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Tourists affix dozens of stickers on Gemini Giant of Wilmington

Tourists affix dozens of stickers on Gemini Giant of Wilmington

While tourists continue to visit the Gemini Giant in Wilmington, Illinois, despite the closing of the Launching Pad Drive-In restaurant in 2013, one new twist recently emerged — visitors slapping stickers on the iconic fiberglass figure. According to the Daily…

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Thoughts about the Associated Press story on Route 66

Thoughts about the Associated Press story on Route 66

A few days ago, the Associated Press published a story about the Route 66 Corridor Preservation Program expiring in 2019 and its possible effect on Route 66 businesses and towns. You can read the story straight from the source here.…

Elbow Inn in Devil’s Elbow partially reopens Friday

Elbow Inn in Devil’s Elbow partially reopens Friday

The Elbow Inn restaurant and bar in Devil’s Elbow, Missouri, will partly reopen Friday for the Memorial Day weekend, less than a month after it was heavily damaged by a record flood from the Big Piney River. A phone call…

Redevelopment of De Anza Motor Lodge begins next month

Redevelopment of De Anza Motor Lodge begins next month

The long-awaited redevelopment project for the closed De Anza Motor Lodge in Albuquerque begins in June, setting up the Route 66 property’s reopening as an extended-stay hotel sometime in summer 2018. Construct Southwest, chosen by the city to redevelop the…

The highs and lows of Williams, Arizona

The highs and lows of Williams, Arizona

Williams, Arizona, burgeons with tourists and few storefront vacancies along its downtown Route 66 corridor these days. Yet it also battles with long-term problems. The Arizona Daily Sun newspaper in nearby Flagstaff published a report on the renaissance of Williams…

Songs for “Cars 3” soundtrack announced

Songs for “Cars 3” soundtrack announced

Disney-Pixar recently announced the songs and artists that will be on the eight-song “Cars 3” movie soundtrack. The songs include originals by Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys and blues rocker ZZ Ward, four covers of classic songs and two instrumentals by…

Professors honored for preserving vintage neon-sign drawings

Professors honored for preserving vintage neon-sign drawings

Two professors from the University of New Mexico were given a state preservation award for saving hundreds of old drawings from the state’s oldest neon-sign company. Many of them mock-ups of signs eventually were installed on Route 66. The New…

The Tropics neon sign may return to Lincoln by spring 2018

The Tropics neon sign may return to Lincoln by spring 2018

The historic neon sign for the now-gone The Tropics restaurant in Lincoln, Illinois, may return to a parking lot at a McDonald’s along Route 66 by spring 2018. That scenario became more likely after the city approved an easement with Franchise…

Book review: “The Route 66 Adventure Handbook” (fifth edition)

Book review: “The Route 66 Adventure Handbook” (fifth edition)

Bigger and better. That’s the takeaway from Drew Knowles’ fifth edition of his “Route 66 Adventure Handbook.” Knowles keeps adding new things to new editions of his book, which comes out every five years or so. Knowles’ first “Route 66…

Sleep overnight in a caboose on Route 66

Sleep overnight in a caboose on Route 66

Are you a railroad buff who’d love to travel Route 66? A KOA campground in Eureka, Missouri, has just the thing for you — a railroad caboose that recently was renovated for use for overnight travelers. KSDK-TV in St. Louis…

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