Route 66 and The Rise of Pop Culture

May 23, 2012

Rocket Motel by Jay Fleming

Chappell House will be hosting the art exhibit ROUTE 66 AND THE RISE OF POP CULTURE on June 9th from Noon to 6pm. The exhibit will feature many Route 66 inspired paintings as well as photography by artist Jay Fleming. All are welcomed to the event which is free of charge and will feature jazz and refreshments. Chappel House is located near the corner of Dunn and Washington just yards from Old Route 66 at 4560 Washington Street, Florissant, Missouri.

Fleming will also be signing copies of a book of Route 66 inspired works. The exhibit runs through July 1, 2012.

New Release From M.M. Gornell

May 15, 2012
Lies of Convenience

Lies of Convenience

Lies of Convenience available in Paper and eBook

Available at:



And signed copies by emailing Author directly


Our Town, Your Town Celebration in Lebanon

May 15, 2012

The Lebanon Area Chamber of Commerce is excited to announce the Inaugural Our Town, Your Town Celebration on Saturday, June 9, 2012 4:00 – 10:00 pm at the Floyd W. Jones Memorial Airport.

  • FREE Contemporary Christian Concert with 33 MILES
  • Truelove Quartet of Lebanon
  • Antique Car & Truck Exhibit
  • Concessions Available
  • Games, Inflatable’s & More
  • Bring your lawn chair and plan to stay for a good time

Information on exhibiting your historic vehicle

Parade information

Missouri Route 66 Corridor Management Plan Released

May 15, 2012

The development of this document, the Missouri Route 66 Corridor Management Plan, has been the undertaking of the Route 66 Association of Missouri, funded by the Federal Highway Administration, and administered by Missouri Department of Transportation. The document was prepared by Great River Associates under the direction of Spencer Jones, P.E. and Jerany Jackson, ASLA, MBA.

The ultimate intent of this document is to recognize, protect, and promote Missouri’s Route 66 as one of America’s most outstanding roads. All the information discussed has been compiled into this corridor management plan in an effort to identify the significance of Missouri Route 66.

This plan is a required step in the Missouri Route 66 formal application for the National Scenic Byway Program. This program recognizes two types of byways; National Scenic Byways and All-American Roads. It is the goal of this document
to represent that the Missouri Route 66 meets and exceeds the requirements for recognition as an All-American Road. Recognition as such accesses funding opportunities that will highlight and market the intrinsic resources of the Route thereby creating interest and economic growth along the corridor.

Read the Plan

Volume I




Public Involvement

Intrinsic Resources

Corridor Mapping

Existing Conditions



Marketing & Promotional Branding

Economic Development



Driving Map

Volume II

St. Louis County

Franklin County

Crawford County

Phelps County

Pulaski County

Laclede County

Webster County

Greene County

Lawrence County

Jasper County

Lile Art Gallery has New Location in Amarillo, Texas

May 4, 2012
LILE ART GALLERY (owned and operated by Route 66 enthusiast Crocodile Lile), has moved from Sunset Center Art Galleries to Old Route 66 in Amarillo, the new address is:  2719 SW 6th Avenue in the Historic San Jacinto District.  The new location is just one half block west of Georgia Street on the south side between the 6th Street Antique Mall & Amarillo’s Route 66 Store & directly across the street from the Amarillo Coin Exchange.  Lile is looking forward to meeting Route 66 tour groups as well as individuals, families and local shoppers. 
Artists represented:  World Renowned Sculptor LINCOLN FOX; Muralist/Photo-Realism painter DOUG QUARLES; Pastel Painter SHARON QUARLES; Watercolorist PETE MORRIS; BOB WALDMIRE’S Route 66 Prints; Photographers JIM HINKLEY & GORDON RADFORD.  LILE is an Abstract Colorist Painter and is known internationally for his Route 66 X-Ray Giclee Prints & Cadillac Ranch Collages, his work is in collections in Australia, Japan, Europe and several states. 
Lile began his art career in 1968 under the tutelage of DORD FITZ and studied with Fitz until his death in 1989.  Workshops attended include:  Famed Sculptor LOUISE NEVELSON, Painters ELAINE DEKOONING, MACK STEWART, ROBERT DASH, NICK KRUSHINICK, HEDDA STERNE & LAWRENCE CALCAGNO.
In addition to Fine Art, Lile Art Gallery will also handle Route 66 Jewelry, ‘Buffalo Road’ Conchos & Snaps for the discriminating biker, TAW Promotion’s Route 66 Caps & Tee Shirts, Route 66 Chambray Shirts as well as other Route 66 Merchandise.      

Route 66 Detour in Oklahoma

May 4, 2012

From Jerry McClanahan (

“Route 66,on the east side of Chandler, OK, (about 4 miles west of Davenport) will be closed for about a MONTH.

ODOT is replacing a bridge on OK 66, and, depending on the weather, will close 66 into town from the east for approx 30 days, beginning on April 25.

Trucks and drivers who don’t read this will be detoured via OK 99 south from Stroud, then west on US 62 and north on Hwy 18 back up to Chandler (or they could use the turnpike). But Route 66 tourists can use the following detour on PAVED county roads, which only adds 2 miles to the trip.

USE CAUTION. This narrow two lane may be busy at times with local traffic. I am not responsible for accidents.


In Stroud, continue west on 66 thru the intersection with SH 99 (ignore the detour signs) and follow OK 66 west from Stroud and thru Davenport.

About 3.5 miles west of Davenport, turn right on Co Rd 3470 (sign: “NORTH CENTRAL REGIONAL AIRPORT”). This is just east of the railroad underpass on the east side of Chandler. The sign posted just past this corner says “Bridge Closed to all TRAFFIC ON sh-66 1/2 MILE AHEAD”

NO TRUCKS allowed on this route.

Go one mile, then left on CO RD 890. Caution: This turn is just before the pavement ends, at the airport buildings.

Go one mile, then left on CO RD 3460.

Go one mile (STOP. LOOK and LISTEN at the railroad grade crossing en route) and then turn right back onto OK 66 (at the Wal Mart) and continue into Chandler.


Ignore the detour sign at SH-18 and continue on thru Chandler on 66.

Just past the Wal Mart, turn LEFT on CO RD 3460(the warning sign says “bridge closed….1/2 mile ahead”.

No Trucks.

Go One mile (caution at the RR track)and turn right on CO Rd 890

Go One mile and turn right on Co Rd 3470 (at the airport).

Go one mile, then left back onto 66.

Please don’t skip Chandler and Davenport!”

Edwardsville Route 66 Festival

May 4, 2012

From the Edwardsville Parks and Recreation department:

“Thursday June 7th, 2012 “Sock Hop” Kick Off Party at Crystal Gardens (1230 University Dr. Edwardsville, IL 62025)

Friday & Saturday, June 8th & 9th, 2012 at City Park (101 Buchanan St. Edwardsville, IL 62025)

It’s back!! Tell your friends, family and neighbors to meet you at Edwardsville City Park for good food, good drink and good times. The park will once again play host to this two-day festival highlighting Edwardsville’s place on the historic Mother Road.

Activities will include:

•A variety of food and drink for sale
•Live stage entertainment
•Children’s activity area
•Art vendors
•Historic displays
•10k run
•Classic car show and cruise
•Washers Tournament

If you are interested in being a part of the Route 66 Festival, please call the Parks Office at 618.692.7538 or email at

For information please visit the or”

The Yellowstone Trail is 100 Years Old!

May 4, 2012

From the Yellowstone Trail Association:

“Did you know that your town may possess a national treasure? The Yellowstone Trail (1912-1930) may have ran right through your city, down the main street of most smaller towns. The Trail was born at a time when private citizens had to form organizations to push counties to get long distance roads built. Federal and state governments would not help, pleading lack of funds or the unconstitutionality of “internal improvements.” Roads were terrible: mud or dust everywhere. Ever hear of drivers’ coats called “dusters?” The Yellowstone Trail Association’s 8000 members persuaded counties across the upper tier of states to create roads that actually joined together. Thus, they formed a route of 3600 miles “Good Road from Plymouth Rock to Puget Sound,” their motto.

It became such a popular coast-to-coast route that towns fought to get on the Trail. Roads meant a better way for farmers to get produce to the railhead, less isolation, more possibility for business, a broader horizon, and Saturday night movies at a nearby town. When told that Indiana had more cars than bathtubs, a rural woman replied, “Well, you can’t take a bathtub to town.” Today, there are still many reminders of the Trail in local street or business names.

Now the route is 100 years old and towns along the Trail are marking the event. Local historical societies, travel promoters like Convention and Visitors Bureaus and Chambers of Commerce are sponsoring events that vary from putting banners on streets, to holding antique car runs along the Trail, to having community picnics.

We urge your town to hold an event in honor of this national treasure, the Yellowstone Trail. Get engaged in local history.  Pull out grandpa’s travel diary and pictures. Mark the Trail with signs. Promote area tourism to stimulate some economic development. If Gascoyne, North Dakota, a hamlet of 12 people, can mark their spot on the trail, surely the rest of us should.

What about it? Anyone want to lead?

See for general historic information. Send a note to  to share plans and ideas.”


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