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A ride on Radiator Springs Racers September 30, 2012

Posted by Ron Warnick in Attractions, Movies, Vehicles.
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If you’re not able to check out the Radiator Springs Racers ride, this video will be the next-best thing.

The interesting thing is the videographer filmed in both sides of the ride. Each side contains unique characteristics, and it couldn’t have been easy to get all that footage when wait times have reportedly been as long as two hours just to ride once.

It’s part of the Route 66-inspired Cars Land portion of Disney’s California Adventure Park in Anaheim, Calif. Radiator Springs is the fictional Route 66 town depicted in the 2006 Disney-Pixar animated film “Cars.”

Part of “East Meets West” sculpture arrives September 29, 2012

Posted by Ron Warnick in Art, Attractions.
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One part of the large “East Meets West” sculpture arrived Saturday at the Cyrus Avery Centennial Plaza in Tulsa.

This part of the bronze depicts a Ford driven by Cyrus Avery with his wife, daughter, and the family cat. Avery, who is known as the Father of Route 66, is getting out of the car to help calm two carriage horses that are spooked by his vehicle.

This sculpture contains a lot of detail. Check out the car’s license plate:

The sculpture is so large, it will require several semi-trucks to carry it in pieces from the foundry in Bastrop, Texas. The formal dedication of the artwork is set for October, although an exact date hasn’t yet been set.

Here’s a mock-up of the finished work:

The 135 percent-size sculpture suffered through cost overruns and three years of delays, including sculptor Robert Summers sustaining catastrophic injuries in a fall.

Avery Plaza is at Southwest Boulevard (aka Route 66) near the Arkansas River, and is adjacent to the site of a future Route 66 museum.

UPDATE: KOTV in Tulsa has this report.

A TV reporter’s takes on Route 66 September 29, 2012

Posted by Ron Warnick in Businesses, Food, Museums, Restaurants, Television.
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In recent days, Mark Rivera, a reporter for WAND-TV in Decatur, Ill., has posted on YouTube a few of his Route 66-related stories from central Illinois. They’re all pretty good.

The first is Bill Shea’s Gas Station Museum in Springfield:

Next is the Palms Grill in Atlanta, Ill.:

And finally is Funks Grove Maple Sirup in Funks Grove:

Chuck Surface, a Route 66 booster in Carthage and Webb City, dies September 28, 2012

Posted by Ron Warnick in Gas stations, Museums, People.
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Chuck Surface, a former Missouri state lawmaker and an economic development director for Webb City, died Wednesday of cancer at age 68, according to the Joplin Globe.

Surface was instrumental in converting a long-closed gas station on Route 66 in Webb City into a visitors center. He also sought to put a roadside park dedicated to Route 66 near Cardinal Scale Manufacturing Co. in Webb City.

A perusal of the Route 66 News archives also shows Surface used his pull as a former county commissioner to help land a Route 66 museum in the Jasper County Courthouse in Carthage.

According to the Globe:

“He wanted Webb City to become a part of the culture of Missouri. He wanted to make sure Webb City was not left behind,” said City Administrator Carl Francis. “He was out front working hard to promote our history, and promote our future too. He was always out there pushing Route 66, going to Jeff City to meet with people about what we have to offer.”

The funeral will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Christ’s Church of Oronogo in Orongo, Mo. Visitation will be from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday at Christ’s Church. Burial will be at Ozark Memorial Park in Webb City after the funeral.

Hedge-Lewis Funeral Home in Webb City is in charge of arrangements. Donations in Surface’s name may be made to Joplin Elks Lodge Christmas Basket Program or Joplin Humane Society.

Relighting ceremony set for Crestwood Bowl sign September 27, 2012

Posted by Ron Warnick in Preservation, Signs.
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Work has begun in restoring the Crestwood Bowl neon sign along Route 66 in Crestwood, Mo., a southwest suburb of St. Louis. The official relighting ceremony for the sign will be Saturday, Oct. 20, at dusk.

According to climate data, sunset on that date will be 6:14 p.m., although darkness could come earlier if it’s cloudy.

According to a news release:

Crestwood Bowl received a $9,500 cost-share grant from the Route 66 Corridor Preservation Program to restore the sign. The building and sign were built in 1957, with the latter going dark in March 2009. After 50 years, the internal electrical components had deteriorated beyond normal maintenance and repair. When restored, it will be the only vintage 66 neon sign still lighted on the primary Watson Road alignment in St. Louis County. Furthermore, it is one of only three signs in St. Louis County designated as a County Landmark by the Historic Buildings Commission of St. Louis County.

Crestwood Bowl is located at 9822 Watson Road (map here), near Sappington Road.

The release also said:

Ray Bluth and his son, Mike, owners of the business since 1973, are eagerly awaiting this day when their historic Route 66 beacon will again shine like it did during the heyday of the Mother Road. They are delighted to welcome all Route 66 roadies to join in the fun and celebrate this event with them.

Refreshments will be served, and it is anticipated the mayors (and other representatives) of the Crestwood and Sunset Hills communities will be there to show their support for Route 66 preservation and help this longtime business within the community celebrate this event.

(Photos courtesy of Jim Thole)

A visit to the California Route 66 Museum September 27, 2012

Posted by Ron Warnick in History, Museums.
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Here’s a new video uploaded about the California Route 66 Museum in Victorville. Sharon Foster gives a lot of information about the museum and the importance of Route 66 in the area and to America.

Northern Arizona University’s report on Route 66 September 26, 2012

Posted by Ron Warnick in Highways, History, Television.
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A television program, “Inside NAU,” by the Northern Arizona University Network takes a look at Route 66. The Mother Road goes through the university’s backyard in Flagstaff.

Among the people interviewed is Angel “The Angel of Route 66″ Delgadillo and NAU archivist (and Route 66 News reader) Sean Evans.

Unlike history professor Michael Amundson, I don’t think anyone’s going to wax nostalgic for Interstate 40 anytime soon.

 

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