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Horse-racing track in Moriarty approved May 27, 2008

Posted by Ron Warnick in Sports, Towns.
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The New Mexico Racing Commission today approved the move of the Downs at Albuquerque from the New Mexico state fairgrounds to the Route 66 town of Moriarty, N.M., about 40 miles east, reports KRQE-TV.

Planned is a 500-acre, $65 million facility at Highway 41 and Interstate 40. That is very close to Highway 333, aka Route 66.

Previous reports indicate that the track could hold races as soon as 2009.

A glimpse of a 1948 road trip May 26, 2008

Posted by Ron Warnick in Movies, People, Preservation, Road trips.
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Here’s an explanation for this amazing YouTube video:

In 1948, the Osborn family loaded up their vehicle and headed for West Virginia. Their starting point was Redlands, CA. The film was shot in 1948 with an 8mm movie camera. Back in those days, Route 66 was one of the major west-east routes, thus the theme song, even though the family does travel on other routes besides Route 66. The film was in cans until 2005 when I had it digitalized in order to preserve it and provide a means for distributing the film to other members of the Osborn family.

Wonderful stuff. I hope there’s more vintage Osborn family footage ready to be posted

Music is “Route 66,” by Nat King Cole, naturally.

Barstow museum to mark eighth anniversary May 26, 2008

Posted by Ron Warnick in Businesses, Events, Motels, Motorcycles, Publications, Restaurants, Vehicles.
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The Barstow Route 66 Mother Road Museum in Barstow, Calif., will mark its eighth anniversary with a special event on Saturday, June 14, reports the Desert Dispatch.

There will be a car and motorcycle show from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. that day. A registration form for those wanting to participate is here.

One of the giveaways will be a night at the Wigwam Motel in Rialto, Calif. A number of artists and authors also will be there, including Phil Yeh of the “Dinosaurs Across Route 66″ comic book.

And Albert Okura of Juan Pollo restaurants, who owns the Route 66 town of Amboy, Calif., will supply the food.

Memorial Day tribute May 26, 2008

Posted by Ron Warnick in People.
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Here are the soldiers from Route 66 towns who have died in Iraq and Afghanistan.

ILLINOIS
Chicago

  • Staff Sgt. Oscar D. Vargas-Medina, died May 1, 2004
  • 1st Sgt. Edward Smith, died April 5, 2003
  • Sgt. Ivory L. Phipps, died March 17, 2004
  • Pfc. Torry D. Harris, died July 13, 2004
  • Sgt. Sirlou C. Cuaresma, died June 21, 2006
  • Cmdr. Adrian Basil Szwec, died April 12, 2004
  • Machinist’s Mate Fireman Apprentice Bryant L. Davis, died Nov. 7, 2001
  • Master Sgt. Wilberto Sabalu Jr., died May 6, 2007
  • Sgt. Eric A. Lill, died July 6, 2007
  • Pfc. Omar E. Torres, died Aug. 22, 2007
  • Cpl. Albert Britton, died Feb. 20, 2008
  • Pfc. Howard A. Jones Jr., died May 18, 2008

Countryside

  • Spc. John R. Sullivan, died Nov. 15, 2003

Cicero

  • Sgt. Pedro J. Colon, died Feb. 19, 2007

Dwight

  • Lance Cpl. Raymond J. Holzhauer, died March 15, 2007

Lincoln

  • Staff Sgt. Daniel G. Gresham, died Feb. 24, 2005
  • Spc. Francis M. Trussel Jr., died May 26, 2007

Normal

  • Spc. Jessica L. Cawvey, died Oct. 6, 2004

Bloomington

  • Capt. Ryan Anthony Beaupre, died March 21, 2003
  • 1st Lt. Debra A. Banaszak, died Oct. 28, 2005

Springfield

  • Spc. Jacob C. Palmatier, died Feb. 24, 2005

Virden

  • Staff Sgt. Gary R. Harper Jr., died Oct. 9, 2005

Carlinville

  • Spc. Jeremiah D. Costello, died June 2, 2007

Edwardsville

  • Pfc. Ryan C. Garbs, died Feb. 18, 2007

Granite City

  • Sgt. 1st Class Shawn Christopher Dostie, died Dec. 30, 2005
  • Sgt. Steven P. Mennemeyer, died Aug. 9, 2006

MISSOURI
Florissant

  • Pvt. Lavena L. Johnson, died July 19, 2005

St. Louis

  • Maj. William F. Hecker III, died Jan. 5, 2006
  • Sgt. Amanda N. Pinson, died March 16, 2006
  • Pfc. James F. Costello III, died April 11, 2006
  • Lance Cpl. Leon Lance Deraps, died May 6, 2006
  • Petty Officer 2nd Class Christopher Walsh, died Sept. 4, 2006
  • Cpl. Jacob R. Fleisher, died Nov. 24, 2004
  • Spc. Christopher M. Katzenberger, died Aug. 9, 2005
  • Maj. Gloria D. Davis, died Dec. 12, 2006
  • Lance Cpl. Matthew W. Clark, died Dec. 14, 2006
  • Sgt. Milton A. Gist Jr., died Jan. 30, 2007
  • Sgt. Brandon L. Wallace, died April 14, 2007
  • Lt. Daniel P. Riordan, died June 23, 2007

Wildwood

  • Spc. Peter J. Navarro, died Dec. 13, 2005

Pacific

  • Cpl. Riley E. Baker, died June 22, 2006

Bourbon

  • Corp. James E. Summers III, died May 28, 2007

Lebanon

  • Sgt. Lawrence Parrish, died Oct. 7, 2006

Marshfield

  • Spc. Michael C. Campbell, died May 19, 2004

Springfield

  • Pfc. Jesse Alan Givens, died May 1, 2003
  • Sgt. Timothy J. Sutton, died July 11, 2005
  • Sgt. 1st Class Randall L. Lamberson, died April 10, 2006
  • Spc. Jessy G. Pollard, died Aug. 22, 2007
  • Staff Sgt. Ronald C. Blystone, died April 23, 2008

Carthage

  • Master Sgt. Thomas A. Wallsmith, died Oct. 26, 2005

Joplin

  • Sgt. Philip J. Svitak, died March 4, 2002

KANSAS
Riverton

  • Pvt. Dustin L. Kreider, died March 21, 2004

OKLAHOMA
Miami

  • Civilian Fern L. Holland, died March 9, 2004
  • Tech. Sgt. Jason L. Norton, died Jan. 22, 2006

Vinita

  • Sgt. Justin Noyes, died July 2, 2006

Claremore

  • Staff Sgt. John G. Doles, died Sept. 30, 2005

Tulsa

  • Pvt. Jason M. Ward, died Oct. 22, 2003
  • Spc. James E. Marshall, died May 5, 2004
  • Lance Cpl. Jordan D. Winkler, died Nov. 26, 2004
  • Cpl. Nathaniel T. Hammond, died Nov. 8, 2004
  • Cpl. Jared M. Shoemaker, died Sept. 4, 2006
  • Cpl. Derek A. Stanley, died June 5, 2006
  • Pfc. Jaron D. Holliday, died Aug. 4, 2007

Luther

  • Cpl. Jeremy D. Allbaugh, died July 5, 2007

Edmond

  • Pfc. David J. Martin, died Oct. 31, 2005

Oklahoma City

  • Spc. Sonny Gene Sampler, died July 8, 2004
  • Sgt. Carl W. Lee, died Nov. 28, 2004
  • Cpl. Jeffry A. Rogers, died Nov. 16, 2005
  • Staff Sgt. Lance M. Chase, died Jan. 23, 2006
  • Chief Warrant Officer Lawrence S. Colton, died April 11, 2004
  • Sgt. Danton K. Seitsinger, died Jan. 29, 2004
  • Lance Cpl. Trevor A. Roberts, died March 24, 2007
  • Sgt. Ryan M. Wood, died June 21, 2007
  • Spc. Derek A. Calhoun, died June 23, 2007
  • Staff Sgt. William D. Scates, died Aug. 11, 2007

TEXAS
Amarillo

  • Capt. Eric Bruce Das, died April 7, 2003
  • Chief Warrant Officer Johnny Villareal Mata, died March 23, 2003
  • Spc. Taylor J. Burk, died Jan. 26, 2005
  • Staff Sgt. Tommy Ike Folks Jr., died Oct. 19, 2005
  • Chief Warrant Officer Miles P. Henderson, died Nov. 6, 2006
  • Pfc. Troy D. Cooper, died Dec. 3, 2006

NEW MEXICO
Las Vegas

  • Lance Cpl. Shane P. Harris, died Sept. 3, 2006

Santa Fe

  • Lance Cpl. Jonathan Walter Grant, died May 11, 2005

Albuquerque

  • Pfc. Christopher Ramos, died April 5, 2004
  • Pfc. Christopher S. Adlesperger, died Dec. 9, 2004
  • Spc. Jeremy E. Christensen, died Nov. 27, 2004
  • Spc. Christopher A. Merville, died Oct. 12, 2004
  • Sgt. 1st Class Christopher J. Speer, died Aug. 7, 2002
  • Spc. Eric Vizcaino, died Nov. 21, 2006
  • Tech Sgt. Scott E. Duffman, died Feb. 18, 2007
  • Spc. Clifford A. Spohn III, died April 9, 2007
  • Maj. Douglas Zembiec, died May 10, 2007
  • Sgt. James C. Akin, died June 3, 2007
  • Capt. Thomas J. Casey, died Jan. 3, 2008

Los Lunas

  • Sgt. Joel A. Dahl, died June 23, 2007

Belen

  • 1st Lt. Tamara Long Archuleta, died March 23, 2003

ARIZONA
Holbrook

  • Spc. Damien M. Montoya, died July 9, 2006

Winslow

  • Sgt. Christopher N. Gonzalez, died May 14, 2007

Flagstaff

  • Lance Cpl. Marty G. Mortenson, died April 20, 2005
  • Spc. Alyssa R. Peterson, died Sept. 15, 2003

Kingman

  • Hospitalman Joshua McIntosh, died June 26, 2003
  • Staff Sgt. William T. Latham, died June 18, 2003
  • Spc. Coty J. Phelps, died May 17, 2007

CALIFORNIA
Barstow

  • Sgt. 1st Class James F. Hayes, died Nov. 6, 2005
  • Petty Officer 1st Class Steven Phillip Daugherty, died July 6, 2007

Victorville

  • Lance Cpl. William J. Wiscowiche, died March 30, 2004

Hesperia

  • Sgt. James K. Healy, died Jan. 7, 2008

San Bernardino

  • Cpl. Sean R. Grilley, died Oct. 16, 2003
  • Cpl. Nicanor Alvarez, died Aug. 21, 2004
  • Spc. Timothy D. Watkins, died Oct. 15, 2005
  • Pfc. Alex Oceguera, died Oct. 31, 2006

Rialto

  • Staff Sgt. Jorge A. Molina Bautista, died May 23, 2004
  • Spc. Luis D. Santos, died June 8, 2006
  • Spc. Victor A. Garcia, died July 1, 2007

Azusa

  • Pfc. Leroy Harris-Kelly, died April 20, 2004

Arcadia

  • Sgt. Kyle A. Colnot, died April 22, 2006

Fontana

  • Sgt. Bryan A. Brewster, died May 5, 2006
  • Lance Corp. Fontana S. Tamayo, died Dec. 21, 2006

Glendora

  • Spc. Elias Elias, died Dec. 23, 2006
  • Lance Corp. Blake H. Howey, died Feb. 18, 2007
  • Staff Sgt. Thomas M. McFall, died May 28, 2007

Monrovia

  • Lance Cpl. Raul Mercado, died Jan. 7, 2006

Rancho Cucamonga

  • Capt. Mark C. Paine, died Oct. 15, 2006
  • Sgt. Lawrence J. Carter, died Dec. 29, 2006

Pomona

  • Petty Officer 2nd Class Cesar O. Baez, died June 15, 2005
  • Sgt. Shaker T. Guy, died Oct. 29, 2005
  • Spc. Sergio Gudino, died Dec. 25, 2005

Pasadena

  • Lance Cpl. Sergio H. Escobar, died Oct. 8, 2005
  • Spc. Adam J. Rosema, died March 14, 2007
  • Lance Cpl. Rogelio A. Ramirez, died Aug. 26, 2007

Hollywood

  • Sgt. James E. Craig, died Jan. 28, 2008

Los Angeles

  • Staff Sgt. Juan de Dios Garcia-Arana, April 30, 2005
  • Staff Sgt. Eddie E. Menyweather, died Nov. 23, 2003
  • Lance Cpl. Benjamin R. Gonzalez, died May 29, 2004
  • Staff Sgt. Abraham D. Penamedina, died April 27, 2004
  • Sgt. 1st Class John Winston, Marshall, died April 8, 2003
  • Pfc. Francisco Abraham Martinez-Flores, died March 27, 2003
  • Cpl. Jorge Alonso Gonzalez, died March 23, 2003
  • Lance Cpl. Victor R. Lu, died Nov. 13, 2004
  • Sgt. Trinidad R. Martinezluis, died Nov. 28, 2004
  • Lance Cpl. Luis A. Figueroa, died Nov. 18, 2004
  • Spc. Omead H. Razani, died Aug. 27, 2004
  • Sgt. Edgar E. Lopez, died Aug. 28, 2004
  • Sgt. 1st Class Joselito O. Villanueva, Sept. 27, 2004
  • Lance Cpl. Felipe D. Sandoval-Flores, died April 2, 2006
  • Lance Cpl. Salvador Guerrero, died June 9, 2006
  • Cpl. Roberto Abad, died Aug. 6, 2004
  • Pfc. Geoffrey Perez, died Aug. 15, 2004
  • Lance Cpl. Veashna Muy, died June 23, 2005
  • Cpl. Carlos Pineda, died June 24, 2005
  • Lance Cpl. Dion M. Whitley, died June 15, 2005
  • Sgt. Milton M. Monzon Jr., died July 24, 2005
  • Sgt. Alejandro Carrillo, died Jan. 30, 2007
  • Spc. Christopher D. Young, died March 2, 2007
  • Spc. Romel Catalan, died June 2, 2007
  • Staff Sgt. Greg P. Gagarin, died June 3, 2007
  • Sgt. Robert T. Ayres III, died Sept. 29, 2007
  • Staff Sgt. Joseph F. Curreri, died Oct. 27, 2007

(Sources: CNN.com, icasualties.org)

POPS doubles Arcadia’s sales-tax revenue May 24, 2008

Posted by Ron Warnick in Businesses, Towns.
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I can’t say that I’m surprised by this story from the Edmond (Okla.) Sun:

The most recent Oklahoma Tax Commission figures indicates that Arcadia’s sales tax revenue has doubled since POPS opened there last August. [...]

August to January sales tax revenue is $123,365 compared to $59,137 for those months of the previous calendar year. Murrell said the 2006 opening of the Windmill Shops also is generating business.

As a visual landmark on west Arcadia’s Route 66, POPS offers a gas station, restaurant and retail. Thousands of soda pop bottles accentuate the business owned by Aubrey McClendon, chairman and owner of Chesapeake Energy.

December was the only month for Arcadia to decline in sales tax revenue. But Murrell and POPS General Manager Marty Doepke blame the decrease in sales to December’s severe ice storm that caused power outages in Arcadia for five to eight days.

The story goes on to describe how Arcadia has become a boom town in general.

I knew that POPS would become a big windfall for the town’s coffers. It’s busy all the time, especially on weekends. Owner Aubrey McClendon‘s gamble appears to have paid off big.

It’s mostly inevitable that Arcadia has become a residential hot spot. Nearby Edmond, a suburb of Oklahoma City, is now so big it’s practically a metropolis in itself. Those wanting more a quiet, small-town feel will be heading east on Route 66 to Arcadia.

Route 66 winery wins top award May 24, 2008

Posted by Ron Warnick in Businesses, Food.
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Summerside Vineyards and Winery, right on Route 66 in Vinita, Okla., won the coveted Double Gold award at the Finger Lakes International Wine Competition in New York earlier this month, reports the High Plains Journal.

Summerside’s big winner was its cream sherry.

“We’ve always known this was a special wine,” said Marsha Butler, Summerside Vineyards and Winery owner. “Not only has it won many awards, but we often find ourselves having to maintain a waiting list due to its popularity. It is a sweet, end-of-meal treat.”

With the legendary Sherry maker Dr. Roy Mitchell as a mentor, Summerside’s Sherry solera system started in 2001. The system is designed to yield a consistent product from year to year. Comprised of several groups of barrels, each barrel is filled almost full to allow the wine to oxidize and only a small amount of the “liquid gold” is bottled each year.

An older Sherry can be intriguing, complex, and packed with years’ worth of individuality. But don’t overlook the smooth nutty palate and sublime lingering finish. Pour Summerside’s sweet Cream Sherry on the small side, and serve with soft, mature cheeses, fresh fruit and desserts.

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