Train derailment near Ludlow closes Route 66 indefinitely

The derailment Wednesday of a freight train east of Ludlow, California, has closed National Trails Highway (aka Route 66) “for an unknown duration” due to a hazardous liquid spill. The Victorville Daily Press reports the accident just east of town shortly after noon involved 25 to 35 railcars. San Bernardino County Fire Department spokesperson Tracey … Continue reading Train derailment near Ludlow closes Route 66 indefinitely

Engineering pact approved for 10 new Route 66 bridges in Amboy, Essex areas

The San Bernardino County board of supervisors recently approved a nearly $2.5 million engineering contract to build 10 new bridges on old Route 66 near Amboy and Essex, California.’ The board earlier this month awarded the contract from several bidders to Dokken Engineering of Folsom, California. According to county documents, it’s anticipated the bridges will … Continue reading Engineering pact approved for 10 new Route 66 bridges in Amboy, Essex areas

Nearly 330 miles in California added to U.S. Bicycle Route 66

The Adventure Cycling Association recently announced the designation of 18 new U.S. Bicycle Routes in five states, including nearly 330 miles in California to U.S. Bicycle Route 66. This is what is stated about the California section: USBR 66 (329.8 miles): Where possible, USBR 66 generally follows the historic U.S. Route 66. Beginning at the Arizona … Continue reading Nearly 330 miles in California added to U.S. Bicycle Route 66

The improved second edition of Route 66 Passport now is available

Touch Media, best known for its Route 66 Navigation app, has released an improved second edition of its Route 66 Passport after a one-year delay due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The passport already is available to travelers at many Route 66 distribution points and at its e-commerce website. A full list of the 39 locations … Continue reading The improved second edition of Route 66 Passport now is available

Route 66-themed convenience store coming to Helendale

A Route 66-themed gas station and convenience store is expected to break ground in March along National Trails Highway (aka Route 66) in Helendale, California. The Desert Dispatch in nearby Victorville had the scoop: Thomas Steeno, owner of Steeno Design Studio Inc., told the Daily Press on Friday construction plans will be sent to San … Continue reading Route 66-themed convenience store coming to Helendale

How not to treat Route 66 tourists

This strange and unfortunate incident happened in Amboy, California, in November, but it surfaced earlier this week on the Historic Route 66 page on Facebook. The incident also largely was confirmed by Carlos Aceves, who was the town’s manager, including at Roy’s. Here’s the Nov. 5 story by KCDZ, a community radio station that states … Continue reading How not to treat Route 66 tourists

Fire damages Iron Hog Restaurant and Saloon in Oro Grande

An early morning fire Friday gutted the kitchen of the Iron Hog Restaurant and Saloon, a favorite watering hole for motorcyclists and Route 66 travelers going through Oro Grande, California. According to the Victorville Daily Press: The blaze erupted at the shuttered saloon, located at 20848 National Trails Highway, at 5:39 a.m. Friday. It spread … Continue reading Fire damages Iron Hog Restaurant and Saloon in Oro Grande

Renovations of Route 66’s Sidewalk Highway in Oklahoma to begin in 2023

A long-awaited renovation of a 9-foot-wide, century-old section of Route 66 — better known as the Sidewalk Highway — in Ottawa County, Oklahoma, is slated to begin sometime in 2023. According to KSNF-TV, the project is in the planning stage: “What we got is a 1920 Federal Highway which is now a national trail, and … Continue reading Renovations of Route 66’s Sidewalk Highway in Oklahoma to begin in 2023

Part of Route 66 in Mojave Desert to be closed until mid-September

A portion of Route 66 that runs through the Mojave Desert just east of Amboy, California, will be closed through mid-September because of bridge construction. San Bernardino County published a news release Monday in the Desert Dispatch newspaper, based in Barstow, California: San Bernardino County Public Works will be constructing two new bridges and road … Continue reading Part of Route 66 in Mojave Desert to be closed until mid-September

Route 66 Historic Trail bill advances unanimously out of U.S. House committee

A bill to designate Route 66 as a National Historic Trail under the auspices of the National Park Service passed unanimously this week out of the Natural Resources Committee to the full U.S. House of Representatives. U.S. Rep. Darin LaHood (R-Ill.), who is shepherding the bill with U.S. Rep. Grace Napolitano (D-Calif.), announced H.R. 3600’s … Continue reading Route 66 Historic Trail bill advances unanimously out of U.S. House committee