Atlanta, Illinois, votes to create tourism development director position

The city council of the Route 66 town of Atlanta, Illinois, voted last week to create the position of tourism development director and has begun advertising to fill it. According to a news release from Bill Thomas, chairman of the Route 66 Road Ahead Partnership who is based in Atlanta: The Tourism Development Director will … Continue reading Atlanta, Illinois, votes to create tourism development director position

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

Public hearing set for Dec. 16 on Kingman’s Downtown Infrastructure Design Project

The city of Kingman will hold a virtual public hearing at 5:30 p.m. local time on Dec. 16 about its Downtown Infrastructure Design Project.  Signals Arizona reports about the proposed project: The City of Kingman has a vision to revitalize the downtown area by improving the walkability and aesthetics for residents, merchants, and visitors while maintaining … Continue reading Public hearing set for Dec. 16 on Kingman’s Downtown Infrastructure Design Project

“Two for the Road” episode on PBS-TV features the Texas Panhandle

A PBS-TV show titled "Two for the Road" recently aired a special episode that features the Texas Panhandle, of which a prominent portion includes Route 66 country. The show generously showcases the Route 66 towns of Shamrock, McLean, Groom, Amarillo, Vega, Adrian and Glenrio, along with Palo Duro Canyon, a popular side trip south of … Continue reading “Two for the Road” episode on PBS-TV features the Texas Panhandle

Sapulpa will get a 26-foot Christmas tree in downtown

A community Christmas tree is seen in Baker City, Oregon. A similar tree is planned in downtown Sapulpa, Oklahoma. Two community groups in Sapulpa, Oklahoma, are partnering to bring a 26-foot-tall Christmas tree that will be placed at the Creek County Courthouse along Route 66. The tree replaces an unofficial community Christmas tree that stood … Continue reading Sapulpa will get a 26-foot Christmas tree in downtown

Latest RoadTripOK video again concentrates on Oklahoma City

The latest RoadTripOK video this week features sites near Route 66 in Oklahoma City, the second time this series has featured it. Here is the video: https://youtu.be/TAUdwDSfJOE Here are the places the video spotlights: 21c Museum HotelAsian DistrictTower Theatre Oklahoma Tourism and Broken Arrow-based Retrospec Films announced last fall they would launch a year-long series … Continue reading Latest RoadTripOK video again concentrates on Oklahoma City

Factory that rebuilds vintage Ford Broncos is located in Route 66 town of Hamel

A factory that takes vintage Ford Bronco bodies and rebuilds the engine and other features using more-reliable parts is located in the Route 66 town of Hamel, Illinois. It's Gateway Bronco, which rebuilds Broncos from 1966 to 1977. It's located less than a mile west of old Route 66 in the village. They're not cheap … Continue reading Factory that rebuilds vintage Ford Broncos is located in Route 66 town of Hamel

Latest RoadTripOK video again features Tulsa

The latest RoadTripOK video this week features sites near Route 66 in Tulsa, the second time this series has featured the city. Here is the video: https://youtu.be/PdCon3lWWys Here are the places the video spotlights: Gathering PlaceMother Road MarketPhilbrook Museum of Art Oklahoma Tourism and Broken Arrow-based Retrospec Films announced last fall they would launch a … Continue reading Latest RoadTripOK video again features Tulsa

“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

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