Drury University students build a unique shelter at Revive 66 Campground in Springfield

Students from Drury University earlier this month completed the construction of a distinctive-looking shelter at the Revive 66 campground in Springfield, Missouri. Revive 66 is a nightly stay campground for the homeless at 3839 W. Chestnut Expressway that is open to everyone, including the homeless. According to a news release from the university: The unique … Continue reading Drury University students build a unique shelter at Revive 66 Campground in Springfield

Son of Springfield Inn owner makes a documentary about motel’s sad decline

Shyam Rama, a son of the former owner of the Springfield Inn in Springfield, Missouri, has co-created a short documentary film about his childhood and his former home's sad and startlingly quick decline. A redeveloper of the Route 66 motel earlier this year announced plans to put a Whataburger restaurant and other businesses there. Rama … Continue reading Son of Springfield Inn owner makes a documentary about motel’s sad decline

Scenes from the Historic Route 66 Fun Run in Arizona

Frank Kocevar, a former owner of Historic Seligman Sundries, took his video camera to Seligman and other parts of western Arizona during the Arizona Route 66 Fun Run last weekend. It was the first time in two years the Fun Run had been held because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The annual event. in its 33rd … Continue reading Scenes from the Historic Route 66 Fun Run in Arizona

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

“Route 66: The Mother Road” film from 1994 uploaded to the Internet Archive

The 88-minute film "Route 66: The Mother Road" which starred bestselling author Michael Wallis and his wife Suzanne in 1994, recently was uploaded to the Internet Archive for everyone to enjoy. The out-of-print film often also was titled "A Journey Down Route 66." A few copies on VHS or even DVD could be found on … Continue reading “Route 66: The Mother Road” film from 1994 uploaded to the Internet Archive

Route 66 Association of Missouri plans event to repaint big road shield at Gary’s Gay Parita

The Route 66 Association of Missouri is planning a May 28 event to repaint "the largest Route 66 shield in Missouri" at Gary's Gay Parita Sinclair Station in Paris Springs, Missouri. Roamin' Rich Dinkela, now president of the association, in 2018 painted the large shield onto the roadway, and it has become faded with weather … Continue reading Route 66 Association of Missouri plans event to repaint big road shield at Gary’s Gay Parita

Miles of Possibility Route 66 Conference announces Stuckey’s CEO as keynote speaker

Organizers for the annual Miles of Possibility Route 66 Conference announced this week that Stephanie Stuckey, CEO of Stuckey's Corp., will be the keynote speaker during the Oct. 20-23 event in Pontiac, Illinois. The conference also will be dedicated to the memory of David Clark, aka Windy City Road Warrior, who died in January. A … Continue reading Miles of Possibility Route 66 Conference announces Stuckey’s CEO as keynote speaker

“Hispanic Legacies of Route 66 in New Mexico” webpage given an award for excellence

The "Hispanic Legacies of Route 66 in New Mexico" webpage recently received the 2022 Stanton-Horton Award for Excellence in National Park Service History from the Organization of American Historians. The StoryMap webpage, of which the Route 66 Corridor Preservation Program was a prominent partner, combines photos, video and other interactive elements. The Organization of American … Continue reading “Hispanic Legacies of Route 66 in New Mexico” webpage given an award for excellence

Kyle Petty Charity Ride Across America plans several stops on Route 66 in Arizona next month

The 26th-anniversary edition of the Kyle Petty Charity Ride Across America will include three stops on Route 66 in Arizona on May 1. The NASCAR star will cover more than 1,500 miles on a seven-day trek with about 225 participants to raise funds and awareness for Victory Junction – a camp created by Petty and his family … Continue reading Kyle Petty Charity Ride Across America plans several stops on Route 66 in Arizona next month

C.W. McCall, the voice behind the hit single “Convoy,” dies at 93

Bill Fries, better known as recording artist C.W. McCall, died Friday at age 93, according to a social media post by collaborator Chip Davis of Mannheim Steamroller. McCall, who had been in hospice care due to cancer, was 93. He had been retired from the music business for more than 40 years. McCall's lasting fame … Continue reading C.W. McCall, the voice behind the hit single “Convoy,” dies at 93