Holbrook is shaking off the dust and reawakening from a very long slumber. David Heward recently announced that the second Route 66 Relics tour has been scheduled for 2015. This is the cornerstone for the development of an annual Route 66 themed event that will showcase the gems and treasures awaiting resurrection in this historic community. For far to long the contributions of Native Americans and other minorities to Route 66 history was being overlooked. That too is being rectified and I am most excited about these developments as well since they will add color and vibrancy to the Route 66 experience.
In Tucumcari the annual Rockabilly event continues to grow in popularity. This year visitors will have an additional lodging choice in the form of the Roadrunner Lodge, an historic property on the fast track to oblivion until the Brenner’s rolled up their sleeves and gave it a new lease on life.Dora Meroney, and Croc Lile, are working to draw the world’s attention to the charming and often overlooked 6th Street corridor in Amarillo that once funneled Route 66 traffic through the city. Plans are underway for a huge celebration in the summer of 2015. All of these developments and more set the stage for what could very well be the largest Route 66 celebration yet in 2016 at the original western terminus of the historic highway. That should ignite some excitement and spark the imagination for communities large and small as they plan for centennial celebrations in 2026. Route 66 may not be the nations most historic or most scenic highway. However, it is the most famous. It also the Main Street of America, an incredible place where dreams are born, where dreams come true, and where everyone can experience the thrill of discovery.