Wednesday, May 31, 2017

News From Along Route 66, April 2017: A Route 66 Wedding and the Mill

APRIL 24--  There was a wedding of two really big names in the Route 66 family at the Arcadia Route 66 Neon Fest at Jim Ross' house near Arcadia.  Jim Ross married Shellee Graham and Michael Wallis officiated.

Both Jim Ross and Shelle Graham are authors.  Jim wrote the "Oklahoma Route 66" guidebook and Shellee is famous for her photographs and book on the Coral Court Motel in St. Louis.

APRIL 27--  Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner and state Representative Tim Butler were to attend The Mill's grand opening in Lincoln, Illinois.  It is good to have a governor and state folks interested in Route 66.  We are looking forward to stopping at the Mill later this summer.

Wedding Bells Did Ring.  --RoadDog

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Memorial Day 2017: Remembering Our Troops

From the May 29, 2017, Chicago Tribune political cartoon by Signe Wilkinson, Philadelphia Daily News.

A picture of a cemetery with a mass of gravestones.  All have U.S. flags and each one has a different name on it:

Irish American
English American
Mexican American
German American
African American
Scottish American
Native American
Italian American
Iraqi American
French American
Chinese American
Puerto Rican American
Cuban American
Greek American
Japan American

And, so forth.

Pretty-well sums it up, even if I could do without the country classification and just say "American."

We're All Americans.

Monday, May 29, 2017

On This Memorial Day 2017: Just Got Back From the Indy 500

I just got back a couple hours ago from Indianapolis, Indiana, where they held one of the biggest salutes in the country in honor of our veterans.  And, that would be the Indy 500.

A large part of the opening ceremonies are devoted to our military.  And, then, there is always the flyover by military planes.

This year, it was a B-52 bomber.  That thing is massive.

Thank You  U.S. Service Men and Women, Past and Present.  --RoadDog

Thursday, May 25, 2017

80 To 57 To 90/94 To 55? Chicago Roads or Weather?

No, these numbers are not a song by the group Chicago.

Consult an atlas for Chicago area roads or one of your aps for this one.  Especially considering how crazy our weather has been of late:

80 to 57 to 90/94 to 55.  All interstates.

Yep, our temps are sure jumping around.

Wait a Minute, We Also Have A US-12 and US-14!!  Oh No!!  --RoadDog

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Illinois' Red Carpet Corridor Festival-- Part 7: Bob Waldmire


Bob Waldmire, Route 66's artist and resident hippy, was often at events along the Mother Road, selling his wares and, of course, talking with all his friends.  And, he sure had a lot of them.

We'll never forget the time in Springfield, Illinois, during the festival when we stopped by this minibus and were talking with Bob.  He asked us if we would watch his stuff for a bit and we agreed.  We'd met him before, but he didn't really know us, but he was willing to let us watch his stuff.

We figured he needed to go to the bathroom and agreed.  How long could that take?  He left and we manned his spot for several minutes.  Then several more minutes, then a whole bunch of more minutes.  Where is Bob?  Still more time elapsed and after thirty minutes, a friend of his came by and we told him what was happening.

The friend said Bob was walking around the other booths at the festival.  We were sure happy when the friend agreed to watch Bob's stuff so we were out of there.

What Ya Gonna Do With That Bob.  --RoadDog.

Illinois Red Carpet Corridor Festival-- Part 6: Pontiac and Bob Waldmire, the Ultimate Hippy


From Odell, we drove the rest of the way to tonight's destination, Pontiac, the City of Murals and Museums.  Along the way, we passed the famous Meramec Caverns barn and the Log Cabin restaurant.  That barn is looking worse for wear and we hope we don't lose it like we did the one in Hamel.

When we got to Pontiac, we first went to Thornton's as we were almost to red light area on the gas gauge so had to fill up.

Then, it was to Pontiac's downtown where it is hard to look anywhere and not see a mural, museum or those neat little painted cars.  We parked by a mural and walked into the Illinois Route 66 Hall of Fame and Museum and looked around a bit before paying my 2017 dues to the Illinois Association.

I was glad when the museum got Bob Waldmire's Volkswagen minibus.  We had seen it so many times at various Route 66 gatherings along the way.  This minibus was the reason for Fillmore in the movie "Cars."  And everything about Fillmore was Bob Waldmire who was the very epitome of a Hippy.  I never knew whether to feel sorry for him or jealous of him.  To live life exactly the way you want to live it.


Tuesday, May 23, 2017

News From Along Route 66, April 2017: The Riviera Fire in 2010

APRIL 23--  The Streetcar Diner was also a target of the Riviera Roadhouse fire in 2010.  It was suspicious from the start and Liz and I were sure it was arson.  But we never heard anything about the cause after the fire.

This is the first time we heard that it definitely was arson as gasoline was used and another, thankfully unsuccessful fire was attempted in the diner.

They know who did the arson, the Riviera's last owner.  At this point it appears they don't know where he is, but I hope he is caught and serves serious time.

The former trolley car was converted into a restaurant in Gardner in the 1930s and later moved to out behind the Riviera where it was restored by the Illinois Route 66 Association.  It has now been moved to Gardner's park which features the famous two-cell jail.

It was so sad to drive by the now empty and cleared site of the Riviera during the Illinois Route 66 Red Carpet Festival two weekends ago.  We had not been by it since before the fire as it was too painful.  We were happy to have the chance to have a root beer float in the diner and liked the marker to the Krafts outside of it.

Great Memories of the Riviera.  --RoadDog

Monday, May 22, 2017

News From Along Route 66, April 2017: Bill Shea's Reopening As Route 66-Themed Auto Repair Shop

All these articles are taken from Ron Warnick's Route 66 News site, your place for any and all-things Route 66.  He has photos, videos and goes into much more detail than I do.  Plus, I don't write about all his posts.  I pick the articles I am most interested in.

APRIL 22--  Bill Shea's Route 66 Museum in Springfield, Illinois, is returning.  However, now it will be a themed auto repair shop.

Randy Pickett and Jake Niewold are the new owners and will take care of your classic car needs.  They plan to reopen this summer and will  feature old cars and Route 66 memorabilia.

Bill Shea died at age 91 in December 2013.  The contents of his museum were auctioned off in November 2015.

Last year, when we drove by it coming into Springfield, it really tore us up seeing the building standing there vacant and forlorn.  There were many great memories of sitting out in front of the Mahan's Station on the museum property and talking with Bill Shea, his son and Tom Teague.  We had really been hoping his family would continue with his museum and keep all that accumulated memorabilia.

Glad To See Something Else Going In There.  --RoadDog

The Victory Highway-- Part 2: Mostly Became U.S. 40

Washingtion D.C., was dropped from the route and it was relocated to run west from Baltimore to Cumberland, Maryland.  At Cumberland it picked up the old National Road to Vandalia, Illinois, which was already a part of the National Old Trails Road.

It follwed this road until near Fulton, Missouri and then took a different route to Jefferson City and Kansas City then west to Denver over the Golden Belt Highway.  next it went to Salt Lake City to the Wendover Cutoff and into Nevada.

Crossing the Sierra Nevada Mountains into California, to Sacramento and finally to San Francisco.

When numbered highways came into being in 1926, most of the Victory Highway was supplanted by U.S. 40.  The association renamed itself the U.S. Highway 40 Association in 1938.

A Road By Any Other Name.  --RoadDog

The Victory Highway-- Part 1: To Honor America's World War I Deaths

From Wikipedia.

Back on May 18th, I wrote about a Shorpy photograph showing a truck used for signage on the Victory Highway.  This was a highway I'd never heard of before.

It was an auto trail across the United States between New York City and San Francisco.  Immediately, I thought of the Lincoln Highway, which ran  between the same two cities.

The road was created by the Victory Highway Association, which organized in 1921 to locate and mark a transcontinental highway across the country to honor those Americans who died in World War I.  They had plans to have a series of Victory Eagles to mark the route, but only six were ever made.  One of them is at the University of Kansas (the road went through that state).

It 1922, the association determined to run their road from New York City southwest to Camden N.J., Philadelphia Wilmington, Delaware, Baltimore and then Washington, D.C..


Friday, May 19, 2017

News From Along Route 66, April 2017: Illinois Route 66 Legislative Bills

APRIL 19--  Illinois Congressman Rodney Davis is on a road trip to promote support for his Route 66 bills for an Illinois Route 66 Centennial Commission and its being made a National Historic Trail.  Representative Avery Bourne is also sponsoring the bill.  I'd vote for them.

APRIL 20--  Joplin, Missouri is going to have "Fiddlers On the Route" musical festival June 30-July 1 at Landreth Park.  A featured band will be the Road Crew.

They sure have a neat logo for the event.


News From Along Route 66, April 2017: Illinois Restaurants

APRIL 18--  The old, long-closed Tropics building in Lincoln, Illinois, was torn down to be replaced by a McDonald's (at least it is not a Walgreen's).

The restaurant opened in 1950 and closed for good in 2004.  At least we got the opportunity to eat there and watch a Bears game one Sunday.

At least the impressive  sign will be put up again (and I understand it will be at the new McDonald's or somewhere close to it.

APRIL 19--  The famous and historical sign at Dell Rhea's Chicken Basket in Willowbrook, Illinois, has been taken down temporarily for a few weeks and slated to be reinstalled by early June.  It has been there for 71 years and is showing the wear and tear of northern Illinois weather.

This was done by a $17,000 matching grant from the Route 66 Corridor Preservation Program.  The company restoring it is the same one that did the Munger-Moss Motel's famous sign in Lebanon, Missouri.

The restaurant opened in 1946.


San Francisco's Palace of Fine Arts

In the last post, there was a truck involved with the signing of the Victory Highway in California parked out in front of the this San Francisco structure.

The Palace of Fine Arts was built in 1915 as part of the Panama-Pacific International Expedition celebrating the opening of the Panama Canal.  It was not planned as a permanent structure and made of non-durable material.

But, it was so loved by everyone that it wasn't torn down.  Over the years it deteriorated badly.  The original was near ruin in 1964 and demolished.  However, it was replaced with an exact replica made of concrete and steel.

It was quite impressive in the 1921 photograph.

Glad We Still Have It.  --RoadDog

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Signing the Victory Highway: 1921

From the March 17, 2016, Shorpy Photos.

You can go to the site and see the picture.

"We are signing the Victory Highway, San Francisco to New York."

San Francisco, circa 1921, "White motor truck at Palace of Fine Arts--California State Automobile Association."

A project from the early days of long-distance motor travel, when auto clubs took the lead in establishing and marking routes between cities and across the country.

A sign on the truck reads: "California State Automobile Ass'n"  There is also a picture of Yosmite Valley, California painted on it and the words "We Are Signing."


Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Illinois' Red Carpet Corridor 2017-- Part 5: Gardner to Odell


Still in Gardner

They had a big car show going on in the downtown area (which isn't very big).  We took a quick look and then went into Vino's where they had 66-cent pulled pork sliders.  We ordered four, figuring we would have to order some more, but when we got them, we were only able to finish one apiece (well, I did another half a piece).  They were huge.

We stopped at the Dwight Ambler-Beckler gas station which had a big crowd, lots of old cars and the Texaco Man as well.  Sure glad the town got around to saving this place as it is a neat old gas station.  When we first saw it in 2002, on our first Route 66 trip, it was looking bad and looked even worse the next several years.

Then, we went to the Odell Standard Oil station where we met a group of motorcyclists flying a French flag (or maybe Belgium).  Those European folks sure love our road.

Next Stop, Pontiac.  --RoadDog

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Illinois Route 66 Red Carpet Corridor Festival 2017-- Part 4: Gardner


Next stop was Gardner, Illinois, where we stopped for the first time since leaving Joliet.  We had a taste for a root beer float served at the famous Trolley Diner Car which is now located next to the equally famous two-cell jail in the park downtown.  The Diner Car used to be behind the Riviera, but was moved after the fire.  Sadly, the last owner had also tried to start a fire in it at the same time he burned down the Riviera.

A couple from the Lions Club were inside and making up the root beer floats.  Cost was a donation.  We had been in the Diner Car several times at the Riviera, but had never had a seat and eaten something.  We talked with a couple doing the Red Carpet Corridor from St. Louis.

There is a marker outside the Diner Car for Bob and Peggy Kraft and the old Riviera.

We then went to inspect the two-cell jail and its top-of-the-line bathroom facilities.  Glad I didn't need to use the bathroom at this point.

Root Beerin' Down 66.  --RoadDog

Root Saluting Creedence Clearwater Revival-- Part 2: "Traveling Band"

STAND--  Sly & the Family Stone
STAND TALL--  Burton Cummings


WITHOUT YOU--  Badfinger
EVERYBODY'S TALKIN'--  Harry Nilsson
SHE'S NOT THERE--  Santana
SHOW BIZ KIDS--  Steely Dan


RAMBLIN' MAN--  Bob Seger
UPTIGHT--  Stevie Wonder
SHOW ME THE WAY--  Peter Frampton

BUS STOP--  Hollies


DREAM WEAVER--  Gary Wright
PHONOGRAPH--  Ringo Starr
BABY I LOVE YOU--  Ronettes


Now, I sure enjoyed those Creedence songs.

Name That Tune (from the above songs):  "Well, Take Me Back Down Where Cool Water Flow, Yeh."  (Answer Below),  --RoadDog

YOU'RE DRINKING TOO MUCH COFFEE WHEN:  You just completed another sweater... and you don't know how to knit.

"Green River"

Monday, May 15, 2017

Illinois' Route 66 Red Carpet Corridor-- Part 3: Braidwood to the Old Riviera

In Braidwood, we got stopped by police as a lot of people were crossing the road between the Polk-A-Dot Drive-In and where they were having their festival grounds.  We didn't stop.

Driving into Gardner, it was very sad to see the site of the old Riviera.  You'd never have known there was a building there.  This is the first time we'd driven by it since the fire.  We always thought it was suspicious and just this past few weeks we read in the Route 66 News that it had been arson and by the last owner, as we expected.

We are sure glad we got the opportunity to go there a lot.  What a unique place with the kitchen upstairs, restaurant and bar downstairs and the dumbwaiter.  And then... those super high toilets.  As they had a wooden plaque "Al Capone Passed Gas Here in 1932."  Great food and fun people, and, of course, Bob Kraft, the luckiest man in the world, holding court behind the bar.

He was "The Luckiest Man in the World" because he could get dressed, go downstairs, drink in his bar, eat in his bar, and go upstairs at the end of the day and sleep.  And he never had to go outside and never had a drivers license.

We Sure Miss Him and Peggy and the Riviera.  --RoadDog

Root Saluting Creedence Clearwater Revival-- Part 1 "Suzie Q"

On April 23, 2017, Bob Stroud on Chicago's WDRV, 97.1 FM, had a Roots Salute on his Rock and Roll Roots show in the morning to my favorite all-time band, Creedence Clearwater Revival in honor of the upcoming birthdays of bassist Stu Cook (April 25, 1945) and drummer Doug Clifford (April 24,1945).

Here are the songs he played on the show:


IN DREAMS--  Roy Orbison
GYPSY WOMAN--  Brian Hyland
GIMME GOOD LOVIN'--  Spencer Davis Group
GETTIN' TOGETHER--  Tommy James & the Shondells


OUT OF TIME--  Rolling Stones


I'M DOWN--  Beatles
GAME OF LOVE--  Wayne Fontana & the Mindbenders

Name That Tune (from the above songs):  "Left A Good Job In The City, Workin' For The Man Every Night And Day."   Answer Below.  --RoadDog

"Proud Mary"

Saturday, May 13, 2017

A Sad Mother's Day for Me

Last Mother's Day I was in Goldsboro, North Carolina, and with Mom as well as my brother and sister.  This was the first time in many years that all three of her children were with her.  She was sure excited and happy.

Little did we know at the time that that was to be her last Mother's Day.  She died unexpectedly in June.

Just not going to be the same again.

On the way down to her funeral, we were listening to a C.W. McCall greatest hits CD and the song "Roses for Mama" came on.  It hit me hard.

Enjoy Your Moms While You Can.

News From Along Route 66, April 2017: Route 66 Bills in Congress

APRIL 11--  There is a fundraiser going on to build a huge Route 66 map to be made entirely of New Mexico license plates to be located near Edgewood, New Mexico.  They have raised $5,500 so far and the map will be 40 feet long and 12 feet high.  That'sa Big Map.

APRIL 15--  There are Route 66 bills in Congress.  One is to name the Mother Road as a National Historic Trail and the other is to set up a Route 66 100th Anniversary Commission.  That anniversary is coming up sooner than you'd think.

APRIL 16--  The Old Station in Williamsville, Illinois, has a new owner.  We sure enjoyed stopping there back when it was open with all those eccentric items and those neat car models.

Any Thing That Was Closed And Reopens Is A Good Thing.  --RoadDog

News From Along Route 66, April 2017: Lexington's Kelly's On 66

APRIL 7, 2017:  The former Filling Station restaurant on Route 66 in Lexington, Illinois, will be reopening in July as Kelly's On 66.  It closed in 2011 and is at 905 1/2 West Main Street, right across from the famous neon sign directing Route 66 motorists to downtown Lexington.

We ate there once before when it was The Filling Station and often remarked as we drove by that we wished it would reopen.  We were in Lexington this past Sunday during the Illinois Route 66 Red Carpet Corridor Festival and it has the new name up, but not open.

Looking Forward to its Reopening.  --RoadDog

Thursday, May 11, 2017

News From Along Route 66, April 2017: Route 66 On Illinois Endangered List

And, speaking of Most Endangered Places in the last two posts, Route 66 made the Landmarks Illinois list.

APRIL 6--  Route 66 is listed among the Most Endangered Historic Places in Illinois by Landmarks Illinois in their annual list.  This is not because of preservation and interest of the Mother Road in the state, but, it needs to be permanently designated as a National Historic Trail.

Unfortunately, many historic motels and restaurants have been shuttered or torn down.

Some other endangered Illinois sites:

Singer Pavilion in Chicago
Ryan's Round Barn in Henry County
McKee House in Lombard
Norway Temperance Hall in Norway
Federal Historic Tax Credit
O'Hara Rotunda Building at O'Hara Airport in Chicago
James R. Thompson Center in Chicago


30th Anniversary of NTHP's "11 Most Endangered Places"-- Part 2

4.  Little Rock Central High School--  Arkansas.  Once the largest high school in the U.S..  Focal point of the Civil Rights Movement.

5.  Cathedral of St. Vibian--  Los Angeles

6.  Governor's island National Monument--  New York City.  Military base.

7.  Angel Island Immigration Station--  San Francisco.  "The Ellis Island of the West."

8.  Travelers' Rest--  Montana  The only archaeologically verified Lewis & Clark campsite.

9.  President's Cottage--  Washington, D.C.

10.  Nine Mile Canyon--  Utah.  Ute and Fremont Indians

11.  Statler Hilton Hotel--  Dallas


Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Today Is the 30th Anniversary of the NTHP's "11 Most Endangered Places"-- Part 2

The first one came out in 1988 and this has proven to be a great way to make Americans aware of examples of American architecture and cultural heritage that are on the brink of destruction or irreparable damage.

Some of the places have been lost, but others have made remarkable recoveries.

here is a list of eleven success stories in the last 30 years.

1.  Antietam National Battlefield Park--  It was on the first list in 1988 and today is considered one of the best-preserved battlefields from the Civil War.

2.  Penn School--  South Carolina  This school for black children was established in 1862.

3.  Historic Boston theaters

Congratulations National Trust for Historic Preservation!!  --RoadDog

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Illinois Route 66's Red Carpet Corridor Festival-- Part 2: To Wilmington

MAY 6, 2017

We left downtown Joliet, past the Rialto Theatre and then encountered one of the biggest-ever potholes that I ever had seen, unfortunately at a jarring speed.  I figured we'd get a flat for sure, but didn't.

It had been a lot of years since we had driven down this stretch of Route 66 from Joliet to Dwight, Illinois.  It is four lane for much of the stretch, we always reminds me of what it must have been like driving the old four lane 66, before the interstates came.

We passed Mr. B's on 66 near Preston, but it appears the place is closed.  We had eaten there once before.  Also went past the two racetracks.

We went past the Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery and the Midewin Nature Preserve (both formerly of the huge Joliet Arsenal.  Midewin was sponsoring trips out to see its bison herd, but we didn't stop.

Always great to see the Gemini Giant standing tall and proud at the old Launching Pad Restaurant in Wilmington.  Sadly, the restaurant has been closed for a long time.  We did see some picture-taking by the muffler man/space man.

That old truck on the hill is rusting away still.  Always something that reminds us of Route 66.

Going Back Into history.  --RoadDog

Monday, May 8, 2017

Illinois' Route 66 Red Corridor Festival-- Part 1: To Joliet

We decided on Friday to get ourselves back to the Mother Road and enjoy the festival.

MAY 6, 2017

We got off at 10 a.m.. with the odometer on the '03 Malibu at 137,999 miles as we backed out of the driveway.  We have never had a car make it over 100,000 miles.

Took Il-120 to Il-47 and then south to a bit past Yorkville where we picked up US-52 into Joliet to begin our festival.  We saw a lot of standing water and new ponds around Woodstock and even more on 52 to Joliet.  The last two weeks have been ones with lots and lots of rain.

At several intersections along the way there were people standing by the roads with placards telling motorists to be aware of motorcyclists.

We have not been to Joliet and that stretch of Route 66 to Dwight, Illinois, in a long time so we were interested in what changes there might be.

This year, the Red Corridor Festival was giving out mini-buttons for all the stops.

We went to the Joliet Area Historical Museum which had free admission for the event and received our first, and as it turned out, only button and I stabbed myself a couple times trying to get it on my tee-shirt (which was a 2011 Missouri Route 66 Motor Tour one (I couldn't find my other 66 shirts).  It featured the Jake and Elwood Blues Brothers statues.

We toured the Lincoln Highway, Route 66 and Joliet Sports Hall of Fame exhibits before leaving.

Good To be Back On Da Road.  --RoadDog

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Going to Illinois' Route 66 Red Carpet Corridor Festival Today

In a couple hours, Liz and I will be heading out for the Illinois Route 66 Red Carpet Corridor Festival.  This will be today and tomorrow, may 6 and 7 and will stretch from Joliet to Towanda (just north of Bloomington-Normal).

Every town along the way has things planned for it, some more than others.

The Joliet Area Historical Museum has free admission .  Then there are the towns of Elwood, Wilmington, Braidwood, Godley and Braceville.  Gardner will feature 66 cent pork sliders served from the Diner by the two-cell jail in the downtown park.

This is the stretch where we rarely go as usually we take Illinois Highway 47 to Dwight where we pick up the Mother Road.

Dwight and Odell will be featuring their old gas stations and the Texaco man.  Pontiac will have a concert by the Route 66 Concert Band.

We plan on spending tonight in Pontiac and then driving to Towanda on Sunday, hitting all spots along the way.

Looking forward to visiting the old Filling Station restaurant in Lexington and then the car show and Best Damn Garage in Towanda Sunday.

Route 66in' It All the Way.  --RoadDog

Friday, May 5, 2017

Trip Advisor's Most Popular State Attractions-- Part 5: National D-Day Memorial

TENNESSEE--  Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail in Great Smoky Mountains National Park
TEXAS--  Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Theatre, Dallas

UTAH--  Observation Point in Zion National Park
VERMONT--  Smugglers' Notch State Park, Stowe

VIRGINIA--  National D-Day Memorial, Bedford
WASHINGTON--  Hurricane Ridge, Olympic National Park

WEST VIRGINIA--  New River Gorge Bridge, Fayetteville
WISCONSIN-- Basilica of St. Josephat, Milwaukee

WYOMING--  Lamar Valley in Yellowstone National Park

June 6, 1944.  --RoadDog

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Trip Advisor's Most Popular State Destinations--Part 4: Gettysburg

NEW YORK--  Central Park, New York City
NORTH CAROLINA--  Blue Ridge Parkway--

NORTH DAKOTA--  Fargo Theatre, Fargo
OHIO--  Portsmouth Floodwall Murals

OKLAHOMA--  Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum
OREGON--  Cape Perpetua Scenic Area, Yachats

PENNSYLVANIA--  Gettysburg National Military Park
RHODE ISLAND--  Ocean Drive, Newport

SOUTH CAROLINA--  Hunting Island State Park, Beaufort
SOUTH DAKOTA--  Loop Road in Badlands National Park

Pickett's Charge.  --RoadDog

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Make It a Garden Trip

From the Spring National Trust for Preservation magazine "Gardens At National Trust Historic Sites Provide a Breath of Fresh Air."

They listed and wrote about four of them.  I am quite the person for flower gardens.

1.  LYNDHURST--  Tarrytown, New York   On the Hudson River.

2.  THE SHADOWS--  New Iberia, Louisiana  Former plantation.  Concentrates on shade plants.

3.  BELLE GROVE--  Middleton, Virginia

4.  BRUCEMORE--  Cedar Rapids, Iowa

So, Next Time Traveling, Stop and Smell the Roses.

Route 66 Sites Suffer in Missouri Flooding

I am very sorry to find out that many of Route 66's best sites in Missouri have suffered so badly in the flooding that took place (and still is) because of the torrential rains there this last week.

I was excited to read about the little town of Devil's Elbow and special bar Elbow Inn making the NRHP list last week, now, according to a county official there, "Devil's Elbow is gone."  The worst flood ever in that place.

Plus, the Gasconade River was over the Gasconade Bridge near Lebanon.  We were at that bridge last April in an effort to save the bridge from being torn down.  It was saved, but hopefully now it won't be flooded away.

Sad Times in Missouri.  --RoadDog

Trip Advisor's Most Popular State Attractions-- Part 3 Kancamagus Highway

MICHIGAN--  Guardian Building, Detroit
MINNESOTA--  North Shore Scenic Drive, Duluth

MISSISSIPPI--  USS Cairo Museum, Vicksburg
MISSOURI--  Gateway Arch, St, Louis

MONTANA--  Going-To-The-Sun Road, Glacial National Park
NEBRASKA--  Great Platte River Road Archway, Kearney

NEVADA--  Bellagio Fountains, Las Vegas
NEW HAMPSHIRE--  Kancamagus Highway

NEW JERSEY--  Ocean City Boardwalk
NEW MEXICO--  White Sands National Monument, Alamogordo

Under the Boardwalk.  --RoadDog

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

News From Along Route 66, April 2017: The El Vado Motel to reopen

These items are taken from the Route 66 News site.  This site has a lot more things in it, but I just choose the ones I am most interested in and have comments about them.  Plus, there is a lot more information and pictures.  If you want to know ANYTHING about Route 66, go to this site.

APRIL 2--  El Vado Motel work begins in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and hope to have it finished by August 1.  It will be reopening as a boutique motel.  Ponderosa Brewing is to open a tap room on premises and there will be food pods, 21 motel rooms and retail spaces.

This is an $18 million project and $3 million has come from the city.

Daniel Murphy opened the El Vado Auto Court Motel on Route 66 in 1937.  It was listed on the NRHP in 1993 and closed in 2005.

Always great when an old and neat-looking structure is re-purposed and svaed.

Albuquerque putting its money where its mouth is!

Congratulations to All.  --RoadDoh

Trip Advisor's Most Popular State Attractions-- Part 2: "The Bean"

HAWAII--  Na Pali Coast, Kauai
IDAHO--  Craters of the Moon National Monument, Arco

ILLINOIS--  Cloud gate "The Bean", Chicago
INDIANA--  Indiana War Memorial, Indianapolis

IOWA--  Grotto of the Redemption, West Bend
KANSAS--  Massachusetts Street, Lawrence

KENTUCKY--  Floodwall Murals, Paducah
LOUISIANA--  St. Louis Cathedral, New Orleans

MAINE--  Portland Head Lighthouse, Cape Elizabeth
MARYLAND--  Fort McHenry National Monument, Baltimore

Seeing Star-Spangled Banners.  --RoadDog

Trip Advisor's Most Popular Tourist Destinations-- Part 1: Red Rock Scenic Byway

From the May 24, 2014, Parade Magazine "The Most Popular Tourist Attractions in All 50 States, According to Trip Advisor" by Vi-an Nguyen.

Trip Advisor used their "Trip Advisor Popularity Index" including quality, quantity and recency of reviews.  Some spots that you'd expect to make the list, didn't make it like Disneyland or the Statue of Liberty.

ALABAMA--  USS Alabama, Mobile
ALASKA--  Anan Wildlife Observatory, Wrangell

ARIZONA--  Red Rock Scenic Byway
ARKANSAS-- William Clinton Presidential Library, Little Rock

CALIFORNIA--  Pacific Coast Highway, Route 1, Los Angeles to Carmel.
COLORADO--  Trail Ridge Road,  Estes Park

CONNECTICUT--  Philip Johnson Glass House, New Canaan
WASHINGTON D.C.--  Lincoln Memorial/Reflecting Pond

FLORIDA--  Stetson Mansion, DeLand
GEORGIA--  Mickve Israel Temple, Savannah


Monday, May 1, 2017

Record Store Day-- Part 3: Made It To the Vinyl Frontier

After the discussion group meeting, I drove back to McHenry, Illinois, and the line was gone from outside the Vinyl Frontier, so parked and went inside.  There were about 25 people inside, and with the narrowness of the aisles, that made for some difficulty walking around and browsing, you know, flipping through the albums.

The owner said this was the best-ever Record Store Day crowd ever with a big smile on his face.  As usual, there were kids and teenagers in there, something that is a good thing for me to see.  It seems that everything I like gets taken away from me.

I did my flipping through the albums and bought three:

The Super Groups Atco Records with songs by Cream, Bee Gees, Rascals, Buffalo Springfield, Vanilla Fudge and Iron Butterfly (1969)

Smash Sounds, Atco Records, with songs by the Capitols, Sonny & Cher, Arthur Conley, Otis Redding and others.  (1967

Beau Brummels From the Vaults   Rhino Records (1982)

I also bought a CD, Harry Nilsson Anthology.

So, I Did My Part for Record Store Day (Even Though I Really Don't Need Any More Albums).  --RoadDog

Looking Back to Route 66: Victorville, California

From the October 12 San Bernardino (California) Sun.  Not sure what year.

Victorville is really two towns.  One the new, bix box store and plenty of traffic.

The old one was founded by Jacob Nash Victor in 1885.  The Santa Fe Railroad used the names of employees for its western waterstops.  Mr. Victor was a supervisor.  In 1909, the growing town was renamed Victorville to avoid confusion with Victor, Colorado.

In 1926, Route 66 came through town and much activity developed along 7th Street.

One place, The Red Rooster, was a popular roadhouse and had a small part in the film "The Jazz Singer" with Neil Diamond.  It was forced to close because of loss of business after I-15 was built.  Today it is a Route 66 museum.  They have a nine-foot metal sign of a hula girl and became known as Hulaville.