Vintage firetruck added to fire station along Route 66 in east Tulsa

Tulsa Fire Station 66 -- along Route 66, naturally -- acquired and restored a 1950 former city firetruck for a photo op at the station. According to News on 6 in Tulsa: The work took more than 3 years of work by volunteers, who rebuilt the truck that was junked about 15 years ago. "And … Continue reading Vintage firetruck added to fire station along Route 66 in east Tulsa

Tally’s Good Food Cafe owner pleads guilty to six criminal counts

The owner of Tally's Good Food Cafe in Tulsa pleaded guilty to six counts of felony larceny on Thursday, and he will be sentenced next month. Fox23 in Tulsa reported it is a blind plea, which means he is pleading guilty to the charges without the benefit of a plea deal. It gives the judge … Continue reading Tally’s Good Food Cafe owner pleads guilty to six criminal counts

Cain’s Ballroom in Tulsa marks its centennial with announcement of special shows

The iconic Cain's Ballroom in Tulsa will celebrate its 100th year with several big shows throughout 2024, including a tour-opening concert of Alison Krauss and Robert Plant in June. A news conference earlier this week announced the Krauss-Plant show on June 2, along with Tulsa hometown heroes Hanson in December and Jason Isbell and the … Continue reading Cain’s Ballroom in Tulsa marks its centennial with announcement of special shows

From the holiday playlist: “Santa’s Got a Mean Machine”

So I recently did a little Google searching, trying to find any sort of song about Route 66 and Christmas together. I utterly struck out with that quest. So you budding songwriters, here's your chance to fill a niche. In the meantime, I did find this gem by Tulsa-based rockabilly artist JD McPherson, who a … Continue reading From the holiday playlist: “Santa’s Got a Mean Machine”

Buck Atom statue in Tulsa will have a companion sometime next year

It appears Buck Atom has a girlfriend. The namesake fiberglass giant at Buck Atom's Cosmic Curios on 66 in Tulsa will have a companion statue coming sometime in 2024. Mary Beth Babcock, owner of the souvenir shop at 1347 E. 11th St. (aka Route 66), announced last week that Stella Atom, a 19-foot-tall space cowgirl, … Continue reading Buck Atom statue in Tulsa will have a companion sometime next year

El Rancho Grande restaurant in Tulsa marks its 70th year

The landmark El Rancho Grande Mexican Food Restaurant near downtown Tulsa recently marked its 70th anniversary of operation. El Rancho, located at 1629 E. 11th St. (aka Route 66), remains best known for its well-preserved neon sign and that it is a pioneer in Mexican restaurant food in the United States. The restaurant marked the … Continue reading El Rancho Grande restaurant in Tulsa marks its 70th year

Oklahoma Route 66 Association launches new membership for children

The Oklahoma Route 66 Association is launching a new type of membership focused on engaging youth 8 to 18 years old, called the Route 66 Explorer’s Club. “Our hope is to inspire the next generation of roadies by encouraging more youth to explore Route 66,” Rhys Martin, president of the association, stated in a news … Continue reading Oklahoma Route 66 Association launches new membership for children

Tulsa Route 66 organization aims to restore historic buildings in the Red Fork District

The Tulsa Route 66 Main Street organization wants to restore historic buildings in the Red Fork District in southwest Tulsa before Route 66's centennial in 2026. The Red Fork neighborhood runs south of the Arkansas River and ends at 33rd West Avenue, with Route 66 right in the middle. News on 6 in Tulsa reports: … Continue reading Tulsa Route 66 organization aims to restore historic buildings in the Red Fork District

Organization seeks to reopen Saratoga Motor Hotel in Tulsa as sober-living facility by Christmas

The Wings of Freedom organization, which acquired the Saratoga Motor Hotel in Tulsa in 2020, hopes it will be partially open as a sober-living facility by Christmas. Pastor Dixie Pebworth, director of Wings of Freedom, told KJRH-TV in Tulsa he hopes to have 29 rooms on the west side of the Route 66 motel transformed … Continue reading Organization seeks to reopen Saratoga Motor Hotel in Tulsa as sober-living facility by Christmas

City of Tulsa now offering facade matching grants for historic buildings along Route 66

The City of Tulsa announced it is offering matching grants of up to $40,000 to help restore the facades of historic buildings along its Route 66 alignments. The grant program was established with the help of the Tulsa Route 66 Commission. The announcement was made at the historic Circle Cinema, which undoubtedly would be eligible … Continue reading City of Tulsa now offering facade matching grants for historic buildings along Route 66