“Main Street of America.” This morning, you may join the tour at a morning meet up at the Meadow Gold Sign, 1324 E. 11th St., Tulsa. During the road trip, the organization shares the stories of historic sites along Route 66 to build support for the National Historic Trail designation. Route 66 Meadow Gold sign, photo: Tulsa Today “Driving Route 66 is the quintessential American road trip,” said Amy Webb, senior field director of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. “It is the most iconic, culturally-celebrated, and internationally-recognized stretch of highway in America. By promoting this authentic experience, we can help preserve a beloved icon and at the same time, revive local economies in rural communities.” From July 2 to August 3, the National Trust, with support from presenting sponsor State Farm®, is on the road to travel the full length of Route 66 from Chicago to Los Angeles. Through interactive storytelling … [Read more...] about Route 66 tour stops in Tulsa, OKC & El Reno
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Editor’s note: This article, distributed by The Associated Press, was originally published on The Conversation website. The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts. By Daniel MilowskiArizona State University In his 1939 novel “The Grapes of Wrath,” John Steinbeck dubbed Route 66 “The Mother Road.” The 2,448 mile-long highway that once wound from Chicago to Santa Monica, California, may soon have a new title: National Historic Trail. On June 5, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill to amend the National Trails System Act in order to officially designate Route 66 a National Historic Trail. Assuming the Senate takes up the legislation, Route 66 will join other federal historic trails – such as the California and Oregon Trails – recognized as migration routes historically significant to the development of the nation. But the legislation does more than simply denote … [Read more...] about Could bill bring economic revival to Route 66?
By Daniel Milowski In his 1939 novel "The Grapes of Wrath," John Steinbeck dubbed Route 66 "The Mother Road." The 2,448 mile-long highway that once wound from Chicago, Illinois, to Santa Monica, California, may soon have a new title: National Historic Trail. On June 5, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill to amend the National Trails System Act in order to officially designate Route 66 a National Historic Trail. Assuming the Senate takes up the legislation, Route 66 will join other federal historic trails - such as the California and Oregon Trails - recognized as migration routes historically significant to the development of the nation. But the legislation does more than simply denote official commemoration. It provides federal oversight and management through the National Park Service, which includes the establishment of distinctive marking and signage along the trail. It also awards federal funds for preservation, development and promotion. I've researched how Route 66 … [Read more...] about It may soon be possible to get your kicks on Route 66 (again)
Two photographers on a road trip along Route 66 made a pit stop in Norman to offer tips on the craft to some middle school students. Former colleagues Dean Triplett, owner of Deans Images in Santa Ana, California, and Gabriel Quinones, of Gabriels Photography of Cleveland, Ohio, are traveling the historic route from Chicago to Los Angeles and stopping to do photo shoots along the way. Triplett said he and Quinones also wanted to use the experience to meet students interested in photography and heard about Loveworks Leadership. The nonprofit in Norman serves middle school students and offers after-school programs, leadership training, community initiatives and summer leadership camps. The two photographers arrived in Norman on April 16 and went on a field trip with seven students from Loveworks to take photos at the University of Oklahoma. Triplett and Quinones offered tips on focusing and using different angles to capture images as the students used cameras or their cellphones. The … [Read more...] about Photographers make stop along Route 66 to work with Norman students
The growing popularity of Route 66, with the 100th anniversary coming up in about eight years, will get another boost with a modern-day “Bunion Derby” later this month.The 90th anniversary of one of the most memorable Route 66 events, the Bunion Derby, will be held April 13-14 along the route across Oklahoma.The motorized-relay version of the run will cross Tulsa, from Sapulpa to the Blue Whale near Catoosa, on April 14.“The actual Bunion Derby was held just two years after the opening of Route 66 from Chicago to the Pacific Ocean,” said Rhys Martin, vice chairman of the Tulsa Route 66 Commission. “So it was significant because it helped to publicize the new road. It was a very big event that got a lot of publicity across the country. It was held to make sure people knew that the road was open.“The modern-day Bunion Derby will help publicize that Route 66 is still here and open for business.”Actually, Route 66 isn’t just still open; it is … [Read more...] about John Klein: A modern-day Bunion Derby celebrates Route 66