Some stucco repairs made to Painted Desert Trading Post

Volunteers recently spent a few days performing stucco repairs to the long-abandoned Painted Desert Trading Post building in eastern Arizona before winter sets in. When the group returns in the spring, it'll finish the stucco work, then Route 66 artist and researcher Jerry McClanahan eventually will repaint the faded letters on the building. Mike Ward … Continue reading Some stucco repairs made to Painted Desert Trading Post

Texas adds restrictions to restaurants, closes bars because of COVID-19 surge

Route 66 travelers will find closed taverns today and restaurants capped at 50% capacity in Texas starting Monday after the governor imposed new restrictions because of a steep rise in coronavirus cases there. Gov. Greg Abbott issued these orders Friday: All bars and similar establishments that receive more than 51% of their gross receipts from … Continue reading Texas adds restrictions to restaurants, closes bars because of COVID-19 surge

Construction begins on Route 66 neon-sign park near 11th Street Bridge in Tulsa

Construction has started on a park on the west side of the historic 11th Street Bridge in Tulsa that will include a re-creation of three neon signs from long-gone Route 66 businesses. The Tulsa Route 66 Commission announced in mid-2016 it would install three re-created neon signs in Tulsa that were lost or destroyed after … Continue reading Construction begins on Route 66 neon-sign park near 11th Street Bridge in Tulsa

More about the Ski Lodge Roof House in Daggett

A recent Facebook post by the Daggett Historical Society in Daggett, California, sent me down a rabbit hole regarding the weirdly shaped house called Ski Lodge Roof House, Ski Slope Lodge or Russian House along Route 66 in town. The historical society posted last month on Facebook: Last night's DHS meeting was on what is … Continue reading More about the Ski Lodge Roof House in Daggett

Part of Maplewood Historic Commercial District added to National Register

Several blocks of the Maplewood Historic Commercial District in Maplewood, Missouri, recently were added to the National Register of Historic Places. The district includes portions of the 7100 and 7200 blocks of Manchester Road, which is the earliest alignment of Route 66 through that part of the St. Louis region. It also includes a portion … Continue reading Part of Maplewood Historic Commercial District added to National Register

Big Chief Roadhouse marks 90th year in Wildwood

The Big Chief Roadhouse, which sits along an old alignment of Route 66 in Wildwood, Missouri. recently celebrated its 90th anniversary. The Lancer Feed, a newspaper created by students at Lafayette High School in Wildwood, created this video from the Sept. 14 celebration: https://youtu.be/38_lRMseNlY The restaurant's website contains an extensive history here. The Big Chief … Continue reading Big Chief Roadhouse marks 90th year in Wildwood

Santa Monica library hosting Historic Route 66 Information Fair next weekend

If you happen to be checking out the western terminus of Route 66 in Santa Monica, you've got another reason to hang around an hour or so next weekend -- a Historic Route 66 Information Fair. The Santa Monica Public Library will host the event from 11 to 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5. And the … Continue reading Santa Monica library hosting Historic Route 66 Information Fair next weekend

Albuquerque restaurant blames ART for closure

An Albuquerque restaurant along Route 66 recently closed its doors for good, and it's blaming the Albuquerque Rapid Transit project for its misfortune. A local group claims it is the 60th business to close since ART began. Three Little Birds Cafe on Central Avenue (aka Route 66) shuttered, and according to KOB-TV in Albuquerque, it … Continue reading Albuquerque restaurant blames ART for closure

“Chuggin on Down 66” an early example of a Route 66 song

Here's a Route 66 song that escaped my notice for many years -- until recently. Country music artist Smiley Burnette in 1954 recorded and released "Chuggin on Down 66" on the Abbott label. Some attribute it also being on the London label, probably for the European market. https://youtu.be/k7UD3SgAvhw Near the end of the song, Burnette … Continue reading “Chuggin on Down 66” an early example of a Route 66 song

Launching Pad Drive-In begins restoration of its Gemini Giant statue

The Launching Pad Drive-In restaurant in Wilmington, Illinois, announced it has begun a restoration of its 50-plus-year-old and iconic Gemini Giant fiberglass statue. Co-owner Tully Garrett stated in a Facebook post Monday for the restaurant it would be the first time in a quarter-century the big spaceman has undergone maintenance. And the Launching Pad is … Continue reading Launching Pad Drive-In begins restoration of its Gemini Giant statue