Traveling Route 66 in less than 30 minutes

Jacob, aka The Carpetbagger, journeyed down Route 66 with fellow YouTube travel videographer Adam the Woo a couple of years ago. Both wound up posting several videos of that trip from Santa Monica to Chicago. Jacob's totaled about 3 1/2 hours. The Carpetbagger condensed those videos to just under 30 minutes. I suspect, like many … Continue reading Traveling Route 66 in less than 30 minutes

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El Rancho Hotel in Gallup offers rooms for respiratory patients during pandemic

The historic El Rancho Hotel in Gallup, New Mexico, is offering homeless respiratory patients a place to self-isolate while being tested for the coronavirus. The program is under the auspices of Rehoboth McKinley Christian Health Care Services, Gallup Indian Medical Center and the Community Outreach and Patient Empowerment nonprofit organization. Those patients will be housed … Continue reading El Rancho Hotel in Gallup offers rooms for respiratory patients during pandemic

Blue Swallow Motel in Tucumcari closes until at least April 12

Citing problems caused by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the owners of the Blue Swallow Motel in Tucumcari, New Mexico, announced Thursday they would close the Route 66 icon for at least 2 1/2 weeks. Co-owners Kevin and Nancy Mueller announced in a Facebook post on Thursday they would close the motel starting today, then reassess … Continue reading Blue Swallow Motel in Tucumcari closes until at least April 12

La Posada temporarily closes because of coronavirus

The historic La Posada hotel, formerly a Harvey House in Winslow, Arizona, temporarily closed Monday for the first time since its reopening 23 years ago. The closure is happening because of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The hotel posted on its Facebook page: As difficult as it was for us to make this decision, we realize … Continue reading La Posada temporarily closes because of coronavirus

Illinois Route 66 Scenic Byway picks new director

The Illinois Route 66 Scenic Byway chose Casey Wichmann, a veteran of marketing and nonprofit organizations, as the group's new executive director. The byway's board of directors made the decision to tap Wichmann for the post. According to a news release from the byway: Wichmann brings to the byway a wealth of knowledge and an … Continue reading Illinois Route 66 Scenic Byway picks new director

Route 66 Navigation launches “Keep Calm and Travel Route 66 (Later)” campaign

Touch Media on Thursday announced the launch of a "Keep Calm and Travel Route 66 (Later)" campaign in the wake of President Trump's 30-day ban of travelers from Europe because of the coronavirus pandemic. Touch Media, which created the Route 66 Navigation app, started the campaign because of some grim data in the wake of … Continue reading Route 66 Navigation launches “Keep Calm and Travel Route 66 (Later)” campaign

Improvements coming to Andy Payne Park in Foyil

The town of Foyil, Oklahoma, soon will embark on improvements to Andy Payne Park -- best-known for its statue of Payne running -- off old Route 66 in the village. According to the Claremore Daily Progress newspaper in nearby Claremore: The improvements, budgeted at $11,000, will include three new picnic tables covered by a large … Continue reading Improvements coming to Andy Payne Park in Foyil

Bob Mullen, creator of Bob’s Gasoline Alley, dies at 67

Bob Mullen, who parlayed his massive collection of gas-station and other old-time memorabilia into Bob's Gasoline Alley for about 20 years near Cuba, Missouri, died suddenly at his home Sunday night. He was 67. Visitation will be from 4 to 9 p.m. at the Knights of Columbus, 7057 Old 66, in Cuba. The funeral will … Continue reading Bob Mullen, creator of Bob’s Gasoline Alley, dies at 67

Afton Station in Afton is up for sale again

The landmark Afton Station in Afton, Oklahoma, is on the market again after being sold at auction less than a year ago. A sharp-eyed Route 66 enthusiast noticed the property recently listed on Facebook Marketplace by Teresa McCoin. Contacted via Facebook Messenger, McCoin stated she wanted $174,000 for it but would consider renting out the … Continue reading Afton Station in Afton is up for sale again

Chef at The Turquoise Room at La Posada will retire later this year

John Sharpe, chef at The Turquoise Room at La Posada in Winslow, Arizona, will retire in September after 20 years at the helm of the acclaimed restaurant and is looking for a replacement. Sharpe made the announcement Saturday afternoon during his regular newsletter for the restaurant: After 20 years Patricia and I will move over … Continue reading Chef at The Turquoise Room at La Posada will retire later this year