Gillespie receives state grant to improve its Illinois Coal Museum

The old Route 66 town of Gillespie, Illinois, received a $33,800 state grant to improve its Illinois Coal Museum. The museum was one of 43 that received $22.3 million in grants from the Illinois Public Museum Capital Grants Program. State Rep. Avery Bourne, R-Morrisonville, made the announcement, according to The Telegraph in Alton: “The Gillespie … Continue reading Gillespie receives state grant to improve its Illinois Coal Museum

Barb Adkins, manager of Route 66 Visitors Center in Bloomington, dies at 61

Barb Adkins, a former deputy city manager and civil rights crusader who managed the Cruisin' with Lincoln on 66 visitors center in downtown Bloomington, Illinois, after her retirement, died Saturday. She was 61. Adkins was there when the visitors center opened in 2015 and had 300 visitors in its first three hours: "We're very pleased," … Continue reading Barb Adkins, manager of Route 66 Visitors Center in Bloomington, dies at 61

RoadTripOK crew posts finale of its 52-week video series

The RoadTripOK crew this week posted its final video from a yearlong weekly series of attractions in Oklahoma, including several along Route 66. Two of the destinations are in the Route 66 town of Oklahoma City: the Oklahoma State Capitol Tourism Information Center, which has many Oklahoma travel souvenirs and free travel brochures and maps, … Continue reading RoadTripOK crew posts finale of its 52-week video series

Latest RoadTripOK video again concentrates on Oklahoma City

The latest RoadTripOK video this week features sites near Route 66 in Oklahoma City, the second time this series has featured it. Here is the video: https://youtu.be/TAUdwDSfJOE Here are the places the video spotlights: 21c Museum HotelAsian DistrictTower Theatre Oklahoma Tourism and Broken Arrow-based Retrospec Films announced last fall they would launch a year-long series … Continue reading Latest RoadTripOK video again concentrates on Oklahoma City

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

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

Latest RoadTripOK video focuses on sites in Miami, Afton, Vinita

The latest RoadTripOK video this week features sites on or near Route 66 in the Oklahoma towns of Miami, Afton and Vinita. Here is the video: https://youtu.be/fufC4_FGwhw Here are the three places the video covers: Coleman Theatre, MiamiDarryl Starbird's National Rod & Custom Car Hall of Fame Museum, AftonClanton's Cafe, Vinita Oklahoma Tourism and Broken … Continue reading Latest RoadTripOK video focuses on sites in Miami, Afton, Vinita

West Central Route 66 Visitor Center in Albuquerque to break ground in December

The long-planned West Central Route 66 Visitor Center in Albuquerque should break ground in December, with a planned opening by January 2022. Luis Hernandez Jr., West Central Community Development Group’s executive director, revealed the timeline for the $12 million project on Nine Mile Hill in a recent report by the Albuquerque Journal. The development group … Continue reading West Central Route 66 Visitor Center in Albuquerque to break ground in December

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

Latest RoadTripOK video concentrates on sites in and near Claremore

The latest RoadTripOK video this week features a restaurant and museum in Claremore and a unique park in nearby rural Foyil. Here is the video: https://youtu.be/MgNAkg_WBkw Here are the three places the video covers: Will Rogers Memorial MuseumHammett House restaurantEd Galloway's Totem Pole Park Oklahoma Tourism and Broken Arrow-based Retrospec Films announced last fall they … Continue reading Latest RoadTripOK video concentrates on sites in and near Claremore