home of a resolute widow who lived near Newberry Springs, California, and insisted her home have access to old Route 66. The driveway then became an illegal test track for Car and Driver magazine. The … Continue reading The strange tale of Mrs. Orcutt’s driveway near Newberry Springs

Painted Desert Trading Post project featured in Preservation Magazine

The recently completed and multiyear quest by volunteers to stabilize and restore the long-closed Painted Desert Trading Post in northeast Arizona is featured in the current issue of Preservation Magazine, published by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. The article provides a history of the old Route 66 property and a behind-the-scenes telling of how … Continue reading Painted Desert Trading Post project featured in Preservation Magazine

Paul Taylor, co-publisher of Route 66 Magazine, dies

Paul Taylor, the co-publisher of Route 66 Magazine with his wife Sandi for almost 30 years, died Thursday morning. No cause of death was reported, but Taylor's passing was confirmed by several state Route 66 associations and a close friend who emailed Route 66 News. The Taylors' quarterly publication was a pioneer in the renaissance … Continue reading Paul Taylor, co-publisher of Route 66 Magazine, dies

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