New Mexico PBS puts its archive online, including “¡Colores! Route 66 in New Mexico”

New Mexico PBS stations recently completed digitization of their archives since 1963, including a one-hour special about Route 66 in that state. "¡Colores! Route 66 in New Mexico" aired in August 2001. I recommend you spend time with it during the Thanksgiving holiday. You'll probably see vintage photos and footage you've never seen before. The … Continue reading New Mexico PBS puts its archive online, including “¡Colores! Route 66 in New Mexico”

Book review: “Eating Up Route 66”

Fill your gas tank and bring your appetite. T. Lindsay Baker's new book, "Eating Up Route 66" (Amazon link), takes readers on a culinary and historic adventure down the Mother Road. It's safe to say the 448-page volume -- subtitled "Foodways on America's Mother Road" -- instantly is a definitive work about Route 66 restaurants. … Continue reading Book review: “Eating Up Route 66”

Cycle 66 event in Edmond draws more than 800 riders

The second annual Cycle 66 event on Sunday in Edmond, Oklahoma, saw a sizable jump in participation. Lt. Gov. Matt Pinnell, who leads the state's tourism department, told News on 6 that the number of cyclists rose from 500 during Cycle 66's inaugural event to more than 800 this year. Cycle 66 offered three planned … Continue reading Cycle 66 event in Edmond draws more than 800 riders

Texas version of American Truck Simulator videogame includes sections of Route 66

The developers of the Texas DLC of American Truck Simulator videogame will include old Route 66 in Texas and a small part of eastern New Mexico in a forthcoming update. SCS Software reports the game will include the 15 miles of gravel-road Route 66 from San Jon to Glenrio in New Mexico. In the Lone … Continue reading Texas version of American Truck Simulator videogame includes sections of Route 66

Hear Orson Welles perform in “The Hitchhiker” radio drama from 1942

Here's a fun 30 minutes or so for the Halloween season. It's Orson Welles using his terrific voice for "The Hitchhiker" radio drama for CBS Radio about 80 years ago. Route 66 content: A good portion of the story takes place on the Mother Road. The first line of the suspenseful tale is “I’m in … Continue reading Hear Orson Welles perform in “The Hitchhiker” radio drama from 1942

Pony Bridge in western Oklahoma to close on Oct. 31 for at least two years

The landmark Pony Bridge near Bridgeport, Oklahoma, will be closed to traffic for at least two years next Monday as it undergoes extensive improvements that will preserve it distinctive trusses. Oklahoma Route 66 Association President Rhys Martin announced the imminent closure in an email Friday: We have known this day is coming for a long … Continue reading Pony Bridge in western Oklahoma to close on Oct. 31 for at least two years

Skyview Drive-In theater in Litchfield breaks world record for most dogs at a drive-in

The Skyview Drive-In theatre in Litchfield, Illinois, shattered the record for most dogs at a drive-in theater with 199 during the screening Saturday of "A Dog's Way Home." The previous Guinness world record was 120 dogs. The event at the Route 66 landmark over the weekend was part of Mobil 1's "Keep Route 66 Kickin'" … Continue reading Skyview Drive-In theater in Litchfield breaks world record for most dogs at a drive-in

Route 66 UltraRun event will require runners to go 140 miles on Arizona’s Route 66

The Route 66 UltraRun next month will require participants to run 140 miles over a three-day period from Seligman, Arizona, to near the California state line in Topock, Arizona. This is considerably longer than a typical ultramarathon, which is 100 miles. According to the Historic Route 66 Association of Arizona newsletter, ultrarunning legend Marshall Ulrich … Continue reading Route 66 UltraRun event will require runners to go 140 miles on Arizona’s Route 66

Route 66 Navigation app’s creator is planning a Route 66 Centennial Passport

Touch Media, creator of the Route 66 Navigation app and publisher of the Mother Road Route 66 Passport, announced this week it is planning a Route 66 Centennial Passport in time for the highway's 100th birthday in 2026. According to a news release from the company: As planned it will be sold separately from the … Continue reading Route 66 Navigation app’s creator is planning a Route 66 Centennial Passport

Skyview Drive-In in Litchfield will host another Mobil 1 Guinness record attempt on Oct. 15

The Skyview Drive-In theater in Litchfield, Illinois, will host another Guinness World Record attempt on Oct. 15 as part of Mobil 1's "Keep Route 66 Kickin'" tour. According to the Edwardsville Intelligencer, the Route 66 theater co-owned by Mindy Patrovich will see whether it can host the most dogs ever at a drive-in. She said … Continue reading Skyview Drive-In in Litchfield will host another Mobil 1 Guinness record attempt on Oct. 15