Lockdown ordered in Gallup after a coronavirus surge there

New Mexico's governor today ordered at least a three-day lockdown of the Route 66 town of Gallup, New Mexico, because of a big surge in coronavirus cases there. Gallup's outgoing mayor and its new mayor on Thursday requested that Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham declare a state of emergency under the state's Riot Control Act. McKinley … Continue reading Lockdown ordered in Gallup after a coronavirus surge there

El Rancho Hotel in Gallup offers rooms for respiratory patients during pandemic

The historic El Rancho Hotel in Gallup, New Mexico, is offering homeless respiratory patients a place to self-isolate while being tested for the coronavirus. The program is under the auspices of Rehoboth McKinley Christian Health Care Services, Gallup Indian Medical Center and the Community Outreach and Patient Empowerment nonprofit organization. Those patients will be housed … Continue reading El Rancho Hotel in Gallup offers rooms for respiratory patients during pandemic

New Mexico Route 66 Association hands out three Heritage Awards

The New Mexico Route 66 Association recently gave out Heritage Awards to Glenn's Bakery in Gallup, May Cafe in Albuquerque and Pecos Theatre in Santa Rosa for their efforts at revitalization. The Pecos Theatre at 219 S. Fourth St. (aka Route 66) was honored for renovating the oldest theater on Route 66, built in 1917. … Continue reading New Mexico Route 66 Association hands out three Heritage Awards

Lexington Hotel in Gallup goes up for sale

The historic Lexington Hotel in downtown Gallup, New Mexico, has been put up for sale by the nonprofit organization that owns it. According to a story by the Associated Press, CARE 66, which owns the building, said it no longer has the money to keep it. CARE 66 Executive Director Sanjay Choudhrie says the organization … Continue reading Lexington Hotel in Gallup goes up for sale

Gallup sees a big jump in tourism numbers

The Route 66 town of Gallup, New Mexico, has seen a 7 percent to 10 percent rise in tourist numbers -- the best in decades. According to an Associated Press report, city officials attribute the rise to more foreign travelers. Helping drive the interest in Native culture and grafts is a favorable exchange rate that … Continue reading Gallup sees a big jump in tourism numbers

New Mexico Tourism produces new video about Route 66

A few days ago, the New Mexico Tourism Department uploaded a 12-minute video about Route 66 in the Land of Enchantment. Typical of the department's New Mexico True videos, it's a high-quality production: I commend it to your attention. https://youtu.be/3hLVfSQlzs4 Interviewed in the film are: Johnnie Meier, owner of the Classical Gas Museum in Embudo … Continue reading New Mexico Tourism produces new video about Route 66

Gallup district placed on National Register

The Gallup Commercial Historic District in Gallup, New Mexico, that includes parts of Route 66 recently was designated to the National Register of Historic Places. The designation became effective June 21, according to an email this week from the National Park Service. The boundaries of the Gallup Commercial Historic District are Route 66 to the north, South Seventh … Continue reading Gallup district placed on National Register

Gallup motel gets negligent with its security

The Rodeway Inn along Route 66 in Gallup, New Mexico, earned a few truckloads of bad publicity when this video by a couple of travelers went viral to the tune of 4.5 million views and counting in less than a week: https://youtu.be/HbQauX2LOFI Apparently the motel's management was programming card keys so sloppily or lazily, they could open … Continue reading Gallup motel gets negligent with its security

New Mexico aims to help old theaters

The state of New Mexico is trying to fix up movie theaters in small towns not only for the sake of historic preservation, but also to give an economic boost. The Associated Press reports: An economic development program, similar to efforts in Iowa and Illinois, seeks save the often-forgotten facilities [...] with help on refurbishing … Continue reading New Mexico aims to help old theaters

Billy Corgan’s smashing road trip

Billy Corgan, lead singer and songwriter for the rock band The Smashing Pumpkins, recently finished a three-week road trip for a film documentary that included sections of Route 66. Corgan announced the trip on his blog earlier this month. He casually mentioned Route 66 in it, but with few specifics. Given the broad purpose of his trip, it wasn't … Continue reading Billy Corgan’s smashing road trip