Crocodile Lile emailed me today to let me know that the Route 66 Pulse newspaper, which ceased publishing it’s printed version last year, is planning to revive in May with 50,000 copies to be distributed from Chicago to Los Angeles. Part of the first new issue will deal with alternative forms of energy, including wind farms and solar energy along the Route 66 Corridor. The publishers want to interview people who are involved in alternative energy sources and they also are looking for people to take orders for advertising and submit articles. If you know of someone who might be interested please contact the Pulse at www.route66pulse.com. If you own a business related to Route 66, now is a good time to support the Pulse with your advertising.
Your are invited to get your kicks on Route 66 and attend the Grand Opening of the new Route-66 themed I-44 Welcome Center. It’s located just West of Conway, Missouri at the 111 mile marker on the Eastbound side.
Date: Monday, May 4, 2009
Tours Available: 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Dedication: 1 p.m.
Click here for a pdf file of the invitation.
The Route 66 Association of Missouri will hold it’s next meeting on April 18, 2009 at Bradbury Bishop Deli, in Webb City, Missouri. Bradbury Bishop Deli is one block north of Historic Route 66 (Broadway) at 201 North Main.
Lunch will be served at 12:00 pm with the general meeting following. The program will be presented by a representative from Bradbury Bishop Deli and representative of Webb City.
Click here for more information and the lunch registration form.
The Route 66 Association of Missouri 20th Annual Motor Tour, “Let’s Go Cruisin’ Like It’s 1989″, will take place on September 11th, 12th, and 13th, 2009. We’ll be touring from Joplin to Pacific, Missouri with an overnight stops at the Holiday Inn in Joplin, and in Lebanon at either the Munger Moss Motel or the Best Western Wyota Inn Hotel.
- Open to everyone
- Any type vehicle
- 3 fun-filled days on Historic Route 66
- Dash plaques & window decals for all registered vehicles
- Event t-shirts available for purchase
Don’t miss the fun!
Lodging information and registration form HERE.
Leasburg, MO Spring is in the air and Skippy’s is ramping up for a busy season. The new 30-foot sign beckons people who venture on Route 66, and the Gravel Bar covered patio opens in April.
Skippy’s Route 66 Restaurant, at the Onondaga Cave Exit 214 off I-44, provides what owner Skippy Sheleski, calls “Good Food for Good People.” Skippy and manager Denise Basham, and three other cooks prepare the good food. Skippy, Denise, and their employees provide the homey atmosphere and the heart and soul of the restaurant’s family feeling. The good people follow.
The Gravel Bar boasts its own custom stonework bar. Larger groups can reserve the space for special occasions without a room charge. The covered patio proved a great attraction for customers during the fall season, and Basham anticipates an even greater spring and summer this year. The Missouri Route 66 Association will hold their July meeting at Skippy’s.
News of the Outpost General Store’s Guinness World Record’s Largest Rocking Chair has spread along the road. Now, with the help of TV newsman Jim Viehman from KSDK’s Channel 5 in St. Louis, its fame is spreading to a wider audience. On March 7, Viehman filmed a segment about the store, located four miles west of Cuba, MO, for the St. Louis Show Me St. Louis program.
Viehman interviewed Dan and Carolyn Sanazaro about the giant 42-foot rocker that has garnered so much attention for the store. The rocker’s draw for travelers has forged a strong link between the Sanazaros and the folks who stop by their store, especially world travelers of Route 66.
Viehman’s presence prompted Sanazaro to fire his Civil War replica cannon for the newsman. With a flash of fire and billowing smoke, the cannon will no doubt become a new attraction at The Outpost General Store this travel season. Viehman asked Sanazaro why he wanted to add a cannon to the other attractions at the store and its satellite businesses, an archery center and taxidermy business.
Let’s face it, Route 66 trips have the potential to be hazardous to one’s waistline. We sit in a car for hours a day and when we stop, it’s often for delicious road food – fried chicken, BBQ, burgers, fries, shakes, mashed potatoes, pie, biscuits and gravy, omelettes, hash browns, onion rings, bratwurst, Cozy Dogs, Mexican food, pizza, breakfast burritos, Ted Drewes concretes, mmmmm! I’m not one to deny myself a treat when I’m on a trip. I’ve also been on a fitness kick for the last couple of months and have been trying to work in some kind of exercise every day. Since I live close to Route 66, a lot of the places I go are convenient to people who might be looking for a place to get some exercise while on a Route 66 journey. This is the first of what I hope will be an ongoing series on places to take a walk or a bike ride to work off a little of that road food.
I had an excellent bike ride yesterday on the River Des Peres Greenway in St. Louis, which is also suitable for walkers. A good place to park is the Metrolink Station at Landsdowne and River Des Peres Boulevard. It’s easily accessible from Route 66. As you’re heading west on Chippewa, shorty after you leave Ted Drewes after having your concrete, you will cross the River Des Peres and come to an intersection with River Des Peres Boulevard. To get to the Metrolink Station, turn right. Park, cross Landsdowne Ave., and start off in a southerly direction on the paved trail that is to the right of River Des Peres Blvd. You will shortly come to a bridge with a sidewalk that crosses over Chippewa where you can get a good view of Route 66 in either direction. Depending on your time and inclination you can keep following the trail for several miles.
Along the way you will see the historic River des Peres Sewerage and Drainage Works, a designated National Historic Civil Engineering Landmark. Don’t let the name scare you. Although the portion of the river you will see is not in a natural state, it is not ugly or smelly. (Having said that, if anyone asks you to join the River Des Peres Yacht Club, decline.) The river channel itself, rocked in with limestone by WPA workers in the 1930s, is an impressive sight and the small rustic buildings you see here and there are quite attractive. New structures such as entrance gates and bridges have been constructed in a harmonious style. The trail runs parallel to River Des Peres Boulevard in a wide grassy area with scattered trees between the road and suburban neighborhoods. I found the trail to be smooth and suitable for either mountain or road bikes. Enjoy!
Map of trail:
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. The Guinness designated Largest Rocking Chair adds one more Route 66 attraction to the Show-Me State, which bills itself as “Close to Home, Far From Ordinary.” Read More
Whitehall Mercantile, built in 1900 on the future Route 66 in Halltown, Missouri, has a new web site. Go to www.whitehallmercantile.com for a history of the property, information and hours, and an online guestbook.
One of the offerings in the store is a booklet Personalities of Route 66, a compilation of interviews with people who lived along Route 66 in it’s heyday. Whitehall Mercantile also offers Route 66 souvenirs and antiques and collectibles.