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Season Two of “Route 66″ series coming in October August 28, 2008

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The complete second season of the original “Route 66″ television drama, co-starring George Maharis and Martin Milner, will be released on DVD on Oct. 21 by Infinity/Roxbury.

The DVD set will contain all 32 of that season’s episodes. It will be digitally remastered in the original 4:3 aspect ratio for the picture. Suggested retail price will be $49.98.

Special features include original commercials and cast biographies (including video clips).

According to the news release:

Guest-starring in the sophomore season is a renowned list of stars, including Robert Redford, Douglas Fairbanks, Robert Duvall, Suzanne Pleshette, Lon Chaney Jr., John Astin, James Caan, Lee Marvin, Martin Sheen, Ed Asner, DeForest Kelley, Marion Ross, Peter Graves, Jack Warden, Tuesday Weld and Julie Newmar, among others. One special episode features several of Maharis’ relatives.

(Hat tip: Steven Vertlieb)

“Reservation Road” August 28, 2008

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It should be noted that Route 66 goes into what once was called Indian Territory, and cuts through wide swaths of Navajo country.

This song is by Bill Miller.

John Wayne memorabilia displayed at Williams museum August 27, 2008

Posted by Ron Warnick in Attractions, Books, Movies, People, Photographs.
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“Chili” Bill Brooks was John Wayne‘s pilot for about 10 years, when he flew the actor down to his two ranches in Arizona. Brooks befriended Wayne, famed for his roles in “True Grit,” “The Searchers” and hundreds of other Westerns, until his death in 1979.

The Wayne memorabilia that Brooks collected over the years now is being exhibited at the Territorial Museum of the Wild West Junction complex on Route 66 in Williams, Ariz., reports the Williams-Grand Canyon News.

…[It] includes memorabilia from “The Shootist” and many other films. Items on display include saddles, guns, clothing and more. Many of the items, according to officials at Wild West Junction, were Wayne’s personal belongings, while others were items the iconic actor used in his films. Wayne died from cancer in 1979, but left a long legacy of films to his name, including such classics as “True Grit,” “The Searchers,” “Rio Bravo” and many more. A mannequin is also being prepared, one with Wayne’s likeness, that will wear authentic clothing owned by Wayne. The mannequin, according to Wild West Junction owner Mike DuCharme, is being made the same designer who makes the wax mannequins for Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum in San Francisco.

The article includes Brooks’ memories about how Wayne was always friendly to his fans.

Brooks also has a book for sale at the museum, “The 26 Bar Ranch Scrapbook,” which is a collection of rare Wayne photographs from one of his Arizona ranches. Brooks acquired the photos when he bought the ranch foreman’s house years ago.

A spokeswoman at the complex told me by phone that the Wayne exhibit is a permanent part of its collection.

Bowling alley reopens in St. Clair August 27, 2008

Posted by Ron Warnick in Businesses, Sports.
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The Meramec Lanes bowling alley in St. Clair, Mo., which closed for a year, has just reopened as Route 66 Lanes & Lounge, reports the St. Clair Missourian.

The new owners reconditioned the lanes so that leagues would resume. The snack bar was refurbished, a grill was added, and the building’s heating and air-conditioning units were overhauled.

Route 66 Lanes and Lounge is at 795 N. Commercial Ave., which is Route 66.

Getting their old-fashioned kicks August 26, 2008

Posted by Ron Warnick in Animals, Events, Road trips.
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Most caravans on Route 66 are of the motorized variety. But there is ongoing tour of Route 66 from St. James, Mo., to Springfield, Mo., that harkens back to the days before the horseless carriage.

The Ozark Mountain Mule and Donkey Days Wagon Trail will be going through Lebanon, Mo., on Wednesday with about 15 horse-drawn wagons and 50 riders, according to the Lebanon Daily Record. It will be moseying through at a speed of about 5 mph.

Here’s the wagon train route that day:

The train … will leave its Sleeper-area campsite at about 8 a.m. and travel Old Route 66 to Lebanon. Once the train reaches Route MM, local law-enforcement will take point and lead the group through Lebanon.

The train will move on Route MM, go past St. John’s Hospital-Lebanon to Cowan Drive. The train will continue on Cowan Drive to Missouri 32, then will go right on 32 to Jefferson Avenue. Once on Jefferson Avenue, the train will turn south and head toward Evergreen. The group will continue on Evergreen and will cross Interstate 44 at the 127 exit, then move to Route W. The train will follow Route W to Phillipsburg, then cross the Interstate again to Route CC, which will take it to Conway. The train will end the Wednesday leg of its journey near Conway.

The wagon train ends Friday at the Ozark Empire Fairgrounds in Springfield. Photo gallery is here.

This event serves to remind Route 66ers that the Mother Road followed older trails through Missouri, including the Old Wire Road and Ozark Trails.

Forest being thinned around Flagstaff August 26, 2008

Posted by Ron Warnick in Attractions, Towns.
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If you’re driving on Route 66 in Flagstaff, Ariz., and see logging going on, don’t worry — the Coconino Forest around the city isn’t being clear-cut.

The Arizona Daily Sun says the forest is being thinned to reduce the risk of severe wildfires that could damage homes. Surrounded on all sides by trees, Flagstaff is particularly vulnerable to such infernos.

Thinning is started or coming to the following areas: Mountainaire, Elk Park, northwest of Anderson Mesa, along the base of Mount Elden, west of Walnut Canyon, in Timberline and Doney Park and generally east of the San Francisco Peaks.

Thinning is planned, but not started, for Hart Prairie and for a small section along West Route 66, as well.

The forest-thinning efforts will continue into 2014.

Taking that California trip August 26, 2008

Posted by Ron Warnick in Motorcycles, People, Road trips.
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This is a well-produced video of a Harley-Davidson group from Germany driving the Mother Road, with a couple of side trips to Las Vegas and the California ghost town of Calico.

Angel “Guardian Angel of Route 66″ Delgadillo plays a prominent role in this video.

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