Gregory J. Holman Springfield News-Leader Published 4:37 p.m. UTC Aug 31, 2018 Tulsa, Oklahoma — not Springfield — was recently voted "capital of Route 66" by the readers of Route 66 News, a website for fans of the Mother Road. Wait, what? "I think you can call it a landslide," wrote Ron Warnick, the site's writer and publisher, by way of announcing the news on Aug. 14. About 320 of his readers cast ballots over a week's time. Tulsa got 60 percent of the vote. Springfield came in a distant second. Other cities in the poll included Tucumcari, New Mexico and Seligman, Arizona. Warnick drew up what he called a "back-of-the-envelope" list of contenders for his "thought experiment." MORE: A lot of thanks for the Birthplace of Route 66 Festival "In my wildest dreams, I wouldn't call this a scientific poll," Warnick told the News-Leader Tuesday by phone from his home in New Mexico. He added that he didn't expect the results to come out so lopsided in Tulsa's … [Read more...] about Online poll names Tulsa ‘capital’ of Route 66. Wait, what?
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“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
Gregory J. Holman Springfield News-Leader Published 7:38 p.m. UTC Jul 5, 2018 A team from the National Trust for Historic Preservation plans to be in Springfield Sunday evening to talk up their push to make Route 66 a National Historic Trail. A spokesman for the Route 66 Road Trip said that the road-trippers — who set out July 1 from Chicago to travel the entire length of Route 66 to Los Angeles over the course of a month — will park their Airstream trailer at the Gillioz Theatre, 325 Park Central East, to talk up the effort to elevate the status of Route 66. Route 66 was recently placed on a list of "America’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places" by the trust. Other "endangered" sites included the national park surrounding George Washington's home and all of the historic resources on Puerto Rico. USA TODAY Network news: These are the USA's 11 most endangered historic places More: Lawmakers push for historic trail status for Route 66 The trust, a … [Read more...] about Road-trippers pushing to make Route 66 a National Historic Trail are coming to Springfield
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)