‘Archaeological dig’ scheduled in Illinois barn to find Bob Waldmire artifacts

Longtime Route 66 enthusiast Jim Conkle is scheduling a so-called "archaeological dig" at a barn in Rochester, Illinois, to find artifacts that belonged to late Route 66 artist Bob Waldmire. The barn belongs to Buz Waldmire, Bob's brother. Bob also spent time there off and on during his lifetime, and he died there in 2009 … Continue reading ‘Archaeological dig’ scheduled in Illinois barn to find Bob Waldmire artifacts

Latest RoadTripOK video concentrates on sites in and near Claremore

The latest RoadTripOK video this week features a restaurant and museum in Claremore and a unique park in nearby rural Foyil. Here is the video: https://youtu.be/MgNAkg_WBkw Here are the three places the video covers: Will Rogers Memorial MuseumHammett House restaurantEd Galloway's Totem Pole Park Oklahoma Tourism and Broken Arrow-based Retrospec Films announced last fall they … Continue reading Latest RoadTripOK video concentrates on sites in and near Claremore

Turquoise Room chef at La Posada in Winslow to depart on Oct. 1

You only have a few weeks left to enjoy the Southwest cuisine of longtime chef John Sharpe at La Posada's acclaimed Turquoise Room restaurant in Winslow, Arizona. Sharpe and his wife, Patricia, stated in the restaurant's email newsletter last week titled "TIME TO SAY GOODBYE!!!!" that "the time has come to hand the space back … Continue reading Turquoise Room chef at La Posada in Winslow to depart on Oct. 1

FBI investigates deaths of South African men found dead during Route 66 trip

The FBI is investigating the deaths of two former South African mining executives found lifeless in a hotel in Springfield, Missouri, during a Route 66 trip in 2015. Initial reports indicated Gerrit Strydom, 45, and James Bethel, 44, died of cerebral malaria before their bodies were found in separate rooms at La Quinta Inn, according … Continue reading FBI investigates deaths of South African men found dead during Route 66 trip

El Pueblo Motor Inn in Flagstaff soon may undergo restoration, renovations

The owner of the historic El Pueblo Motor Inn in Flagstaff, Arizona, said he wants to restore the property and add space to each room. Peter Corbett of On the Road Arizona reported: The renovation project would redesign and enlarge guest rooms, adding modern bathrooms and patios. The inn had been operating as a single-room occupancy rental … Continue reading El Pueblo Motor Inn in Flagstaff soon may undergo restoration, renovations

Launching Pad Drive-In will remain closed until spring due to COVID-19 pandemic

The owners of the revived Launching Pad Drive-In in Wilmington, Illinois, said they would keep their Route 66 restaurant closed until spring "to protect our family, employees and patrons" from COVID-19. Tully Garrett and Holly Barker made the announcement Friday on Instagram and other social media. It stated, in part: We have carefully watched this … Continue reading Launching Pad Drive-In will remain closed until spring due to COVID-19 pandemic

Jim Hinckley adds more than 1,000 descriptions of sites to Route 66 Navigation app

Touch Media, which creates the Route 66 Navigation smartphone app, announced Thursday it's collaborated with Route 66 historian and author Jim Hinckley to provide more than 1,000 descriptions for points of interest along the route. The descriptions should go live on the app within the next two weeks. According to a news release from the … Continue reading Jim Hinckley adds more than 1,000 descriptions of sites to Route 66 Navigation app

Mrs. California Route 66 Esther Hollister found dead; no foul play suspected

Esther Hollister, better known as Mrs. California Route 66, was found dead Monday at a Riverside construction site after she disappeared Saturday during a hiking excursion. She was 53. An autopsy will be performed, but local police said no foul play was suspected. One friend said on Facebook that heatstroke was a possible contributor to … Continue reading Mrs. California Route 66 Esther Hollister found dead; no foul play suspected

Frank Yellowhorse, longtime operator of Chief Yellowhorse Trading Post, dies at 87

Frank Yellowhorse, a co-founder, operator and Navajo Nation craftsman of the famed Chief Yellowhorse Trading Post in Lupton, Arizona, near the New Mexico border, died Thursday. He was 87. David Yellowhorse, his son, passed along the news that morning: Tough news, My father, Frank Yellowhorse had passed this morning at 8:35am... He was 87, and … Continue reading Frank Yellowhorse, longtime operator of Chief Yellowhorse Trading Post, dies at 87

Vincent Cricchio will debut 109-episode video series about Route 66 on Aug. 23

Vincent Cricchio of New Jersey after years of post-production will debut a 109-episode video series about Route 66 on YouTube, starting Aug. 23. Cricchio stated on Facebook he's spent about a decade editing the footage he shot in late summer 2010 from Chicago to Los Angeles. He wrote: Many of the personalities still can be … Continue reading Vincent Cricchio will debut 109-episode video series about Route 66 on Aug. 23