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Seeing spots on 66 August 30, 2006

Posted by Ron Warnick in Web sites.
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I recently switched search engines, from Google to Technorati, while surfing for Route 66-related blogs. So I’m finding all sorts of new stuff I haven’t seen before.

This includes the Route 66 Spots blog, written by Syskia. Today’s post shows a photo of a very old alignment of 66 in McLean, Texas. I’m pretty sure it’s the same Syskia who posts on the Historic 66 forum.

Anyway, there are plenty other things to see on that blog. Check it out.

Is the Tri-County Truck Stop haunted? August 30, 2006

Posted by Ron Warnick in Ghosts and Mysteries, History, Restaurants.

The historic Tri-County Truck Stop on old Route 66 in Villa Ridge, Mo., is known by roadies for its good grub, especially its country ham, not paranormal activity.

But Missouri Paranormal Research this month conducted what appears to be two extensive investigations of the truck stop for ghostlike activity. If nothing else, you can read a surprisingly well-researched report on the group’s site about the restaurant’s history.

There’s been alleged reports of an apparition sighted at the restaurant, and of another presence nicknamed George who supposedly has gotten a little touchy-feely with the restaurant’s female help. (Sounds like George needs to be slapped, or at least reported to H.R.)

The investigative team reportedly captured photos that contained unexplained blurry spots. Then there’s this video sequence shot in the restaurant’s basement that shows some sort of blueish figure going across the frame. This video was posted on YouTube; you can see it here:

I’m skeptical. But KTVI-TV, a Fox affiliate in St. Louis, did a story Monday about the group, which either gives it some credence or shows how much KTVI’s credibility has plummeted.

We report; you decide.

Fire destroys Oatman home August 29, 2006

Posted by Ron Warnick in Businesses, Events, Towns.
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Ordinarily, a home fire without injuries is nothing I would get too concerned about on Route 66 News.

But this home fire was on the main drag of the isolated Route 66 desert town of Oatman, Ariz. Fires are a huge concern in Oatman because the businesses are packed together, and firefighting help is about 30 minutes away. One blaze in Oatman has the potential to make the whole village go up in smoke.

“If one of those fires ever occurred in the middle of town, we’d all be in trouble,” said Jerry Love of the Oatman Chamber of Commerce, whom I spoke with on the phone.

According to this report in the Mohave Daily News, the home of Cat and Willard Smith on Route 66 in Oatman burned to the ground Friday. They weren’t hurt, but they lost a pet cat and jewelry-making equipment and supplies used for their two Little Bear’s businesses in town.

Oatman’s brush-fires unit initially responded to the blaze, which was on the south end of Oatman, but they were hampered by high winds. At least three other area fire departments assisted in controlling the blaze that threatened other structures up the hill.

Love said the fire wasn’t deemed as suspicious.

The town has pitched in to help the Smiths get back on their feet. If you want to help, call the Oatman Chamber at 928-768-6222.

Chelsea Motor Inn reopens August 29, 2006

Posted by Ron Warnick in Motels.

The Chelsea Motor Inn, a small motel on Route 66 in Chelsea, Okla., that had been closed for two years, acquired new owners in March who reopened it and are enthusiastic about the Mother Road.

Frank and Trudy Jugler, formerly of Edmond, saw the lodging complex for sale during a family reunion about a year ago. The Chelsea Motor Inn is the only motel on Route 66 between Vinita and Claremore.

The Juglers told me on the phone that they intended to remodel the six rooms of the motel into theme rooms, including Route 66. They’ve been busy enough with the business this summer that they’ve been unable to do so.

Also, they intend to convert the 1890s house that’s on the premises into a bed-and-breakfast. They eventually will set up an Internet site for the business.

The Juglers also have a pet buffalo in a three-acre parcel behind the complex, named Chelsea.

Room rates are $35 to $40 a night at the motel. Its phone number is 918-789-3437.

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