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“Cars” bookmark for bargain hunters March 31, 2006

Posted by Ron Warnick in Books, Movies.
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A reader pointed this out a few days ago: Overstock.com is taking orders for a Pixar "Cars" bookmark that contains a film strip of what appears to be a scene from the original teaser trailer. It's scheduled to be shipped in April.

I find it a bit curious it's being sold on Overstock.com — especially for an item that's not even out. Maybe they're assuming it will be overstocked. Maybe presales were slow.

The same bookmark also is listed at Amazon.com under two prices: one for $18.71, the other for $4.95.

So you "Cars" collectors now can claim that Route 66 News helped save you money. ;)

Grain elevator museum will have self-guided tours March 31, 2006

Posted by Ron Warnick in Attractions.
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The J.H. Hawes Grain Elevator Museum in the wonderful Route 66 town of Atlanta, Ill., is making improvements so that visitors can tour the museum without a volunteer needing to be present, reports the Bloomington Pantagraph.

The $25,000 cost for the improvements already has been raised by Hawes' descendants, said Bill Thomas, a volunteer.

To help continue to update the site, the museum will hold its annual spaghetti dinner from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday at the Atlanta Firehouse.

"The dinner is a fund-raiser to assist with the continuing restoration of Illinois' only wooden grain elevator listed on the National Register of Historic buildings," said Thomas. "The elevator was built in 1904 and is one Atlanta's leading tourist attractions."

Route 66 Rendezvous will be in downtown only March 31, 2006

Posted by Ron Warnick in Events.
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Last year, part of the Stater Bros. Route 66 Rendezvous in San Bernardino, Calif., was in the National Orange Show Events Center.

This year, the Rendezvous will be held in downtown only, reports the San Bernardino County Sun.

Popular demand was cited as the reason.

Last September, a car show and other attractions were held at the events center, which was included in the Rendezvous' cruise route.

Steve Henthorn, president of the visitors bureau, said the overwhelming feedback from those who participated in and attended the Rendezvous was that it should be held in one location: downtown.

"When it's all said and done, people love to be downtown," he said. "It's hot and it's slow-moving, and that's where the action is. That's where the tradition is, and that's where the nostalgia is."

What's more, he said, is the fact that people like a free ride.

"We heard a lot of complaints about having to pay $5," Henthorn said of the fee the events center charged for its portion of the Rendezvous.

Jack Brown, chairman of the board and CEO of Stater Bros. Markets, agreed.

"The success has been that it's free, it's for the family, and it's home is downtown San Bernardino," he said.

The Rendezvous is by far the biggest tourist draw to San Bernardino. It roped in more than 500,000 participants over a four-day period in 2005.

More chowdown reviews from the Duke City March 30, 2006

Posted by Ron Warnick in Restaurants.
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Eckleburg & Grumblecake have added two new reviews of Albuquerque restaurants on their I8Route66 Web site: Bandido Hideout (7.0 rating out of 10) and El Taco Tote (8.0 rating).

Fontana wants to mark Mother Road heritage March 30, 2006

Posted by Ron Warnick in Attractions, Preservation.
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The city of Fontana, Calif., is jumping on board a bit late, but I'm glad to see it says it will try to revitalize its portion of Route 66.

According to the San Bernardino County Sun:

City leaders are trying to celebrate Fontana's Route 66 ties through streetscape, such as fountains, a park, signs, monuments, decorative street lights, landscaped medians and possibly an arched entryway.

Council members are in Washington today to hit up legislators for $75,000 in funding to preserve the heritage of the Mother Road.

Route 66-themed amenities, such as street signs that look like license plates, would be added as Foothill Boulevard is improved with lighting, curbs and gutters and new development.

City crews are already working to spruce up the street at Almeria and Tokay avenues with landscaped medians and decorative light poles.

San Bernardino mural is finished March 30, 2006

Posted by Ron Warnick in Art, Attractions.
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Local artist Damon Lindsey finished the mural on the northeast corner of Second and E streets in San Bernardino, Calif., that pays homage to Route 66, reports the San Bernardino County Sun.

Alas, I have been unable to find any images of the mural. There is this short description:

The 1930s theme includes a trolley car, the California Theatre and women wearing floppy hats.

If anyone runs across this mural, can you please e-mail the image to me?

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