‘Valentine Sally’ identified nearly 40 years after her body was found near Ash Fork

About a year ago, Route 66 enthusiast Blue Miller wrote on her Never Quite Lost blog about the mystery of "Valentine Sally," an unidentified young woman whose body was found near Ash Fork, Arizona, in an apparent homicide in February 1982. This week, Valentine Sally finally has her true name. She is Carolyn Eaton, a … Continue reading ‘Valentine Sally’ identified nearly 40 years after her body was found near Ash Fork

Chat ‘n Chew near Route 66 in Normal catered to black customers in Jim Crow era

The Route 66 Bloomington-Normal, Illinois page on Facebook recently posted an interesting, if obscure, historical item for Black History Month -- the Chat 'n Chew restaurant and grocery in Normal. Here's the post, with Terri Ryburn of Ryburn Place (formerly Sprague Super Service station) in Normal supplying the photo: https://www.facebook.com/Route66BN/posts/153881979883693 A 2017 article, titled "Jim … Continue reading Chat ‘n Chew near Route 66 in Normal catered to black customers in Jim Crow era

New chef at The Turquoise Room in Winslow’s La Posada also draws praise

A recent article in an Arizona newspaper answers a question -- who became the new chef at The Turquoise Room restaurant in La Posada of Winslow, Arizona, after John Sharpe retired in October? The short answer: Jesus Nunez, a native of Mexico who was Sharpe's right-hand man for more than three decades. According to the … Continue reading New chef at The Turquoise Room in Winslow’s La Posada also draws praise

Former owner of Summit Inn at top of Cajon Pass dies at age 88

C.A. Stevens, the longtime owner of the Summit Inn restaurant at the top of Cajon Pass in Southern California, died Feb. 5 after contracting COVID-19. He was 88. Stevens owned the restaurant and an adjacent motel along old Route 66 for nearly 50 years until he sold it in 2016. A month after the sale … Continue reading Former owner of Summit Inn at top of Cajon Pass dies at age 88

Munger Moss Motel holding a celebration for two big anniversaries in June

The Munger Moss Motel in Lebanon, Missouri, will host a celebration in June for not one, but two, significant anniversaries regarding the Route 66 landmark. First, the motel itself will be marking its 75th anniversary. Second, Ramona Lehman will be marking her 50th year as owner of the property. The gala weekend will be June … Continue reading Munger Moss Motel holding a celebration for two big anniversaries in June

Forrest Nelson, a longtime clerk and friendly face at Old Riverton Store, dies at 98

Forrest R. Nelson, a longtime friendly clerk at Old Riverton Store in Riverton, Kansas, and the father of the store's owner, died Wednesday at a nearby hospital. He was 98. The store announced Nelson's death on its Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/oldrivertonstore/posts/4999077243498569 Nelson was a World War II veteran in Europe and spent nearly 40 years as … Continue reading Forrest Nelson, a longtime clerk and friendly face at Old Riverton Store, dies at 98

Revive 66 Campground is getting 10 more teardrop trailers

The Revive 66 Campground in Springfield, Missouri, recently received $60,000 from the city so it can acquire 10 more teardrop trailers to help house the homeless. The funding was part of $95,000 in city emergency funds for overnight cold-weather sheltering. The 10 additional trailers at the campground will be supplied for a 10-year period. According … Continue reading Revive 66 Campground is getting 10 more teardrop trailers

A profile of a prolific Oklahoma muralist

An Oklahoma City television station recently profiled a Sooner State muralist who's painted up to 4,000 murals during his career, including several on Route 66. Here's the profile of Bob Palmer from KFOR-TV. You can see one of his Route 66 murals in the segment: Dozens of his historic-themed murals can be seen here. You'll … Continue reading A profile of a prolific Oklahoma muralist

Motel Safari in Tucumcari to receive New Mexico Route 66 Association Heritage Award

Motel Safari in Tucumcari, New Mexico, later today will receive the 2020 New Mexico Route 66 Association Heritage Award because of its historic-friendly preservation. The association stated in a news release Wednesday the award comes "in recognition of numerous renovations to the Classic Googie Style Motel, a New Mexico Route 66 landmark." The award ceremony … Continue reading Motel Safari in Tucumcari to receive New Mexico Route 66 Association Heritage Award

Library of Congress puts Negro Motorist Green Book interviews online, including Threatt Filling Station’s

The Library of Congress recently posted online photographs and taped interviews of the owners of surviving African American businesses for Candacy Taylor's Negro Motorist Green Book research. One of the interviewees is Allen Threatt of the Threatt Filling Station along Route 66 near Luther, Oklahoma. The collection, found here, includes interview subjects from Miami, Florida; … Continue reading Library of Congress puts Negro Motorist Green Book interviews online, including Threatt Filling Station’s