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A visit with Rich Henry August 5, 2014

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KC Keefer continues his “Genuine Route 66 Life” video series with an interview of Rich Henry, owner of Henry’s Rabbit Ranch on a stretch of old Route 66 in Staunton, Illinois.

It’s good to see Henry breaking in a new bunny to greet tourists. He has to do that every few years because their life span is so short. Montana, who gained fame for president but died before Election Day, lived to age 7 — a very old age for domesticated rabbits.

(Image of one of the many residents at Henry’s Rabbit Ranch by Brian Marsh via Flickr)

A visit to the Palms Grill Cafe July 2, 2014

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KC Keefer, on his Genuine Route 66 Life video series, interviews Angel French at the historic Palms Grill Cafe on Route 66 in downtown Atlanta, Illinois.

The Palms Grill, built in 1934, was restored in 2009 and quickly became a must-stop for travelers — especially for folks who like a small-town atmosphere and pie.

The Palms Grill Cafe also has a Facebook page that’s updated regularly.

(Image of the Palms Grill Cafe by thinktk via Flickr)

A chat with Rich Dinkela June 4, 2014

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KC Keefer, the guy behind the ongoing Genuine Route 66 Life video series, produced a new clip about “Roamin’ Rich” Dinkela. The interview occurred at the closed MacArthur Bridge in St. Louis.

For a seven-minute clip, it nicely encompasses Dinkela’s approach and his many activities on the Mother Road.

You can follow Dinkela at his YouTube channel here, on Facebook here, on Twitter here, and on his Hooked on Route 66 website.

A chat with Laurel Kane at Afton Station May 27, 2014

Posted by Ron Warnick in Gas stations, Museums, People, Preservation, Vehicles.
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KC Keefer continues his Genuine Route 66 Life video series with an interview with Laurel Kane, co-owner of Afton Station in Afton, Oklahoma.

Afton Station, a former gas station on Route 66 in town, was converted into a display area for a Packards collection and as a visitors center for Route 66 travelers.

Kane keeps a frequently updated blog about her adventures at Afton Station and Route 66 here.

(Image of Afton Station by Jim Grey via Flickr)

A chat with a Texola business owner March 22, 2014

Posted by Ron Warnick in Art, Businesses, People, Restaurants.
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KC Keefer, as part of his ongoing “Genuine Route 66 Life” series, talks to Masel Zimmerman of the Tumbleweeds Grill and Country Store in the Route 66 ghost town of Texola, Okla.

About a year ago, Zimmerman took a 1930s building, Water Hole #2, and converted it into a personal art gallery, plus a convenience store and restaurant. I’ll have to check it out next time I’m in the area.

More about Texola may be read here. At one point during the 1930s, it had more than 500 residents. Save for a tiny increase in 2000, the town’s population has been declining pretty much ever since. In the 2010 census, Texola counted 36 residents.

(Worm’s eye view of Route 66 in Texola, Okla., by Phil via Flickr)

A chat with the operator of Texas Ivy Antiques March 4, 2014

Posted by Ron Warnick in Businesses, People, Route 66 Associations.
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In his ongoing “Genuine Route 66 Life” video series, KC Keefer interviewed Dora Meroney, operator of Texas Ivy Antiques along the Sixth Street Historic District (aka Route 66) in Amarillo.

Not only does Meroney sell Route 66 memorabilia and other items in a converted 1920s house, but she serves as president of the Old Route 66 Association of Texas.

The man behind the Triangle Motel January 20, 2014

Posted by Ron Warnick in Motels, People, Preservation.
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KC Keefer’s latest clip in his ongoing “Genuine Route 66 Life” series consists of an interview with Alan McNeil, owner of the long-closed Triangle Motel in Amarillo, Texas.

You have to give McNeil credit — he keeps plugging away nearly eight years after he started and with not a lot of money in hand. A lot of people would have given up long before.

I think he keeps at it partly because of a workday in 2006 where eight roadies removed hundreds — if not thousands — of pounds of junk from the motel’s rooms made the task a bit less overwhelming. I think it stunned him people cared so much about the project.

(Image of the Triangle Motel sign by Jake Slagle via Flickr)

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