Restoration of Hi-Way Cafe sign among newest Route 66 Corridor cost-share grants

The restoration of the Hi-Way Cafe neon sign near Vinita, Oklahoma, was among the newest cost-share grants announced this week by the Route 66 Corridor Preservation Program. Four of the grants involved neon signs. In addition to the Hi-Way, grants went to the Henning Motel sign in Newberry Springs, California; the Road Runner's Retreat sign … Continue reading Restoration of Hi-Way Cafe sign among newest Route 66 Corridor cost-share grants

The strange tale of Mrs. Orcutt’s driveway near Newberry Springs

It sounds like the stuff of fiction: The federal government relented and built a more than 4-mile-long driveway to the home of a resolute widow who lived near Newberry Springs, California, and insisted her home have access to old Route 66. The driveway then became an illegal test track for Car and Driver magazine. The … Continue reading The strange tale of Mrs. Orcutt’s driveway near Newberry Springs

Vandalism, misfortunes wreak havoc on Bagdad Cafe and its owner

The California Historic Route 66 Association put out a call Monday requesting donations to Andrea Pruett, longtime owner of the Bagdad Cafe in Newberry Springs, California, after a series of personal and business setbacks in the past 18 months. Tere Frank Stamoulis, posting a call-to-action on behalf of the association in a Facebook post, and … Continue reading Vandalism, misfortunes wreak havoc on Bagdad Cafe and its owner

County OKs redevelopment plan for Lake Dolores waterpark in Newberry Springs

The San Bernardino County board of supervisors approved a plan that would allow the redevelopment of the long-abandoned Lake Dolores waterpark north of Newberry Springs, California. The Victor Valley News reported: According to a newsletter from Robert Lovingood’s office, “the Board on Tuesday unanimously approved a general plan amendment and conditional use permit to establish … Continue reading County OKs redevelopment plan for Lake Dolores waterpark in Newberry Springs

Tucumcari reconsiders, advances landmark sign ordinance proposal

After prodding by officers from the New Mexico Route 66 Association, the Tucumcari City Commission last week passed a first reading of a proposed landmark ordinance for the town's historic Route 66 neon signs. However, final passage by the commission likely faces an uphill battle because of concerns about the ordinance infringing on property rights. … Continue reading Tucumcari reconsiders, advances landmark sign ordinance proposal

Director, star of “Bagdad Cafe” talk about film 30 years later

"Bagdad Cafe" director Percy Adlon and its star, CCH Pounder, talked to The Guardian newspaper in London about their cult film 30 years after it was released. The eccentric German film was shot at a Route 66 restaurant, Sidewinder Cafe, near Newberry Springs, California. The Sidewinder wisely changed its name to Bagdad Cafe after the … Continue reading Director, star of “Bagdad Cafe” talk about film 30 years later

Circle Cinema in Tulsa to screen “Bagdad Cafe”

The historic Circle Cinema in Tulsa will screen the cult-classic based on Route 66, "Bagdad Cafe," on Thursday night as part of the Mother Road Revival festivities. The screening of "Bagdad Cafe" is slated for 7 p.m., but a reception will be held at the moviehouse at 5:30 p.m. featuring music from Bandelier and documentary films featuring … Continue reading Circle Cinema in Tulsa to screen “Bagdad Cafe”

A profile of Bagdad Cafe’s owner

A lot of people -- especially Europeans -- know about the Bagdad Cafe in Newberry Springs, California, and its draw as the setting for the 1987 film "Bagdad Cafe." But not many know about Andree Pruett, owner of the Route 66 restaurant for about 20 years. The Victorville Daily Press published a profile of Pruett. … Continue reading A profile of Bagdad Cafe’s owner

A view from above Route 66

Mike and Casey Lynch recently took a DJI Phantom 3 Professional drone to shoot amazing aerial footage along Route 66 in California, Arizona and New Mexico. Some of the things you'll find on this 14-minute video: Wigwam Motel in San Bernardino, California Bottle Tree Ranch in Oro Grande, California Anonymous Canyon in Newberry Springs, California Bagdad … Continue reading A view from above Route 66

Huell Howser’s Volcano House goes up for sale

How'd you like to live in a 2,200-square-foot home perched on the top of an inactive volcano a few miles off Route 66? It can be yours for $650,000. It's situated a few miles north of the Route 66 hamlet of Newberry Springs, California, deep in the Mojave Desert. Notably, the house was owned by … Continue reading Huell Howser’s Volcano House goes up for sale