Lowell Davis’ widow pledges to preserve his portion of Red Oak II

Rose Davis, the widow of Red Oak II creator Lowell Davis, told a local television station she would do her best to preserve a portion of her late husband's complex near Carthage, Missouri. KY3 of nearby Springfield, Missouri, recently interviewed her after Lowell died at age 83 earlier this month. Here are the key elements … Continue reading Lowell Davis’ widow pledges to preserve his portion of Red Oak II

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

Lowell Davis, creator of Red Oak II near Carthage, dies at 83

Lowell Davis, an illustrator who created the rustic Red Oak II complex near Carthage, Missouri, as an homage to his hometown, died Monday. He was 83. According post Monday night on the Red Oak II page on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=3654927054531816&id=130367633654460 Ozarks Alive described his early career after his stint in the Air Force: Lowell Davis rose … Continue reading Lowell Davis, creator of Red Oak II near Carthage, dies at 83

Ten coffins found in mass grave that may be victims of 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre

There may have been a breakthrough in the search for bodies from the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre. A research team on Wednesday found 10 deteriorated coffins in an area of Oaklawn Cemetery where 18 black men reportedly were buried after the worst race riot in U.S. history, according to the Tulsa World and other media … Continue reading Ten coffins found in mass grave that may be victims of 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre

Harley and Annabelle Russell inducted into Oklahoma Route 66 Hall of Fame

Harley and Annabelle Russell, aka the Mediocre Music Makers of Erick, Oklahoma, were inducted into the Oklahoma Route 66 Hall of Fame. The inductees were announced Monday by the Oklahoma Route 66 Association president Rhys Martin, though Harley was presented with his and his late wife's plaques during a ceremony Sunday at his Sandhills Curiosity … Continue reading Harley and Annabelle Russell inducted into Oklahoma Route 66 Hall of Fame

“Dukes of Hazzard” star makes an apparent mental side trip on Route 66

I stumbled upon this story about former "Dukes of Hazzard" television star John Schneider's upcoming show at the Five Star Dive Bar in downtown Elkhart, Indiana. Anyone alive from 1979 to 1985 probably remembers Schneider's Dixie-fried comedy farce on CBS-TV with co-stars Tom Wopat and Catherine Bach. But Schneider also had a successful career as … Continue reading “Dukes of Hazzard” star makes an apparent mental side trip on Route 66

Admiral Twin Drive-In used for an immigration naturalization ceremony

Drive-in theaters this year have been used for several new purposes, including concerts and church services, because of their ability to foster social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic. Last week, the Admiral Twin Drive-In in Tulsa found another new purpose -- a site for an immigration naturalization ceremony. According to a Tulsa World report, 55 … Continue reading Admiral Twin Drive-In used for an immigration naturalization ceremony

Couple buys Jericho, plans to beautify and stabilize motor-court ruins

A couple from Amarillo has purchased the remnants of the deserted old Route 66 village of Jericho, Texas. They plan to clean up and beautify the motor-court site and want to eventually build new motor courts for overnight travelers at a nearby tract. Blair and Blanca Schaffer recently announced the purchase with posts a new … Continue reading Couple buys Jericho, plans to beautify and stabilize motor-court ruins

Illinois Route 66 Hall of Fame open for nominations

The Route 66 Association of Illinois announced in its email newsletter Thursday it has opened its nomination period for its Hall of Fame for individuals or businesses. Until Dec. 31, anyone may submit information about nominee(s) that have made "significant contributions to the character or history of the Illinois portion of Route 66 from 1926 … Continue reading Illinois Route 66 Hall of Fame open for nominations