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

The Chicken Shack completes its move down Route 66 from Luther to Arcadia

The Chicken Shack restaurant in Luther, Oklahoma, recently finished its move down Route 66 to Arcadia, Oklahoma. The Chicken Shack announced the move was complete in a Facebook post: The restaurant's owner, Eddy Gochenour, announced the move 7 1/2 miles to the west earlier this year. He is leasing a portion of the defunct Hillbillee's … Continue reading The Chicken Shack completes its move down Route 66 from Luther to Arcadia

Arcadia Round Barn marks the 30th anniversary of its restoration this weekend

The historic Round Barn of Arcadia, Oklahoma, is throwing a party Sunday to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the restoration of the Route 66 landmark. According to The Oklahoman newspaper, the Arcadia Historical and Preservation Society's open house from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday will include a 2 p.m. ceremony to introduce special guests … Continue reading Arcadia Round Barn marks the 30th anniversary of its restoration this weekend

New details emerge about Chicken Shack’s forthcoming move to Hillbillee’s in Arcadia

Veteran reporter Steve Lackmeyer recently wrote a new story in The Oklahoman newspaper about The Chicken Shack's soon-to-come move from Luther, Oklahoma, to the closed Hillbillee's complex in Arcadia, Oklahoma. We initially reported about the move last month. The Chicken Shack may reopen at Hillbillee's later this summer. The story in The Oklahoman is subscription-only, … Continue reading New details emerge about Chicken Shack’s forthcoming move to Hillbillee’s in Arcadia

New signs on Old Route 66 near Arcadia commemorate National Register designation

Last month, Oklahoma County erected signs that marked a semi-obscure section of historic Route 66 roadbed near Arcadia, Oklahoma, and commemorated its designation to the National Register of Historic Places. Shellee Graham, who lives on the road with her husband, Route 66 researcher Jim Ross, posted a series of photos of the sign being installed: … Continue reading New signs on Old Route 66 near Arcadia commemorate National Register designation

Chicken Shack restaurant of Luther moving to old Hillbillee’s complex in Arcadia

The Chicken Shack, a popular restaurant along Route 66 in Luther, Oklahoma, is moving a few miles west to the closed Hillbillee's complex in Arcadia, also on Route 66. Shellee Graham, who lives near Arcadia, recently confirmed the rumored news after visiting Chicken Shack's owner and seeing a banner announcing the impending move at Hillbillee's. … Continue reading Chicken Shack restaurant of Luther moving to old Hillbillee’s complex in Arcadia

POPS in Arcadia undergoes a change in ownership

The POPS convenience store and restaurant, renowned worldwide for offering more than 500 types of soda and its 66-foot-tall LED soda bottle that stands along Route 66 in Arcadia, Oklahoma, quietly changed owners several weeks ago. US Star Properties LLC of nearby Edmond, Oklahoma, purchased the property on Nov. 19 for $2.22 million, according to … Continue reading POPS in Arcadia undergoes a change in ownership

Hundreds of daffodil bulbs planted at Round Barn of Arcadia

A volunteer group recently planted about 750 daffodil bulbs at the Round Barn in Arcadia, Oklahoma, giving promise the historic Route 66 site will have a spectacularly colorful spring. According to The Oklahoman newspaper, the Oklahoma City Community Foundation gave the bulbs to the Arcadia Historical and Preservation Society. Ann Young, vice president of the … Continue reading Hundreds of daffodil bulbs planted at Round Barn of Arcadia

New sign marks Paul McCartney’s brief stop on Route 66 in Oklahoma

Oklahoma County and several residents of a stretch of original Route 66 on Monday installed a sign that commemorated a brief stop by a former Beatle, Paul McCartney, there in 2008. Shellee Graham, who lives on that segment of historic road with Route 66 historian Jim Ross, was there to help document the installation with … Continue reading New sign marks Paul McCartney’s brief stop on Route 66 in Oklahoma

Program features Route 66 artist Jerry McClanahan, Round Barn volunteer Mr. Sam

The Oklahoma Educational Television Authority, which contains a network of PBS stations across the state, recently aired a 28-minute "Gallery America" segment about Route 66 artist and researcher Jerry McClanahan and effervescent Arcadia Round Barn volunteer "Mr. Sam" Gillaspy. The program is well-produced. Check it out below: McClanahan's art gallery just off Route 66 in … Continue reading Program features Route 66 artist Jerry McClanahan, Round Barn volunteer Mr. Sam