Gary Cron, creator of Route 66 Radio, dies at 72

Gary Cron, creator of Route 66 Radio and Baby Boomer Radio on the internet, died Tuesday, according to his daughter Ashley. Cron had been suffering from an extended illness. He was 72. Cron, known as "Dafogey" who lived in Wildwood, California, showed up at many Route 66 events and was a booster of the Mother … Continue reading Gary Cron, creator of Route 66 Radio, dies at 72

Del’s Restaurant in Tucumcari undergoes first ownership change in quarter-century

Del's Restaurant, which has served locals and travelers along Route 66 in Tucumcari, New Mexico, for more than 60 years, underwent an ownership change last week. Chase Waters, a Tucumcari native who first worked at Del's as a 15-year-old, on Wednesday took over the restaurant from sisters Yvonne Braziel and Yvette Peacock, who had run … Continue reading Del’s Restaurant in Tucumcari undergoes first ownership change in quarter-century

Alanreed Travel Center for sale; operators say they’ll likely close it in late July

The Alanreed Travel Center in the tiny town of Alanreed, Texas, is for sale, and one of the complex's longtime operators said they'll likely close the business in late July. Century 21 Commercial lists the property for $300,000. It includes the gas station, RV park and motel that includes a post office. According to the … Continue reading Alanreed Travel Center for sale; operators say they’ll likely close it in late July

Veteran journalist bicycles length of Route 66 during pandemic for a future book

Chicago Tribune columnist Rick Kogan recently caught up with veteran journalist Michael Sean Comerford, who cycled the length of Route 66 during the COVID-19 pandemic earlier this year and talked to scores of people along the way. Comerford began his journey from Chicago in March, averaging 35 to 70 miles daily, with a sign affixed … Continue reading Veteran journalist bicycles length of Route 66 during pandemic for a future book

Kingman self-guided tours plan involves a life-size statue of Jim Hinckley

Kingman Main Street in Kingman, Arizona, recently unveiled a plan for self-guided tours that includes a life-size statue of Route 66 author and resident Jim Hinckley. The public arts project is being called “Kingman Tours: A Walkabout Kingman with Jim Hinckley.” According to a website devoted to the project: A Walkabout Kingman with Jim Hinckley … Continue reading Kingman self-guided tours plan involves a life-size statue of Jim Hinckley

Roamin’ Rich giving antique gas pump to replace stolen one at OKC coffee shop

Roamin' Rich Dinkela, president of the Route 66 Association of Missouri, announced Monday morning he was giving an antique gasoline pump he owns to replace one that was stolen from the Brew Brother Coffee shop at the Owl Court site in Oklahoma City. Dinkela, based in the St. Louis region, announced it on Facebook along … Continue reading Roamin’ Rich giving antique gas pump to replace stolen one at OKC coffee shop

Festival in September will pay tribute to Red Oak II’s late founder Lowell Davis

The Red Oak II complex near Carthage, Missouri, will hold a Red Oak II Festival on Sept. 11 to pay tribute to the faux town's creator, artist Lowell Davis, who died at age 83 in November. The Red Oak II Festival, according to a post on Facebook, will feature hayrides, Dutch oven cooking, children's games, … Continue reading Festival in September will pay tribute to Red Oak II’s late founder Lowell Davis

Stuckey’s heiress aims to revive her family’s brand

Stephanie Stuckey, the granddaughter of the man who founded the famous Stuckey's convenience store chain, recently purchased back her family's business and wants to return the diminished brand to national prominence. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution published a profile of Stuckey, who purchased the remaining shares of the Georgia-based Stuckey's company about 18 months ago. Stephanie Stuckey … Continue reading Stuckey’s heiress aims to revive her family’s brand

Bob Dylan Center in Tulsa will open to the public in May 2022

The widely anticipated Bob Dylan Center will open to the public on May 10, 2022, in downtown Tulsa, appropriately just a few feet from the Woody Guthrie Center. Early in his career, Dylan was a musical disciple of Guthrie, a folk-music icon. According to the announcement Wednesday from the center's website, the facility devoted to … Continue reading Bob Dylan Center in Tulsa will open to the public in May 2022

Supertam on 66 ice-cream parlor in Carterville closes, is put up for sale

Famous for its Superman memorabilia collection, the Supertam on 66 shop in downtown Carterville, Missouri, has closed and is being put up for sale. The business put out this announcement on Facebook on Saturday: https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=225385842719994&id=100057457389467 Proprietor Larry Tamminen also said in a text message the sale would include the Superman collection that he's gathered for more … Continue reading Supertam on 66 ice-cream parlor in Carterville closes, is put up for sale