40 episodes

Talks with people living and working along the Mother Road

Route 66 Podcast The Mother Road

    • Society & Culture
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Talks with people living and working along the Mother Road

    40. MIDDLE OF ROUTE 66: The Midpoint Cafe

    40. MIDDLE OF ROUTE 66: The Midpoint Cafe

    This is the second part of a three part series, featuring the beginning, middle, and end of Route 66.  
    Join Route 66 Podcast host Anthony Arno, as he talks with Brenda Bradley, owner of The Midpoint Cafe in Adrian, TX.  Cited as the midway point between Chicago and Santa Monica, The Midpoint Cafe sign outside is probably one of the most popular signs along the route that travelers will stop to take a picture of during their journey along Route 66.
    Join host Anthony Arno as he talks with Brenda about:

    Earliest memory of Route 66 Working as a waitress at The Midpoint Cafe and later purchasing the cafe One thing that Brenda wishes she knew before purchasing The Midpoint Cafe Welcome to Adrian, TX and nearby towns along Route 66 Early history of The Midpoint Cafe (Zellas’ 1928) References in Cars movie (V-8 Cafe) and previous owners Fran Houser, Dan Purschwitz Origin of Ugly Crust Pies Annual output of updated Ugly Crust Pies (Midpoint Ugly Pie) Most popular flavors of pie that Route 66 customers want The Midpoint Cafe Gift Shop and popular souvenir items A typical day at the cafe at the height of tourism season Most memorable visitors and repeat customers The moment of panic: when a tour bus pulls into the parking lot Seasonal Hours Most popular gift shop items that Route 66 travelers are purchasing The most popular sign outside the cafe window The lure of Route 66 Next on Brenda’s Bucket list  
    Facebook: The Midpoint Cafe
    Thank you to Route 66 Podcast & Scholarship supporters, including BUSINESS LEVEL
    MidPoint Cafe, Adrian, TX – Featuring both their Ugly Crust Pie and one of the most popular photo ops along Route 66, located exactly halfway between Chicago and Santa Monica in Adrian, Texas. Gilligan’s Route 66 Tours featuring tours of Route 66 in Ford Mustang convertibles, stays at historic Route 66 motels, and daily breakfast. Mary Beth Busutil – Florida Jim Crabtree – California Mike Fort  Route 66 author and photographer – Shellee Graham and also my guest on Episode # 10 where she talks about her book, Tales from the Coral Court Motel. Kristin Haakenson – Washington  Rich Havlik – Minnesota Mary Nicholson – Pennsylvania Brian Sawyer – Indiana And from the United Kingdom
    Charli Beeton Please consider supporting both The Route 66 Podcast and Scholarship Program.
    Congratulations to this months Patreon winner, Mary Nicholson,  from Pennsylvania, who has won a bag of Route 66 brand snack Sweet & Salty flavored snack mix.

    • 35 min
    BEGINNING OF ROUTE 66: Chicago with Tour Guide Dave Clark

    BEGINNING OF ROUTE 66: Chicago with Tour Guide Dave Clark

    David Clark , operates Windy City Road Warrior and offers walking tours of Chicago along Route 66. The first in a 3 part series features everything you need to know about starting (or ending) a Route 66 tour in Chicago, IL.

    • 1 hr
    36. Bob "Crocodile" Lile

    36. Bob "Crocodile" Lile

    Bob Lile , otherwise known as “Croc” owns and operates Lile Art Gallery along 6th Avenue in historic Amarillo, Texas. He’s known for creating Cadilite jewelry using paint chips from the nearby Cadillac Ranch

    • 1 hr
    37. Roamin' Rich

    37. Roamin' Rich

    Roamin' Rich represents the latest generation of preservationists dedicated to promote and preserve Route 66.  He is the president of the Missouri Route 66 Association, a key member in the Painted Desert Trading Post cooperative, and the person behind most of the shields you see painted on the roadway.
    Join host Anthony Arno as he talks with Roamin' Rich about:
    His earliest memory of Route 66 The popular nickname Roamin' Rich His first act as a preservationaist Painting Route 66 shields on the road His largest shield ever placed to honor Gary Turner The infamous Chevy hood with Route 66 signatures The Missouri Route 66 Assocition Roamin' Rich and his YouTube channel The unknown fact about Route 66 Most cherished souvenier Painted Desert Trading Post, Gasconade Bridge, and other projects This extended version of The Route 66 Podcast is only available to Patreon members and also includes Rich talking in depth about:
    How he tried to honor Gary Turner with one of the largest Route 66 shields he ever painted in Paris Springs and why the Missouri DOT requested it be removed.  Hear about the compromise they both agreed upon. Although it was "never his intention to become president," Rich talks about how the past president antagonized him one too many times and the final straw that caused him to run for president and overwhelmingly win the seat.  You may be surprised at the grade he gives himself as president. His thoughts on the closing of the Eat-Rite Diner in St. Louis amidst a worldwide pandemic.  What are some of the biggest challenges of operating a historic business along Route 66 in St. Louis? Thank you again to everyone who has supported both the podcast and scholarship program through Patreon.  The 2020 - 2021 scholarship program is currently being rolled out and please encourage all students in grades K - college to apply.  The college award will be $500.
    Congratulations to Patreon supporter Rich Havlik from Minnesota, who is the latest Patreon winner!  Rich has won a Route 66 wall calendar.
    Roamin' Rich Links:
    Website: Roamin' Rich
    Website: Gary Turner (Gae Parita Service Station)
    Website: Missouri Route 66 Association
    FB Page: Painted Desert Trading Post
    FB Page: John's Modern Cabins
    FB Page: Eat-Rite Diner

    • 1 hr
    Navajo Code Talker Peter MacDonald

    Navajo Code Talker Peter MacDonald

    At 92 years old, Peter MacDonald is just one of five surviving Navajo Code talkers who played a vital part in World War II during the Battle of Iwo Jima, where 25,000 lives were lost over a period of 6 weeks.  Upon his return home, he was sworn to a vow of secrecy for 23 years until the Marines declassified the mission while working as a Project Engineer on the Polaris Missile Project for Howard Hughes.  MacDonald has also served as a four time Chairman of The Navajo Indian Nation, a position similar to a governor of native American territory.
    Join host Anthony Arno as he talks with local Route 66 realtor Jacque Kellogg who connects the Navajo Code talkers with a little known motel that sits on Route 66 in Flagstaff, AZ.

    • 56 min
    35. Route 66 Scholarship Program Winners

    35. Route 66 Scholarship Program Winners

    The Route 66 Podcast Scholarship winners have been announced, and they are featured on the current episode of The Route 66 Podcast.

    The program invited students in grades K - 12 to submit original work that promotes and preserves our beloved highway, Route 66.   The program this past year included a total of $175 in awards, and applicants were invited to submit almost any medium that would express their interest in Route 66.

    • 37 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
26 Ratings

26 Ratings

Jen from State Farm ,

Excellent Podcast with great stories and info

If you have any interest in Americana, this is the podcast for you! Great personal stories of highlights along the route. My husband and I are already planning our great road trip!

6)$78..4:2 ,


An outstanding podcast that takes the listener back to when times were slower.
This podcast has severely altered my trip out to California that I’m making at the end of this month,,,, and I’m ok with that.

Andyb27 ,

History lessons

I am planning my first trip down Route 66 soon and the podcast has taught me a lot about the road I had no idea about.

This is a great podcast, for anyone interested in road travel, road history, or Americana .

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