Matt Damon movie being filmed at Arcadia Round Barn this week

A movie starring Matt Damon is being filmed Friday at the Round Barn along old Route 66 in Arcadia, Oklahoma. According to the Edmond Sun newspaper, most of the "Stillwater" film is being shot in Coyle, Oklahoma, but a scene will be produced in Arcadia. Arcadia Mayor James Woodard said it’s an honor for the … Continue reading Matt Damon movie being filmed at Arcadia Round Barn this week

Oklahoma Tourism, film company making road-trip films, including Route 66

Earlier this month, the Oklahoma Tourism & Recreation Department and Broken Arrow-based Retrospec Films announced they would launch a year-long series of road-trip films, including Route 66. On Wednesday, they uploaded a film that featured the Rock Cafe in Stroud, Pops in Arcadia and Living Kitchen in Depew -- all along Route 66. https://youtu.be/ZcCXbbMYBAE The … Continue reading Oklahoma Tourism, film company making road-trip films, including Route 66

Route 66 Soda adds to 300 flavors offered at Fanning 66 Outpost

I knew Ryan Thompson had purchased the Fanning 66 Outpost near Cuba, Missouri, a little less than two years ago, and he was busy making dozens of types of flavored popcorn for visitors. What I didn't know was Fanning 66 Outpost has become a miniature version of Pops in Arcadia, Oklahoma. It offers more than … Continue reading Route 66 Soda adds to 300 flavors offered at Fanning 66 Outpost

Junction 66 store opens in Sapulpa

Junction 66, a grocery store and full-service restaurant with gas pumps, opened Monday along Route 66 in Sapulpa, Oklahoma. KTUL-TV of nearby Tulsa had the story: "People can come in, order off the menu for dinner and they can grocery shop," said Junction 66 Manager Bonnie Barrera. "They can get their items to take home … Continue reading Junction 66 store opens in Sapulpa

Pops site closes in Nichols Hills area of Oklahoma City

A Pops satellite store in north Oklahoma City closed just before Christmas, although the original restaurant and convenience store that features 600 flavors of soda and a 66-foot-tall LED soda bottle along Route 66 in Arcadia, Oklahoma, continues to run. The Pops site at 6447 Avondale Drive in the Nichols Hills section of Oklahoma City … Continue reading Pops site closes in Nichols Hills area of Oklahoma City

Why historic preservation is important to future tourism

Joplin, Missouri, for years has sought to boost Route 66 tourism to its city. Officials there want more visitors to stay in the city for longer periods, thus generating more tax revenue. However, the Joplin Globe reported a Colorado-based consultant threw cold water on that idea -- mainly because the city doesn't have enough historic … Continue reading Why historic preservation is important to future tourism

Route 66 episode of “Bizarre Foods” airs Feb. 21

A few weeks ago, Andrew Zimmern, host of the Travel Channel show "Bizarre Foods," announced a Route 66 episode was in the hopper for the program's new season. We now know when it first will air: 9 p.m. Eastern on Tuesday, Feb. 21. Here is the synopsis of the episode, titled "Road Tripping Route 66": … Continue reading Route 66 episode of “Bizarre Foods” airs Feb. 21

Aubrey McClendon’s death ruled an accident

A medical examiner's report and an Oklahoma City Police investigation determined energy tycoon Aubrey McClendon's fatal crash in March was an accident and not suicide, as believed. McClendon was former CEO of Chesapeake Energy in Oklahoma City and built the popular Pops restaurant and convenience store on Route 66 in nearby Arcadia, Oklahoma. McClendon died in a fiery … Continue reading Aubrey McClendon’s death ruled an accident

Filmmaker needs music for Route 66 documentary

A New York-based filmmaker who's making a documentary, "The Revival," about the renaissance of Route 66 after it was decertified as a U.S. highway needs some music from Oklahomans to help her finish the film. Kaila Keller, who hails from Tulsa, centers much of the film around her hometown and Oklahoma, although footage on Route 66 … Continue reading Filmmaker needs music for Route 66 documentary

Aubrey McClendon, owner of Pops, dies in car crash

Aubrey McClendon, best known as the former CEO of Chesapeake Energy Corp. but known to Route 66 fans as owner of the landmark Pops in Arcadia, Oklahoma, died in a fiery highway crash in Oklahoma City on Wednesday -- one day after he was federally indicted in an alleged bid-rigging scheme. He was 56. The Oklahoman … Continue reading Aubrey McClendon, owner of Pops, dies in car crash