A look at the Rock Cafe in Stroud 20 years ago

Dawn Welch, owner of the historic Rock Cafe in Stroud, Oklahoma, flagged this video from 2004 created by Jack Frank. Welch said it was just six years into her ownership. My mother has passed and this may be the only video recorded of her helping at the cafe. She literally taught me how to cook … Continue reading A look at the Rock Cafe in Stroud 20 years ago

Will Rogers Memorial Museum in Claremores likely will close for full remodeling in early 2026

The director of the Will Rogers Memorial Museum in Claremore, Oklahoma, said the facility likely would close in January 2026 for a full remodeling project, then reopen by that spring. Museum director Tad Jones gave the Claremore Progress newspaper some details: Jones, who has been museum director since 2014, said plans to renovate every exhibit … Continue reading Will Rogers Memorial Museum in Claremores likely will close for full remodeling in early 2026

Vintage Cowgirl at Wrink’s Market is closing permanently on July 13

The Vintage Cowgirl at Wrink's Market in Lebanon, Missouri, announced on Facebook it was closing permanently after 8 p.m. Saturday. It's the second closure of the historic Route 66 business since its founder and longtime operator died in 2005. "We have cherished every moment serving you and the community," the post from the business stated. … Continue reading Vintage Cowgirl at Wrink’s Market is closing permanently on July 13

Oklahoma Route 66 Museum to host Route 66 Hall of Fame induction, new exhibit

The Oklahoma Route 66 Museum in Clinton, Oklahoma, later this month will host its biannual Oklahoma Route 66 Hall of Fame induction ceremony, plus a new photo exhibit by a current Route 66 advocate. The free ceremony will begin at 2 p.m. on July 27, though the museum itself at 2229 W. Gary Blvd. (aka … Continue reading Oklahoma Route 66 Museum to host Route 66 Hall of Fame induction, new exhibit

Duarte Historical Society to honor the Hellers when it dedicates Route 66 Room on June 30

The Duarte Historical Society & Museum in Duarte, California, will honor Claudia and Alan Heller when it dedicates a new Route 66 Room on June 30. The San Gabriel Valley Tribune reported the ceremony will be at 3 p.m. that day at the historical society's museum at 777 Encanto Parkway (map here). Claudia Heller was … Continue reading Duarte Historical Society to honor the Hellers when it dedicates Route 66 Room on June 30

Former Boots Court motel manager Deborah “Debbie Dee” Real dies

Deborah "Debbie Dee" Real, a manager for the Boots Court motel in Carthage, Missouri, during a key time in its revival, has died. She was 73. Real regularly greeted overnight visitors in the Route 66 motel's front office when Deb Harvey and her sister, Priscilla Bledsaw, owned it. The sisters oversaw improvements to the motel, … Continue reading Former Boots Court motel manager Deborah “Debbie Dee” Real dies

Special online screening of “Route 66: An American Odyssey,” live Q&A set for June 6

The Route 66 Road Ahead Partnership announced a special online screening featuring an announcement and discussion with filmmaker John Paget about his forthcoming Route 66 centennial film and the premiere of a newly remastered HD version of his acclaimed 1994 documentary "Route 66: An American Odyssey." The free online event will take place at 5 … Continue reading Special online screening of “Route 66: An American Odyssey,” live Q&A set for June 6

Dean “Crazy Legs” Walker receives Lifetime Achievement Award from Kansas Historic Route 66 Association

Dean "Crazy Legs" Walker, nicknamed for his ability to turn his legs backward, received a lifetime achievement award from the Kansas Historic Route 66 Association. Dora Meroney, a longtime Route 66 booster from Amarillo, was there to get pictures of the ceremony at Cars on the Route site in Galena, Kansas. More pictures from Jeremy … Continue reading Dean “Crazy Legs” Walker receives Lifetime Achievement Award from Kansas Historic Route 66 Association

Shea’s Route 66 Museum in Springfield reopens Monday for the first time in over a decade

The Shea's Route 66 Museum along Route 66 in Springfield, Illinois, will reopen at 4 p.m. Monday after receiving extensive renovations at the former gas station. According to the Springfield State Journal-Register (subscription required), Scott Dahl of the city's convention and visitors bureau said it would be the first time the site, now owned by … Continue reading Shea’s Route 66 Museum in Springfield reopens Monday for the first time in over a decade

Theater in Prescott to host a book launch for Bob Boze Bell’s “The 66 Kids”

The Phippen Museum, in honor of the Phippen's 50th-anniversary Western Art Show & Sale, will present "The 66 Kids Road Show" on May 24 with Western artist and True West magazine's Bob Boze Bell at the historic Elks Theatre in downtown Prescott, Arizona. "The 66 Kids Road Show" will premiere songs and stories about "Two-Lane Tales" and growing … Continue reading Theater in Prescott to host a book launch for Bob Boze Bell’s “The 66 Kids”