A look back at the Rock Cafe, Pop Hicks restaurants

Anthony Reichardt recently uploaded a couple of more videos from his videotaped road trips on Route 66 in a 1959 Cadillac during the 1990s. The first is from the Rock Cafe in Stroud, Oklahoma, in 1994 and 1995. https://youtu.be/zhaj-mo_g5M The first segment of the video shows a couple of neon signs along Route 66 that … Continue reading A look back at the Rock Cafe, Pop Hicks restaurants

Owners of Summit Inn say they will rebuild

Amid the bad news about the historic Summit Inn restaurant burning down, a sliver of good news emerged Wednesday night -- its owners plan to rebuild. The San Bernardino County Sun reported: But new owners Katherine Juarez and her brother Otto Recinos, who recently purchased the restaurant, want to bring it back. “We plan to rebuild it … Continue reading Owners of Summit Inn say they will rebuild

All aboard the Lincoln County Express

Occasionally, you'll find out about something you unwittingly passed dozens of time but never saw. One of those things is the so-called Lincoln County Express, a child-sized locomotive and other metal sculptures that apparently have sat off Route 66 east of Stroud, Oklahoma, for decades. Tulsa photographer Rhys Martin discovered it in June 2014; apparently vegetation conceals it from … Continue reading All aboard the Lincoln County Express

A chat with Rock Cafe’s Dawn Welch

KC Keefer, continuing with his Genuine Route 66 Life video series, talks to Dawn Welch, longtime owner of the historic Rock Cafe in Stroud, Oklahoma. Welch talks about the Route 66 restaurant's up-and-down history, including her role in the Disney-Pixar "Cars" movie and the restaurant nearly being destroyed by fire in 2008. https://youtu.be/rXZ5p1qfm8Q More can … Continue reading A chat with Rock Cafe’s Dawn Welch

Rock Cafe is no longer for sale

Rock Cafe owner Dawn Welch announced on her blog Saturday she has removed the "For Sale" signs for her iconic Route 66 restaurant in Stroud, Oklahoma. The announcement came on the 75th anniversary of the restaurant and her 21st year as owner. After almost two years of a lot of traveling while the Rock Cafe … Continue reading Rock Cafe is no longer for sale

How a winery in Stroud became a tourist attraction

The Journal-Record in Oklahoma City recently published a long feature, via the Associated Press, about StableRidge Vineyards along Route 66 in Stroud, Okla. The story about winery, which has operated for nearly 10 years by Don and Annetta Neal, contains these fascinating nuggets: The main building of the site is a former Catholic church. Annetta … Continue reading How a winery in Stroud became a tourist attraction

An old Chevy can break down here

If you're ever driving a mid-1950s Chevrolet on Route 66, there are far worse places to break down than in Stroud, Okla. KFOR-TV in Oklahoma City reports about Route 66 Restoration Supplies, a shop that specializes in parts for 1955, 1956 and 1957 Chevys. To see the report, just hit the KFOR link.   As … Continue reading An old Chevy can break down here

Oklahoma Sierra Club will protest oil pipeline at Stroud

Stroud, Okla., is a fairly sleepy town. So it's going to be an unusual sight when the Oklahoma Sierra Club hosts a protest against a cross-country oil pipeline that crosses near the town. According to the Oklahoma City-based The City Sentinel newspaper: The Oklahoma Sierra Club has set the date for an event called “GreenWalk … Continue reading Oklahoma Sierra Club will protest oil pipeline at Stroud

Group checks Keystone pipeline’s impact on Route 66

The proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline that's supposed to eventually snake through America's mid-section has been cussed and discussed by lawmakers and the media in recent months. Here's a twist to the discussion -- the Oklahoma Archeological Survey conducted a survey to see whether the pipeline will impact any of the state's cultural heritage, including Route … Continue reading Group checks Keystone pipeline’s impact on Route 66