‘Archaeological dig’ scheduled in Illinois barn to find Bob Waldmire artifacts

Longtime Route 66 enthusiast Jim Conkle is scheduling a so-called "archaeological dig" at a barn in Rochester, Illinois, to find artifacts that belonged to late Route 66 artist Bob Waldmire. The barn belongs to Buz Waldmire, Bob's brother. Bob also spent time there off and on during his lifetime, and he died there in 2009 … Continue reading ‘Archaeological dig’ scheduled in Illinois barn to find Bob Waldmire artifacts

Route 66 MotorHeads erects its ‘world’s largest Route 66 emblem’

Route 66 MotorHeads Bar, Grill and Museum in Springfield, Illinois, on Friday erected its "world's largest Route 66 emblem." According to the Springfield State Journal-Register, the sign measures 32 by 32 feet. It was attached to 60-foot-tall poles that once carried a Stuckey's sign. Route 66 MotorHeads is housed in a former Stuckey's. The sign … Continue reading Route 66 MotorHeads erects its ‘world’s largest Route 66 emblem’

Route 66 MotorHeads will dedicate ‘world’s largest Route 66 sign’ on Friday

The Route 66 MotorHeads Bar, Grill and Museum in Springfield, Illinois, will celebrate the installation of the "world's largest Route 66 sign" on Friday evening. The big event will take place at 6 p.m. Friday when the massive sign is mounted on two 60-foot-tall poles that once held a Stuckey's sign in front of the … Continue reading Route 66 MotorHeads will dedicate ‘world’s largest Route 66 sign’ on Friday

Blake Shelton concert to be simulcast at 300 drive-ins, including three on Route 66

Country star Blake Shelton announced Wednesday he will perform a concert July 25 that will be simulcast at 300 drive-in theaters across the United States -- another sign drive-ins became suddenly viable venues amid the coronavirus pandemic. Guest stars will include Shelton's wife, Gwen Stefani, and another country star, Trace Adkins. Prices will be about $115 … Continue reading Blake Shelton concert to be simulcast at 300 drive-ins, including three on Route 66

Illinois gives $450,000 in grants for Springfield’s Route 66 corridor

The Springfield-Sangamon County Regional Planning Commission last week landed two state grants totaling $450,000 to redevelop the Peoria Road/Ninth Street corridor and a plan to promote Route 66 in the county. The State Journal-Register in Springfield reported: For Sangamon County, this translates into $250,000 for a study of the Peoria Road/Ninth Street Corridor between Cook … Continue reading Illinois gives $450,000 in grants for Springfield’s Route 66 corridor

Route History shop in Springfield awarded an $80,000 grant

Route History, a former gas station in Springfield, Illinois, that tells the African American experience of Route 66 and acts a souvenir shop, recently earned an $80,047 grant from the state. The grant from the Illinois Minority-Owned Business Capital and Infrastructure Program will the owners help buy the property, improve its grounds, add two staff members … Continue reading Route History shop in Springfield awarded an $80,000 grant

300 drive-in theaters to screen a one-night-only concert of Garth Brooks

Country music superstar Garth Brooks will perform a one-night-only show at 300 drive-in theaters across the United States, including one at the Admiral Twin Drive-In in Tulsa, a Route 66 landmark. The show will be beamed to the theaters beginning at dusk on June 27. Some details weren't known, but several drive-in theaters stated the … Continue reading 300 drive-in theaters to screen a one-night-only concert of Garth Brooks

66 Drive-In Theatre in Carthage, Sky View Drive-In in Litchfield will open Friday

The 66 Drive-In Theatre in Carthage, Missouri, and Sky View Drive-In in Litchfield, Illinois, will open belatedly for the season Friday after the coronavirus delayed it by several weeks. According to its website, the 66 Drive-In will screen "Doolittle" and "I Still Believe." The 66 will be the only movie venue in that part of … Continue reading 66 Drive-In Theatre in Carthage, Sky View Drive-In in Litchfield will open Friday

Route 66 Drive-In in Springfield will reopen this weekend

The Route 66 Drive-In theater in Springfield, Illinois, that was closed for several weeks because of the coronavirus pandemic will reopen Friday and possibly more nights the following week. The theater posted some of the details on its Facebook page Sunday: Tickets will have to be presold and will be done through our website. My … Continue reading Route 66 Drive-In in Springfield will reopen this weekend

Route 66 Drive-In in Illinois won’t be allowed to open even for church services

The Route 66 Drive-In theater in Springfield, Illinois, was supposed to open for the season Friday. However, with the coronavirus pandemic ongoing, it will remain closed -- even for churches that want to hold services there. Adding church services to the ban on drive-in theater use is notable because in neighboring Missouri, the 66 Drive-In … Continue reading Route 66 Drive-In in Illinois won’t be allowed to open even for church services