Online Media Coverage of Route 66

Following is a list of recent news items pertaining to “America's Main Street.”

DateTitlePartial Text
2013-08-26 19:11:52New Signs to Mark Historic 66

Tulsa, Okla. - You might have noticed new street signs along Southwest Boulevard in West Tulsa and also in downtown. That's because workers are putting up Historic Route 66 markers all over the city.

2013-08-15 19:20:52Motel Gets Grant

KINGMAN, Ariz. - Kingman’s Hill Top Motel is getting a renovation. It was recently awarded Arizona’s only National Park Service Route 66 grant.

2013-08-11 15:53:04Speaker Puts Route 66 Center Stage

Looking over different slides of Route 66, what it was and what is has become, put more than one person in the mood for an extended road trip Thursday night.

2013-08-05 16:16:52Memories of Missouri's Route 66

Route 66, also known as U.S. Highway 66, was the first completely paved highway in the nation. Work began on it in 1926 and the final portion was paved in 1937. It stretched 2,448 miles from Chicago to Los Angeles through eight states, with over 300 miles of it crossing Missouri from St. Louis to Joplin.

2013-08-05 15:59:37Organizers Report on Festival

JOPLIN, Mo. — “This will be unforgettable!” wrote Dickie Maxwell, of Preston, Md. “Great job Joplin, Mo. We love to cruise. Trans Am power!”

2013-08-03 16:07:43Recognizing Wayside Park History

SHERMAN, Ill. - Donna Catlin remembers as a young girl greeting people from all over the world at Sherman’s wayside park along Route 66.

2013-07-26 16:22:09Re-Marking Route 66

AMARILLO, Tex. - Route 66 in Amarillo will soon be enhancing its image. It won't be long before new signs line 6th Avenue honoring the history behind Route 66.

2013-07-21 16:20:40New Mural Added to Motel

KINGMAN, Ariz. - Color is blooming at El Trovatore Motel as its owners continue to add new murals to the Route 66 fixture.

2013-07-12 16:26:28Joplin Adds Mural Ahead of Festival

JOPLIN, Mo. - Many tourists who visit Joplin will now have a place to take a picture of their travels. And the mural will be a perfect sport for those travelers wanting to make a memory of the mother road.

2013-07-11 16:34:24City Prepares for Upcoming Festival

GALENA, Kan. - Jason Boldt is relatively new to the area, but is familiar with Galena.

2013-07-08 16:38:58City Wants More Neon

ALBUQUERQUE, N. Mex. - Albuquerque officials want to encourage businesses to add neon lights that will lighten up Central Avenue along the city's 15-mile stretch of historic Route 66.

2013-06-28 15:23:33Theater Hosting Opening Event of Festival

CARTHAGE, Mo. - The Route 66 Drive-In Theater west of Carthage will host the opening event of the International Route 66 Festival, which runs in Joplin Aug. 1-4.

2013-06-26 15:38:25Past and Present on Route 66

ALBUQUERQUE, N. Mex. - Over the years, I have traveled down various segments of Route 66 that, taken together, have covered or paralleled nearly the entire length of “the Mother Road.”

2013-06-26 15:28:19Route 66 Mural Being Installed

GALENA, Kan. - Galena’s once sleepy Main Street is awakening, and a new front door, of sorts, is being installed this week at one of the town’s busiest intersections.

2013-06-01 08:30:49Bono's Still Accommodating Route 66 Travelers

FONTANA, Calif. - On a day when Fontana was celebrating its 100th birthday, Joe Bono on Friday did just what his family has done for the last 77 years: He offered his hospitality to tourists traveling on Route 66.

2013-05-31 08:57:01Project Delayed Awaiting Funding

WINSLOW, Ariz. - The Route 66 Plaza area, located behind the Standin’ On The Corner Building at 106 W. Second St. in Winslow, has been cleaned up and landscaped, using $300,000 in city capital improvement funds.

2013-05-31 08:36:45Students Document Mother Road Changes

KINGMAN, Ariz. - When 19 students and two professors from the University of Oklahoma in Norman, Okla., descended on Kingman recently, they were looking for something specific.

2013-05-30 08:47:25A Mother Road Town on the Upswing

GALENA, Kan. - When Kathy Anderson and her husband, Danny, decided to open a coffee and sandwich shop in their retirement, they looked no farther than Main Street in downtown Galena.

2013-05-26 09:05:43Museum a Point of Pride

VICTORVILLE, Calif. – They were in their early 20s, hip in that effortless European way. He wore cool shades and a three-day stubble; she bore piercings in all the right places – lip, eyebrow, helix of the ear lobe. They said they were from Pamplona, Spain, but rolled their eyes at mention of the running of the bulls.

2013-05-18 19:33:14New Hall of Fame Inductees Announced

PONTIAC, Ill. - The Route 66 Association of Illinois has announced the newly elected 2013 members of the Route 66 Association Hall of Fame.

2013-05-12 17:14:16City Will Honor Route 66

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - The City of Springfield is putting together plans to honor the birthplace of historic Route 66.

2013-05-07 17:17:45Museum Receives Donation

TUCUMCARI, N. Mex. - Vi Reeves, chairman of the board for First National Bank of New Mexico, presented a $5,000 check Monday to the Route 66 Museum.

2013-05-06 17:22:37Roadside Attraction Completing Overhaul

GALENA, Kan. - After six months of renovations, the owner of a popular Route 66 landmark is looking forward to reopening later this month.

2013-05-05 17:27:15Kingman a Candidate for Festival

KINGMAN, Ariz. - Just call it The Gathering. Roughly 10,000 people attend the Route 66 International Festival held each summer.

2013-04-26 21:16:27New Route 66 Exhibit

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - The newest exhibit at the History Museum on the Square is called 'Woodruff's Dream: The Mother Road Through Springfield.' The narrow hallways of the museum are filled with artifacts, photos, and newspaper clippings. They tell the story of Route 66, from its very beginnings, to the day it was replaced by Interstate 44.

2013-04-24 21:26:14Historic Hotel to Re-Open

KINGMAN, Ariz. - Work is ramping up as four adjoining businesses along Route 66 - including the historic Hotel Brunswick - prepare to welcome customers this summer and fall.

2013-04-19 11:19:04Route 66 Motel Being Re-Developed

ALBUQUERQUE, N.Mex. – A Route 66 motor lodge in Albuquerque where Bill Gates and Paul Allen lived while launching Microsoft Corp. is being redeveloped into apartments as part of a neighborhood revival project.

2013-04-15 11:29:37DeAnza Hits A Snag

ALBUQUERQUE, N. Mex. - The on-again, off-again renovation of a Route 66 landmark in Albuquerque has hit yet another snag.

2013-04-11 11:35:18Exit Here for Route 66

A group of East Mountains and Estancia Valley business owners and individuals want to turn Hannett's Joke into economic opportunity.

2013-04-09 19:45:11Big Head Part of Route 66 Renaissance

KINGMAN, Ariz. - Gregg Arnold doesn't take offense when people tell him he has a big head.

2013-04-04 20:02:14Route 66 A Tourist Attraction?

To many locals, Old Route 66 in the Estancia Valley and East Mountains is mostly a frontage road for Interstate 40.

2013-04-01 19:53:12Cycling Advocates Seek Map Designation

GALENA, Kan. - The Kansas Department of Transportation is beginning work on a Kansas Scenic Byways Bicycle-Pedestrian Plan, and the state’s portion of historic Route 66 will be studied for possible inclusion.

2013-03-29 20:10:34Motel Being Renovated

CARTHAGE, Mo. (AP) — Work on the iconic Boots Motel along Route 66 in Carthage continues as the owners work toward having the motel designated as a national historic site.

2013-03-25 20:16:04Bridge on Old 66 Closed for Safety

SAPULPA, Okla. - The No. 18 Rock Creek Bridge has failed a state inspection, causing the Route 66 attraction to be closed to traffic.

2013-03-21 19:16:48Iconic Route 66: An Adventure

On Nov. 11, 1926, U.S. Highway 66 became one of the original federal highways.

2013-03-20 19:26:37Museum to Host Neon Exhibit

CLINTON, Okla. - Beginning the first week of April, the Oklahoma Route 66 Museum will be hosting an exhibit on neon signs entitled “Liquid Fire: the Buzz and the Glow of Neon on Route 66”.

2013-03-20 19:20:52Festival Will Promote Route 66

The seventh annual Red Carpet Corridor Festival will take place Saturday, May 4, and Sunday, May 5, in 13 towns—from Joliet to Towanda—situated along historic Route 66.

2013-03-13 19:32:55Motorcycle Museum a Hit with Gear Heads

WARWICK, Okla. - Spring Break is almost here and you can't go wrong with some stops along Route 66.

2013-03-07 10:46:41Main Street Looking for Vendors

SAPULPA, Okla. - Event organizers announced they are seeking vendors for the Route 66 Blowout - Car, Truck & Motorcycle Show Saturday, June 11 in historic Downtown Sapulpa.

2013-03-07 10:35:04Route 66 Still Special

MIAMI, Okla. - There is just something special about Route 66.

2013-03-05 10:41:05Project, Photo Op Planned

JOPLIN, Mo. — There’s Tow Mater in Galena, Red Oak in Carthage and the Route 66 Welcome Center in Webb City.

2013-02-21 10:51:10Route 66 Getting Re-Branded

ALBUQUERQUE, N. Mex. - When Gov. A. T. Hannett lost his bid for re-election to the New Mexico Statehouse in November 1926, he was furious, so much so (or so the story goes), that he immediately set out to seek revenge.

2013-02-19 11:01:45Annual Event Called Off

San Bernardino's signature event, the Stater Bros. Route 66 Rendezvous, will not be held this year.

2013-02-18 11:05:35Enthusiasts Want New Museum

BETHANY, Okla. - From Chicago to the Pacific Ocean, billboards and neon signs have lined historic Route 66 for decades.

2013-02-17 11:16:32Historical Society Names "Historian in Residence"

TULSA, Okla. - Michael Wallis puts it this way: "I'm a road guy."

It's an assessment that should come as no surprise to anyone who's read any of the 19 books Wallis has published in his career.

2013-02-03 19:19:04Group Buys Historic Service Station

RANCHO CUCAMONGA, Calif. - Ownership of a historic Route 66 gas station near the northwest corner of Foothill Boulevard and Archibald Avenue has been granted to a historic preservation group.

2013-01-31 19:26:13Route 66 Projects are in the Works

ALBUQUERQUE, N. Mex. - There are quite a few people looking to spruce up Route 66.

2013-01-30 19:32:43Car Cruise Accepting Grant Applications

CRESTWOOD, Mo. - Grant applications are being accepted for the fourth annual Crestwood-Sunset Hills Route 66 Car Cruise, which will take place Aug. 10.

2013-01-11 08:55:27When "Route 66" Came to Town

SAVANNAH, Ga. - Although it was filmed more than 50 years ago, the circa-1960s television series “Route 66” still has a loyal fan base in Savannah, and those viewers have plenty of memories of the time the series came to town.

2013-01-03 09:04:14Art Contest Announced

LOGAN CO., Ill. - A new spin on a classic highway could drive up tourism in Atlanta.

2012-12-31 09:20:55East Meets West on Route 66

TULSA, Okla. - Tulsa is still getting its kicks on Route 66, which stretches for 23 miles through the city limits. Although Route 66 was decommissioned as a federal highway in 1985, Tulsa has chosen to keep the memory of the Mother Road alive through $15 million of enhancement and promotion projects funded through the Vision 2025 sales tax.

2012-12-14 09:11:17Name Change for Local Inn

ST. LOUIS, Mo. - Out with the Vikings and in with the Route 66 road trippers.

2012-11-10 08:08:13Neon, Moonlight on Old 66

RANCHO CUCAMONGA, Calif. - How does this sound? A moonlight drive on old Route 66.

2012-11-09 08:00:23New Focus on Route 66

TULSA, Okla. - Stretching across Green Country is an untapped resource that could bring big bucks to Tulsa.

Route 66 travels 23 miles through the city, and leaders say, as of right now, it leaves a lot to be desired.

2012-11-01 07:48:59Route 66 Landmark Changes Hands

RANCHO CUCAMONGA, Calif. - Things don't change much at the Magic Lamp Inn, a landmark Rancho Cucamonga steakhouse that's had only two owners in 57 years.

2012-10-26 08:15:16Sculpture Nears Completion

TULSA, Okla. - The East is meeting The West along one of America's iconic highways.

Installation of an enormous new sculpture is nearing completion at Cyrus Avery Centennial Plaza.

2012-10-20 07:43:20Route 66 Trailhead Opens

RANCHO CUCAMONGA, Calif. - The history of the city and Route 66 is alive and well at the recently dedicated Route 66 Trailhead Park, along with improvements to Foothill Boulevard east of the new Pacific Electric Bridge.

2012-10-20 07:39:25Festival Slated for Next August

JOPLIN, Mo. - The International Route 66 Festival will park next year in Joplin. Organizers hope it will attract tourists to the southwestern Missouri city, which is still recovering from a devastating tornado in May 2011.

2012-10-16 07:34:06Festival Moves to Joplin

The International Route 66 Festival, an event that attracts thousands, will hit the road to Joplin next year.

2012-10-05 15:04:39Route 66 Still Offers Kicks

SELIGMAN, Ariz. - Road-trippers, get hip to this timely tip: No one could ever mistake Delgadillo's Snow Cap for a Burger King.

2012-10-03 15:16:58Funding Rejected for Route 66 Museum

LITCHFIELD, Ill. - Organizers of the Litchfield Museum & Route 66 Welcome Center have their work cut out for them in their effort to win financial support from the city.

2012-10-01 20:42:23Atlanta Finds its Way on 66

ATLANTA, Ill. - Generations of roadies have gotten a charge out of Route 66. But tiny Atlanta, Illinois, about 20 miles south of Bloomington-Normal, sees the signals for the future. Literally.

2012-10-01 20:33:04Route 66 Exhibit Opening

SAPULPA, Okla. - The Sapulpa Historical Museum announced a photography exhibit all through the month of October, with the official open house date of Oct. 18 at 5:30 p.m., featuring photos taken by photography professor Natalie Green and her 17 students featuring Historical Route 66 landmarks.

2012-09-30 20:53:13Downtown Kiosk to Assist Mother Road Pilgrims

JOLIET, Ill. - With the city's name in neon, the interactive sign will be a place for travelers to learn about Route 66's history in Joliet and about the local sites to check out.

2012-09-18 20:57:34Route 66 Tours Tap a Special Market

KINGMAN, Ariz. - The El Trovatore Motel continues to upgrade its services in the spirit of Route 66.

2012-09-14 08:07:46Getting Your Kicks on Route 66

Begun in 1926 as one of the first paved national highways and dubbed the "Mother Road" by John Steinbeck in "The Grapes of Wrath," Route 66 stretched from Chicago to Los Angeles and carried dreamers and travelers, as well as refugees from the 1930s Dust Bowl. The road was ultimately superseded by larger, wider, straighter, less-intimate interstates. Nevertheless, the mystique lives on with coffee shops flashing neon signs and mom-and-pop "motor hotels" (motels) where you didn't have to call ahead for reservations.

2012-09-11 08:12:41Festival Supports Honor Flights

The 11th annual Internal Route 66 Mother Road Festival and Car Show will rumble into downtown Springfield Sept. 21-23.

An estimated 75,000 people visited the show last year.

2012-09-09 08:17:13Annual Charity Car Show

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - Once a year, historic downtown Flagstaff’s narrow streets and redbrick buildings are alight with a unique kind of feeling. With 50s and 60s music blasting on street corners and smells wafting from vendors’ booths, people of various ages and descents crowd the streets and gaze at cars from all eras.

2012-09-06 08:21:26Mural is a Sign of the Open Road

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. - If the impact of a mural can be measured by how it interprets its immediate environment, a new piece on Route 66 is a large-scale -- yet modest -- monument to the myth of America's open road.

2012-08-14 08:38:38Bel-Aire Motel Ruled Out?

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - The possibility of a ROUTE 66 VISITORS CENTER and MUSEUM is getting another look in Springfield; it isn’t likely, however, that it would be on the site of the Bel-Aire Motel.

2012-08-09 08:19:04Right, Wrong on Route 66

Carl Johnson grew up traveling part of historic Route 66 in central Illinois as a child, but it wasn’t until he stumbled upon a weathered highway placard on a deserted strip in New Mexico that the road’s significance struck him.

2012-08-05 07:53:53A Route 66 Legacy Continues

BROADWELL, Ill. - Ernie Edwards would have been 95 on Sunday and those who knew him best gathered at the site of his former Pig-Hip restaurant site in Broadwell to celebrate his legacy.

2012-08-01 08:30:55Can Disney Inspire Route 66 Travel?

An unabashed love of the iconic Route 66 has the folk at Walt Disney Imagineering hoping Cars Land inspires travel along The Mother Road.

2012-08-01 08:01:14Weitz Cafe Part of Route 66 Lore

BRAIDWOOD, Ill. - It was post World War II America and the country was rebounding after four years of war.

2012-07-28 08:10:21Postcards Evoke Flavor of Route 66

AMARILLO, Tex. - Travel on Route 66 in its heyday was something to write home about.

2012-07-27 07:48:37Pig Hip Founder Honored

BROADWELL, Ill. - Ernie and Fran Edwards Route 66 International Appreciation Day has been set for 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 5, at the site of the former Pig Hip restaurant in Broadwell.

2012-07-07 16:34:19Service Station Gets Restoration Grant

NORMAL, Ill. - Terri Ryburn, owner of the historic former Sprague service station on Old Route 66 in Normal, has received another $10,000 grant from the Route 66 Corridor Preservation Program of the National Park Service.

2012-07-04 16:58:24Albuquerque, UNM Team up on Route 66 Project

ALBUQUERQUE, N. Mex. - The city of Albuquerque and the University of New Mexico are teaming up for a project to revitalize the historic Route 66 corridor.

2012-07-03 16:46:25Sixty-Six Years on Sixty-Six

HERITAGE RANCH, Calif. - My parents, Mildred and Marcel d’Avignon, were married on the Fourth of July, 1946 in Alva, Oklahoma in the little Catholic church. They took off after their wedding in a grey 1936 Ford two-seater and never looked back. They currently reside at Heritage Ranch.

2012-06-25 16:54:32Tourist Center Gets Route 66 Theme

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - The downtown tourist information center soon will have a new Route 66 theme. The center at 815 St. Louis St. will sport window graphics reflecting the heyday of Route 66 – the historic byway upon which the center is located – and scenes from Springfield attractions.

2012-06-20 16:40:10Grateful for Route 66

I don’t remember my first road trip. I must have been small, perched in the back of the Ford next to my sister Jane. When Daddy made business trips to the cotton-mill country of North Carolina, he took us along, driving crooked miles into those backcountry foothills.

2012-06-17 17:09:16Route 66 Still Holds Allure

CARTHAGE, Mo. - The last section of the fabled U.S. route from Chicago to Santa Monica, California, was dropped as a federal highway in 1984. But its hold on travelers' imaginations has revived motels, diners, souvenir shops, gas stations and other buildings along the old route.

2012-06-09 17:15:55Kickin' It on 66, Amarillo to Tulsa

AMARILLO, Tex. - Route 66 Motel, Palo Duro Motel, Estess Motel, Cowboy Motel the old '50s motor courts along Amarillo Boulevard, part of old Route 66, remind me of my mother.

2012-06-07 17:27:35Motel Gets Makeover

KINGMAN, Ariz. - Route 66 is a long way from its glory years of the 1940s and '50s.

2012-05-28 17:07:17New Designation for 66 in California

Just in time for summer road trips, San Bernardino County has designated a portion of Route 66 from Victorville to the Arizona state line an official “scenic highway."

2012-05-06 17:10:46Boots Motel Reopening

CARTHAGE, Mo. - The Boots Motel won’t reopen until Tuesday, but already visitors from several continents have signed the guest book.

2012-04-29 17:18:13Museum Reopens After Renovations

CLINTON, Okla. - It was 17 years ago, back in 1995, that the Oklahoma Route 66 Museum was opened in Clinton by the Oklahoma Historical Society after a $1.8 million project that was accomplished with a remarkable public-private partnership.

2012-04-27 08:36:23Route 66 Festival in Preparation

VICTORVILLE, Calif. - Victorville will host the 2012 International Route 66 Festival in less than four months, and organizers expect to entertain thousands of visitors with a classic car show, food trucks and Route 66-related events.

2012-04-26 08:17:17Best Caves Along Route 66

If you are traveling the country by highway, Route 66 will take you all the way from Chicago to the Pacific Ocean. Although much of the old road is gone, there are still plenty of landmarks to explore along the way, some much older than the roads themselves. Exploring the caves along Route 66 is a summer activity that should not be missed.

2012-04-16 08:31:29Arizona Gas Station on National Register

PEACH SPRINGS, Ariz. - A gas station on Route 66 in Peach Springs in northwestern Arizona has been added to the National Register of Historic Places.

2012-04-13 08:22:25Route 66 Legend Ernie Edwards Dies

LINCOLN, Ill. - Route 66, often dubbed America’s Mother Road, has lost one of its favorite sons.

2012-03-31 08:37:58In Memoriam: Bob Audette

New Mexico Route 66 activist, Bob Audette, known as ‘Mr. Route 66’, has died.

2012-03-28 10:23:03Americans Still Getting Kicks on 66

Many Americans can’t remember a time before the interstate-highway system streamlined cross-country travel into more-or-less straight, convenient grooves across the United States.

2012-03-28 10:06:06Mother Road Generates Mother Lode

John Steinbeck dubbed the 2,400-mile ribbon of pavement America's "mother road."

A new study now confirms that Route 66 -- stretching from Chicago to Santa Monica -- also generates a mother lode of revenue for the small towns and businesses along its path.

2012-03-25 10:32:04Missouri Maps Misrepresent Route 66

After going through Afton in northeast Oklahoma, Route 66 heads straight across the state line to Neosho, Mo., where it turns north toward Joplin without going through Kansas at all.

At least, that's the path the Mother Road apparently takes in some recently published maps, according to some interpretations.

2012-03-17 10:17:32New Mural in the Works

VICTORVILLE, Calif. - An outdoor art mural will rise from the ashes of a two-year-old fire and become an eye-grabbing addition to the landscape of downtown Victorville.

2012-03-16 10:40:34A Day Trip on the Mother Road

Don't forget Winona, Kingman, Barstow, San Bernardino.

"Route 66" is a great song about a great, lost road.

2012-03-14 10:11:52Route 66 Changes Course

JOLIET, Ill. - The city of Joliet is giving up a little bit of Route 66 history to smooth the way to a digital sign it wants to put up on Route 59.

2012-02-18 12:51:56Catoosa's Blue Whale Struck By Vandals

CATOOSA, Okla. - A popular Route 66 roadside attraction has been the target of vandalism.

2012-02-17 12:59:24Cost Overruns Irksome

TULSA, Okla. - The creation of a $1.1 million publicly funded statue at the Cyrus Avery Plaza is two years behind schedule and will cost roughly $83,000 more than planned, city councilors were told Thursday.

2012-02-12 13:10:55Revamping Route 66 Sparks Interest

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - The city’s effort to revive a section of west College Street — part of the old Route 66 through the west side of town — has already inspired one local businessman to make an investment there.

2012-02-08 13:17:34Route 66 History and Architecture Strikes a Chord

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. - Cyrus Avery was a Tulsa oilman who advocated for the construction of a roadway that would run from Chicago to Los Angeles. Largely as a result of his and others’ tireless efforts, in 1926 Route 66 was officially opened.

2012-02-05 13:05:56Route 66 Key to Revitalization

VICTORVILLE, Calif. - Connecting the High Desert to Los Angeles, Route 66 put Victorville on the map during the 20th century, nourishing businesses on Seventh and D streets that offered convenience to travelers passing through the desert town.

2012-01-24 18:17:26Race to the Rocker

CUBA, Mo. - Race director Brad Austin promises the Route 66 Race to the Rocker on March 31 will be bigger and better this year.

2012-01-18 18:11:42Reshaping Route 66

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - The City of Springfield is looking for input in the reconstruction of the College Street Corridor.

2012-01-13 18:23:07Task Force Being Formed

TULSA, Okla. - City Councilor Blake Ewing wants his planned Route 66 Task Force to be large and inclusive, he said Thursday.

2012-01-08 18:32:53Building Gets New Life

SAPULPA, Okla. - It started life as the Starlite Skate Rink and has been everything from a church to a flea market in the last few years. But the iconic domed building on Route 66 in Sapulpa has gotten a new lease on life as The Route 66 Roller Dome.

2011-12-21 16:38:57The Neon Glow of WeHo

WEST HOLLYWOOD, Calif. - The famed Santa Monica Boulevard is part of the legendary Route 66, and is the City of West Hollywood's main thoroughfare. Originally, Route 66 ended in Los Angeles proper, but in 1935 the highway was extended all the way to the beaches of Santa Monica.

2011-12-15 16:45:53City Officials Still Seeking New Use for Bel-Aire Motel

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - Electrical, structural and fire safety repairs ordered last summer at the Bel-Aire Motel have been completed, but inspectors still are called to the property from time to time, city officials say.

2011-12-15 16:33:11High Desert to Host Roadies in 2012

Victorville, California, will host the 2012 International Route 66 Festival, a four-day event held annually in a city along the Mother Road.

2011-12-15 16:23:52Still Kicks to be had on Route 66

While many small towns across the country struggle to keep their downtowns afloat, a string of Illinois communities scattered along the famous Route 66 are enjoying newfound popularity as foreign tourists roll in by rental car, motorcycle and bus.

2011-12-10 07:55:50Book Review: Ghost Towns of Route 66

Is your bookshelf complete?

2011-12-09 17:32:38Victorville to host International Route 66 Festival

VICTORVILLE, Calif. - Victorville is hosting the 2012 International Route 66 Festival next summer, expecting to attract more than 50,000 enthusiasts from around the world.

2011-12-09 15:58:13Meteor Crater Helps Unlock Planetary History

The Barringer meteorite crater — known popularly as "Meteor Crater" — near Winslow, Ariz., was formed some 50,000 years ago in the flat-lying sedimentary rocks of the Southern Colorado Plateau in Arizona. Now, scientists are using the crater to study mysteries near and far.

2011-12-08 17:37:25Route 66 Group Seeks Nominations

PONTIAC, Ill. - The Route 66 Association of Illinois Hall of Fame Committee is seeking nominations of people who have made significant contributions to the character or history of the Illinois portion of Route 66.

2011-12-04 07:59:55Bottle Tree Ranch is Folk Art Forest

ORO GRANDE, Calif. - Elmer Long's two-plus acres are crowded with hundreds of metal sculptures adorned with colored bottles and just about anything else one could imagine.

2011-12-01 07:44:49Museum Plans Taking Shape

LITCHFIELD, Ill. - Martha Jackson realized the need for a public place to hold Litchfield’s rich history — especially the community’s combined story with Route 66 — while going through the belongings of her deceased husband, Dave Jackson.

2011-11-29 07:53:26Kansas 66 Receives State Byway Designation

The Kansas portion of the original Route 66, located in Cherokee County, has been designated as a Kansas Historic Byway. With this addition, Route 66 becomes the eleventh Kansas byway to receive official designation from the Kansas Department of Transportation.

2011-11-25 13:39:46Museum Construction to Begin

LITCHFIELD, Ill. - During the November business meeting of the Litchfield Museum and Route 66 Welcome Center Association, the members approved the building design by John Fletcher and Larry Pence.

2011-11-23 13:42:40Museum Adds Art Gallery

BERWYN, Ill. - The Berwyn Route 66 Museum is not quite what you might be expecting.

2011-11-23 13:26:51Group Intends to Add Artwork to Route 66 Throughout State

TULSA, Okla. - We have 400 miles of Route 66 running through our state. In the coming year, you may see something a little different along the mother road.

2011-11-23 13:07:04Getting His Kicks on Route 66

For the last two years, trucker Evan Giovanni has traded in his mother loads for the Mother Road and a simpler way of life.

2011-11-19 13:14:30Couple Enjoys Anniversary Trip on 66

Rowland and Barbara Maddox have been getting their kicks on Route 66 for their entire lives, so it only seemed fitting to celebrate their 66th wedding anniversary cruising along that famous stretch of road.

2011-10-12 10:09:15Restaurant Saves A Big Piece Of Route 66 History

CATOOSA, Okla. - A bit of Route 66 history has been saved north and east of Catoosa.

2011-10-10 09:52:50Cameras, Cast and Crew of 'Route 66' Came to Catonsville in 1961

BALTIMORE, Md. - An article in the Oct. 12, 1961 edition of the Herald Argus and Baltimore Countian reported that the cast and crew of a popular television series was in town.

2011-10-06 10:14:31Doughnut hole in Upland is filled in West Hollywood

W. HOLLYWOOD, Calif. - WINCHELL'S DONUTS had a classic sign on Upland's Foothill Boulevard for four decades before losing its lease in 2004.

2011-10-05 10:00:39Go with the Flow: 'Route 66 Adventure Handbook: Turbocharged Fourth Edition'

Since publishing the first edition of Route 66 Adventure Handbook nearly ten years ago, author Drew Knowles has continually added to, and modified, this indispensable volume. The book begins with a great essay about traveling America’s most famous road. Knowles suggests that the best way to do it is to go with the flow, letting the journey itself dictate the itinerary.

2011-09-26 09:44:54Highway Icon Good As New

CATOOSA, Okla. - Route 66's most famous water-dweller has been rescued from the depths of disrepair.

2011-09-08 17:37:32Chicken is King on Route 66

CHICAGO, Ill. - Forty-five minutes southwest of downtown, where cities begin announcing their existence on water towers, the mighty fried chicken stands above all celebration foods. Along this stretch of Interstate 55, Sundays play out in orderly ritual: You wake up, don your Sunday best, praise the Lord or the Walmart Supercenter, then bring gramps along for some hot, crispy chicken and coleslaw.

2011-09-03 18:02:09A History of Escape, Opportunity, and Sorrow

Cut to ribbons by the interstate highways that made it obsolete, Route 66 - John Steinbeck's "mother road" - at age 85 is an intermittent track of deteriorating asphalt and nowhere roadlets.

2011-09-03 17:57:17Check Out the Mother Road Museum

BARSTOW, Calif. - As you drive west along Barstow's Main Street there are a number of large murals displayed on the various buildings to the north of the street. They portray the history of modern Barstow from the time it was a central route for the U.S. military. The trail was traced along some Indian trading routes and the Army tried a number of ingenious methods of traversing the desert wastes.

2011-09-03 17:51:44Route 66 Still Valued

In the decades since the Interstate Highway System bypassed Route 66, the famed road has continued to provide value as a source of civic pride and inspiration to public officials and roadside business owners.

2011-09-03 17:45:35A Look at the Naming of Route 66

Were it not for a stubborn Kentucky governor 85 years ago, there might never be any of today's Route 66 nostalgia, no touristy coffee mugs or ash trays, and certainly nobody getting their "kicks on Route 66."

2011-08-31 18:25:01Memory Wall Holds Treasures

LITCHFIELD, Ill. - Tucked away in the main office at the Holiday Inn Express in Litchfield, is a treasure trove of Route 66 memorabilia dating back to the 1960s.

2011-08-28 18:16:37Postcards Keep History Alive

AFTON, Okla. - Laurel Kane is quick to point out she's not a hoarder.

"But I love the TV show," she said with a smile, talking about the popular A&E network program.

2011-08-21 15:47:36Mother Road to be Featured on Travel Channel

Route 66 will play a supporting role in an upcoming program airing on the Travel Channel.

2011-08-18 15:59:53Home Tour to Take Place on Route 66

BERWYN, Ill. - The welcome mat will be out at six distinctive homes including a landmark example of Art Moderne architecture, when the Berwyn Historical Society presents its fifth annual Historic Berwyn’s House Tour called “Bungalows and More” Sunday afternoon, Sept. 25, along a 1.5-mile stretch of Route 66. Chairing the event is Sabine Krauss, whose 1920s Craftsman-style bungalow was on the tour last year. She’s been a docent since the fundraiser’s inception.

2011-08-17 20:15:02From China to Route 66

VICTORVILLE, Calif. - Chick Kirk, president emerita of the Route 66 Museum Board, finds it ironic that many locals haven’t set foot in the museum while travelers from at least 78 foreign countries have excitedly paid a visit.

2011-08-16 20:04:20Sisters Buy Boots Motel

CARTHAGE, Mo. - In 2006, two sisters, Deborah Harvey from Decatur, Ga. and Priscilla Bledsaw from Decatur, Ill., took a vehicle tour of Route 66 and decided it would be neat one day to own an old motel on the Mother Road.

2011-08-15 20:10:32Reflecting on the Mother Road

VICTORVILLE, Calif. - Jim Conkle's first trip on Route 66 was in 1949 when his family moved from Virginia to March Air Force Base in Riverside County.

2011-08-10 20:20:43Wigwams Go Retro

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. - Have you slept in a teepee lately? Kumar Patel thinks more people should experience Americana from one of the last remaining Wigwam motels in the country.

2011-08-04 12:21:06Route 66 Site Seeking Aid

NORMAL, Ill. - Terri Ryburn’s love affair with Route 66 started when she was only 5 and her family traveled from Bloomington to California on the Mother Road.

2011-08-04 12:15:14Designation Could Help Historic Site

NORMAL, Ill. - The Normal Town Council will consider designating a building on Old Route 66 as a historic landmark at its next meeting.

2011-08-03 12:41:42Couple Runs informal 66 Museum

ATLANTA, Ill. - The greeting is a little unusual, but it's part of Mike Evans' style.

2011-08-03 12:27:35City Has Route 66 Tourism Plan

WINSLOW, Ariz. - Some Winslow residents and business owners are trying to transform their community into a tourist destination, hoping to lure drivers off neighboring highways.

2011-07-31 20:51:22Set Your Sights West of St. Louis

If you're tired of haunting the same old Route 66 landmarks in St. Louis, point your car west, including Eureka's own Route 66 State Park.

2011-07-28 20:11:23Motel Demolition Signals Route 66 Makeover

Albuquerque, N. Mex. - The Mayor and the Safe City Strike Force are on a mission to make over historic Route 66.

2011-07-27 20:25:58Getting Some Kicks

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - Many artists from Nat King Cole to the Rolling Stones to Chuck Berry sang about getting your kicks on Route 66.

2011-07-25 20:51:03County Route Marker Program Kicks off on 66

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. - No highway in the world has captured the hearts and minds of travelers as much as Route 66, which is why the County of San Bernardino plans to designate a portion of this roadway "County Route 66" as it establishes the County Route Marker Program. Board of Supervisors Vice-Chairman Brad Mitzelfelt initiated the program after noticing route markers in other California counties.

2011-07-23 20:16:38Book Review: Route 66 Adventure Handbook

"Route 66 Adventure Handbook" by Drew Knowles ($19.95, Santa Monica Press, 431 pages)

2011-07-23 18:33:35Couple Takes 66 Road Trip

Rockin’ retirees Rita and Walt Danker got their kicks running Route 66.

2011-07-22 20:46:05Grant Helps Effort to Save Historic Bridge

TIMES BEACH, Mo. - Efforts to save the Meramec River/Times Beach Bridge got a shot in the arm with a $15,000 grant from the National Park Service Route 66 Corridor Preservation Program.

2011-07-20 20:03:53Route 66 Celebration Planned

NEEDLES, Calif. - An 85th Route 66 celebration to be held Nov. 11 and 12 in Needles is taking shape as organizers continue to solidify plans for the event.

2011-07-16 14:13:05Book Review: Norma M. Bolin Satisfies Even the Most Curious

Norma Maret Bolin has created a monument. Her book, Route 66 St. Louis: From the Bridges to the Diamonds, could only be the result of a labor of love.

2011-07-15 16:17:27Youths Learn About Road Trips of Old

FARMINGTON, N. Mex. - A museum on wheels made a stop Thursday in Farmington, bringing with it the history of Route 66.

2011-07-15 16:06:05Car Enthusiasts are Being Invited to get their Kicks on Route 66

The California Historic Route 66 Association and the Route 66 S.O.S. Committee are hosting an inaugural Cucamonga Classic Car Show on July 30, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Magic Lamp Inn, 8180 Foothill Blvd., Rancho Cucamonga.

2011-07-08 14:48:53Boots Motel Changing Ownership

CARTHAGE, Mo. - A buyer has emerged for the historic Boots Motel.

2011-07-08 14:39:21Making Memories on Route 66

SPRINGFIELD, O. - Every vacation has one of those moments where the wheels almost come off.

2011-07-06 14:28:06Tales of Historic Route 66

FLINT, Mich. - A big part of America's automotive history is Route 66.

2011-07-05 14:55:24Arizona 66: Highway of History

You can find almost anything along Route 66 in Arizona, from petrified logs to giant jackrabbits to bronzed hitchhikers to dinosaurs to tepees, but no camels. That's strange, because camels played a role in the history of the highway.

2011-07-03 15:10:15Route 66 Festival Planned

Springfield, Mo. - The West Central Neighborhood Alliance is planning the first annual Birthplace of Route 66 Festival. It will take place from noon to 8 p.m. on August 13, 2011 at College Street, west of Grant Avenue. Featured are live music, food, activities for kids, interpretive history, a classic car show and more.

2011-02-25 07:19:44Route 66 Alliance Reorganizes

The Route 66 Alliance, a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation and enhancement of the historic highway, has reorganized in order to better serve the people and places of the Mother Road.

2010-11-01 21:14:23Pontiac Drives Away With New Museum

PONTIAC, Ill. - A community that already boasts of one of the biggest Route 66 museums on the route, the world's largest Route 66 shield mural, a world-famous war museum, and the International Walldog Mural & Sign Art Museum -- is getting a new museum that is sure to draw visitors from around the world.

2010-11-01 20:52:25Red Fork to Celebrate Route 66

TULSA, Okla. - The RedFork Main Street Program is peddling some new events.

2010-11-01 20:32:52Gas Station a Reminder of 66 Heyday

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - There's nothing like a great road trip, whether it's a short excursion down county roads or an epic cross-country trek. I decided recently to set out on a short journey to explore the back roads of the Ozarks.

2010-10-29 20:58:04County Gets Funding for Route 66 Bike Trail

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. - McLean County has received more than $1.5 million to create a four-mile stretch of the Historic Route 66 Bike Trail from Normal to Towanda, Gov. Pat Quinn announced Friday.

2010-10-28 20:26:27Touring Route 66 East of L.A.

SAN GABRIEL VALLEY, Calif. - For westbound Route 66 travelers headed for "the good life in Southern California," reaching the San Gabriel Valley city of La Verne, some 35 miles east of Los Angeles, must have been a milestone.

2010-10-26 21:02:57Betty Estes Receives Award

PONTIAC, Ill. - The Illinois Route 66 Heritage Project, represented by Bill Kelly, visited Pontiac today to make a presentation to Pontiac's Betty Estes. The award recognizes Betty's many contributions to the creation and development of Route 66 as a tourist attraction in Illinois.

2010-10-24 20:38:17Route 66-Themed Bridge Planned

RANCHO CUCAMONGA, Calif. - Construction on a street widening project will begin next week with work on a new bridge, trailhead park and additional lanes on Foothill Boulevard.

2010-10-20 20:46:54Route 66 Exhibits Arrive

PONTIAC, Ill. - The City of Pontiac has taken delivery of the five Route 66 Heritage Trail wayside exhibits that will be installed at specific sites around the city. The Route 66 Heritage Trail exhibits are a project of the Illinois Route 66 Scenic Byway Commission and member Route 66 communities.

2010-10-15 20:23:22Billboard Taints View of Route 66 Icon

ARCADIA, Okla. - Drivers along historic Route 66 in Arcadia have noticed the famous Round Barn when on the road since 1898. However, controversy has begun to brew on what’s being built next to the Oklahoma landmark.

2010-07-08 09:02:43Historic Bridges May Be in Danger

CATOOSA, Okla. - The world is watching what the Oklahoma Department of Transportation does with two old, historic bridges.

2010-07-04 12:50:26Enjoying Route 66 in Missouri

SAINT LOUIS, Mo. - If summer days have you itching to take a road trip, grab the wheel and wander through Missouri on Historic Route 66.

2010-07-04 12:06:10Lebanon, Mo., a Route 66 Jewel

Detour off Interstate 44 to Old Route 66 and drive west from St. Louis. Within a few hours you’ll reach Lebanon, Mo., one of Missouri’s unique jewels.

2010-07-01 13:03:54Kicks at Bagdad Cafe

The Bagdad Café doesn’t look like much. It’s a shacky, rundown place on Old Route 66, in the dusty high desert about 20 miles east of Barstow.

2010-07-01 13:00:01Survey Will Chronicle History

BARSTOW, Calif. - A survey conducted by the National Park Service will make it easier to nominate properties along Historic Route 66 to the National Register of Historic Places.

2010-07-01 12:18:15Getting Kicks on 66

Imagine leaving home, a place where your family roots had spread for generations, loading your children and valuables into a less-than-reliable family car, and heading west on a road which is barely passable in some spots.

In the 1920s, '30s and '40s, thousands of families did just that.

2010-06-28 12:27:00Drive-In Date on Route 66

LITCHFIELD, Ill. - Saturday night, while anxious teens were prepping for the vampire romance "Eclipse" at a Union Station fanfest, my wife and I were enjoying a real eclipse at the Skyview Drive-in in Litchfield, Ill., on old Route 66.

2010-06-28 11:53:18Park Service Study to Get to the Roots of Route 66

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. - Getting your kicks on Route 66 in San Bernardino County these days means passing a lot of dilapidated restaurants, gas stations and motels.

2010-06-27 12:11:59Museum Gets International Visitors

CLINTON, Okla. - When I was a boy during the late 1940s, my friends and I loved to count the wide variety of license plates on cars passing along Route 66 near my home in Oklahoma City. They came from all over the country and Canada.

2010-06-27 11:59:36Route 66: Still a Good Ride

Today marks the 25 anniversary of the decommissioning of Route 66. And while some will argue that the beloved American highway was unfairly killed off, others see it differently, arguing that perhaps the mythological status so enjoyed by Route 66 in years since was born the moment she reached the end of the road.

2010-06-26 11:42:52Promoting Route 66 Attractions

GALENA, Kan. - When international visitors traveling Route 66 stop at Four Women on the Route, they often ask the location of the nearest pub.

2010-06-24 12:40:24Why "Main Street of America"?

Route 66 is synonymous with the title, Main Street of America.

2010-06-24 12:32:24Tips for Planning That 66 Trip

Route 66 is as American as apple pie, Roy Rogers, and the bald eagle so it is no wonder that many people decide to plan a trip that leads them through some part of the “Mother Road”. Unfortunately, Route 66 was removed from maps in 1985 but signs, markers, and guides can point enthusiasts in the right direction. The following tips will help you plan your trip through the "Main Street of America".

2010-06-23 13:08:20Try Arizona's Route 66

Sky-high airfares, oil-slick beaches and boycott fever are conspiring to make Arizonans vacation close to home this summer. Now is the time to embark on an old-fashioned road trip - one filled with awesome scenery, roadside attractions and family-friendly adventures - while never leaving the state. Get your kicks on Route 66.

2010-06-23 12:44:58A Look at the Building of Route 66

Despite officially losing its highway status in 1985, Route 66 remains America's favorite highway to this day. Generations of travelers have been down this scenic road. Starting in Chicago, IL, it then goes through Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and California. So how did this road begin? Believe it or not the story of this famous route starts decades before cars were even invented.

2010-06-22 13:15:26Restoring a Piece of the Past

AMARILLO, Tex. - Guests enjoying the hospitality of the Triangle Motel these days aren't the paying kind.

2010-06-11 12:04:41Area to Host National Route 66 Event

JOPLIN, Mo. - Melba Rigg has been nicknamed by her friends “The Mouth of the South.”

2010-06-09 18:29:28World’s Largest Covered Wagon Named #1

LINCOLN, Ill. - The Abraham Lincoln Tourism Bureau of Logan County gained recognition recently when it was announced in the June-July 2010 issue of Reader’s Digest that the World’s Largest Covered Wagon was named the #1 Roadside Attraction in America based on a survey of their readers.

2010-06-09 11:56:43Riviera Roadhouse Burns Down

GARDNER, Ill. - A restaurant along the historic Route 66 that was a popular hangout for Al Capone went up in flames overnight.

2010-06-06 11:51:0166 Bowl to Close

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. - After 51 years of bowling along historic Route 66, the balls will stop rolling and the pins will stop falling this summer. Spices of India will open a grocery store in the building now housing the landmark 66 Bowl, marked by the neon sign of a giant pin and bowling ball at 3810 NW 39 Expressway.

2010-06-04 12:12:50You Can Still Get Your Kicks on Route 66

Ever since Bobby Troup penned the lyrics to his 1946 hit song, "Get your Kicks On Route 66," people have been doing just that.

2010-05-24 12:28:59Buckle Up, Shift Gears, and Get Your Kicks

Every year thousands of travelers fall under the spell of The Mother Road, U.S. Route 66.

2010-05-17 21:40:56Historic Uranium Cafe ReOpens as Nana's

GRANTS, N. Mex. - Customers were greeted with a carved wooden sign on the wall which read: “Uranium Café: The food will blow your 'mine'.” The décor was devoted to the mining industry, complete with artifacts.

2010-05-14 21:21:12Peace Star, Route 66 Exhibit Dedicated

CARTHAGE, Mo. - When Charlyn Hubbard was a high schooler, she began collecting post cards.

Hubbard was born less than half a mile from Route 66 when it was in its heyday, so she collected postcards from the cities on “The Mother Road” when she traveled it with her family.

2010-05-13 21:13:28Route 66 Exhibit at Jasper County Courthouse

CARTHAGE, Mo. - Historic preservation is celebrated at the Jasper County courthouse on Thursday with a ribbon cutting to honor the efforts to establish a Route 66 display.

2010-05-13 21:09:06Thriving Along Route 66

VICTORVILLE, Calif. - Emerging from the Sagebrush Annie stretch of Route 66 between Barstow and Oro Grande, it is a shock to cross the Mojave River on the steel truss bridge into the thriving town of Victorville. Before the railroads, this crossing of the Mojave River was called "Mormon Crossing." Before rail, the site that became Victorville operated as a "station," welcoming visitors for a fee.

2010-05-12 21:48:03"Rawhide" Drew Stars to Route 66 Town

TUCUMCARI, N. Mex. - From the snowstorm that trapped Jimmy Stewart for a couple of days in 1940 to the reminiscent tour of Old Route 66 that brought Paul McCartney to town two summers ago, Tucumcari has long been a magnet for traveling celebrities.

2010-05-09 21:28:01Visit Missouri's Route 66

Set your busy fast-lane life on cruise control with a getaway along Missouri's Route 66. Missourians have a special claim to the double-digit thruway: we named it. State highway officials meeting in Springfield in 1926 requested the number "66" be assigned to the transcontinental roadway.

2010-05-06 21:16:21Firm to Study Route 66 in California

A much-anticipated study of Route 66 in California is nearer to getting underway now that a firm has been selected to oversee the effort.

2010-04-30 22:08:34Mural and Sign Art Museum Opens

PONTIAC, Ill. - Last summer, the Walldogs paid tribute to Pontiac, painting 19 murals that depict its people, places and historic events.

2010-04-29 22:11:57Museums Nominated for Special Designation

BAXTER SPRINGS, Kan. - The museums in Baxter Springs and Galena have but one thing in common, and it is that which makes them stand out.

2010-04-24 21:57:20Obelisks Once Marked Old Highways

PLAINVIEW, Tex. - While once scores marked the route of the Ozark Trail highway system, only seven of the 21-foot tall concrete obelisks remain, and three are within easy driving distance of Plainview.

2010-04-02 09:44:18'Ghost Mural' May be Featured at New Museum

PONTIAC, Ill. - A new museum is on schedule to open next month and a recently-discovered treasure may be featured.

2010-04-02 09:23:32National Route 66 Event Scheduled

BAXTER SPRINGS, Kan. - Thousands of Route 66 enthusiasts from around the country, plus Europe and Asia, are expected to converge June 17-20 in the area.

2010-04-01 09:38:56Famous Faces Part of Local History

DAGGETT, Calif. - Although the Mojave Route 66 town of Daggett shares a common history with its neighboring towns, it has many claims to distinction, such as the colorful characters who were familiar faces around town.

2010-03-31 09:36:02Chicago Offers Route 66 Experience

Travelers who want to see America's famous Route 66 have been encouraged to start their journey in Chicago.

2010-03-30 09:30:11You Can Still Get Your Kicks on Route 66

ALBUQUERQUE, N. Mex. - When it comes to road trips for a family, Route 66 may not only be a classic, it's also known as the Mother Road. Yet in many ways, the road has remained somewhat untouched and fairly untraveled since its heyday throughout the first half of the 1900s.

2010-03-25 07:38:23Citrus Evokes Route 66 Memories

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA - Favorite cafes, long since vanished. The fragrance of citrus carried on breezes sifting through prolific orchards. The satisfying gulp of freshly squeezed orange juice from a stand along the Mother Road. These are among the memories that linger for those who traveled along Route 66 in the San Gabriel Valley.

2010-03-18 08:06:39Cave, Cafe, and Crater on Route 66

A cave, a crater and a ragtag cafe of movie fame are strange bedfellows on a stretch of the Mother Road in the western portion of the Mojave Desert.

2010-03-14 07:49:42Rambling on Route 66 in Illinois

MADISON COUNTY, Ill. - When it comes to traveling Route 66, Jerry Law is a purist.

2010-03-03 21:31:24Restored Coleman Captures Drama

MIAMI, Okla. - Barbara Smith is about to go into a frenzy, but she's trying her utmost best not to show it.

2010-03-03 20:51:12Ludlow: The Town That Traveled

LUDLOW, Calif. - The gas stations, eateries and minimarket of the Route 66 town of Ludlow are located just a hair off I-40, some 36 miles east of Barstow and about 149 miles from the San Gabriel Valley.

2010-03-02 20:58:33California's Main Squeeze

FONTANA, Calif. - As they motored through the scorching Central Valley in the family station wagon, Mel Haynes' nine children watched for the juice-and-fruit stands shaped like immense oranges that dotted California 99, symbolically proclaiming the Golden State's eminence as the king of citrus.

2010-02-26 21:08:51Preserving Route 66

ST. LOUIS, Mo. - If the Route 66 Association of Missouri gets its way, motorists will be getting their kicks on a National Scenic Byway. That's the plan unveiled at a meeting Wednesday, Feb. 17, at the Kirkwood Community Center.

2010-02-25 21:20:35A Part of Many Lives

RIALTO, Calif. - Whether it be difficult times, such as getting stuck on washed-out portions of the road, or milestone experiences like spending a wedding night in a wig-wam, memories of Route 66 remain with many people today, long after their journey ended.

2010-02-24 21:13:46A Lady of the Route Passes

BRAIDWOOD, Ill. - If the Mother Road had a mom, it would be Lenore Weiss.

2010-02-20 20:52:11Are Fire Laws Endangering Historic Eatery?

GARDNER, Ill. - Could it be the end of the road for a historical edifice on historic Route 66?

2010-02-19 20:37:11New Nominations to National Register

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - Fourteen sites in Missouri have been nominated for induction into the National Register of Historic Places.

2010-02-18 20:41:51Marker Approved for Civil War Battle Site

PACIFIC, Mo. - The city's Blackburn Park on a bluff along old Route 66 will get a marker commemorating the city's lone Civil War battle.

2010-02-18 20:29:31The Vanished Town of Bagdad

Traveling along Route 66 heading west, we leave Amboy, and pull over at the site of Bagdad, a lonely and eerie patch of desert, now home only to the deceased.

2010-02-15 20:45:51New Art Coming to Downtown

PONTIAC, Ill. - First it was doors and then it was dogs.

Now downtown leaders are looking to beautify the area with fiberglass cars and trucks decorated by area artists.

2010-02-11 20:23:27Railroad Service Aided Mother Road Towns

Service stations, cafes and motels looking after travelers were not the only reasons communities on Route 66 survived.

2010-02-09 12:21:15Group Makes Deal to Buy Land Near Hollywood Sign

LOS ANGELES, Calif. - A nature conservation group said Monday it has reached a deal that would protect a huge swath of land near the world-famous Hollywood sign from being developed into luxury homes.

2010-02-03 21:19:45Bastion of Nostalgia

AMBOY, Calif. - It was a quiet morning in Amboy when the towns people, to their horror, spotted smoke spiraling from the "dormant" crater south west of town. Panic set in. Route 66 was shut down as was the Santa Fe Railroad mainline.

2010-01-25 21:31:31Bridge Could Be Razed

EUREKA, Mo. - People visiting Missouri's Route 66 State Park can browse through a converted 1930s roadhouse filled with mementos of the iconic Chicago-to-Los Angeles highway that ran through here.

But that stroll down memory lane ends abruptly just a few short feet from the visitor center.

2010-01-24 19:10:58Meeting Adds Kicks to Route 66

JOPLIN, Mo. - Revitalizing interest in Route 66 as well as getting input for a Corridor Management Plan (CMP) for Missouri's segment of the road, a prerequisite for seeking national byway status, were the reasons for a public meeting held at the Powers Museum on January 19, 2010. Jointly organized by members of the Route 66 Association of Missouri and representatives of Great River Engineering of Springfield, the meeting was the second of 10 to be held in counties that claim access to the road.

2010-01-21 19:01:02Association Seeks Participation

CARTHAGE, Mo. - It may have been decommissioned 26 years ago, but Route 66 is alive and well in the heart of Carthage and in the minds of millions around the world.

2010-01-20 21:11:10Chambless: a Stop, a Shade, a Silent Town

CHAMBLESS, Calif. - Motoring west on "the highway that's the best," travelers routinely pull over at the site of the Route 66 desert town of Chambless.

2010-01-08 21:02:50Frankoma Pottery Again Seeking New Ownership

SAPULPA, Okla. - Oklahoma soil is what Frankoma has been built on for 76 years. It's what grew this company from the ground up.

2010-01-07 21:09:02Input Needed for 66 Management Plan

JOPLIN, Mo. - Public meetings have been scheduled in January and February 2010 in each of 10 Missouri counties as the next step in the creation of a Corridor Management Plan for Missouri's segment of historic Route 66, according to an announcement by the Route 66 Association of Missouri. Participation is encouraged in these meetings to help identify unique economic development opportunities that may exist in the corridor.

2009-12-24 08:45:31Plaques Mark Historic Spots

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Just the sound of it is intimidating, conjuring up visions of a horrible disease or perhaps a fraternity of enlightened scientists.

2009-12-24 08:36:25Man Walking Route 66

DUARTE, Calif. - The way Emory Duick, 71 of Des Plains, Ill. figures it, no one has ever walked the entire length of Route 66.

2009-12-23 09:03:32Mojave Towns Named Alphabetically

Part 7 of an ongoing series

Fenner is a small town in the Mojave Desert which is located on the Old Route 66. That is, it was expelled from the current Mother Road by virtue of a highway re-alignment, in the same way the town of Goffs, which we recently visited in this series, was evicted.

2009-12-22 08:22:33Route 66: Immortalized, But Mortal

LOS ANGELES, Calif. - It was, John Steinbeck wrote in "The Grapes of Wrath," the "Mother Road" of Dust Bowl sharecroppers heading to the promised land of California. It was where George Maharis and Martin Milner got their 1960s kicks in a Corvette and the highway that brought families to Disneyland and the original McDonald's in San Bernardino.

2009-12-17 08:56:45Route 66 Artist Says Farewell

CHICAGO, Ill. - Out there on Route 66, among the desert rats and yodelers, bluegrass musicians and storekeepers, artist Bob Waldmire found a home in a life that defied settling down.

2009-12-16 08:51:40Route 66 Marathon Planned

JOPLIN, Mo. - Vince Lindstrom called Route 66 "our Mississippi River." The man of ideas, Joplin's director of the Convention and Visitors Bureau has found a way to finally call attention in the Joplin area to this bit of nostalgia, also known as the "Mother Road."

2009-12-16 08:28:06Legendary Bob Waldmire Reaches End of Road

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - Local artist and Route 66 legend Bob Waldmire died peacefully as the sun rose over Springfield on Wednesday morning.

2009-12-15 09:09:00Riviera Roadhouse Reopens

BRAIDWOOD, Ill. - The kicks are back at a famous Route 66 roadhouse. The Riviera has re-opened for business, nearly one year after former owners Bob and Peggy Kraft had to close the doors on the 80-year-old business.

2009-12-11 09:52:07Route 66 Shaped High Desert Landscape

The following is an excerpt from a Daily Press story published Dec. 31, 1999.

VICTORVILLE, Calif. - More than any other American roadway, Route 66 has been celebrated in songs and books, on television and at the movies.

2009-12-10 09:47:14Recalling a Trip of Wonder

LA VERNE, Calif. - At the mention of Route 66, a flood of memories enveloped La Verne resident Noah Jameson.

He's spent his life within a stone's throw of the Mother Road. He was raised in Joplin, Route 66's last stop in Missouri, and lived for a while in Duarte. Now he and wife Rosemary reside in La Verne.

2009-12-09 10:15:40Cut off, Goffs a Study of Route's Past

Part 5 of an ongoing series

We are about to visit an extremely significant Route 66 town, despite the fact that it has been expelled from the famous highway.

2009-12-01 10:00:23A Dream Rooted in Highway's Heyday

SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY, Calif. - His love of the automobile and the way a sunset illuminated a Mojave Desert mountain range inspired Gus Lizalde two decades ago to invest in a piece of Route 66 history.

2009-11-25 10:25:23Comeback Cafe

STROUD, Okla. - Dawn Welch still has to reach for a napkin when talking about the fire that gutted the historic Rock Café.

2009-11-22 20:16:09Forgotten Highway Rivals Route 66 in Historical Interest

PITTSBURG, Kan. - The old Jefferson Highway was the first road to traverse North America from north to south and possibly the first dedicated international highway in the world.

2009-11-18 20:45:46Route 66 History Found in California Museums

There is no better way to gain knowledge and perspective about the historical spots along California's Route 66 than to visit two museums in Victorville and Barstow dedicated to the road's history.

2009-11-14 20:34:23Waldmire Watch Update

ROCHESTER, Ill. - Lots of things could cross the mind of Bob Waldmire as he lies dying on the futon of his 1966 Chevy bus-house. Waldmire is an artist, bioregionalist and the free spirit of Route 66. He has been diagnosed with colon cancer, which has spread to his liver. He has declined medical care with the exception of some fine pain-killers. Doctors say he has between three weeks and three months to live.

2009-11-13 21:09:03Route 66 Visitor Center Recognized

BAXTER SPRINGS, Kan. — The Baxter Springs Route 66 Visitors’ Center was recognized Friday by the National Park Service as a place that matters.

2009-11-11 20:52:49Revisiting California's Route 66

Its heyday has flourished and waned, and yet Route 66, the 2,400-mile corridor from the Midwest through Los Angeles, continues to fascinate travelers with a promise of adventure, nostalgia and dreams fulfilled.

2009-11-11 20:24:31Mythical End for a Legendary Road

SANTA MONICA, Calif. - The question of where the old Route 66 officially ended in the West has been the subject of debate among history buffs and roadsters. On Wednesday it was resolved in a quintessentially American way, by placing the terminus in a place where it can best be monetized.

2009-11-05 18:11:00Grants Awarded; New Designation

On October 9th, U. S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced that 160 projects across 43 states will receive grant funding to improve and promote the highways that make up the America’s Collection of nationally significant roads under the National Scenic Byways Program. Arizona’s Historic Route 66 was awarded funding for the three grants submitted under this grant program earlier this year.

2009-10-28 20:47:18Powerhouse to Get Major Renovation

KINGMAN, Ariz. - The Powerhouse Visitor Center celebrated its 100th anniversary earlier this month, and the U.S. Department of Transportation has presented it with a generous birthday present - nearly a quarter-million dollars for renovation work.

2009-10-28 20:42:02El Rancho Grande: Still Kicking

TULSA, Okla. - Longtime Tulsans remember when 11th Street was as much highway as city thoroughfare. Before the massive interstate highway system was built high above us all atop its spindly concrete columns and earthen mounds, and certainly long before that endless ribbon of concrete and asphalt was but a glimmer in President Eisenhower’s eye, cities like Tulsa had streets running through them that changed from state and federal highways into slow moving currents of hungry travelers and then back again into highways on the city’s outskirts. In the case of 11th Street, the motorists passing through were on the biggest river of all, none other than the mighty “Mother Road” known as Route 66.

2009-10-28 20:34:45AZ 66 Enjoys Designation

KINGMAN, Ariz. - In a nation built on freedom of movement, no roadway has captured the American spirit quite like Route 66. For decades, the people of Kingman have been able to recognize the Mother Road's unique character, from its post-war glory days as the nation's main drag to its present incarnation as a living museum of the small-town Americana of yesteryear.

2009-10-27 20:20:08A Route 66 Legend Says Farewell

ROCHESTER, Ill. - Normally by the time fall’s first chill reaches central Illinois, Bob Waldmire is far away in his beloved Chiricahua Mountains in Arizona. There, he lives as he chooses -- off the power grid, with his water tank, his wind-generated power and his solar hot tub.

2009-10-17 09:15:25Trolley Testifies to Earlier Era

SAPULPA, Okla. - The Maggie M stands as an icon of the old Route 66, recalling the days when she glided across gleaming rails, whisking carefree passengers to and from Tulsa.

2009-10-13 09:21:21Markers Recognize Route 66's Many Routes

ST. LOUIS, Mo. - Many people drive on Dunn Road every day in North County. They see it as an outer road to Interstate 270, but may not know about its history.

2009-10-01 10:55:12Diner a Travel Destination

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - It’s practically a place of pilgrimage. A Mecca for food historians. Tourists flock there, not just from Illinois, but from all across America and around the globe, by motorcycle, car and by the busload.

2009-09-30 10:29:31Easy Lessons From a Hard Road

Route 66 introduced Arizona to America.

Running 2,448 miles from Chicago to Los Angeles, U.S. Highway 66 was born Nov. 11, 1926. It rolled across Illinois, Missouri, Kansas (only 12 miles), Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and California, and it lived almost 60 years before being pronounced dead June 27, 1985.

2009-09-25 10:42:26Route 66 Showcased in NAU Exhibit

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - Hundreds of pictures and pieces of memorabilia dedicated to the historic Route 66 will line the walls of the Cline Library Special Collection and Archives until the end of July.

2009-09-23 21:31:35Celebrating the Powerhouse

KINGMAN, Ariz. - Kingman celebrates a new centenarian in October; a true character full of history, harboring an energizing past -- speaking here, of course, of the Powerhouse.

2009-09-23 21:24:37Twin Facelift on Route 66 in AZ

It started with the arrows. The iconic namesakes of Twin Arrows, once reduced to battered telephone poles leaning into the wind that sweeps across Interstate 40, now glisten red and gold, new heads and fletchings -- tail feathers -- in place after a recent volunteer restoration effort.

2009-09-22 21:09:59Route 66 Bikeway Gets Funding Boost

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. - The Route 66 bikeway is getting a $1.44 million boost from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

2009-09-18 21:06:48Route 66 History Has New Home

CARTHAGE, Mo. - Jasper County’s historic courthouse is a frequent stop for tourists traveling Route 66.

Now, Route 66 history is a part of the courthouse, in a display that mimics Carthage’s former Boots Drive-In.

2009-09-13 21:14:50Route 66 Still Alive in Williams

WILLIAMS, Ariz. - Twenty-five years ago, songwriter-turned-actor Bobby Troup came to Williams to perform "Route 66," the hit song he had written in 1946 for Nat King Cole.

2009-09-10 21:35:34City Installs New Route 66 Signs

CARTHAGE, Mo. - One set of new signs, marking the historic old Route 66 through Carthage, has been installed and another set will be installed in the next few weeks.

2009-09-08 21:48:51Landmark Celebrates 50 Years

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. - The cracking sound of balls striking pins, the weekly birthday parties, the league tournaments, live music and just plain bowling fun draw people from across states and across oceans to 66 Bowl.

2009-09-08 21:41:27Summit Inn Continues to Serve

Elvis, James Bond and Pearl Bailey all did it. One had a temper, one was passing through and one was a regular.

They each ate at the historic Summit Inn atop the Cajon Pass.

2009-09-01 21:58:49Preservation Grant Awarded

WILLIAMS, Ariz. - Colors of the West, a retail store located on Route 66 in Williams, was recently awarded a cost-share grant from the National Park Service Route 66 Corridor Preservation Program. The program provides assistance for eligible historic preservation projects along Route 66.

2009-08-24 22:23:05Route 66 Cost-Share Preservation Grants Awarded

The National Park Service Route 66 Corridor Preservation Program announces the awarding of three cost-share grants to restore historic properties along Route 66.

2009-08-18 21:44:43Bike Path Tied to Mother Road

BLOOMINGTON-NORMAL, Ill. - Ten years ago this September, an intergovernmental agreement was reached to share costs and planning for a Route 66 bikeway from Chenoa to McLean. There are already short segments, some using pavement from abandoned portions of Route 66, in Chenoa, Lexington and Towanda.

2009-08-15 21:39:18Keeping the Old Way Alive

CARTHAGE, Mo. - For 23 years, Carthage resident Mark Goodman has been getting his kicks on Route 66.

2009-08-14 13:35:22Historic Route 66 Bridge Reclaimed from Brush

SAPULPA, Okla. - Today volunteer work crews cleaned up the undergrowth and trees which had been obscuring a historic bridge on old Route 66 just west of Sapulpa.

2009-08-06 21:33:34Never Say Die

SELIGMAN, Ariz. - It’s known as the “Birthplace of Historic Route 66” not because the old Mother Road began here, but because, in 1987, the people of Seligman staunchly refused to let the great American Main Street in this small town die.

2009-08-06 21:10:22Restored Cafe a Hit

ATLANTA, Ill. - The brick facade was collapsing. The interior was stripped to the studs. The business district of Atlanta, Illinois was just about dead.

2009-08-05 21:16:32Lamplighter Residents Seek Landmark Status

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - An oasis lies a few high-dives east of Interstate 55 on South Sixth Street.

2009-08-04 21:27:23Grant to Help Restoration of The Mill

LINCOLN, Ill. - A $10,000 grant is on its way to help fund the restoration of The Mill, a former Lincoln restaurant whose 80th anniversary was celebrated last month.

2009-08-04 21:00:59Murals Draw Attention in Route 66 Town

PONTIAC, Ill. - Pontiac Tourism Director Ellie Alexander told the city council Monday that the community’s 19 murals helped to increase tourism 99 percent during the month of June compared with last summer.

2009-07-25 19:57:55Historic Designation Sought

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - Most anyone who has lived in Springfield more than a couple of decades probably has a prom, first-date, family vacation or regular-dining-spot story about the Lamplighter, formally known as INN OF THE LAMPLIGHTER.

2009-07-21 19:50:56Route 66 Bikeway Project May Lure Stimulus Money

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. - A Route 66 bikeway from west Bloomington to Shirley took a step closer to reality Tuesday when the McLean County Board approved an engineering contract for the project.

2009-07-16 08:16:03Route 66 Collaboration Announced

BAXTER SPRINGS, Kan. - The Baxter Springs Heritage Center and Museum (BSHC&M) has announced that it is a founding partner in the national Route 66 Archives and Research Collaboration (ARC), a part of the Route 66 Corridor Preservation Program of the National Park Service.

2009-07-15 08:32:08Arizona Town Recognizes Route 66 Heritage

KINGMAN, Ariz. - The number 66 bears a dual significance to Jim Hinckley. It's not just the designation of his favorite stretch of all-American asphalt, it's also the year he first stepped foot in a sleepy little desert burg called Kingman, Ariz.

2009-07-08 20:27:12Dixie Remodeling Nears Completion

McLEAN, Ill. - Nearly $500,000 in improvements to the Dixie Travel Plaza give it a fresh look but doesn't change the down-home feeling for which it's famous, said General Manager Tina Kletz.

2009-07-06 18:25:40The Mill Celebrating Anniversary

LINCOLN, Ill. - Saturday, July 25, 2009 the Route 66 Heritage Foundation of Logan County will be hosting a huge celebration in honor of the 80th Anniversary of The Mill. Along with reaching this great milestone, the foundation has a lot more to celebrate. The Mill on 66 was recently inducted into the Route 66 Association of Illinois Hall of Fame.

2009-07-01 08:18:09TV Series Features Route 66

CHICAGO, Ill. - The Coote family of Lockport planned on taking a family road trip out West this year. They just didn't plan on television crews tagging along. The Cootes are one of seven families chosen to star in the new reality TV program "Great American Road Trip," premiering at 7 p.m. Tuesday on WMAQ-Channel 5. The eight-episode series follows the exploits of these peripatetic parents and their kids as they pilot RVs along America's legendary highway, U.S. Route 66.

2009-06-27 21:28:25A Call for Nominations

The Society for Commercial Archaeology Announces Falling by the Wayside: 10 Most Endangered Roadside Places, 2009 call for nominations.

2009-06-23 21:40:34Route 66 Offers Quirky Sightseeing

It runs through eight states and covers over 2,400 miles from California to Illinois but Historic Route 66 offers more than just pavement.

2009-06-12 21:18:53Plenty to do on Oklahoma's Route 66

NORMAN, Okla. - Enjoy the Oklahoma weather, roll the windows down and take a throwback in time to cruise the most popular, romanticized road in the world right here in Frontier Country.

2009-06-12 20:55:18The Mill Joins Route 66 Hall of Fame

LINCOLN, Ill. - The Mill on 66, a famous quirky restaurant during the heyday of Route 66 and beyond, will be inducted into the Route 66 Association of Illinois Hall of Fame on Saturday night.

2009-06-09 21:02:10Route 66 in the Ozarks

CARTHAGE, Mo. - Jasper County, including Carthage and the surrounding area, is prominently included in a new book “Route 66 in the Missouri Ozarks.”

2009-06-09 19:14:12Funds Sought for Route 66 Park

WEBB CITY, Mo. - Webb City officials said an ordinance adopted Monday by the City Council likely will net the city $25,000 in state funds to beautify an area on old Route 66.

2009-06-06 20:09:10Route 66 Museum Part of Pontiac for Five Years

PONTIAC, Ill. - So far the Route 66 Museum and Hall of Fame has stood the test of time. In fact, in only five years, it appears the cozy little part of the old Pontiac City Hall building has become quite a place.

2009-06-04 20:14:20Rock Cafe Reopens in Stroud

STROUD, Okla. - "Never doubt Dawn Welch,” is written on the floor-to-ceiling eraser-board walls in the restrooms at the renovated and reopened Rock Cafe.

Welch, Rock Cafe owner since 1993, stood by a little more than a year ago as fire crews sifted through the wreckage of her livelihood. She swore it would not only open again but would open within the same walls originally erected during 1938 and 1939.

2009-05-20 20:24:02MoDOT Recommends Route 66 Welcome Center in Webb City

CARTHAGE, Mo. - State funds will go to build a Route 66 welcome center in Webb City and trails in Joplin and Carl Junction if a recommendation from a local committee to the Missouri Department of Transportation goes through.

2009-05-19 20:30:34Route 66 Landmark Palms Grill Reopens

ATLANTA, Ill. - Bill Thomas punched a few keys and turned a crank to open the old-fashioned cash register at the Palms Grill Cafe.

2009-04-16 20:43:41Historic Bridge May Get Upgrade

WAYNESVILLE, Mo. - At the heart of Devils Elbow is a truss bridge that crosses the Big Piney River on the original alignment of Route 66.

2009-04-13 20:56:24Holbrook Has It

Holbrook, Arizona is the gateway city to the Petrified Forest National Park. Located 25 miles west of the park, Holbrook offers a variety of services that visitors will want to take advantage of.

2009-04-09 20:23:01Phelps County Approves New Signs

ROLLA, Mo. - The Phelps County Commission approved a formal request from the Route 66 Association of Missouri to install new Historic Route 66 Byway signs.

2009-04-07 20:15:10Meadow Gold Sign Returns

TULSA, Okla. - There are 24 miles of historic Route 66 running through Tulsa. Along it are bits and pieces of our history. One of those bits and pieces has been restored and is being re-erected along the historic pathway.

2009-03-26 20:29:18Route 66 the Setting for New Film

Billy Yeager—who, incidentally, is the nephew of Bunny Yeager, the well-known pinup photographer of the 1950s and 60s—announces a film project inspired by the Mother Road.

2009-03-26 08:04:20Edgewood Resident Writes State Song

ALBUQUERQUE, N.Mex. – Cowpokes now have a good reason to gather 'round the campfire and break out the guitar—New Mexico's got an official state cowboy song.

2009-03-24 20:19:14Treasure or Trash?

PETRIFIED FOREST, Ariz. - One man's trash is another man's treasure and archaeologists often have to differentiate between the two.

2009-03-24 20:07:28Sights Abound in Missouri

From dilapidated ruins to stately Victorian homes, Route 66 travels past many interesting sights through southwestern Missouri.

2009-03-22 19:46:13Ghosts of Two Guns

TWO GUNS, Ariz. - As drivers head East and West on Interstate 40, the majority of travelers have never noticed the ghost town of Two Guns eroding away in the desert.

2009-03-18 19:54:02Hall of Fame Adds Wishing Well to Collection

PONTIAC, Ill. - The newest addition to the Route 66 Hall of Fame and Museum is a 68-year-old wishing well with some highway history of its own.

2009-03-16 19:58:31Route 66 is Here!

TULSA, Okla. - U.S. Route 66 is one of America’s first highways, established in 1926. It is almost 2,500 miles and stretches from Chicago to Santa Monica, Calif. Route 66 runs all the way through Oklahoma, about 375 miles total.

2009-03-15 20:05:25Alliance Proposes Establishing Route 66 National Monument

Preservationists worried about military expansion and renewable energy development in the California desert are pitching a plan to create a vast national monument east of Twentynine Palms and protect 70 miles of historic Route 66.

2009-03-13 20:16:58Design to Begin Soon on Route 66 Center

TULSA, Okla. - The national Route 66 Alliance and the River Parks Authority hope to have offices in the Route 66 Interpretive Center once it is constructed at Southwest Boulevard and Riverside Drive.

2009-02-23 22:29:18Preservationists Fight to Save Historic Oklahoma Bridge

CATOOSA, Okla. - State preservationists and Route 66 advocates are sweating the fate of a structurally deficient bridge built during the Great Depression.

2009-02-23 22:05:25A Guinness Record on Missouri Route 66

CUBA, Mo. - The steel 42’1” rocking chair that took its place on Route 66 on April 1, 2008, celebrates its 2009 birthday with the Guinness World Records designation of Largest Rocking Chair.

2009-02-21 22:17:14Round Barn Harkens to Farming Era

ARCADIA, Okla. - In 1926 Route 66 was commissioned to join Chicago and Los Angeles passing thru eight states.

2009-02-20 22:37:22Pumped About the Mother Road

GALENA, Kan. - Think of Route 66 and several names come to mind: Bobby Troup, who wrote "Route 66"; John Steinbeck, who proclaimed it the Mother Road in "The Grapes of Wrath"; Will Rogers, whose face appears on plaques and is carved in granite memorials all along the old highway.

2009-02-20 15:06:50RV Park Adding Route 66-themed Motel Rooms

MARSHFIELD, Mo. - Three brand-new Route 66-themed motel rooms are scheduled for opening mid-March.

2009-02-17 22:22:06Boots Drive-In Featured in Route 66 Exhibit

CARTHAGE, Mo. - The curved front of the former Boots Drive-In will be repeated in a Route 66 display at the Jasper County Courthouse.

2009-02-14 17:17:47Museum Celebrates Route 66 Treasures

SANTA ROSA, N. Mex. - A young museum celebrating old cars, the Route 66 Museum here just north of Interstate 40 in central New Mexico is a great stopping off spot for weary travelers.

2009-02-07 22:07:54Walk in Ancient Footsteps at Barstow Museum

BARSTOW, Calif. - Visitors to Barstow hardly ever think of it as a destination. They usually see it as a sort of rest stop. They usually don't linger.

2009-02-05 21:53:50Route 66 Chock-Full of Hotel History

Famed and feted Route 66 has been placed on a historic list of America’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places. But don’t immediately panic about the future of its hospitality industry.

2009-02-05 21:46:16Dick's Gets Hip to Route 66

JOLIET, Ill. - Dick's wants kicks, too.

Dick Bartel, owner of Dick's Towing at 900 N. Broadway, saw the city commemorating the historic Route 66 with a special park across the street. And the adjacent Dairy Delite has Blues Brothers statues on its roof.

2009-02-01 13:45:32Have You Seen the Muffler Men?

If you took a road trip during the 1960s or 1970s, you probably encountered a few of the enormous fiberglass statues, referred to by fans and followers as Muffler Men or M-Men.

2009-01-21 20:34:32Meadow Gold Sign Report

TULSA, Okla. - The familiar metal framework is in place, the electrical power has been connected, and soon the giant letters will be hoisted into position.

2009-01-21 20:06:32Route 66 May Revive North Lawndale

As castles go, the building isn't much, with its crumbling turret and boarded windows on a forgotten stretch of Ogden Avenue in North Lawndale.

2009-01-15 20:13:25Mother Road Reasons to Love Albuquerque

Americans have been enjoying road trips since the first automobile rolled off the assembly line.

2009-01-06 20:28:32Route 66 a Hit With Overseas Travelers

ST. LOUIS, Mo. - Soulsby's Shell station in tiny Mt. Olive, Ill., seems like an unlikely attraction for international tourists. The gasoline pumps, which first started dispensing fuel in 1926, have been dry since 1991. But its position alongside historic Route 66 draws scores of visitors from every corner of the globe each spring, summer, and fall.

2009-01-05 20:21:29Co-Founder of Iconic Motel Dies

CARTHAGE, Mo. - One of the original co-owners of a Route 66 icon in Carthage has died at the age of 102.

2009-01-02 20:39:23Winslow Parks Show City Pride

WINSLOW, Ariz. - This is one tough town. It has survived the loss of rail travel, air travel and the tourists who once came through on Route 66.

2008-11-24 19:16:52New Book Showcases Unusual Signs

Roadsign fans rejoice: Caution: Funny Signs Ahead has just been released by the good people at RoadTripAmerica.com (Ulysses Press, 164pp, $11.95).

2008-11-16 10:17:47“Chevy on a Stick” May Get New Home

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - A 1955 Chevy BEL-AIRE two-door hardtop has rested atop a three-story pole at 2412 Clear Lake Ave. through 17 years, two car dealerships and two trips to the ground for thorough refurbishings.

2008-10-22 21:39:50Group Plans to Identify Landmarks

PONTIAC, Ill. - A Route 66 organization has big plans to help tourists better understand the iconic highway.

2008-10-21 21:45:32Motel May Become Route 66 Center

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - The city of Springfield is willing to take temporary ownership of the Bel-Aire Motel if it means replacing a persistent trouble spot with an Illinois Historic Route 66 Discovery Center, Mayor Tim Davlin said Monday.

2008-10-18 09:54:39Magic Lamp on 66 an Experience

RANCHO CUCAMONGA, Calif. - You'll find all the new, fancy restaurants in the east part of town.

But to the west, along a stretch of Route 66 that's seen better days, the Magic Lamp Inn still stands tall, a tower of red tile, red brick and stone and, of course, the famous neon lamp.

2008-10-09 10:00:30Festival at Chain of Rocks a Success

SAINT LOUIS, Mo. - Saturday's St. Louis Route 66 Festival on the Chain of Rocks Bridge offered food, art, music, bicycling and the chance to view classic cars.

2008-10-05 10:14:10Museum Chronicles Route 66 History

BARSTOW, Calif. - The main street of Barstow is part of historic Route 66. Today, while the city tries hard to keep the thoroughfare fresh and alive, much of the traffic is found elsewhere on the humming freeways - two of which meet just north of town.

2008-10-04 10:19:34Innovative Lodgings on Route 66

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. - During the recent Route 66 Rendezvous festivities in San Bernardino, the main streets were filled with shiny examples of automotive art, and the sounds of souped-up engines filled the hot evening air with their roars and rumblings.

2008-09-10 19:12:46Route 66 Revisited

GALLUP, N. Mex. - Members of the Society for Commercial Archeology will be coming to Gallup Thursday to try to get an idea of what life on Historic Route 66 is all about.

2008-09-07 19:18:22Sentimental About Route 66

On a cold December night in 1960, Orland Park resident John Dalton was returning home to Chicago from Fort Leonard Wood Army base in Missouri, where he was stationed, when his bus happened upon a rather famous 2,500-mile stretch of highway.

2008-09-04 19:22:57Birthday Milestone on Route 66

August was quite a month for birthday surprises. Take the case of Connie Colson. Connie turned 66 this August and her innovative daughter, Irene Ducharme, came up with a clever birthday surprise.

If you are 66, how about a trip down Route 66?

2008-08-29 20:14:22Museum Pays Tribute to Gas Stations of the Past

EMBUDO, N. Mex.- Tucked away on Highway 68 in the northern New Mexico community of Embudo, three 1940s-era gas pumps stand as sentinels at a filling station.

2008-08-02 22:04:57City Leaders Want Route 66 Better-Marked

CARTHAGE, Mo. - A community leader in Webb City is looking into painting Route 66 markings on the road along the path of the old road through Jasper County.

2008-07-28 17:18:07Rose Bowl Making a Comeback

TULSA, Okla. - The historic Rose Bowl on Route 66 is set to open this week after two years of renovations to transform the old bowling alley into an events center.

2008-07-13 19:36:36Roadside Attraction Sign Stolen

WILMINGTON, Ill. - Tourists may be fumbling around the downtown in their attempts to find the newly-opened Route 66 Welcome Center.

2008-07-13 19:31:35Oklahoma 66 Offers Many Attractions

Some Oklahomans think of Route 66 in the past tense, as if to say it used to be America's Main Street or the Mother Road was the ultimate road trip. But I recently experienced first-hand how much charm and personality this iconic highway still boasts.

2008-07-01 21:58:46Galena Business Receives Award

GALENA, Kan. - The women from 4 Women on the Route returned from the Route 66 Festival 2008 with bumps, bruises and an award.

2008-06-30 22:04:37Historic Orange to Re-Open

FONTANA, Calif. - Progress won't put the squeeze on a Route 66 orange stand if Joe Bono has anything to say about it.

The owner of Bono's Restaurant and Deli on Foothill Boulevard, where the orange orb occupies a spot in the parking lot, says the stand will open again.

2008-06-25 21:30:05Red Cedar Inn May Be Reborn as Museum

PACIFIC, Mo. - Supporters from all over the region, as well as federal representatives, are encouraging Pacific officials to move forward with a proposal to convert the historic Red Cedar Inn into a city museum and visitors center.

2008-06-25 21:24:11Classic Slogan to Return to Billboards

“Tucumcari Tonite” will be returning to billboards advertising the city to motorists on Interstate 40 and U.S. 54.

2008-06-08 16:55:08Oatman to Hold Annual Egg Fry

OATMAN, Ariz. - Every year July 4 is celebrated as the date in 1776 the U.S. announced its independence to the world.

2008-06-07 14:49:27Couple to Get Hitched on Route 66

ODELL, Ill. - Jennifer O'Dowd used to dream of a traditional marriage ceremony.

2008-05-30 22:19:01Burros, Gunfights, and Clark Gable

OATMAN, Ariz. - Crowds gather around a local celebrity, and cameras explode as she bats her big eyes and unashamedly gorges on food. It's the kind of scene you expect at a Hollywood hot spot.

2008-05-26 20:45:16Museum Celebrates Eight Years

BARSTOW, Calif. - The Route 66 Mother Road Museum is busy preparing to celebrate their eight years of service to this area. This special event will be Saturday, June 14 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. There are no admission or parking fees.

2008-05-21 20:50:04Fire Destroys Historic Cafe

STROUD, Okla. - A fire Tuesday gutted the historic Rock Cafe on Route 66 in Stroud.

2008-05-18 19:42:50Plaza Construction Nearly Finished

TULSA, Okla. - Construction will wrap up in June on the Cyrus Avery Centennial Plaza, which is a major component of Tulsa's Route 66 revitalization efforts.

2008-05-16 09:08:43Re-Discovering Old Route 66

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA, U.S.A. - Some people consider traveling cross-country a bore, while others consider following the roads that keep our nation moving quite an adventure.

2008-05-15 09:16:15Route 66 Funding May Continue

ALBUQUERQUE, N. Mex. - Judging that a federal program to preserve aspects of historic Route 66 is helping breathe new life into rural America, U.S. Senator Pete Domenici has offered legislation to ensure its continuation for another decade.

2008-05-11 19:41:53Wrecking Ball Can Be Indiscriminate

ALBUQUERQUE, N. Mex. - Owners are finally cleaning up abandoned motels along Central Avenue in Northeast Albuquerque. The American Inn was attracting drug dealers and transients, forcing the city to condemn the building.

2008-05-02 09:29:14Disney Plans Cars Sequel

TULSA, Okla. - Cars 2, a sequel to the 2006 animated smash that included Tulsa author Michael Wallis as not only a technical adviser but also giving voice to the role of the sheriff, will be released in summer 2012, Disney reported in a press release.

2008-05-02 09:23:27Seeking Funds to Save Old Route 66 Bridge

DEVIL'S ELBOW, Mo. - Pulaski County Commissioner Bill Farnham has made restoration of the Devil’s Elbow Bridge on the original path of Route 66 one of his highest-profile projects, and told commissioners Thursday morning that he’d like to authorize grant writers to begin efforts to obtain another $400,000 grant.

2008-05-01 09:14:21Lots To See at Old Station

WILLIAMSVILLE, Ill. - Frank Kohlrus hasn’t quite picked an occupation yet, or it could be that he has picked a whole bunch of them.

2008-04-26 13:20:11New Route 66 Landmarks Added

LINCOLN, Ill. - There are now two new stops in Lincoln on the official Route 66 History Tour.

2008-04-25 13:28:50A Passion for the World's Largest

DES MOINES, Ia. - Erika Nelson should be an Iowan. She would fit right in with our taste for the large and oddball, which she will speak of today at Iowa State University in Ames.

Nelson, of Lucas, Kan., gathers stories and photographs of the nation's largest roadside attractions, every large ceramic bullhead and ball of twine, every giant popcorn ball and ketchup bottle.

2008-04-24 19:50:21Long-Closed Station Re-Opens

AMBOY, Calif. - The pumps are running in Amboy.

Almost three years after restaurant chain owner Albert Okura bought the desert way station between Barstow and Needles on old Route 66, the gasoline pumps went to work Thursday.

2008-04-21 19:48:45Like Route 66, Lincoln Highway Worth Exploring

AURORA, Ill. - The first coast-to-coast highway in the country runs right through the Fox Valley, but many local residents probably don't realize it.

The Lincoln Highway, stretching along Routes 30 and 31 and 38 through Fox Valley towns, was once a thoroughfare where the wealthy built mansions, cities positioned downtowns and theaters hosted major shows.

2008-04-20 19:53:30Historic Hotel Falls Victim

SELIGMAN, Ariz. - Looking through a chain-link fence at the abandoned Havasu Hotel, once the economic and social center of this community, Angel Delgadillo found it hard to acknowledge that it won't be here soon.

2008-04-16 20:00:15Route 66 Display Design Unveiled

CARTHAGE, Mo. - A proposed design for a Route 66 display in the Jasper County Courthouse drew praise Wednesday from county commissioners and an official of a group that promotes Route 66 in Missouri.

2008-04-14 21:49:14Town's Claim to Fame For Sale

CHICAGO, Ill. - A towering sculpture of eight cars made famous in the movie "Wayne's World" is up for sale on eBay.

2008-04-13 23:40:33Harvey House Being Torn Down

SELIGMAN, Ariz. - The sounds of clinking china cups and laughing ladies have been gone for years at the Havasu Harvey House in Seligman. And soon, possibly today, the Havasu House itself will be gone.

2008-04-13 15:03:07Drive-In Theater on 66 Among Popular Landmarks

Oklahoma is a state of natural beauty, rich history and quaint, small-town charm. It's no secret that many areas are hidden havens for homemade pies, serene lakes and weekend getaways. But don't let the small-town surface fool you. We have all heard that big things come in small packages, and in Oklahoma this rings true, literally.

2008-04-13 14:45:13Recalling a Publicity Spectacle

THE 1928 BUNION DERBY -- a dramatic race across the country along Route 66 -- had all the elements of a true American story: a part-Cherokee farm boy from the heartland with determination, integrity and humility who was trying to pay off the farm and marry his sweetheart.

2008-04-11 15:08:36CARS Movie Sequel Set for 2012

If you didn’t get enough of Disney’s animated take on the fables of Route 66, you’re in luck. The company’s Pixar unit is brewing up another installment of its Cars franchise, with the new animated feature due in 2012.

2008-04-08 19:56:5966 Makes a Name in the North Country

Route 66: It's not just Chicago-to-L.A. any more.

2008-04-06 16:40:55An Oklahoma Tourism Press Tour

EDMOND, Okla. - Every time I come home from a press trip, someone comments, “Gee, I want your job.” Yes, it’s a lot of fun but it’s also serious business. State tourism organizations, convention and visitors’ bureaus and destinations host groups of writers, introduce them to their product(s) and hope for press coverage in return.

2008-04-04 16:30:21Museum Plans Move Forward

CARTHAGE, Mo. - “The Mother Road” will go on display in the Jasper County Courthouse later in 2008 and the public can see what that display will look like on April 16.

2008-04-02 16:35:23Meeting Will Focus on Route 66 Communities

PHOENIX, Ariz. - Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) Director Steve Owens has announced that ADEQ is hosting a conference in Kingman on April 15 to explore economic redevelopment opportunities for contaminated properties in all communities along historic Route 66 in Northern Arizona.

2008-03-31 18:50:23Commission Considers Request

COLUMBUS, Kan. - The Cherokee County Commission on Monday heard a request for $1,000 to benefit a three-state effort to promote historic Route 66.

2008-03-30 09:32:23Photos May Help in Highway Renewal

EL RENO, Okla. - Larry Nance rode a motorcycle on Route 66 so he could stand on a corner in Winslow, Ariz.

2008-03-28 09:46:03Petersen Museum to Feature Art from the Cars Movie

LOS ANGELES, Calif. - This is one pit stop that won't break any records for brevity.

The Art of Cars exhibit -- which opens Saturday and runs through Nov. 2 -- at the Petersen Automotive Museum provides a one-of-a-kind look at the creative process behind "Cars," the 2006 animated movie from The Walt Disney Co. and Pixar Animation Studios.

2008-03-27 09:38:36Abe, Route 66 Share Cover of Visitor's Guide

LINCOLN, Ill. - Abe Lincoln and Route 66 share top billing on the cover of Logan County�s brand new visitors� guide.

2008-03-24 19:13:24Disney Team in Erick to see Harley & Annabelle

ERICK, Okla. - Disney/Pixar sent a team of 12 Imagineers to Erick last week to meet with Harley and Annabelle Russell as research for Cars Land, a new amusement park to be added to Disneyland Resorts in 2012.

2008-03-24 18:24:39States to Consolidate Tourism Info

Officials in Miami, Oklahoma want to jump start tourism, but not just in Oklahoma. They want people to come to Kansas and Missouri as well.

2008-03-23 18:37:46Funding Still Not Released

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - Despite approval by the General Assembly and the governor last August, efforts to restore the old Illinois State Police Headquarters in Pontiac remain stalled.

2008-03-23 18:29:46Route 66 in Carthage Has Much to Offer

CARTHAGE, Mo. - Although much has changed over the years, historic Route 66 through Carthage continues to be the road to interesting sights and events in the city.

2008-03-23 08:27:27Three States Cooperate on Route 66

MIAMI, Okla. - A three-state collaboration to market historic Route 66 and its attractions has city and tourism officials hoping more tourists will “get their kicks on Route 66” in Missouri, Kansas and Oklahoma.

2008-03-22 08:38:07Mill to Receive New Windows

LINCOLN, Ill. - The Danner Trust, which works to encourage and aid preservation and restoration of historical locations in Central Illinois, has provided grant money to replace windows at The Mill, according to a news release from The Route 66 Heritage Foundation of Logan County.

2008-03-17 18:28:11Road Section May Get Historic Status

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - The 1.3-mile section of road southeast of Springfield is narrow, rough and probably headed for landmark status.

2008-03-17 18:22:48Missouri is Home to Route 66 Candy Bars

Cuba, Mo. - A site on Route 66 was a natural when chocolatier Marcia Wilson looked for a storefront for her on-line candy business that had outgrown her kitchen.

2008-03-13 07:09:48Route 66 Now Shorthand for Heritage Highway

HOLLAND, Mich. - One of the most indelible memories of my childhood was a trip "out West" as my parents liked to refer to it via the famous Route 66.

2008-03-12 19:49:29City Acquires Historic Motel

The city of Albuquerque is fixing up the El Vado Motel.

2008-03-10 17:47:32Route 66 Promo Honored With Awards

JOLIET, Ill. - The Joliet Visitors Bureau's efforts to promote the city as the "gateway to Route 66" was a hit at the recent Illinois Governor's Conference on Tourism.

2008-03-09 09:36:51Family Drives Getting More Rare

LOS ANGELES, Calif. - There once was a time when Sundays meant piling into the family car and leisurely cruising around the Southland simply to experience the joy and peace of a relaxing weekend activity.

2008-03-08 09:30:18Taking It Easy in Winslow

WINSLOW, Ariz. - Of all the towns dotting the western stretch of Interstate 40, Winslow, Ariz., is a sight to see. It's not a thriving metropolis like Phoenix, nor an artsy spa haven like Sedona, or a cowboy corral like Tucson. It's a town that time forgot, a brick-and-mortar reminder of what used to be.

2008-03-08 09:16:55Ugly Crust Pies a Tradition

The Panhandle city of Adrian is at the midpoint on Route 66.

2008-03-08 09:09:33Keeping Memories Alive

ONTARIO, Calif. - This great road came into existence in 1926 and ran through three time zones and eight states.

2008-03-07 09:21:24Station Finds New Use

TULSA, Okla. - When it comes down to deciding what to do with a neglected and disused property, preservationists and business interests sometimes lock horns.

2008-02-26 21:39:45Reviving Old Motels

DENVER, Colo. - In 1926, a road was established that would lead straight into the American psyche. It would become known as the Mother Road, and it would link small town America along its 2,400-mile path from Chicago to Los Angeles. That road was Route 66.

2008-02-23 16:43:40Coffe Pot Well Beyond Average Roadside Architecture

BEDFORD, Penna. - In its home at the entrance of the Bedford County Fairgrounds, the Coffee Pot, one of a few remaining examples of utilitarian roadside art dating to the 1920s, continues to attract sightseers and history buffs.

2008-02-23 16:24:53Remembering Route 66 in Illinois

BLOOMINGTON-NORMAL, Ill. - America is home to many main streets, but none has held the official title of the "Mother Road" like Route 66.

2008-02-22 16:32:54Preservation a Slow Process

ALBUQUERQUE, N. Mex. - Hold off on making reservations at El Vado just yet.

If the city goes ahead with its plans to purchase or condemn the Route 66-era motel on Central Avenue and restore it as a tourist destination, it could be a good long while before there are rooms at the inn.

2008-02-22 16:19:37State Gauges Interest in Promoting 66

EDMOND, Okla. - Arcadia resident Janetta Chapple remembers the time before 1965 when almost every small town had a downtown along Route 66. Edmond Mayor Dan O’Neil remembers his family driving through Route 66 on their way to Walt Disney Land in 1956.

2008-02-20 07:38:22Museum Obtains Photo Collection

PONTIAC, Ill. - Pontiac will be the location of a Route 66 exhibit featuring photos of the Mother Road, with a grand opening scheduled at 2:30 p.m., Friday, March 7, at the museum complex located in the Old City Hall and Firehouse in downtown Pontiac. The exhibit encompasses 166 photos taken during an eight-day trip though the eight states Route 66 traverses—Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and California—and will be on permanent loan to the city.

2008-02-18 17:31:53From Whence Two Guns?

Today's question:

About 20 or 30 miles east of Flagstaff on Interstate 40, there are signs for the town of Two Guns. Is that an authentic Old West name or something made up to attract tourists?

2008-02-16 12:16:28Route 66 Cemeteries in Deplorable State

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA - Benjamin Franklin said "Show me your cemeteries, and I will tell you what kind of people you have," which leads one to ask, what does the condition of Route 66's cemeteries say about us? Along California's section of "The Mother Road" the final resting places of those early travelers have been forgotten.

2008-02-07 10:03:03Lodge on 66 Gets Upgrades

PEACH SPRINGS, Ariz. - The Hualapai Lodge, owned and operated by the Hualapai Nation at Grand Canyon West, has placed new premium beds in all 60 of its rooms.

2008-02-06 21:05:58Authentic Motel Sign for Sale

FOR SALE - The original neon sign from the Thunderbird Motel, Miami, Oklahoma, on old Route 66.

2008-02-01 14:06:28Preservation Group Cites Route 66 on Endangered List

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. - An historically black town and an American Indian school are among Preservation Oklahoma's most endangered historic places in the state.

2008-01-31 21:17:27Route 66 Display Being Planned

CARTHAGE, Mo. - The Mother Road will be on display in the halls of the Jasper County Courthouse, but exactly when is still to be determined.

2008-01-24 07:54:41Bridge Coming Down

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. - Demolition of the old Fifth Street bridge at the 215 Freeway should soon begin, and some people will get a chance to take a piece of it home—a souvenir of Route 66.

2008-01-23 08:01:37Museum to Acquire Unique Artifact

VICTORVILLE, Calif. - A plaque marking the grave of “Brownie,” a stray dog who greeted World War II troops as they passed through Victorville, will be moved to the California Route 66 Museum as Forrest Park is torn down.

2008-01-18 22:00:17Photo Exhibit Gives Impression of 66

LONGMONT, Colo. - One digit short of Satan’s sign, Route 66 was where you went to get your kicks. But the fabled road was almost called Route 60, and before the popular song claimed it for free-wheeling tourists, dust bowl escapees followed it to California, and later it was Kerouac-minded adventurers who rolled down its path, finding themselves as they explored the country.

2008-01-10 17:41:24Portion of Route 66 Being Re-Developed

TULSA, Okla. - Part of the Mother Road that passes near Downtown Tulsa is the destination for new development. Along Southwest Boulevard, and the 11th Street bridge, there is so much history. Thanks to Vision 2025, city leaders are getting on the road to remembering. 24 miles of Route 66 goes right through Tulsa. That's one of the longest stretches in the state. [Editor's Note: We at Route 66 University are unsure just what the author means by that last statement.]

2008-01-08 21:17:26El Vado Fate Still in Doubt

The Albuquerque City Council voted 5-4 Monday night to designate a classic Route-66-style motel on Central Avenue a historic landmark, but it might not be enough to save the El Vado from a bulldozer.

2008-01-05 10:07:07Fight Continues Over Motel's Fate

The Albuquerque City Council enters Round 2 on Monday in the fight to preserve the historic El Vado Motel, despite the owner's plans to demolish the building.

2008-01-05 10:00:54Man Building Cadillac Ranch out of RV’s

HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, Fla. - Frank Bates is an old-school salesman, a little extravagant, a little unorthodox. He's dedicated his life to his RVs. "It's a great thing!" Frank said, "We're selling something that's fun."

2008-01-04 09:48:21Library Appreciates Route 66 Connections

LINCOLN, Ill. - Richard Sumrall is always on the lookout for a good book. When he read the review of Geoff Williams' "C.C. Pyle's Amazing Foot Race," and noticed reviewers had given it several stars, he decided to add the book to the collection at Lincoln Public Library.

2008-01-04 09:31:23Savoring Route 66 in Oklahoma

ON ROUTE 66 IN OKLAHOMA - Six years ago Laurel Kane and her husband moved from Connecticut to Afton, Okla., because of Route 66.

They bought an old D-X gas station in the small town and began turning it into a welcoming center and old car museum.

2007-12-30 09:08:19Brits Share Their Tour of Route 66

DO you ever wish you were back in the Fifties, cruising across the Wild West of America to find the California sun?

It’s not such wishful thinking... because you can do it for real in the 21st Century. Well, almost.

2007-12-28 17:08:38POPS Now Has Signature Root Beer

ARCADIA, Okla. - The second best-selling soda at POPS—Oklahoma's tribute to the carbonated beverage—is a brand that didn't exist six months ago.

But don't look for Round Barn Root Beer to be showing up at the corner convenience store anytime soon.

2007-12-14 10:18:27Historic Route 66 Bridge to Re-Open

ST. LOUIS, Mo. - The McKinley Bridge that links St. Louis and southern Illinois is expected to reopen to traffic on Monday, the Illinois Department of Transportation said Friday.

2007-12-14 10:02:02Miami Gets Funding for Markers

MIAMI, Okla. - The National Scenic Byways Program has awarded the city of Miami $120,000 for the erection of historical markers and other projects along historic Route 66.

2007-12-12 10:12:23Scenic Byways Funding to Benefit Route 66

The New Mexico Tourism Department's Scenic Byways Program has received $576,477 in federal funds to help fund nearly $800,000 in projects for 2008.

2007-12-11 09:44:44Cool Springs Seeks Re-Zoning

KINGMAN, Ariz. - Ned and Michelle Leuchtner of Kenilworth, Ill., are trying to bring back some of the magic of Route 66.

2007-12-05 09:26:09Route 66 Exhibit Wins Award

The Joliet Area Historical Museum has received a superior achievement award from the Illinois Association of Museums for its newest exhibit, The Route 66 Experience.

2007-12-03 09:29:21Store Boasts Hundreds of Sodas

ARCADIA, Okla. - You can see the big, glowing thing from a couple of miles away on historic Route 66, and as you approach from the east, you wonder what it is: A rocket ship at an amusement park? Surely not out here in the middle of nowhere. A giant, glowing Q-tip, like they used to have at the Johnson & Johnson factories? Nope, wrong shape.

2007-11-29 09:24:03Birthplace of Microsoft Available

ALBUQUERQUE, N. Mex. - Bill Gates and Paul Allen once got their kicks in a brick office building located just off Route 66 in eastern Albuquerque, across the street from the New Mexico State Fairgrounds. Now any company able to pay $83,000 for 1200 square feet of office space with two rest rooms can set up shop in the building where Microsoft was born.

2007-11-24 09:09:30Sociologists Get Federal Grant for Route 66 Work

NEW BRITAIN, Conn. - In recognition of their outstanding field work, Drs. John Mitrano and Bruce Day of the Central Connecticut State University Department of Sociology have been awarded a grant from the U.S. National Park Service Route 66 Preservation Program.

2007-11-21 09:14:57Route 66 Campaign Kicks Off

JOLIET, Ill. - Gas pumps may not say Christmas to most people. But with prices like 48 cents a gallon, the nostalgic gas pumps in downtown Joliet are a timely reminder of the way things used to be as the holiday season starts with record-level gas prices.

2007-11-15 08:59:02Crown Jewel is Behind a Fence

SELIGMAN, Ariz. - Angel Delgadillo remembers when train passengers in suits and silk promenaded into the Havasu Hotel to relax and dine in luxury.

2007-11-08 20:07:40Route 66 Museum to be Added

CARTHAGE, Mo. - Contract details are still being worked out, but the installation of a Route 66 museum in the lobby of the Jasper County Courthouse in Carthage is moving closer to reality.

2007-11-07 20:13:25Route 66 Named in New Initiative

NEW YORK, N.Y. - American Express and the World Monuments Fund today announced a new initiative that rewards and encourages the responsible stewardship of historic sites by supporting projects that address the issue of sustainable tourism. This initiative, which is part of the American Express Partners in Preservation initiative launched in 2006, is focused on sustaining historic sites in the face of increased visitor activities and environmental impacts, and preserving them for future generations to enjoy.

2007-11-06 20:20:36Plan to Restore Station Gets Assistance

NORMAL, Ill. - A plan to restore a 1930s gas station along Route 66 got a bit of financial help from the town Monday night.

2007-11-01 07:04:26Hotel Celebrates 10th Year of Renewal

CLAREMORE, Okla. - Will Rogers Hotel at the northeast corner of Will Rogers Boulevard and Route 66 will be host to a 10th anniversary celebration Friday, marking the decade since the landmark was reopened.

2007-10-31 20:38:38Working to Preserve History

LOS LUNAS, N. Mex. - The Augustin Archuleta Building has been many things since it was built in the 1930s - police station, courthouse, library, even the office for a cable television company.

2007-10-29 20:30:51Green Spot Hearkens to Route 66 History

VICTORVILLE, Calif. - While time and progress slowly chip away at the remnants of old Route 66, the Green Spot Motel in Victorville lingers as a quiet reminder of the Mother Road's heyday. Just off the legendary highway in the old town section of Victorville, the cluster of fading white stucco buildings was once advertised as "Southern California's Finest Auto Court."

2007-10-25 18:20:51Route 66 Pilgrims

They're out here. Right now, this minute, whether it's early in the morning or late at night, the searchers are out here on Route 66.

And so are we.

2007-10-25 18:15:42Route 66 in Arizona

Is there any highway in America as celebrated as Route 66?

2007-10-22 18:11:01Town May Find Its Future in Its Past

CHELSEA, Okla. - When talking about the future of Chelsea, residents say it is bright.

2007-10-22 18:06:12Group Working to Save the Mill

LINCOLN, Ill. - The Mill, a Dutch-themed building in Lincoln once was a restaurant and bar, and members of the Route 66 Heritage Foundation of Lincoln hope to open it in 2009 as a museum.

2007-10-20 17:52:12Mother Road Motels

VICTORVILLE, Calif. - The song says you can get your kicks on Route 66. But after you get them, where do you sleep?

2007-10-16 18:18:42Officials Consider Rehabilitating Gas Stations

GALENA, Kan. - Federal and state officials met Tuesday with Galena city officials and business people about ways to restore environmentally damaged properties along Route 66 to productive uses.

2007-10-12 10:41:51Have You Slept in a Wigwam?

HOLBROOK, Ariz. - At first glance, driving in after a scenic tour through Arizona’s Painted Desert on a late summer afternoon, the Wigwam Motel in Holbrook doesn’t look like much, just a forlorn collection of stucco-coated dunce caps on an asphalt lot by an aged strip of Route 66 in a forgotten settlement amid the vast 27,000 square miles of the Navajo Nation reservation.

2007-10-11 10:36:57New Visitor Center Opens

BAXTER SPRINGS, Kan. - Nearly six months after volunteers began work to restore a 1930 gas station as a Route 66 Visitor Center, the Baxter Springs Historical Society is ready to open the doors.

2007-10-09 19:30:47Mural Project Completed

CUBA, Mo. - A beautification organization, Viva Cuba, founded in 1984, just completed its goal of 12 outdoor murals along historic Route 66 by 2007, Cuba's 150th anniversary.

2007-10-02 19:11:38Route 66 Still a Road of Opportunity

CHENOA, Ill. - A 3-mile bike trail in Chenoa doesn't mean very much by itself. But as part of a state-spanning trail along old Route 66, it could become a big deal.

2007-09-27 18:13:24Oklahoma 66 a Scenic Byway?

SAPULPA, Okla. - Members of the Sapulpa community gathered to voice their opinions on how Route 66 can enhance the area with state and university officials on Tuesday.

2007-09-26 22:00:41Route 66 TV Series DVD Release Imminent; Feature Film on the Way

HOLLYWOOD, Calif. - The first 15 episodes of the top-rated 1960s television series “Route 66,” which defined the wonder lust of the open road as well as establishing the Corvette as an American icon, is slated for release on DVD Oct. 23.

2007-09-25 22:10:41Public Selects Route 66 Theme

WAYNESVILLE, Mo. - Residents of Pulaski County have spoken, and decided the cover of the Tourism Bureau’s promotional brochure should reflect Historic Route 66, not local canoeing.

2007-09-24 22:05:13Route 66 Meetings Begin

MIAMI, Okla. - Signs, historic markers, festivals and events would be considered priorities for Route 66 through Oklahoma if the federal government designates the 417-mile stretch of highway a national scenic byway.

2007-09-20 11:17:43Daughter of Route 66 Innovator Dies

TULSA, Okla. - Helen Louise Avery Berghell, longtime Tulsan and daughter of Cyrus Avery, who was known as the "Father of Route 66," died Sept. 10 in Newport Beach, Calif. She was 91.

2007-09-20 08:50:02What's Missing on Route 66?

CARTHAGE, Mo. - David Waller, owner of the Shelter Insurance Agency near the intersection of Central and Garrison, has seen it -- travelers driving Route 66, especially those going from east to west, coming to the intersection of Central and Garrison and facing confusion.

2007-09-16 07:17:45Slowing Down

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - One key ingredient with the emerging trend of Slow Travel is to let the modest winds blow you away. You go as far as time will take you. The movement gets compared to the separate Slow Food initiative, which makes sense, seeing how fast food redefined America's interstates.

2007-09-13 14:32:54Pig Hip Marker Dedication Ceremony

Broadwell, Ill. - When the Pig Hip Restaurant Museum caught fire earlier this year, and could not be saved, many thought that only the memories would live on in the hearts and minds of visitors. This was not to be. Bob Olson, longtime friend of Pig Hip proprietor, Ernie Edwards, took it upon himself to purchase a bronze plaque, which was then set in stone, and placed at the site of the Pig Hip. This marker tells the story of the Pig Hip Restaurant, immortalizing the memories and the history of this Route 66 Icon.

2007-09-11 14:35:52Car Show Will Benefit The Mill

Lincoln, Ill. - The Railsplitter Antique Auto Club has teamed up with the Route 66 Heritage Foundation of Logan County to present a car show at the Mill. All are welcome to attend, or to register their car in the show. Registration is $3, which will go directly to the Mill restoration. The show will take place on October 20, 2007, from 11 AM to 3 PM, at the Mill (738 S. Washington St., Lincoln, IL).

2007-09-10 17:49:08TeePee Motel Back in Business

WHARTON, Tex. - [Editor's Note: Though the motel discussed below is not on Route 66, it makes for an encouraging story, nonetheless.] A bit of American history — quirky and curious, but history nonetheless — huddles next to old Highway 59, past the tractor dealers and the rice mills, just before a green sign that proclaims Wharton’s population of 9,237.

2007-09-10 17:44:38The Walls Came Tumbling Down

ORO GRANDE, Calif. - To preserve or to destroy, that is the dilemma of property owners all over the country as they stare down the costs of renovation.

Larry Judkins went with the latter option, tearing down a group of stone cottages along the old Route 66 that had become a haven for squatters and vagrants.

2007-09-09 18:08:37Bringing Back the Glory Days of 66

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - Flagstaff officials are trying to lure more tourists to get their kicks on Route 66.

2007-09-08 18:05:30Route 66 Bed and Breakfast a Possibility

NORMAL, Ill. - Several Normal Town Council members say they've often looked at the historic building at 305 Pine Street and thought more could be done with it. But, they're not sure they can meet the owner's request.

2007-09-05 22:45:54Kansas Town May Collapse

GALENA, Kan. - Some mine disasters happen in a flash, like the Utah cave-in last month that apparently entombed six coal miners. Others unfold in slow motion.

2007-08-28 21:33:48Take Your Pick

WAYNESVILLE, Mo. - Pulaski County Tourism Bureau members narrowed down their choice of covers for their new tourism guide Thursday, and now want to give community residents input into their two final choices.

2007-08-24 07:38:14New Theme Park Coming to Route 66

TULSA, Okla. - Oilmen struck it rich in Tulsa, and now a theme park to honor that history has found some cash too. Four hundred thousand dollars from the state's Centennial Fund has been earmarked for the Red Fork Derrick. The News On 6’s Steve Berg reports the plan is to build an 80-foot tall oil derrick that will be the centerpiece for a transportation theme park in West Tulsa, located on Route 66.

2007-08-22 22:39:36Hot Place to Be

ARCADIA, Okla. - Out in Arcadia, things are really hopping. More precisely, they're Pop-ping.

2007-08-18 10:34:32A Route 66 Trip Through Illinois

CHICAGO, Ill. - Route 66 is probably the most famous highway in the world. The Pixar movie Cars and a 1960s TV show were based on it. A popular tune was written about it ("Get your kicks on Route 66"). A gas retailer, Phillips 66, was named after it. Its merchants called Route 66 "The Main Street of America." It is a travel destination today.

2007-08-16 19:26:26Pig Hip Now in Stone and Bronze

BROADWELL, Ill. - Piglet pink and far weightier than the heftiest hog at the Illinois State Fair, Ernie Edwards' birthday gift arrived Wednesday.

2007-08-16 19:19:49New Roadside Attraction

ARCADIA, Okla. - Before school is in full swing, you may want to head out on a road trip to see Oklahoma's latest big attraction. There's a cola craze going on along Route 66 at a place guaranteed to quench your thirst for a fun day trip. Hit the road down Route 66 and there are plenty of old landmarks that have drawn people for decades. News On 6 anchor Craig Day reports now, there’s a new one.

2007-08-12 19:23:54Route 66 Motels Checking Out

PONTIAC, Ill. - With its name writ large in red cursive letters and lit by a neon glow, The Palamar Motel once beckoned countless travelers driving Downstate on The Mother Road. Now the "T" and half the "P" have fallen off, the faded pink motel room doors are bolted shut, and weeds fill the swimming pool to the rim.

2007-08-12 19:10:07Taking the Slow Road

The chef Alice Waters and other foodies talk about "slow food" as an antidote to fast food.

Now many connoisseurs of the highway are championing the use of slow roads - back roads with scenery and history - instead of faceless Interstates.

2007-08-10 11:51:00New Mexico Offering Commemorative License Plates

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- Richard Delgado is appealing to sentimental New Mexicans who yearn for a bygone era of neon, tourist courts and roadside hamburger stands.

2007-08-09 11:59:26"American-Owned" a Subtle Dig

When Manoj Patel's family bought the Wigwam Motel in Rialto, Calif., four years ago, the iconic Route 66 property was rundown. Its stucco teepees, built in the 1930s by Kentucky motor-inn visionary Frank Redford, had been frequented by drug addicts and prostitutes because the Wigwam's previous owners tried to reel in customers with a cheesy sign urging them to DO IT IN A TEE PEE.

2007-08-07 09:45:49Grand Opening of POPS

ARCADIA, Okla. - When Aubrey McClendon thinks about Route 66, his thoughts turn not just to trips to California, but to the road's darker history as an escape route from Oklahoma.

2007-08-03 08:00:27Keeping the Kicks in Route 66

COUNTRYSIDE, Ill. - It’s been immortalized in literature, song, movies and television, but there’s little left in the Chicago area to identify Route 66.

2007-08-03 00:07:12Historic Property Needs Buyer

AMARILLO, Tex. - For sale: one historic helium plant (helium not included).

The federal government, which is getting out of the helium business, is auctioning off the Amarillo Helium Plant, which for decades refined much of the nation's squeaky-gas supply mined from the surrounding natural gas fields.

2007-07-29 19:47:44Illinois Town Goes for Ketchup Record

COLLINSVILLE, Ill. - First came the world's largest ketchup bottle. Now this southern Illinois community is after the record for the world's largest ketchup packet.

2007-07-29 19:43:41Girls Scouts to Get Educational Kicks on 66

MINNEAPOLIS-ST. PAUL, Minn. - About 285 Girl Scouts will be "traveling" through eight states, back in time and down historic Route 66 for four action-packed days -- and it won't take nearly as much gasoline as you'd think.

2007-07-28 10:15:22Group to Determine Route 66 "Master Plan"

PONTIAC, Ill. - Pontiac tourism director Ellie Alexander remembers piling into the car with her four siblings and father and traveling down Route 66 to St. Louis.

2007-07-25 17:53:08Can Amboy Be Saved?

Albert Okura says chickens can save Amboy.

The chickens are cooked in rotisserie ovens and sold at Okura's 35 Juan Pollo chain restaurants, at locations from Whittier to Yucaipa. Sell enough chickens, he says, and he'll raise the $1 million he needs to restore the luster to Amboy, a way station in the Mojave Desert between Barstow and Needles on old Route 66.

2007-07-24 21:37:26Launching Pad Creator Dead at 87

WILMINGTON, Ill. - John Korelc was a constant at a famous city restaurant.

Korelc and his wife, Bernice, opened the Dari Delite on Baltimore Street in 1960. But in 1965, they changed the name to The Launching Pad Drive-In.

2007-07-18 09:52:46Historic Bridge to be Repaired

WAYNESVILLE, Mo. - While high fuel prices are rapidly driving up the cost of road maintenance in Pulaski County, commissioners were glad to hear Monday morning that Commissioner Bill Farnham appears to have succeeded in obtaining approval from the Missouri Department of Transportation’s District 9 region for repairing the historic Devil’s Elbow Bridge.

2007-07-17 17:03:52Cajon Pass: An Expert History

CAJON PASS, Calif. - Thousands of hikers pass through this section of the Pacific Crest Trail each year. Probably very few realize they are treading in the footsteps of early pioneers and ancient people.

2007-07-17 16:58:54Route 66 Driving Tourism Plans

PONTIAC, Ill. - Pontiac again will be showing its respect to the Mother Road with new murals and possibly a festival for mural painters.

2007-07-16 20:17:31Santa Fe, Grand Canyon and Monument Valley Make a Majestic Vacation

Our pilot was a petite Japanese woman with jet black hair. Her feet barely reached the floor of the helicopter. With a twitch of her pinky we were in the air, racing over the tops of the ponderosa pines, soon a blur of ebony green. Her musical voice came over the headphones: "If you don't like heights, I suggest you close your eyes." The helicopter accelerated. The tree tops suddenly vanished. The ground was gone. We were floating over the Grand Canyon.

2007-07-16 20:10:22Couple Answers the Call of the Road

PONTIAC, Ill. - It was a beautiful, sunny Saturday, so John and Lenore Weiss decided to load up some supplies, drive 60 miles from their rural Wilmington home to Pontiac and do a little bridge maintenance.

They're not contractors, engineers, professional painters or iron workers.

They're devotees of historic Route 66.

2007-07-15 20:32:15Iconic Stop to Re-Open

Lebanon, Mo. - More than two years since the day it was shuttered at the same moment its longtime operator died, Wrink's Market is coming back to Route 66.

2007-07-13 07:57:05New Book Touts Lincoln Highway

Inspired by the history and people of The Lincoln Highway, author and historian Michael Wallis is taking off on a journey across the continent-wide highway.

2007-07-13 07:50:30Route 66 Signs Important

CARTHAGE, Mo. - A Carterville resident told the Carthage City Council Tuesday how important it is that the city has a sign program illuminating Route 66 as it winds through town.

2007-07-13 07:46:18Federal Program Focusing on Kansas

GALENA, Kan.— Route 66 covers 13 miles in Kansas, but it took staff members with the National Park Service Route 66 Corridor Preservation Program all day Thursday to make the journey.

2007-07-11 07:27:16Murals Approved by Board

PONTIAC, Ill. - The Pontiac Planning and Zoning Board gave a 6-1 recommendation Monday for a mural that the City Council has already suggested it would approve. But the art may not become a reality anytime soon.

2007-07-09 19:48:49Aztec to Undergo Renovation

MONROVIA, Calif. - A new lobby and a new bar with a new name are planned for Monrovia's historic Aztec Hotel, and the hotel owner hopes the face-lift will help the Aztec's appearance as well as its reputation.

2007-07-08 19:42:23Central Illinois Urged to Embrace Route 66

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. - This area shouldn’t underestimate old Route 66 as a historic link to our past and as a magnet for tourists lured to the old Mother Road.

2007-07-06 13:38:12Roving Tour Guides Call it Quits

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - It's an abiding love of history that make Richard and Sherry Mangum don Edwardian-style clothing and stroll downtown Flagstaff in the heat, a group of visitors in tow.

The Mangums have been conducting historic walking tours in Flagstaff for 14 years, but after this summer, they're packing it in. For their effort, they have been selected to receive one of Arizona's Culture Keepers awards this year.

2007-07-05 13:41:54Weisses Work on Bridge Restoration

PONTIAC, Ill. - Pontiac is a town full of a very rich history. There are some occasions when people might not notice a piece of history right out in the open. What the people of Pontiac and the area might be missing out on is a little bridge.

2007-07-01 12:16:22Filling Station a Remnant from Better Days

EDMOND, Okla. - A nostalgic thread of Americana crosses Oklahoma as State Highway 66. The old Mother Road is an avenue for which stories are told from Chicago to California.

2007-06-29 08:24:27Disappearing Fast: Our Own Route 66

LOS ANGELES, Calif. - The respected nonprofit World Monuments Fund has updated its list of the world’s 100 most endangered cultural heritage sites. The 2008 watch list includes sites as diverse as the Freetown Historic District in Sierra Leone, the Inca ruins of Machu Picchu in Peru, and even our very own Route 66, which “runs from Chicago to L.A.” (as the old song says).

2007-06-28 08:28:55Unfinished Tourist Center Already an Attraction

GALENA, Kan. - Melba Rigg on Wednesday was talking up Galena and its Route 66 connection to visitors from Palm Springs, Calif.

“I’m bound and determined to get Galena back on the map,” Rigg told them.

2007-06-28 00:34:29Cruisin' at the Chain of Rocks

ST. LOUIS, Mo. - The gravel parking lot near the Old Chain of Rocks Bridge looked like a classic car show Friday.

2007-06-26 22:35:53Tourism on the Increase

PONTIAC, Ill. - Tourism revenue in Livingston County in 2006 increased 8.8 percent from 2005, according to a study released last week by the governor's office.

2007-06-26 22:33:08The Mill Receives a Gift

LINCOLN, Ill. - Larry Van Bibber has donated $15,000 for the renovation of the Mill on old Route 66.

2007-06-25 19:17:01Route 66 Still a Steady Stream of Business

GRANITE CITY, Ill. - Visit the Apple Valley Motel along Chain of Rocks Road in Granite City most nights and it's likely you'd find the asphalt parking filled with muddy pickup trucks and crews of dozing construction workers and electricians inside its 17 simple rooms.

But every summer, Apple Valley plays host to a curious group of different visitors: foreign tourists making a pilgrimage along Route 66, the iconic "mother road" linking downtown Chicago to California, more than 2,000 miles all the way. For a small number of those miles, Route 66, or what's left of it, passes through Edwardsville, Collinsville, Mitchell, Madison and Venice, including passing right past the Apple Valley Motel.

2007-06-24 19:21:44For the Love of the Road

Michael Wallis is a rock star among Route 66 fanatics.

His name is mentioned with great cheer and fanfare at Afton Station, Stroud's Rock Cafe and among Tulsans planning to celebrate their legacy as the birthplace of America's internationally famous highway.

2007-06-24 18:33:25A Town Rediscovers its "Routes"

TULSA, Okla. - Chris Felthous spent seven years as manager at the Metro, a popular '50s-style diner along historic Route 66 — and he admits the eatery's destruction earlier this year was a big hit to this city's efforts to lure fans of the "mother road.”

2007-06-22 19:47:03City Looking Closely at Signs

BARSTOW, Calif. - Some of Barstow's old signs on iconic Route 66 downtown may get a facelift, funded in part by the city.

2007-06-22 19:39:59What Goes 'Round

ARCADIA, Okla. - Ernest "Butch” Breger is a living Route 66 icon, welcoming guests into the world-famous "Round Barn” next to the former filling station he's called home his entire life.

2007-06-20 07:50:53Future of Local Icon Uncertain

CARTHAGE, Mo. - Carthage's historic Boots Motel could probably be turned into a profitable tourist destination, but the current owner says he's not the guy to do it.

2007-06-20 07:36:4166ers Drawn to Afton

AFTON, Okla. - Pulling up to the Afton Station in their red 1993 Corvette convertible, Jim and Nancy Allan couldn't help but stop and tour Laurel Kane's lifelong dream.

At Kane's restored 1920s-era DX station along Route 66, the Atlanta couple looked at the postcards, the memorabilia, and saw what they call "the real America.”

2007-06-20 00:44:3866 Still a Draw in Oklahoma

TULSA, Okla. - Oklahoma, let's talk about Route 66.

I know that for years you've struggled with your identity. You're often compared to the shy, attractive girl at the small town dance — too easily overshadowed by the cocky glamorous homecoming queen named "Texas.”

2007-06-19 19:41:37Student Offers Lesson in Traveling Well

As the laziness of summer creeps in, students all over the country get restless, stricken with an insatiable wanderlust. So they pack up their cars with duffel bags and friends and head home, out to the beach or to a distant campground.

Unfortunately, far too often we sacrifice the art of the road trip for the function, simply looking to get from point A to point B as quickly as possible. That's not what road trips are really about. The old-fashioned road trip relegates points A, B and C to simple changes of scenery along the way.

The road itself is the destination.

2007-06-19 19:22:03Town Re-Claiming Its 66 Heritage

MIAMI, Okla. - Michigan firefighter Dale Adams has a motorcycle, a backpack and a map of Route 66. He doesn't know where he'll be today, but he set off on this trek with some mandatory stops.

2007-06-18 19:32:50Proposed Murals Would Promote Town and Route 66

PONTIAC, Ill. - Large murals advertising Pontiac and Old Route 66 are being proposed on the sides of two buildings, but the property owners, including the city, first must get city code variances.

2007-06-18 17:13:21Rehabilitation Work Begins on The Mill

LINCOLN, Ill. - The back of The Mill restaurant came down this morning under the watchful eyes of a group of preservationists dedicated to restoring the remainder of the building as a Route 66 museum.

2007-06-16 08:45:13Time Not Kind to Buried Plymouth

TULSA, OKLA. — Wide-eyed dreamers from throughout the world came here Friday to see the gleaming gold-and-white Plymouth Belvedere — buried decades ago in a time capsule as a publicity stunt.

2007-06-16 08:30:55New Life for Cultural Icons

AMARILLO, Tex. - Preservation enthusiasts believe a silver lining runs just under "endangered" labels slapped twice on Route 66 in the past nine days.

2007-06-15 09:20:40Route 66 Motel to be Restored

AMBOY, Calif. - Albert Okura, the businessman who bought and restored the original McDonald’s restaurant in San Bernardino, formed a partnership Thursday to restore Roy’s motel, café and gas station on Route 66.

2007-06-15 08:17:55Route 66, Armory Join N.M. Cultural List

SANTA FE, N. Mex. - A portion of historic Route 66 that runs through between Bernalillo and Algodones is among several landmarks around New Mexico that have been added to the State Register of Cultural Properties.

2007-06-14 19:29:56Route 66 Appears on Yet Another Most-Endangered List

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Parts of New York City's fabled waterfront are disappearing faster than the Brooklyn accent of “dese, dem, and dose.” A preservation group wants to do something about it, declaring the area one of the most endangered places in the United States.

2007-06-14 19:22:02Devotees Gather to Dig Up Plymouth

So begins the great pilgrimage.

The first wayfarers arrived at the shrine of the buried Belvedere on Tuesday morning not long after excavation of the Plymouth's 12-foot-by-20-foot vault began on the Tulsa County Courthouse lawn.

2007-06-14 09:13:21El Camino Real, Route 66 Appear on Most-Endangered List

MESILLA, N. Mex. - Potential threats from Spaceport America led a national group to name the centuries-old El Camino Real trail Thursday as one of the top 11 most endangered historic places in the country.

2007-06-14 08:25:16Quirky Motels Listed as Endangered

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Preservationists are warning that coming generations of Americans won't be able to get their kicks on Route 66 unless steps are taken to save the aging neon-lit lodgings beside the storied highway.

2007-06-10 10:47:56Wrink's Market to Re-Open

LEBANON, Mo. - The iconic Wrink's Market, a fixture on Route 66 in Lebanon for more than fifty years, will re-open this summer.

2007-06-10 09:02:18Route 66: An Opportunity for Commercial Builders?

AMBOY, Calif. - Along Route 66, which connected Chicago to Los Angeles from 1926 to 1985, roadside motels and their signature neon signs have been celebrated in books, songs and movies, as motoring west became an expression of American independence and freedom.

2007-06-09 09:13:15Landmark Perhaps Not So Bad Off After All

LINCOLN, Ill. - It isn't quite as bad as first thought at The Mill. The landmark restaurant on old Route 66 was within days of the wrecking ball last year when the newly formed Route 66 Heritage Foundation of Logan County stepped in to take over the deteriorated property.

2007-06-07 19:37:37Restaurant Bids a Final Farewell

BROADWELL, Ill. - With a final celebratory snort, The Pig Hip will give a final farewell this Sunday to Route 66 and its rabid travelers.

2007-06-06 19:33:41Route 66 on Most-Endangered List

NEW YORK, N.Y. - Route 66 which runs through Oklahoma is on a list of the world's 100 most endangered architectural and cultural monuments released Wednesday. The New York-based World Monuments Fund included historic U.S. Route 66 on its list. The fabled east-west highway that runs about 2,400 miles through eight states is flanked by eccentric, deteriorating attractions.

2007-06-06 18:43:49Eccentricity Still Flourishes on Route 66

SELIGMAN, Ariz. - The Roadkill Cafe proudly proclaims "You kill it, we grill it!" -- but the closest you'll actually get to animals mown down on the road is dish names on the menu.

2007-06-04 19:46:04Hall of Fame Honorees Named

PONTIAC, Ill. - A Pontiac woman, two Bloomington businesses and a Springfield cafe are the 2007 inductees to the Route 66 Association of Illinois Hall of Fame.

2007-05-30 20:25:25Friend Returns After Seven-Year Absence

ROLLA, Mo. - The hillbilly sign is back on historic Route 66.

Carl and Zelma Smith, owners of the Mule Trading Post, bought and restored the sign that had been out of sight since 2000. The hillbilly sign now stands in front of a new tobacco barn they opened Memorial Day weekend, just next door to the Mule Trading Post. He stands close to two stories tall, and his arms rotate in a circular fashion.

2007-05-30 19:31:02Party to Kick Off New Emphasis on 66

JOLIET, Ill. - Get hip to this timely tip: Joliet Kicks on Route 66.

Beginning at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, the city will celebrate its ties to the Main Street of America, the cross-country road running from Chicago to Los Angeles, and the new Route 66 exhibit at the Joliet Area Historical Museum.

2007-05-27 08:35:53Festival Brings Focus to Route 66

When I think of Route 66 before the interstate highways were built, I remember how friendly and helpful people were as much as I remember attractions for snakes, caves and even two-headed calves. Roadway courtesy was so common that truck drivers often stopped to help travelers change flat tires or fill their radiators.

2007-05-23 19:41:49Route 66 Leads Heritage Tourism Trend

GRANTS, N. Mex. - Heritage tourism is the newest tool in the travel arsenal. It includes everything from the Queen of England visiting Jamestown on the East Coast, to tours of Wild West towns, and road tours across the country on Route 66, America's Main Street. The Mother Road is of extreme importance to the history and growth of the nation, and New Mexico is certainly a large part of that historic automotive heritage.

2007-05-23 19:36:09Area Filling Stations Being Saved

JOPLIN, Mo. - With gas at more than $3 a gallon, the romance of the open road is, well, road kill.

But there was a day when motoring across the country with the top down was part of the American experience.

2007-05-22 19:30:42State Offers Route 66 Commemorative License Plate

SANTA FE, N. Mex. - A new license plate that celebrates Route 66 as the first transcontinental roadway in the country is now available to New Mexico drivers.

2007-05-20 10:42:27Explore Oklahoma's Mother Road

“Get your kicks on Route 66” serenades the song about the highway that “winds from Chicago to L.A.” Many people took to the road when it became the country’s first continuous span of paved highway linking East and West.

2007-05-20 10:33:33New Center is Refreshingly Different

CHANDLER, Okla. - Chandler's new Route 66 Interpretive Center redefines the meaning of rest stop.

2007-05-20 10:23:12Endangered Species: Route 66 Motels

MIAMI, Okla. - The Riviera Courts motel is crumbling away and nobody seems to care.

2007-05-17 20:13:07Logan County Offering Miles of Smiles

LINCOLN, Ill. - The garage sale planned along Route 66 in Logan County June 9 and 10 has been dubbed "37 Miles of Smiles" by event founder Bruce Huskins of Lincoln.

The sale will include vendors in Atlanta, Lawndale, Lincoln, Broadwell and Elkhart.

2007-05-15 19:25:11New Roadside Attraction Set to Open

ARCADIA, Okla. - Historic Route 66 cuts across Oklahoma, entering the state's northeast corner at Quapaw and exiting on the southwest corner at Texola. Halfway through its journey through the Sooner State, it meanders through the picturesque town of Arcadia, population 279. Travelers often stop at Arcadia to marvel at the Round Barn and to pause where Washington Irving explored during his travels. Now, there is another reason to stop in Arcadia: POPS, a new destination on Route 66 that will join the many great landmarks on “America's Main Street”!

2007-05-13 09:12:38Pops Will Be Over the Top

This summer, Oklahoma's stretch of Route 66 will unveil a new icon in Arcadia.

2007-05-11 06:50:57Iconic Restaurant Re-Launching

WILMINGTON, Ill. - A decade or so ago Morey Szczecin brought his two sons to the Launching Pad on historic Route 66. He recalled liking the place and being intrigued by the big, green statue looming outside.

So when the Channahon business man heard the place was for sale, he jumped at the chance. Last week, he officially took ownership of the business that happened to come with the famous Gemini Giant on the side.

2007-05-11 06:44:26Route 66 Bike Trail to Open

LINCOLN, Ill. - Bicyclists and other “trail breakers” will travel the entire 369 miles of Illinois’s new Route 66 Trail June 2 during the bike route’s debut event.

2007-05-10 16:56:02New Tourism Website Launched

WEST HOLLYWOOD, Calif. - The West Hollywood Convention & Visitors Bureau (WHCVB) has officially launched its completely re-designed web site to the public. The site, located at www.visitwesthollywood.com, serves as the official resource for travelers, media, and locals to access the latest West Hollywood news and information.

2007-05-07 19:20:03Restored Station Now a Welcome Center

DWIGHT, Ill. - It’s a scene right out of the 1940s, but the setting is contemporary Dwight. Inside the restored Ambler’s Texaco Station is a potbellied stove alongside small-sized Coca-Cola and 7UP bottles. There’s also an ancient cash register and a plaid stamp saver book.

2007-05-07 19:12:18Historic Station to be Restored

NORMAL, Ill. - Few may remember Route 66 running along Pine Street in Normal, fueling a thriving business district that has waned over the decades.

Terri Ryburn wants to refresh everyone’s memories and bring back business there.

2007-05-07 19:05:37First-Ever Red Carpet a Success

PONTIAC, Ill. - Pontiac officials say the inaugural Red Carpet Corridor over the weekend was a success, with events in Pontiac likely to be more centralized for the 2008 second staging of the Route 66-based event.

2007-05-06 19:36:50Forest Preserved in Illinois

FUNKS GROVE, Ill. - When early settlers first came to Illinois, the state was covered with acres of untouched grassland and forest.

Today, the Sugar Grove Foundation in Funks Grove, located along old Route 66 about 15 miles south of Bloomington, protects the state's largest remaining intact prairie grove.

2007-05-04 12:36:44A Life Lived on Route 66

HESPERIA, Calif. - I was born on Mother's Day, May 9, 1948 and lived my first seven or eight years with my parents, Abel and Mary Doornbos, in a two-story house, in Dolton -- a suburb of Chicago, Illinois. In 1955, we moved west, following Route 66 and ended up at 1515 E. Huntington Drive, which was the Yearling Motel. My parents had bought the motel.

2007-05-03 17:55:3366 Takes Center Stage With Annual Fun Run

KINGMAN, Ariz. - Route 66 will once again be on the big stage in Kingman this weekend.

The 20th Annual Route 66 Fun Run starts this Friday at noon in Seligman.

2007-05-03 17:41:35Frog Gets Facelift for Festivities

Waynesville’s signature frog overlooking the Historic Route 66 hill became a little greener Tuesday, thanks to the work of six members of Fort Leonard Wood’s Marine Corps Detachment.

2007-05-02 17:43:00One Man's Route 66 Video Montage

Well it took a while to get the video uploaded and approved, but finally our route 66-trip montage is complete.

2007-05-02 17:33:18Old Highway Has Much to Offer

It was a relief, after driving the rented Chevy HHR over 50 miles of punishing dirt washboard, to come to a real highway. The sign on the paved road pointed me toward Seligman, Arizona, but even more welcoming was the second signpost, leaving me feeling oddly nostalgic since I'd never been here before. It read, “Route 66.'”

2007-04-30 19:08:32Bowling Balls for World Peace

TULSA, Okla. - Richard L. Branaman felt empty the day two skyscrapers tumbled to the ground in New York City.

Then, some six months later, he passed a Sept. 11, 2001, monument along Interstate 244 and wondered why there couldn't be reminders of something other than disasters that hollow a man out.

You know, "Something happy," he said.

2007-04-27 17:16:51Historic Cafe Making a Comeback

ATLANTA, Ill. - The Palms Grill Cafe, along Route 66 in Atlanta for many years, is coming back to life.

2007-04-26 17:28:00Route 66 Business to Close After 49 Years

ALBUQUERQUE, N. Mex. - There is a cow on Route 66 that could soon be put out to pasture.

It sits perched atop a steakhouse, as it has for the past 34 years, sending the simplest of messages.

2007-04-25 17:21:17Texaco Restoration Completed

DWIGHT, Ill. - The village of Dwight has completed restoration of the historic Ambler-Becker Texaco Station at the intersection of Old Route 66 and Illinois 17.

2007-04-21 17:38:44Lincoln Proud of Route 66 Heritage

LINCOLN, Ill. - Abraham Lincoln Tourism Bureau of Logan County marked its 20th anniversary as a certified bureau Friday with a banquet and awards ceremony at the Maple Club.

2007-04-19 16:11:11Mother Road is Alive in Missouri

With the exception of Branson, few associate the state of Missouri with vacation, adventure or getaway. This is not the case for the die-hard Route 66 enthusiasts, as they know that just off the interstate lie some of the best the old highway has to offer.

2007-04-18 21:17:16Town to Add Route 66 Museum

CARTHAGE, Mo. - [County Commissioner Jim Honey] reported that Commissioner Darius Adams had secured a Missouri Department of Transportation grant of about $100,000 to create a Route 66 museum in the Courthouse.

2007-04-16 19:11:03Just a Blip on the Map--For Now

AMBOY, Calif. - A man sat, perched on a stool at the dusty countertop.

In the cafe that doesn't serve food.

At the gas station that doesn't pump gas.

At the motel where nobody sleeps.

2007-04-16 19:05:00Caverns on Arizona Route 66 to Expand

GRAND CANYON CAVERNS, Ariz. - Owners of Grand Canyon Caverns and Inn east of Kingman on old Route 66 say the local attraction is due for a number of upgrades in the coming months.

2007-04-12 17:57:45Carthage is Beauty Contest Runner-Up

CARTHAGE, Mo. - A state publication has recognized Carthage as the second most beautiful town in Missouri.

2007-04-11 17:52:24Plymouth Unearthed Early, Some Say

TULSA, Okla. - Among the more persistent rumors about the 1957 Plymouth Belvedere buried at the Tulsa County Courthouse is that it isn't really there -- that it was secretly removed from its concrete vault during the last 50 years and put somewhere else.

2007-04-07 09:18:28Kansas to Select Wonders of the State

Kansans, and those outside the state for that matter, may help determine the eight wonders of Kansas.

The Kansas Sampler Foundation, on the Web at www.kansassampler.org, is seeking nominations.

2007-04-06 16:44:28Rulings Leave El Vado Preservation in Doubt

ALBUQUERQUE, N. Mex. - The owner of the Route 66-era El Vado motel says two court rulings this week aid his plan to redevelop the site -- although the city says no way.

2007-04-06 16:40:05Searching for Old 66 in Illinois

LINCOLN, Ill. - In Lincoln Thursday afternoon, Geoff Ladd and Carl Johnson were like two kids in a candy store.

2007-04-06 15:52:06Havasu in the Spring

Havasu Canyon is a spell binding place where you would be sure to find spring buzzing and blooming around you.

2007-04-03 19:30:49Illinois Town Adds Signs

PONTIAC, Ill. - Chris Brock can’t count how many times tourists have stopped workers in city trucks and asked for directions to historic sites in Pontiac.

New “way-finding signs,” which could be up within the week, should help.

2007-04-03 19:23:31Carthage Area to Star in Japan

CARTHAGE, Mo. - Kouguu. It’s the Japanese term for “welcome” that many Carthage residents may want to familiarize themselves with in anticipation of tourists from across the globe visiting our community in the near future.

2007-04-03 15:18:22Jaguars to Prowl Route 66

ROTTERDAM, Netherlands - It was decommissioned from the U.S. Highway System more than 20 years ago, but U.S. 66 apparently hasn't lost its allure. In fact, it seems the road has developed something of an international reputation as a place where you can still get your kicks.

2007-04-02 10:18:01City Kicks Off Major Tourism Push

JOLIET, Ill. - Faster than the kids at Rydell High could slap out the hand jive, city agencies have started gearing up to launch Joliet's latest marketing venture: Joliet Kicks on Route 66.

2007-04-01 00:50:46Town Admitted to National Register

GLENRIO, Tex. - Time has passed this town where cars once rolled through on cross-country treks from Illinois to California.

Today, there's not much left in Glenrio, remnants of a bygone era.

2007-03-31 19:26:40Cozy Dog a Finalist

OLNEY, Ill. - The white squirrels of Olney are out of the running for finalists in the Seven Wonders of Illinois competition sponsored by the Illinois Tourism Bureau. In the fourth and final week of online voting for favorite attractions, the white squirrels fell into fourth place.

2007-03-30 07:40:21Historic Trading Post Closes

ROLLA, Mo. - At 3:30 p.m. today, the doors will close on a Missouri tradition right here in Rolla.

2007-03-26 18:09:33A Westerner's Take on Route 66 in Illinois

KINGMAN, Ariz. - It would be a safe bet to say more ink has covered paper in regards to Route 66 than there has been asphalt to cover the highway itself.

In spite of this notoriety, it is surprisingly easy to become myopic about one particular section of the legendary highway. Such is the case here in our neck of the woods where other portions of the road, such as the eastern leg in Illinois, receive little attention.

2007-03-26 16:19:33A Bridge to the Future

PEACH SPRINGS, HUALAPAI INDIAN RESERVATION, Ariz. - Children laugh as they splash one another while washing their tribe's new Boys and Girls Club van -- a vehicle covered bumper to bumper with an advertisement for nearby Grand Canyon West and its controversial new Skywalk bridge.

2007-03-25 18:14:59Unique Building Added to National Register

PONTIAC, Ill. - The former Illinois State Police District 6 headquarters, just south of Pontiac on old Route 66, has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places.

2007-03-25 14:53:00Legislation May Aid Site on 66

PONTIAC, Ill. - State Sen. Dan Rutherford, R-Chenoa (53rd District), is sponsoring legislation that he says would help protect, for long-term public benefit, a historic site along Route 66.

2007-03-23 14:45:01Route 66 Tourism on the Menu

ATLANTA, Ill. - A cafe re-creating the Palms Grill Cafe circa 1938 is expected to become another Route 66 tourism draw for the village.

2007-03-21 07:06:07Malt Shop to Reopen in Two Shakes

ALBUQUERQUE, N. Mex. - Diane Avila doesn't interpret legal documents, though she does make a mean green-chile-and-blue-cheese hamburger.

So it stands to reason that the owner of the Route 66 Malt Shop panicked a bit when she received word from her landlord that her lease would be terminated.

2007-03-20 07:09:33Museums Have a Lot to Offer

ALBUQUERQUE, N.Mex. - With all of today's focus on adventure travels, spending a day or two sampling a city's museums might not seem appealing.

But if you discount Albuquerque's list of museums, you'll truly be missing out on some of the better and more appealing stops in New Mexico's largest city.

2007-03-19 19:14:22Phillips 66 Station Being Restored

TULSA, Okla. - An old gas station will soon be surrounded by new cars again, in downtown Tulsa. The 1926, Phillips 66 station, is being restored and will become the home of an Avis Rent A Car office. The building is on the original Route 66 and will be renovated to look like it did back then.

2007-03-18 19:19:40An Alphabetical Romp Through Arizona (abridged)

A pizza parlor called the best in the country. The home of the next Super Bowl (and likely new Dodgers spring-training headquarters). The resurrection of an old Scottsdale hotel favored by Bing Crosby into a hip, retro hangout.

2007-03-17 08:48:58A Bit of History: Route 66 in New Mexico

SANTA FE, N. Mex. - It was called America's Main Street. It also was known by the name author John Steinbeck coined: The Mother Road. Route 66, designated by the U.S. Bureau of Public Roads in 1926, stretched from Chicago to Southern California, covering 2,448 miles.

2007-03-14 14:41:00Chinese Students Pay a Visit

PONTIAC, Ill. - For 30 students of Heartland Community College to be together in downtown Pontiac is unusual, but there was something unique about a group on Tuesday.

2007-03-12 18:13:45Route 66 an Underused Asset

JOPLIN, Mo. - Lots more people could get their kicks in Joplin if the city’s ribbon of Route 66 was revved up, a local promoter says.

Ron Hart sees green lights when he thinks about the city’s opportunities to draw nostalgia buffs seeking out the Mother Road.

2007-03-09 16:35:09West Hollywood Receives Honor

WEST HOLLYWOOD, Calif. - The City of West Hollywood has been named to the 2007 list of America’s Dozen Distinctive Destinations by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the country's largest private, nonprofit historic preservation organization.

2007-03-09 07:57:28Like it or Not: Grand Canyon Skyway

PEACH SPRINGS, Ariz. - Depending on your point of view, the new Skywalk jutting out over the south-western rim of the Grand Canyon is either an irresistible attraction giving visitors a whole new perspective on the breathtaking scenery below, or an abomination that threatens to turn one of the great natural wonders of the world into Disneyland self-parody.

2007-03-07 19:39:2860-Year-Old Texas Eatery Closes its Doors

AMARILLO, Tex. - A barrel-shaped restaurant that first opened in 1937 on Route 66 in Amarillo, Tex., may have reached the end of the road.

2007-03-06 19:51:22Citizens: Town Needs to Play Up Route 66 Connection

JOPLIN, Mo. - Local Route 66 promoter Ron Hart says Joplin could rev up its tourist industry if local leaders would pay more attention to promoting the Mother Road.

2007-03-06 17:29:39Roadies Mourn Loss of Pig Hip Museum

BROADWELL, Ill. - John Miller called the fire that destroyed the Pig-Hip Museum Monday "a big blow to Route 66 fans all over the country, all over the world, who used to stop there to chat with Ernie and Frances Edwards."

2007-03-01 08:05:11Group Plans Garage Sale on Route 66

LINCOLN, Ill. - Garage sales, Route 66 and food.

Can it get any better than that?

2007-02-26 08:19:55Logan County Route 66 Group Seeks Members

LINCOLN, Ill. - The Route 66 Heritage Foundation of Logan County, a newly formed organization through the Abraham Lincoln Tourism Bureau of Logan County, is looking for members.

2007-02-26 00:24:58Springfield, not Joplin, Begat Route 66

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - Does Joplin have a better press agent than Springfield or what?

2007-02-23 23:50:46City to Play Up Route 66 Links

JOLIET, Ill. - The city's official seal refers to its proximity to interstate highways 55 and 80, but Joliet's boast of being the "crossroads of Mid-America" is turning to more intimate long-distance thoroughfares that once served to bring motorists through, rather than around, the city.

2007-02-23 23:45:48Al's Route 66 Cafe Throws Down a Challenge

SAPULPA, Okla. - Al's Route 66 Cafe in Sapulpa advertises itself as the "Home of the Big Daddy."

2007-02-21 13:57:13Honoring the Blues Brothers

JOLIET, Ill. - Twenty-seven years after "Joliet" Jake Blues walked out of the Joliet Correctional Center, he and Elwood could be coming back to town for good.

If all goes as planned by city and tourism leaders, a statue of the Blues Brothers will welcome motorists cruising along historic Route 66 into Joliet by summer.

2007-02-20 19:11:18Entrepreneurs Drive Corvette Z06 Length of Route 66

WEST HOLLYWOOD, Calif. - So that diners may someday soon “Get their kicks” at exact replicas of Barney’s Beanery, the venerable roadhouse/famed celebrity West hollywood hangout, the Beanery’s co-owners David Houston and Avi Fattal are taking a 4,200-mile, Seven-day scouting trip to research good roadhouse spots along the famed highway next month.

2007-02-20 19:02:48Tour Chief Banks on Route 66

LINCOLN, Ill. - Geoff Ladd is rooting for Route 66.

Ladd, director of the Abraham Lincoln Tourism Bureau of Logan County, attended the Governor's Conference on Tourism earlier this month in Chicago. He was accompanied by tourism board chairman Paul Gleason and vice chairman Annette Chapman.

2007-02-12 19:13:02"World's Largest" May Spur Tourism

LINCOLN, Ill. - Born of cardiac infarction, the world's biggest covered wagon continues to be an arresting experience, now that it's parked in the heart of Lincoln.

2007-02-09 09:29:29U.S. 66 Fun and Thought-Provoking

WARWICK, Okla. - For half a century, Americans have whisked about the country on high-speed, but rather boring, interstate expressways. Romantics prefer older, two-lane highways that meander across the land. There, you can smell the new field corn and the Tuesday meatloaf special wafting from a local diner. You can gaze at vintage neon signs, crackling through the night, and listen to nostalgic tales of slower times gone by. So prepare your imagination for a visit to the noblest old, cross-country highway of them all.

2007-02-08 09:42:51Arizona Town Rediscovers Past Glory

WINSLOW, Ariz. - The words “standing on a corner in Winslow, Arizona” have swirled in American imaginations since 1972, when the Eagles recorded “Take It Easy.” What you’ll see from those corners today is an old railroad town of one-way streets and two-story buildings resting on a high grassland plateau beneath spacious skies. In the distance, snow-capped mountains, volcanic buttes and flat-topped mesas appear sharply silhouetted in the clear air.

2007-02-07 09:51:20El Vado Motel Saved

ALBUQUERQUE, N. Nex. - After years of debate, a Route 66 motel in Albuquerque can't be torn down for townhouses, the city ruled last month.

2007-02-07 09:49:27Round Barn Painting Dedicated

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. - A landscape painting featuring the Round Barn along Route 66 in Oklahoma County now hangs in the state Capitol.

2007-02-03 07:45:35Vandal Alert: Unique Marker Stolen

GARDNER, Ill. - It is feared that lost motorists may be stumbling around this 2-square-mile town around 30 miles south of Joliet.

These visitors are attempting to get their kicks on Route 66. Their reason for venturing off the Mother Road is to get a peek at the historic, two-cell jail in the center of town.

2007-01-24 11:27:11Saving Meadow Gold Landmark

TULSA, Okla. - Randomly stacked around the shop floor of Claude Neon Federal Signs (CNF Signs), among the shiny painted metal boxes holding high-tech, state-of-the-art, computer driven electronic message center signs, are numerous very old, very large, handmade metal and porcelain letters in various stages of deterioration. Arranged correctly they spell “Meadow Gold” and they represent a Tulsa historic treasure.

2007-01-24 11:19:00Abe Parks Giant Wagon in Town

LINCOLN, Ill. - Abe Lincoln rode into town Tuesday, peering over the side of a trailer as it sped along Interstate 55 and probably marveling over the efficiency of modern transportation.

Also in Abe's convoy was a flatbed truck, carrying the world's largest covered wagon.

2007-01-23 12:26:27Did You Help Bury a 1957 Plymouth?

TULSA, Okla. - Organizers of a coming out party for a brand new 1957 Plymouth Belvedere could use some help. The car, buried under the lawn of the Tulsa County Courthouse in 1957, is scheduled to be unearthed June 15 as part of the Oklahoma Centennial.

Promoters are looking for people who helped lower the car into its crypt in 1957 to perhaps shed some light on what to expect when the car is unearthed.

2007-01-17 16:35:11Breathing Life Into a Faded Landmark

AMBOY, Calif. - Before Interstate 40 bypassed them and drove a stake through their heart, this broiler of a town on old Route 66 and its modernist landmark, Roy's Motel and Cafe, thumped with life day and night.

2007-01-17 11:31:04Museum May Sport Large Mural

PONTIAC, Ill. - A mural of a Route 66 highway sign — believed to be the largest in the country — could be painted on the back of a museum dedicated to the road’s history.

2007-01-15 17:44:22Route 66 May Host Roadside Garage Sale

LINCOLN, Ill. - Lincoln resident Bruce Huskins envisions a long, long, long garage sale in Logan County's future.

Miles long.

2007-01-08 19:12:55Lincoln Man Saving the Mill

LINCOLN, Ill. - The Mill sure looks like it's been through the mill.

This quirky former Lincoln restaurant was built to resemble a windmill and even had lighted faux sails that actually turned, thanks to a motor borrowed from a barbecue rotisserie.

2007-01-06 11:50:42Lost and Found at the Blue Whale of Catoosa

CATOOSA, Okla. - Oh, if the old Blue Whale could talk.

The latest tale to come out of the aquatic oddity along Route 66 involves a senior class ring that was lost in the whale, presumably forever.

2007-01-05 12:01:04The Other Side of Arizona

Nearly everyone has seen a car pulled off to the side of the road and someone having a photo taken while standing next to a saguaro. It's what tourists do.

When such photos are passed around offices in Chicago and Minneapolis, it only furthers the cliché. You may want to point out Arizona's flip side, the one with pine trees and mountain lakes and cold, crisp air.

Here's where to see that other side of Arizona.

2007-01-03 08:54:44Dust, Dinghies, Donkeys

OATMAN, Ariz. - This little town attracts almost a half-million visitors a year, tempting them with its Wild West history, its burros, and its shops.

2007-01-01 17:50:31Bridge Added to Historic Register

ST. LOUIS, Mo. - On Dec. 15 the National Park Service announced that the Old Chain of Rocks Bridge had been named to the National Register of Historic Places.

2007-01-01 10:16:06Museum is a Road Trip to the Past

ST. LOUIS, Mo. - The next time you have holiday time to kill, you ought to check out the Museum of Transportation in west St. Louis County.

2006-12-28 10:21:51Chamber Launches Tourism-Oriented Website

HOLBROOK, Ariz. - “The chamber’s new Web site recently premiered, and we now have a site, www.gotouraz.com, that was completed with the regional grant received from the Arizona Office of Tourism,” related Paul DoBell, president of the Holbrook Chamber of Commerce.

He noted that the chamber’s Web site has a broad array of links, from the city to Navajo County, to Petrified Forest National Park, schools, Route 66, Snowflake and Winslow, other area attractions and much more.

2006-12-20 10:29:57Frederick's Closes Doors

Chicagoans are still upset about Marshall Field's becoming Macy's. Around Thanksgiving, a group of shoppers actually protested in front of the department store.

I'm glad that's all that's wrong with the world.

And locals continue to lament the closing of the Berghoff (in what really was a union busting move with the restaurant's storied waiters--the Berghoff reopened as a small cafe.) But here's something to really get your undies in a bunch.

Frederick's of Hollywood has closed its Lingerie Museum.

2006-12-19 17:35:52Television Series Planned

VICTORVILLE, Calif. - Like so many communities from Illinois to California, Victorville has been shaped by the “Mother Road.”

Decommissioned in 1985, the road has since enjoyed a rebirth around the world as an icon of American culture. Now a local researcher is hoping to tell the story of the resurgence with a syndicated TV show.

2006-12-18 21:10:37Route 66 Town a Big Part of Grand Canyon Tradition

WILLIAMS, Ariz. - Bill Williams was a gruff old mountain man of the early years of settlement of the American West. So fierce was he that some said you'd best not walk in front of a hungry Bill Williams late on a wild woods trek when the food was gone.

There is a small town in Arizona named for Williams and it backs up to a solitary mountain that also carries his name.

2006-12-17 21:04:18Mother, Daughter Produce Route 66 Film

WASHINGTON, D.C. - When filmmaker Lauren Cardillo and her mother set out on a trip on legendary Route 66, they decided to do it the way people used to -- with stops by the roadside and at places that are often overlooked.

2006-12-14 16:35:58Fate of El Vado Delayed

ALBUQUERQUE, N. Mex. - El Vado Motel's fate is still up in the air, but two thing are sure: A final decision could be months away, and the meetings leading up to that decision are likely to be contentious.

2006-12-13 18:08:24Big Wagon May Roll In

LINCOLN, Ill. - This is big. Really big.

OK, so it's not as big as Big Abe, the 10-story statue that's the dream of some local tourism boosters and the nightmare of others. Of course, you remember Big Abe - the 300-foot-plus-tall depiction of the 16th president that was first envisioned a few years ago by a local Baptist preacher.

2006-12-12 20:01:25Special Route 66 Rest Stop - A History

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. - In spite of the marvelous artistic and architectural contributions William M. Bristol made in Southern California, his name is not well known today outside the circles of local-history fans.

2006-12-12 17:05:42Landmark for Sale

WILMINGTON, Ill. - For Sale: Small-town restaurant with international reputation. Comes with giant spaceman.

2006-12-11 19:15:55End of the Line for Launching Pad?

WILMINGTON, Ill. - The Launching Pad restaurant could be blasting into the past. The legendary drive-in on Route 66 in Wilmington is for sale. It is famous for its Dirt Worm Sundae -- crushed Oreos and gummy worms -- as well as its Gemini Giant fiberglass figure standing 28 feet tall and weighing 500 pounds.

2006-12-09 18:27:11Illinois Towns Plan Spring Event

PONTIAC, Ill. - The 90 miles of old Route 66 that stretch from Joliet to Towanda will become a tourist trip next spring.

Pontiac Tourism and 12 other towns along the Mother Road are planning the Red Carpet Corridor Weekend Experience, billed as 90 miles of family fun on Route 66, for May 5 and 6.

2006-11-27 19:22:24Work Soon to Start on The Mill

LINCOLN, Ill. - Renovations to the former Mill restaurant will begin soon, thanks to a secured loan and the go-ahead from the City Council.

2006-11-26 19:18:57Adding Signs Will Help to Locate Route 66

PONTIAC, Ill. - Navigating Pontiac and checking the downtown sights may get easier with the help of new signs.

The City Council has endorsed a plan to add signs to help people find downtown attractions, such as the Route 66 Museum and the Livingston County Courthouse.

2006-11-22 21:16:53Rebirth Planned for De Anza Motel

ALBUQUERQUE, N. Mex. - De Anza LLC has been selected by the city to redevelop the historic De Anza Motor Lodge on Central Avenue near Washington SE.

2006-11-22 15:59:07Gun-Shaped Building's Future Uncertain

PONTIAC, Ill. - Efforts continue to preserve a pistol-shaped icon of local Route 66 history, but its future remains unknown.

The former Illinois State Police District 6 headquarters, about two miles south of Pontiac on old Route 66, may be registered soon as a historic landmark -- and the state may put it up for sale.

2006-11-21 18:08:11The Mill on Route 66 in Lincoln—From Ruins to Restoration

The following press release was received at Route 66 University from Jennifer Jenvey, Assistant to the Director, Abraham Lincoln Tourism Bureau of Logan County, Illinois:

LINCOLN, Ill. - The Mill, a historic structure on Route 66 in Lincoln, Illinois, has now been officially saved from demolition, and is on its way to complete restoration. The preservation project has already gained attention on the national and international circuit of Route 66 enthusiasts.

2006-11-21 14:01:50Council OK's Mill Measure

LINCOLN, Ill. - Ownership of The Mill should soon be in the hands of the Route 66 Heritage Foundation, a fledging non-profit group that formed in recent weeks for the purpose of saving the dilapidated Route 66 landmark bar and restaurant.

2006-11-20 17:55:58Route 66 Eatery to Close

TULSA, Okla. - It's a Route 66 Icon and a Tulsa treasure, not just for the famous chicken fried steaks or the fifties feel, but for the people you find there.

2006-11-18 09:30:49El Vado Motel Endangered Again

ALBUQUERQUE, N. Mex. - Ten months after the city declared El Vado Motel an official landmark, the owner of the property at 2500 Central Ave. S.W., is looking to raze the place.

2006-11-18 00:09:11Riding the Mother Road

LA CRESCENTA, Calif. - It runs from Chicago to Los Angeles and covers roughly 2,448 miles, eight states, and three time zones. Jack Kerouac traversed parts of it in his generation defining novel, On the Road. John Steinbeck called it, "The Mother Road." And if you've ever driven through Old Town Pasadena, across Suicide Bridge, or stopped at the intersection of 7th and Broadway in the heart of downtown Los Angeles, you have been part of the legend that is Route 66.

2006-11-16 00:02:27New Tourist Stop Coming

ARCADIA, Okla. - Arcadia residents are starting to get a true glimpse of their newest Route 66 attraction.

2006-11-15 18:36:32Group Gets Loan to Fix The Mill

LINCOLN, Ill. - It's highly unlikely that its famous schnitzel sandwiches will ever again be flying out of the kitchen, but The Mill soon will get a makeover.

2006-11-14 18:31:26Hotel Owner Seeking Solutions

MONROVIA, Calif. - Kathie Reece-McNeill, a 48-year-old Southern California businesswoman, is a rarity among the targets of ADA access lawsuits.

She won.

But not before Reece-McNeill -- owner of the historic Aztec Hotel in Monrovia along the old Route 66 in eastern Los Angeles County -- had spent $100,000 defending herself against the suit.

2006-11-13 19:18:20Highways Have History

The American highway has been a vital part of our nation's economy and a fascination for travelers. Although hundreds of highways now crisscross the country and link the states, there remain a special few that helped to modernize America and protect the free world.

2006-11-11 18:05:28At Age 80, Preservation Efforts Thrive

OKLAHOMA CITY - Eighty years later, people are still getting their kicks on Route 66.

Old U.S. Highway 66 marked its 80th anniversary on Saturday, and even though the roadway has fallen into disrepair in some places, efforts are under way to preserve the spirit of the blacktop ribbon that novelist John Steinbeck once called the Mother Road.

2006-11-11 09:08:29U. S. Route 66 Turns 80

This year marks the eightieth anniversary of the dedication of U.S. Route 66, born in 1926 and completed in 1938. What started as a link between Chicago and Los Angeles—a 2,400-mile hodgepodge of diagonal connections between farm towns across the Midwest and West—became a legend.

2006-11-10 09:17:06Oklahoma Throws Birthday Bash

TULSA, Okla. - This is a perfect time to consider making Oklahoma your next vacation destination as the state begins observing its centennial, celebrating a century that has carried it from cowboys on horseback to the space age.

2006-11-07 19:11:59Arizona in the Movies

The animated movie Cars made us want to jump in our dad's old silver Chevy station wagon and take a nostalgic road trip along Arizona's Route 66, just like we did one summer long ago.

Through the magic of computer animation, some of the movie's best sequences involve driving through imaginary roads and towns in a fantastical mix of Monument Valley, Holbrook, and Amarillo, Texas.

2006-11-07 00:04:17A Visit to Cadillac Ranch

AMARILLO, Tex. - It wasn't a religious experience, really.

At least, it wasn't in the sense of being rocked to the bottom of your soul during Sunday services, or talking in tongues at church teen group snow camp.

But there was no denying the profoundly spiritual vibe resonating from that huge field on the Texas Panhandle, west of Amarillo. There was something much more than over-the-top art going on at Cadillac Ranch, where 10 vintage Cadillacs are planted in the earth, their tail fins pointed at heaven.

2006-10-28 09:46:35Historic Hiland Theater on Route 66 May Get Needed Repairs

ALBUQUERQUE, N. Mex. - It's quiet and a little on the chilly side in the lobby of the old Hiland Theater at 4804 Central Ave. S.E.

2006-10-25 07:07:47City Preparing for Route 66 Festival

CLINTON, Okla. - Planning and preparations are already underway for the 2007 Route 66 Festival to be held in Clinton, Oklahoma, June 21-24. A car and motorcycle show, golf tournament, live musical entertainment and a carnival, are just a few of the activities currently planned for the four-day Festival.

2006-10-24 15:51:42Keeping the “Whee” in an Old Bridge

CARTHAGE, Mo. - This southwest Missouri city on old Route 66 is rallying to preserve a 1920 wooden bridge from too much renovation that might take the thrill out of driving over its sharp rise and fall, according to The Joplin Globe newspaper.

2006-10-22 23:16:08Group to turn The Mill into Museum

LINCOLN, Ill. - A new group is hoping to turn the landmark Mill restaurant into a museum. Foundation spokesman Geoff Ladd, who represents the newly formed Route 66 Heritage Foundation of Logan County, said plans call for partially demolishing the structure and eventually turning the original building with its Dutch windmill blades into a tourism hotspot.

2006-10-20 23:19:5010 Great Roadside Giants (one on Route 66, but all worth a visit)

When it comes to roadside attractions, there's a time-honored American tradition to go big or go home. Before the sprawling Wal-Marts and Target Greatlands dotted the interstates, towering kitschy statues reigned supreme. Brian and Sarah Butko, co-authors of Roadside Giants, share their top oversized icons with USA TODAY's Colleen Clark.

2006-10-20 08:00:23Route 66 TV Series Producer Dies at 84

LOS ANGELES, Calif. - Herbert B. Leonard, who created and produced the 1950s western TV series The Adventures of Rin Tin Tin, and the gritty police drama Naked City, has died. He was 84.

Leonard, who also produced the memorable series Route 66, died of cancer Saturday at his home in the Hollywood Hills, said his daughter Gina Leonard.

2006-10-19 08:12:47Times Beach: A Toxic Site Made Useful Again

WINCHESTER, Mass. - One of the more prominent entries in Americana is the nearly 2,400 mile-long stretch of road known as "Route 66." The highway, one of the first east-west arteries, stretches from Chicago to Los Angeles, giving small-town communities access to some of the country's most populous cities. Author John Steinbeck called it "The Mother Road," and singer Bobby Troup advised a legion of willing travelers to "Get your kicks on Route 66!" Indeed, this legendary highway is an integral part of American folklore and history—it is no wonder that few who travel along it fail to appreciate its special place in this nation's culture.

2006-10-17 19:42:34Preservation Group Will Get The Mill

LINCOLN, Ill - Lincoln City Hall will pull the legal strings necessary to transfer ownership of The Mill, a dilapidated landmark along the original Route 66, from its embattled owner to a new foundation that wants to resurrect the property.

2006-10-16 16:12:02Suggestions for Traveling 66 in New Mexico

Historic Route 66 occupies a special place in American history. Today seems to be a time when even more Americans are interested in a road trip. Route 66 is THE road trip.

2006-10-13 09:17:41Budville Trading Company to Reopen

BUDVILLE, N. Mex. - The historic Budville Trading Company on Route 66 near Cubero is scheduled to reopen in time for Christmas shoppers this year.

2006-10-11 20:50:51Group Forms to Save The Mill

LINCOLN, Ill. - A foundation has been organized to rescue The Mill, a crumbling structure at Washington and First streets that once was a popular bar and restaurant on the original Route 66.

Foundation spokesman Geoff Ladd asked the city council Tuesday to take steps that would give the group ownership of the property.

2006-10-10 19:36:09Taking Inventory of Roadside Oddities

Atlanta's smiley face water tower; the telephone booth on the roof of Lincoln's city hall; the watermelon that marks the general site where Abraham Lincoln christened his namesake city . . .

2006-10-09 19:33:41Model A Fords Visit Route 66 Museum

PONTIAC, Ill. - The most recent contingent of cars to park in downtown Pontiac while their drivers visited the Route 66 museum were some of the oldest vehicles that have passed through town in recent months: Ford Model A's.

2006-10-06 08:35:54Roadside Oddity an American Tradition

AMARILLO, Tex. - They come in twos and threes. Some are alone, some have kids in tow who this time of year are missing school.

Retirees, Generation Xers, baby boomers. It's always a steady stream of travelers who just can't resist.

2006-10-05 08:20:34Aztec Motel, Albuquerque, N.M.

The paintings, crosses, tiles and folk decor that cover the Aztec Motel are an inspiration to Jae Whitehorse.

"I'm very visual," said Whitehorse, an artist and resident at the motel. "I never thought of doing anything like this on the outside of the building. Everything is always on the inside."

The Aztec Motel, at 3821 Central Ave. N.E., is the oldest operating motel on Route 66 in New Mexico, said owner Matthew Terry.

2006-10-03 18:19:39Artist Painting Mural for Museum

PONTIAC, Ill. – Robert Waldmire’s interpretations of Route 66 are intricate, historical and filled with life. Waldmire, known to many as Bob, has spent most of his life as a traveling artist and has made sites along the Mother Road the subject of much of his work.

2006-10-02 19:31:22Route 66 Properties Added to Register

TULSA, Okla. The once-thriving Chilocco Indian School and two original stretches of U-S Highway 66 are among eight state sites that have been added to the National Register of Historic Places.

2006-10-01 19:12:01An Inside Look At Sayre, Oklahoma

SAYRE, Okla. - "I was seven months pregnant, and I had two children," Renee Russell recalled. "It seemed like a good opportunity."

So 13 years ago, this Okie and her Okie husband bought the classic motel on old Route 66 in Sayre. They moved their family back to Oklahoma to a town used in the filming of "The Grapes of Wrath," John Steinbeck's tale of Oklahomans fleeing a dusty land for California.

2006-09-27 09:08:47Tourism Funds Benefit Rural New Mexico

The New Mexico Tourism Department awards $473,000 in federal funds through the Federal Highway Administration’s Scenic Byways program for fiscal year 2006. The Tourism Department submitted 14 grants, 12 through its Scenic Byways program and one each directly from Acoma and Santa Clara pueblos. All but one of the 14 of the applications were funded.

2006-09-26 17:12:59Cleaning Up Old Route 66 Stations

The land beneath what was once the nation’s most famous thoroughfare is tainted with old gasoline, the insidious footprint of filling stations as long gone as Route 66’s heyday.

2006-09-25 23:50:18Theater Spruces for Grand Re-Opening

GALLUP, N. Mex. - Next weekend, Gallup's El Morro Theatre is slated to host several hundred guests during the theatre's grand re-opening celebration.

2006-09-25 23:42:04New Mexico's 66 Features Points of Interest

The mesa and new cultural center are far from being the only draws of the Acoma area: There's easily enough to keep you here for a week.

2006-09-21 09:43:55Birth of 66 Told in Documentary

It travels through eight states over some 2,400 miles, but its birth — in name, at least — began in Springfield.

The pioneers of Route 66 actually wanted the highway designated Route 60, but that was taken. After much wrangling, a group of businessmen involved with creating the road — among them Cyrus Avery of Tulsa, Okla., and John Woodruff of Springfield — settled on 66, which hadn't been assigned.

2006-09-20 23:30:24Motel to be Torn Down, Sign Sold

VINITA, Okla. - One of the fading remnants of the Route 66 in Oklahoma will be torn down and its sign sold on eBay.

2006-09-13 23:25:24Route 66 Motel Spared for One Year

AMARILLO, Tex. - Last month, volunteers spent a day cleaning up the one of Route 66's first motels. Built in the late 1940s, the Triangle Motel, located in Amarillo, Tex., was slated to be demolished, but the city has given its new owner one year to clean up and renovate the two moderne structures.

2006-09-13 17:38:31Route 66 a Nostalgia Trip for Many

Route 66 is obsolete. Aged. Outdated.

Perhaps that's why so many people won't let it be forgotten.

2006-09-12 23:21:03Collector in Missouri Shows Off His Wares

CUBA, MO. - At the top of a gently sloping hill just south of Cuba and easily seen from Interstate 44, several tall poles topped with signs of gasoline brand logos stand clustered. Passersby with a keen eye, however, recognize that the signs are for brands no longer in existence - or that the emblems have been long abandoned in favor of more modern graphics.

2006-08-28 23:34:18Critiquing the Interstates

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - Nearly five decades ago, a parade rolled down Highway 11 in Vance on Saturdays in the fall.

The men drove bodacious curvaceous autos, dressed up in white jackets with red ties. The women sat pretty beside them, their bouffant hair topped by tiny hats, nylons and high heels under their dresses.

2006-08-22 23:29:01Grant Awarded to Renovate Gas Station

BAXTER SPRINGS, Kan. - The Baxter Springs Historical Society has received a grant to turn a gas station along historic Route 66 in southeast Kansas into a welcome center for the famed highway.

2006-08-22 23:24:33Meadow Gold Sign Finds New Home

The old neon Meadow Gold sign that glowed over midtown for decades as a reminder of the days of the milkman and porch deliveries has found a new site on Route 66.

2006-08-17 20:26:52Big Daddy Burger More Than a Mouthful

Slow and steady wins the race.

Unfortunately for Tulsa resident Dr. Paul Reagan, this motto did not help him consume a 66 oz. hamburger, three pounds of fries and a 32 oz. milk shake in 66 minutes at Al’s Route 66 Cafe Tuesday evening.

2006-08-17 20:22:48Birthplace of the Corn Dog

SPRINGFIELD -- "Enough of this Lincoln stuff," the voice in my head barked. "Let's get a corn dog."

2006-08-17 20:18:21Diner May Attain National Register Status

Not many people can say they've worked in the same building since they were 14. Even fewer can say it still looks pretty much the same.

2006-08-05 11:06:15Drew Knowles Lists Top Ten Quirkiest on Rt 66

In the August 4, 2006 USA Today, our university's administrator, Drew Knowles, listed his top ten interesting picks for things to see on the Mother Road. . .

2006-08-04 11:05:52Mill Owner Slapped With Large Fine

LINCOLN, Ill. - Dennis Koehler--owner of the dilapidated structure that formerly housed The Mill restaurant at Washington and First streets--was found in default of a city ordinance violation today for allowing an unsafe building and fined more than $32,000.

2006-07-31 17:32:22Fontana's Motel District

FONTANA, Calif. - They line a stretch of Foothill Boulevard largely free of shopping, dining and even sidewalks.

2006-07-31 17:26:10Vacationing on U.S. 66

ALONG THE MOTHER ROAD IN ARIZONA - The TripTik had it all mapped out for our summer vacation drive from Las Vegas to the Grand Canyon.

Travel south on U.S. 93 from Vegas to Kingman, Ariz. Then go east on Interstate 40 to Williams, Ariz., our departure point to the canyon's south rim.

But we had other plans. The Mother Road beckoned.

2006-07-27 17:43:20It's a Gas: L.A. Neon

Los Angeles is often derided as a city with little sense of history, when in fact history is everywhere you turn — in the stately mansions of Hancock Park, the grand old facades of downtown office buildings, the Craftsman and Spanish-style bungalows sprinkled throughout the older suburbs.

2006-07-25 23:17:36Restaurant Named for Route 66 Icon

WEATHERFORD, Okla. - A restaurant scheduled to open in August in Weatherford pays tribute to a near legendary roadside gas station on Route 66.

2006-07-18 21:57:30City Wants to Demolish Landmark

LINCOLN, Ill. - The Mill sits lonely and abandoned at the corner of First and Washington streets.

2006-07-18 21:52:38Trolley Car Rescued 10 Years Ago

SAPULPA, Okla. - It was 10 years ago. Sapulpa was preparing to celebrate its centennial, and there was no home for the town’s last remaining electric trolley car.

2006-07-14 17:07:4566's Aviation Museums in Oklahoma

Most Oklahomans will give you the obvious answer when asked to name a famous Oklahoma aviator. The first answer that comes to mind is Wiley Post.

2006-07-13 23:28:24Dining With the Locals on Illinois 66

HAMEL, Ill. - When traveling Route 66 you often come to a fork in the road. The place will be a respite where the regulars zig while the rest of the world zags, a place like Scotty's Route 66 Restaurant & Bar, Old Route 66 and Highway 140 in Downstate Hamel. So you stop. And you eat.

2006-07-11 21:48:09Amarillo Motel Saved From Demolition--For Now

Amarillo's Triangle Motel isn't going anywhere -- at least not anytime soon.

In a unanimous vote Thursday a city board of review decided to give the motel's owner a 12 month extension period to clean up and restore the structure.

2006-07-06 23:09:57Vintage Motel Wins Honor

Munger Moss Motel, of Lebanon, owned by Bob and Ramona Lehman, was recognized as the Mother Road Business of the Year during the 2006 Route 66 Festival, held June 23 in Albuquerque, N.M.

2006-06-19 16:38:13Motel Safari Back in Business

TUCUMCARI, N. Mex. - There’s a new player on Route 66’s motel row.

On Wednesday, Nita and Shawn Berryhill of Globe, Ariz., became the new owners of the Motel Safari on Route 66, said Nina Berryhill. That’s when she and her husband, Shawn, signed the deal, she said.

2006-06-16 16:55:57Iconic Dome Starts New Life

Once targeted for demolition, Oklahoma City's "gold dome" bank, one of the first geodesic domes built in the United States and an icon on historic Route 66, has returned to productive use. In May, the Oklahoma Main Street Center moved into the now-rehabilitated building, which is nearly full of tenants.

2006-06-14 16:42:37Pixar Artists Did Their Homework on Cars

Toy Story, A Bug's Life, Toy Story 2, Monsters, Inc., Finding Nemo, The Incredibles, and now, Cars, which opened June 9. Call them Pixar's magnificent seven.

2006-06-03 10:31:13Newspaper Devoted to Route 66 Debuts

Beginning in late June, a new monthly tabloid newspaper aimed at locations along the historic Route 66 will start publication.

2006-06-03 10:23:02Auto-Trivia from the Movie 'Cars'

CARS is the Da Vinci Code for gear heads.

2006-06-03 10:10:55Route 66 More Than a Road

You won't really find it on a map.

Route 66 is more than a particular strip of federal highway that ran from Chicago to Los Angeles. It's shorthand for the great theme of American life -- mobility -- and its manifestations in mid-20th century art, literature, movies and music.

2006-05-30 12:52:18Drive-In Theater Having a Good Year

Tulsa's most famous twin won a $35,000 makeover last year, but the 55-year-old is pretty high-maintenance.

The Admiral Twin Drive-In Theater, 7355 E. Easton St., was awarded the money last May after winning the Save-a-Landmark contest that Hampton Hotels sponsored.

2006-05-30 12:46:23Illinois 66 Featured in U.K. Program

LINCOLN, Ill. - Logan County attractions soon will hit the small screen in a big way as part of a special segment for a United Kingdom television show to celebrate the premiere of the Pixar feature film "Cars: The Movie."

2006-05-28 09:44:19Route a Big Tourism Draw

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. — Thousands of people get their kicks on Illinois Route 66 each year, bringing millions of dollars with them.

2006-05-26 16:20:45Illinois Restaurants Declared Historic

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - Illinoisans can officially ruin their diets in the name of history now that three restaurants along Route 66 have been added to the National Register of Historic Places.

2006-05-20 08:47:21Route Less Traveled

In its earliest days, the neon zig-zagging the top of the Grandview Motel was an eastbound Route 66 motorist's first sign of roadside lodging in Albuquerque, N.M. Today, the more-than-60-year-old motel has only two red letters alight.

2006-05-12 16:40:24Dishing Up Nostagia on the Mother Road

JOLIET, Ill. - It has served up ice cream for nearly 30 years.

It withstood an attempt by officials to change its location.

2006-05-12 16:34:24Joplin Eyes Promoting Route 66

JOPLIN, Mo. - John Steinbeck dubbed it "The Mother Road." It has been immortalized in song and word. The highway stretching from Chicago to Los Angeles carried Okies, Missourians, Kansans and Arkansans westward toward the promised land of California during the depths of the Great Depression and the Dust Bowl drought.

2006-05-12 16:30:54Memories on Missouri Route 66

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - Interstate 44, given time, may be declared historic. But, compared to Highway 66, which it replaced in the 1950s, it's hardly a scenic byway.

A brochure for the dedication Friday of Historic 66 as a Scenic Byway includes several area scenes.

2006-05-12 16:26:05Barstow Adds Downtown Murals

BARSTOW, Calif. - Nineteen volunteer artists, drawn together by their fascination for Southern California's colorful past, have given a piece of downtown Barstow to the public.

2006-05-08 20:27:26A Little Seligman History

Why Invest in Seligman?

Seligman is still a small town, and anyone who invests in helping it stay that way will get its full support. Restore the Havasu as an architectural treasure and you have a magnet reinforcing Seligman's history. The Havasu was once the center of a thriving Seligman, and we'd like to see it that way again.

2006-04-11 18:41:08A Corner in Winslow: Town's Claim to Fame

Despite the blare of trumpets in the somewhat famous Herb Alpert song, Tijuana has no monument to a taxi. Texas doesn't have a shrine to George Strait's ex-wives. Likewise, Georgia has failed to honor the devil, although Charlie Daniels insists that Beelzebub himself went down there.

2006-04-02 09:55:56Illinois Route 66 Association Announces Awards

A Pontiac couple and a Lexington trucking company are among those to be honored this year, the 60-year anniversary of Route 66, by the Route 66 Association of Illinois.

2006-04-02 09:44:55Fontana Plays Up Route 66 Ties

FONTANA, Calif. - It was once a scenic drive along the wide open road traveled by tourists from Chicago to Santa Monica, staying at motels, stopping at fruit stands and eating at restaurants along the way.

2006-03-26 15:10:30Experience Albuquerque, New Mexico, 300 Years Old

New Mexico? It's a place even some Americans have trouble finding. As the state’s biggest city prepares to celebrate its 300th birthday, Hester Lacey goes exploring.

2006-03-20 20:17:16The Song that Turned a Highway into an Icon

Winona, Kingman, Barstow, San Bernadino ... no mention in the song of Amboy, the home of Roy's Motel and Café, though the settlement dates back to the mid-1800s. It's a ghost town now. The handful of buildings are deserted except for the occasional passing motorist, including me, doing a double-take and locking up the brakes to grab a few shots of a 1950s time capsule out along the original Route 66 in the Mojave Desert.

2006-03-13 20:58:51Dinosaurs Rule at Tucumcari Museum

TUCUMCARI, N.M. - The world’s largest collection of bronze dinosaur skeletons awaits visitors to Mesalands Community College’s Dinosaur Museum in Tucumcari.

2006-03-10 16:47:15Blessed Mary's in Groom, Texas, Serves Divine Fare

Blessed Mary's Restaurant in Groom makes a righteous cheeseburger, and the enchiladas are heavenly. What distinguishes this spot on Historic Route 66 is that there are no prices on the menu and no cash register on the premises. There is only a big jar by the door and a sign asking you to pay what you can. Any profits are donated to charity.

2006-03-09 21:56:20New Life for Historic Building in Holbrook

“We want to create an establishment that will highlight Holbrook’s rich history and also promote local tourism,” related Steve Williams of his family’s latest project.

2006-03-05 22:22:20Route 66 Grant Funds Available

WASHINGTON — U.S. Senator Pete Domenici encouraged New Mexico communities and organizations along Route 66 to apply for cost-share grants offered by the National Park Service Route 66 Corridor Preservation Program.

2006-03-01 09:52:34Route 66 Newspaper to Debut

Jim Conkle, of the Route 66 Preservation Foundation, announced today that there will be a monthly (initially) newspaper published beginning this spring. The following announcement was sent via email to several key Route 66 entitities, including Route 66 University:

2006-02-26 13:43:23Last Days of the Berghoff

On Saturday, Feb. 25, 2006, I took the train into Chicago to pay one last visit to the Berghoff, a name that's been synonymous with Chicago for 107 years. It closes for good on Feb. 28th.

2006-02-26 09:06:59Tulsa's Rose Bowl Sold

It's been bought, sold, and burned, more than once. What's the next chapter in the Rose Bowl's colorful history?A new buyer closed on the building Tuesday and News on 6 business reporter Steve Berg says the Rose Bowl may bloom again.

2006-02-25 08:43:41Waynesville, St. Robert Enhance Route 66

WAYNESVILLE, Mo. - The Feb. 24, 2006 Richland Mirror and the Pulaski County Democrat reports that another attempt will be made to get funding for lighting on the historic Rt. 66 Roubidoux Bridge. This graceful, five-span bridge was constructed in 1923 and was repaired in 1939.

2006-02-21 22:27:21Route 66 a Rite of Passage for the Adventurous

VICTORVILLE, Calif. - From Chicago to Los Angeles, Americans know Route 66 as a bygone road evoking a simpler era of road trips and song.

But Karen Macaulay and Andy Garrett say Europeans like them still get their kicks retracing a decommissioned highway that now exists officially only in tour guides and on the occasional brown historical marker.

2006-02-17 23:23:27Cahokia Mounds Historic Site Receives Funding

COLLINSVILLE, Ill. - For years, administrators at Cahokia Mounds longed to acquire more property near the ruins of a prehistoric city, fearing that artifacts on the coveted private land could be forever lost to development. But they lacked the money to do it. Their concerns eased Thursday after the state released $837,800 earmarked years ago for expanding the Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site, one of the largest archaeological sites in the country.

2006-02-08 16:00:58Josh Brown- Big Hero in Foyil, Oklahoma

Foyil, Okla., population around 250, is very proud of native son Josh Brown, who just played in Super Bowl XL.

2006-01-28 10:42:12EPA to Aid Old Gas Stations with Route 66 Initiative

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality will hold public meetings in Winslow and Holbrook, Ariz. to stimulate redevelopment and cleanup at abandoned gas stations and leaking underground storage tank sites along historic Route 66.

2006-01-28 10:01:08Will Rogers Monuments Installed

Supporting the axiom that great things come in threes, Hollisters Monument Company and the Will Rogers Memorial, in conjunction with the City of Claremore, have joined to beautify Claremore with three roadside monuments as part of the city’s median beautification project on Highway 66 (Lynn Riggs Boulevard).

2006-01-28 09:40:27Atlanta (Ill.) Wants to Preserve Route 66 Past

Community leaders in Atlanta are looking toward the future of preserving the town's past.

While fund-raising work continues for the future home of an Atlanta museum, activists met this week to talk about what else can be done to preserve local history and promote Route 66-related tourism.

2006-01-24 00:04:31U. of New Mexico's Historic Hodgin Hall

It's always great to see a historic building on 66 restored or continuing life in a different role. Such is the case of the University of New Mexico's 1892 Hodgin Hall.

2006-01-19 19:00:55El Cajon Pass Used Since Prehistoric Times

The Cajon Pass has been an important passageway connecting the Mojave Desert with the San Bernardino Valley since prehistoric times.

2006-01-19 15:42:12El Vado Up For Sale -- Again

The El Vado Motel is back on the market and drawing interest from potential buyers.

2006-01-14 09:27:44Driving 66 in Western Arizona

Come along with columnist Richard Doornbos as he travels Route 66 from Williams to the California state line.

2006-01-08 10:58:42Route 66 University Featured

Route 66 University was notified this week that its website has been featured as a Virtual Pitstop Web Destination by PC Today Magazine.

2006-01-05 18:53:53New Mural for San B

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. - Artist Daymon Lindsey will soon get his "kicks on Route 66."

2006-01-03 23:35:05Goodbye Berghoff's in Chicago

First Marshall Field's, now this. What next, the Watertower or the John Hancock?

Chicago is soon to lose another icon.

2006-01-01 11:35:38Missouri Volunteers Work for Scenic Byway

Regardless of the route, you can still get your kicks on 66.

With three alignments of historic Route 66 traversing the St. Louis metropolitan area, tourists and history seekers will soon find the way marked with brown and white Route 66 signs and increased publicity thanks to the efforts of the Route 66 Association of Missouri and the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT).

2005-12-31 10:27:51Rehabilitating the Painted Desert Inn

A number of projects are planned at Petrified Forest National Park during 2006.

A major event will be the re-opening early in the year of the historic Painted Desert Inn, which has been closed since October 2004 for a complete rehabilitation.

2005-12-25 16:17:31Help Save the Havasu

When the Santa Fe Railroad built the Seligman Harvey House, ca. 1890, the company christened it Havasu. The name furthered Fred Harvey's developing tradition, part of his grand vision of fine dining for the newly opened Western United States.

2005-12-13 10:04:17Mother Road in Miniature

John Ruh leans into the basement room where the washer and dryer used to be. "Let me show you the light on the Mojave," he says enthusiastically. "Watch this."

2005-11-29 20:44:58Getting Quirky in Albuquerque

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Grass roots efforts in many cities try to combat the hometown homogenizing created by national franchises and strip malls. But Albuquerque doesn't need copyrighted slogans or coffee mugs to advertise its quirkiness: It has Route 66.

2005-11-10 22:54:49Colorful Two Guns, Arizona

Crumbling ruins, a stone wall with the words "Mountain Lions" written in block letters and a cement bridge beckon tourists to pull off Interstate 40 about 30 miles east of Flagstaff and cross Canyon Diablo to a long-deserted gas station.

2005-10-26 22:29:27Holbrook's Depot to be Restored

The historic railroad depot in downtown Holbrook bears silent witness to the evolution of its hometown. From the lawless wild west times leading up to the Blevins shootout, to shiny chrome-trimmed Ramblers rumbling down Route 66, to tourists stopping to snap a picture on their cell phone, the depot has seen it all. The depot has also seen better days.

2005-10-17 20:58:24New Bridge Replicates Historic Style

PONTIAC, Ill. - For a structure only 33 feet long, the Division Street Bridge has presented its share of challenges for its replacement. Replicating its historic appearance was one hurdle, and this year's Gulf Coast hurricanes are indirectly providing the latest snag.

2005-10-13 17:07:43El Vado Motel to be Demolished

ALBUQUERQUE, N. Mex. - Historic Route 66 won't be the same without the landmark El Vado Motel and its neon American Indian.

2005-10-11 20:09:49Drive-In Theater Facing Extinction

The gaudy neon-trimmed marquee of the Azusa Foothill Drive-In will continue to glow. But preservationists and Azusa Pacific University don't agree on anything else about the last remaining drive-in movie theater on historic Route 66 west of Oklahoma.

2005-10-02 11:17:18Camp Cajon Picnic Tables Saved

Twenty round, heavy, concrete tables rest in San Bernardino's Perris Hill Park. At Lytle Creek Park, also in town, there are 23 matching tables just as old.

About 5 feet in diameter, steel rimmed and with a 12-inch iron inscription plate in the center, these tables were at one time located in the Cajon Pass. It was part of Camp Cajon, which was established from 1919 to 1921 by William H. Bristol, a Highland citrus grower.

2005-09-29 19:09:47Devil's Elbow Beckons

It's a devil of a question: Do you come for the view or for the water?

2005-09-28 22:42:16Pig Hip Tale Now in Print

BROADWELL, Ill. - Route 66 is a long way from Minnesota.

But it was the famous road that brought Minnesota author William Kaszynski and venerable Pig Hip Restaurant and museum owner Ernie Edwards together for a collaboration that has resulted in a new book.

2005-09-27 18:58:34Effort Underway to Save Old 66 Bridge

A piece of Macoupin County history and Americana will be spared from the wrecking ball if the County Board approves an intergovernmental agreement with the Illinois Department of Transportation to save Sugar Creek Bridge on historic U.S. Route 66 north of Gillespie.

2005-09-25 09:01:24Marshall Field's is No More

There was a time when a person driving Route 66 to Chicago would have several must-stop places to visit.

2005-09-08 17:16:08Murals of Tucumcari Now Number 17

TUCUMCARI, N. Mex. - The Murals of Tucumcari, New Mexico spread to 17.

Beginning with a Route 66 style mural on the west side of Photo Perfect, "The Dodge and The Cowboy," Doug and Sharon Quarles have helped the town come back to life with many more murals along Route 66 and the Downtown area.

2005-09-06 23:53:23''Mrs. Tucumcari'' Celebrating 89 Years

When 39-year-old Bettie Ditto came from Chicago to Tucumcari in 1955, she said she was not intending to stay. She inherited Route 66’s Lins Motor Lodge after her dad’s death and said she planned to sell the place as quickly as possible and make a beeline back to the Windy City.

2005-09-04 09:54:51Pontiac, Illinois a Great Trip Destination

In 1997, Time Magazine named Pontiac as one of the 10 best small towns in America. While many residents, new and old, will agree that it's a great place to live, it's also a pleasant place to visit.

2005-08-28 23:17:13Seeking and Finding Weirdness on the Road

"Sorry, we're open."

That isn't a sign travelers on a road trip often see. But there it was, on the front of the Snow Cap Drive Inn on historic Route 66 in Seligman, Ariz.

2005-08-28 10:15:55Keeping Memories Alive in Lebanon

LEBANON, Mo. - Like a mystical snake, Route 66 winds past the Munger Moss Motel in pursuit of distant charms.

2005-08-21 11:09:05New Lincoln Library and Museum

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- To the hundreds who assembled at the Great Western Depot on that February morning to bid farewell to the newly-elected president, it was surely inconceivable that this would be the last time Abraham Lincoln would return -- alive -- to the state that was his home, his moral compass, for much of his life. Four years later Lincoln would return -- in the train that bore his coffin home to Springfield for the funeral and burial.

2005-08-14 17:26:25Timeless Travel Destination

ATLANTA, Ill. -- America's back roads are for people with time on their hands. Bikers. Poets. Hobos. A few journalists.

On the grounds of the Atlanta Public Library in central Illinois there's a 30-foot-tall clock tower that became a metaphor for a recent midsummer trip down old Route 66.

2005-08-06 09:31:44Barstow to Sell Historic Harvey House

BARSTOW, Calif. - Vintage railroad depot: For sale or long-term lease.

For decades, the city has wrestled with the enigma presented by the historic Harvey House.

2005-07-24 11:06:12Colton to Preserve 50s Heritage

COLTON, Calif. - All pillars and pediment, Colton's old Carnegie Library sits downtown as the obvious symbol of one of the region's older cities.

But just blocks from this signature architectural achievement -- the star of the city seal -- lie Colton's unpolished relics.

2005-07-24 10:54:49An Art Tour of Springfield, Missouri

Do you know where the Springfield Art Museum is?

Take National Avenue to Brookside Drive and turn west at the yellow french fries.

2005-07-24 10:44:10Will Rogers, Working-Class Hero

CLAREMORE, Okla. -- He was one of the great wits of the 20th century, a homey philosopher and the top box-office attraction of his time.

2005-07-20 16:52:51Before There Was A/C . . .

Taking a trip back in time will make the current 100-degree weather a little more bearable. Just talk to someone who knows.

2005-07-20 16:40:36Tucumcari Resident Gives Free Tours

When former Tucumcari residents Paul and Rosa Trujillo came back to visit this week for the first time since 1956, they said they did not expect a lot of what they saw.

2005-07-17 11:06:20New Generation of Roadies

John and Lenore Weiss have been Route 66 junkies for more than a decade.

Now, the preservationists for the Route 66 Association and authors of Traveling the NEW, HISTORIC, ROUTE 66 OF ILLINOIS are finding out that there is a new, younger group of future fans seeking a fix along Route 66.

2005-07-02 10:00:54Route 66: Your Entry to Another Era

"Get your kicks on Route 66." Bobby Troup penned those words, and Nat King Cole crooned them in 1946. Ever since then the Mother Road has worked potent magic on the American psyche. Not even an official road anymore (the last piece was decommissioned in 1984), Route 66 claims more than 2,200 miles of living history. Motoring on its small-town streets, one-lane dirt roads and blue-line country highways is like entering a secret parallel universe, though you'll often be less than a mile from the interstate.

2005-06-28 21:48:31Debra Hodkin: Barstow's Museum Matriarch

Debra Hodkin's love for people and Route 66 helped create the Route 66 Mother Road Museum in Barstow five years ago.

2005-06-25 10:09:12Tradition Reigns at Barney's Beanery

When David Houston and his partner took over Barney’s Beanery, a West Hollywood landmark with 80 years of wear and tear, he assumed that the first order of business would be to clean things up.

“Luckily I came to my senses,” Houston said.

2005-06-22 22:36:39La Posada Celebrates Harvey Hotels, Santa Fe RR Glory Days

Winslow, AZ - Weekend events for both the guests staying at the hotel and day participants include architectural tours, an authentic Fred Harvey dinner, an auction of the largest known collection of Fred Harvey memorabilia, a meet and greet with the last of the living Harvey Girls and a screening of the MGM Harvey Girls movie starring Judy Garland. The weekend's events will conclude with a traditional western BBQ which will be held on the front lawn of the La Posada Hotel.

2005-06-22 22:27:42Birthday Party for Route 66 Icons

Two famous Route 66 icons, the Old Chain of Rocks Bridge and Ted Drewes Frozen Custard are both 76 years old this year and Trailnet is celebrating with a Bridge Birthday Bash and Bicycle Ride on Sunday.

2005-06-20 18:25:26Armadillos in Illinois? Believe It!

BELLEVILLE, Ill. -- The armadillo, a symbol of Texas, has been vacationing in Illinois.

According to the Illinois Natural History Survey, 76 armadillos have been sighted in 22 Illinois counties between 1999 and 2003. Most sightings occurred in southwestern Illinois.

2005-06-12 17:30:06Grand Canyon Railway a Link to the Past

"All aboard!" called the conductor, his shout echoing the length of the platform at the old train depot in Williams, Ariz. Hurried along by the blast of the train whistle, passengers clamber up the steel steps for a ride back in time.

Destination? Sixty-five miles to the South Rim of the Grand Canyon. The lulling motion of the rails is punctuated by Wild West adventure and entertainment during the two-hour and 15-minute ride.

2005-06-10 18:26:25Foothill Boulevard to be Upgraded

FONTANA, Calif. - Some have long considered the stretch of Route 66 from Fontana to San Bernardino one of the country's most dangerous roads for pedestrians.

2005-06-07 09:55:10Goodbye Wishing Well

I was very saddened to find out that the Wishing Well Motel in Countryside, Illinois, on Route 66 since the 40s, is closing.

The property will become the site of condos.

2005-06-05 11:06:29Thanks for Remembering Glenn Wrinkle

I am a granddaughter of Glenn Wrinkle, Sr., "Wrink". I just wanted to thank you for the beautiful sentiment of Grandpa.

2005-06-05 10:54:37Muffler Man: Cultural Icon

LIVERMORE, Calif. - For decades, each spring a two-story cowboy has been hoisted along Interstate 580 to signal the coming of the Livermore Rodeo in June.

He's a manly hulk with a square jaw and a steely gaze. He's a cowboy among cowboys, but he's not alone. The unnamed big cowboy is one of an army of towering "Muffler Men" created 40 years ago as macho cultural icons of their day.

2005-06-03 17:20:45Service Station Gains Monument Status

Canyon Service Station in Santa Monica Canyon gained historic-cultural monument status yesterday after the Los Angeles City Council voted to preserve it as a local landmark.

This designation recognizes the structure as important to the history of the City, state or nation, and requires Cultural Heritage Commission review for proposed exterior and interior alterations. It also prevents the demolition of the station for one year.

2005-05-29 09:23:03Motel Demolished in Flagstaff

As the building came down, John Connolly breathed a sigh of relief. The blighted Paradise Motel on East Route 66 had been red-flagged by every cop in town and was hurting business at his Salsa Brava restaurant next door, said Connolly, the restaurant's owner.

2005-05-28 10:28:45Memories of Georgia's Route 41

The old orange roof is going the way of the two lane U.S. highway.

Word comes that the last of the Howard Johnson's restaurants will be closing soon. The place that was famous for 28 flavors of ice cream, grilled frankfurters and fried clams will be gone. HoJos didn't serve Coke or Pepsi, they served their own HoJo Cola. It was also the place to get salt-water taffy.

2005-05-24 11:00:49Historic Route 66 Drive-in Gets Tuned Up

Admiral Twin Drive-In Gets Face Lift from Hampton’s “Save-A-Landmark” Program, Just in Time for Summer Movie Season. . .

2005-05-22 09:46:00Librarian Admits Postcard Obsession

A poster of the old Carnegie library building in San Bernardino planted the seed in Mike Clark's brain.

A visit to a little thrift shop in Wyoming provided the first few vintage postcards. Then his basic instincts as a librarian took over.

2005-05-11 23:22:06National Heritage Area Under Consideration

As Native American tribes, Spanish explorers and Mormon settlers followed the Little Colorado River they no doubt found the landscape with its painted deserts and petrified forests to be unlike anywhere else.

2005-05-08 11:27:00Winslow Corner a Cultural Landmark

It was the middle of the night, and Jackson Browne was on tour with the Indigo Girls, who wanted to stop.

2005-05-07 09:37:18Santa Rosa a Traditional Diving Destination

SANTA ROSA, N. Mex. -- Among diving sites, there are the big fish (Great Barrier Reef, Egypt's Red Sea, Bonaire) and the small fish (U.S. lakes and quarries). And then there are the goldfish--of Santa Rosa's Blue Hole.

2005-05-01 09:06:57Restaurateur Takes Over Route 66 Town

A restaurateur from San Bernardino with great interest in the history of Route 66 has purchased the town of Amboy to build goodwill for future expansion to the Tri-state area.

2005-04-30 09:07:05Offramps to Breathe Life into Community

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. - Interstate 215 dealt a death blow to a thriving stretch of historic Route 66 and an uppercut to the economic potential of the city's Westside when it roared through in the 1950s.

2005-04-15 17:08:43Route 66, Hamburgers, and San Bernardino

In 1948, two brothers opened a hamburger joint in San Bernardino. Their plan was to keep it simple and serve it fast.

Four years later, Richard and Maurice "Mac" McDonald were selling a million burgers a year from their restaurant on E Street, then part of Route 66.

2005-04-11 11:45:49Baker, Calif., Stops Traffic By Degrees

This little speck off Interstate 15 was suffering an identity crisis. Tussling with Barstow and Nevada casinos for travelers with empty gas tanks or full bladders, the town first tried to lure them with a moniker, "Gateway to Death Valley." It didn't really work.

2005-04-07 16:34:02Ranch Offers a Taste of the Wild West

Music, gunfights and horse-drawn cart rides were all part of an old-fashioned celebration Saturday.

For the grand opening of his newly created Tumbleweed Ranch, local resident Dusty "The Cowboy" O'Brien hosted a Wild West extravaganza.

2005-03-28 20:50:05New Roadway Haunts 66 in Rialto

Kicks aren't all you can get on Route 66. And soon, there will be another alternative to the fabled highway.

2005-03-28 20:38:26New Route 66 Eateries in California

A few new restaurants will join Glendora's culinary scene over the next few months.

Renovations are under way to turn the former Millie's Restaurant and Bakery on Route 66 into a Honey's Restaurant and Bakery, an independently owned and operated business.

2005-03-25 07:44:53Volunteers Restore Cemetery in Pontiac

Men, women and children buried decades ago in a Livingston County cemetery for paupers were nearly forgotten in their weed-choked graves, but not anymore.

2005-03-23 21:36:54Casino to Open Near Chandler, Oklahoma

The Iowa Tribe is the latest to announce plans for a casino and resort complex in the Oklahoma City area.

2005-03-20 08:45:28New Theme Park Planned for Williams

A Williams investment group is asking state lawmakers to help create a 1,000-acre, multi-themed amusement park near Williams that would be part Disneyland, part Renaissance Festival and bring millions, even billions, into local economies.

2005-03-07 18:58:42Highway-building Comes Full Circle

Texans are known for doing things in a big way. But the state is planning a futuristic highway system that's gargantuan even by Texas standards: 4,000 miles of expressways, mostly toll lanes.

2005-02-27 09:06:25A Little Northern Arizona History

Oatman southwest of Kingman on old Route 66 was turned into a boom town by a 1915 gold strike. A year later the population increased from a few hundred to more than 3,000 miners, speculators, merchants, saloon keepers, restaurant and hotel operators.

2005-02-23 15:27:22Blue Swallow, Route 66 Landmark, For Sale

Dale Bakke, owner of the historic Blue Swallow Motel on East Route 66 Boulevard in Tucumcari, said he has put the motel up for sale on Tuesday (2/22/05).

2005-02-17 18:47:59Old 66 in NM Moving?

Old Route 66 has always gone east and west in New Mexico. But in Edgewood the Mother Road is heading south.

2005-02-07 17:26:28Route 66 and Harley-Davidson

He wasn't the first, not by the most modest of counts. My first love had been a Fat Boy. Once upon a time size clearly had mattered and the confident bulk of this classic Harley-Davidson bike had made my teenage knees go weak. But today, in the Surdyke Dealership in St Louis, Missouri something sleeker had turned my head: a brand new Heritage Softail. He was classic but sporty and he was plainly making eyes, winking at me in the summer sun that made molasses out of the tarmac.

2005-01-23 22:03:58Helendale Wants to Relieve Some 66 Traffic

Historic Route 66 has its charm and heavy traffic as well and residents of a suburban lakeside community want to find a better and safer way to get to work and back home again.

2005-01-18 22:23:43Photographing Route 66

In the past, I always left it up to friends to take pictures of our vacations. I couldn't be bothered fumbling around with a camera. I feared I'd miss stuff if I spent my time hidden behind a viewfinder. . .

2005-01-16 12:56:28Petrified Forest a Must-See on 66

Sadly, since its "discovery" by California-bound pioneers in the 19th century, this national treasure has been so despoiled by greed, negligence and criminal exploitation that it is a mere shadow of what it once was --- one of the great, natural wonders of the world.

2004-12-29 16:28:10Route 66 in Pulaski County, Missouri

One of the axioms I most often quote is that the more things change, the more they are the same. Before the white man settled Pulaski County . . .

2004-12-22 17:15:17Man-Made Forest in California

Elmer Long has a forest of "evergreens," but not one will become a Christmas tree.

His evergreens, a collection of welded steel trees with thousands of bottles clinging to spiked arms, occupy a 2-acre site on old Route 66 about nine miles north of Victorville.

2004-12-08 16:25:29Dixie's Exotic World

If only jewel-encrusted G-strings could talk. It's a thought many weary travellers, kitsch hunters and curious onlookers have wrestled with while visiting the dusty roadside attraction known as Exotic World.

2004-11-23 14:11:02L.A. Burger Stand Fighting for its Life

It's not much more than a few stools and a counter plunked near the end of fabled Route 66. But like the highway whose time has come and gone, Irv's Burgers may soon be razed to make room for a coffee bar.

2004-11-07 23:26:06Harvey Hotel Being Restored in Winslow

The golden age of rail travel in the Southwest lives again at a dusty town in eastern Arizona.

La Posada Hotel, which opened in 1930 as a rest stop for rail travelers intrigued by natural treasures and native culture, is about halfway through an exhaustive restoration, and welcomes guests to hallways where John Wayne, Mary Pickford, Shirley Temple and Lionel Barrymore once roamed.

2004-11-03 23:38:04Call of the Road: Arizona Route 66

Whether you call it America's Main Street, the Will Rogers Highway, or by the name affixed to it by John Steinbeck in his epic novel "The Grapes of Wrath" -- the Mother Road -- U.S. 66 still conjures images of freedom, wanderlust and hope.

2004-10-25 20:25:56Historic Wheels Find New Home

Despite a cold Tuesday morning in downtown Flagstaff, community members gathered had a warm feeling in their hearts as they gathered to dedicate two huge and historic logging wheels that have found a new home next to the train station.

2004-10-25 20:17:26Corner in Winslow May Have to Move

It's a good thing the Eagles didn't say which corner they were standing on in Winslow, Ariz., in their hit "Take It Easy." That's because this city's centerpiece, Standin' on the Corner Park, may have to find a new home in the aftermath of a fire last week that destroyed a building next to the park.

2004-10-18 18:35:18Artist Bob Waldmire Celebrates 66

Bob Waldmire's other car is a house.

The vintage 1960s school bus, complete with a wooden upper extension, rain gutters and solar panels, serves as Waldmire's home. But the house on wheels stays put when Waldmire takes to the road, which he often does, in either his trusty 1972 VW Camper Van or his beloved 1965 Mustang fastback. And he's been known to live in those, too.

2004-10-16 08:24:19Indian Lodge Imparts History Lesson

Smoked, buckskin hides dangle from hooks. Eyes of Indian forefathers stare out from an array of antique photographs scattered randomly across the room. Iron kettles are stacked in one corner, woven baskets in another.

2004-10-14 22:46:40Mile Markers Being Restored on National Road

Forget Route 66.

America's first quintessential road was the National Road, and through the mid-1800s, the road now known as U.S. 40 was the main way that people journeyed from the ocean foam of the Mid-Atlantic to the fertile flatlands of Illinois.

2004-09-29 14:01:30Shea's a Jaw-Dropping Attraction

October's issue of ARTHUR FROMMER's Budget Travel magazine touts BILL SHEA's Route 66 Gas Station Museum [Springfield, Ill.] as a "jaw-dropping roadside attraction."

2004-09-27 10:59:54Neon Documentary Wins Award

A documentary featuring work in Tucumcari and five other New Mexico Route 66 communities to restore historic neon signs has won the Rocky Mountain Emmy, the New Mexico Historic Preservation Division announced earlier in the week.

2004-09-26 08:35:59Tom Teague's Legacy

A modest wind will blow across Springfield this weekend. The state Capitol's downtown area is the site of the International Route 66 Mother Road Festival. Tom Teague had a lot to do with that.

2004-09-21 16:37:08Drive-In to come down in Azusa

For years, Dean Vonn of Sa-Vonn Computer Service has been waiting for the walls of the former Azusa Foothill Drive-in to come down.

2004-09-15 16:56:07Tom Teague, Route 66 Booster, Dies

Thea Chesley says she knew Tom Teague was a kindred spirit when she saw him wearing a sweatshirt bearing the famous line from the cartoon character Pogo: "We have met the enemy, and he is us."

2004-09-07 21:27:28New Route 66 Museum Focus of Festival

Lebanon's Route 66 Festival has featured a museum ever since it was first held here in 2001. But this year, instead of being set up a few days before in one of the Cowan Civic Center's meeting rooms, the museum is a permanent 3,500-square-foot fixture inside the new Lebanon-Laclede County Library.

2004-09-06 23:52:57Billboards Returning on Illinois Route 66

Classic Route 66 billboards are back in Lexington.

2004-09-04 10:35:29Lexington, Ill., Planning Trail Along 66

The popularity of hiking/biking trails and the attraction of historic Route 66 are too often underestimated by those not interested in either.

Lexington and Towanda are among communities in McLean County that recognize the value of both and particularly the advantage of having both interests converge.

2004-09-01 16:13:07Oatman: Mining Town to Ghost Town

Oatman, Ariz., on Route 66 is a living ghost town with a population around 150. A town becomes a living ghost town when its reason for formation no longer exists. Oatman's reason for being and its almost demise was the gold mines.

2004-08-31 20:12:00Route 66 Hall of Fame in Pontiac

Route 66 began to be something in the early 1920s with a vision of a paved highway that would connect Chicago to Los Angeles and the west.

2004-08-29 10:49:22Author Recommends Mom-and-Pop Motels

Andrew Wood is not of the age (36) to recall Route 66 or the heyday of mom-and-pop motels. But he says he remembers a road trip with his parents when he was about 4 and seeing down the road a motel's neon sign that buzzed and glowed.