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Lowell Davis creates new sculpture on Route 66 in Carthage

Lowell Davis creates new sculpture on Route 66 in Carthage

Famous folk artist Lowell Davis recently unveiled a new sculpture on the northeast side of Carthage, Missouri, along Route 66. The Carthage Press reported the sculpture is at 125 N. River St., near Missouri 96 (aka Route 66): The creation…

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Route 66 exhibit at Missouri History Museum begins today

Route 66 exhibit at Missouri History Museum begins today

The Missouri History Museum in St. Louis begins today its “Route 66: Main Street Through St. Louis” exhibit through July 16, 2017. The museum sits at 5700 Lindell Blvd. (map here) in Forest Park. The Route 66 show has free admission. Here’s one of the images displayed at…

Monrovia gas station designated as historic landmark

Monrovia gas station designated as historic landmark

The city council of Monrovia, California, this week designated a former gas station along an early alignment of Route 66 as a historic landmark. The city’s Historic Preservation Commission reviewed the property at 805 S. Shamrock Ave. (map here) and recommended the designation. The report about the…

Lake City Diner in Santa Rosa gets new owners

Lake City Diner in Santa Rosa gets new owners

Local residents purchased the closed Lake City Diner in Santa Rosa, New Mexico, and plan to eventually reopen it as a sandwich shop and bed-and-breakfast. The Communicator newspaper reported in last week’s print edition Arthur and Anastacia Baca completed the…

Unpopular marquee returning to Rialto Square Theatre

Unpopular marquee returning to Rialto Square Theatre

An additional marquee for the Rialto Square Theatre in Joliet, Illinois, that was nixed because of its unpopularity is returning — this time, to the back of the historic building. The theater’s principals still are raising funds for the classic marquee. But they…

Santa Rosa Route 66 museum closer to reality

Santa Rosa Route 66 museum closer to reality

Santa Rosa, New Mexico, and Classical Gas Museum owner Johnnie Meier have edged closer to an agreement to set up a Route 66 museum in the city’s Ilfeld Warehouse. Last week’s print edition of the The Communicator, based in Santa Rosa,…

Mural being painted in Pacific, Missouri

Mural being painted in Pacific, Missouri

Artist Ray Harvey is painting a detailed mural, titled “The Day the Train Came to Pacific,” on the Route 66 corridor in Pacific, Missouri. The Washington Missourian reports Harvey is painting a 12-by-26-foot mural  on a Pacific Plaza wall in the 500 block…

“Ship It on the Frisco”

“Ship It on the Frisco”

A song off The Bottle Rockets‘ new album, “Ship It on the Frisco,” sent me down a rabbit hole researching a certain Route 66 overpass and the railroad that once traveled on it. The song (download MP3 here) is found on The Bottle Rockets’ excellent album,…

DVD review: “The Missouri Maze”

DVD review: “The Missouri Maze”

Unoccupied Route 66 continues its mix of history and atmospheric images of forlorn Route 66 sites in its latest documentary, “The Missouri Maze.” The 26-minute film ($14.95 list, shipping included), directed by KC Keefer and hosted by Nick Gerlich, tells about…

Middle-schoolers’ Route 66 presentation wins national contest

Middle-schoolers’ Route 66 presentation wins national contest

A group of middle-school students from rural Iowa captured a national title for their Route 66 presentation during the annual National History Day contest in Maryland last week. Jack Anderson, Jader Briggs, Megan Swancutt, Daytona Foley and Logan Smith of Akron-Westfield Community…

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