Route 66 News

The former glory of the Bel-Aire Motel

The historic Bel-Aire Motel in Springfield, Illinois, is known for its retro neon sign and Sputnik structure on the roof. It’s also known for hundreds of code violations and criminal activity by many of its tenants. It didn’t used to…

Grand Canyon Railway bringing out steam engine for Father’s Day weekend

The Grand Canyon Railway, based in the Route 66 town of Williams, Arizona, will bring back a 1923 steam locomotive and Pullman cars for special displays and excursions on Father’s Day weekend, June 14-15. It’s part of the railroad’s first…

Downtown Albuquerque may install public bathrooms

Downtown Albuquerque is strongly considering the construction of public bathrooms partly for the use of Route 66 tourists, reported KRQE-TV. But it’s not just for tourism reasons (ick): The report sort of dances around the issue, but I suspect the…

Cracks appear on Skydeck Ledge of Willis Tower

Cracks spidered on the transparent floor of a Skydeck Ledge of Chicago’s Willis Tower, formerly known as the Sears Tower, after visitors stood on it 103 floors above ground level, according to various media reports. The NBC affiliate in Chicago…

Webb City wants to add downtown to National Register

A move is afoot in Webb City, Missouri, to add its entire downtown district to the National Register of Historic Places, reported KOAM-TV in nearby Pittsburg, Kansas. Webb City is looking at the move not just to add a publicity…

Bloomington moves forward on Route 66 tourism center

Even though it doesn’t have all the money needed for the project, the¬†McLean County Museum of History in Bloomington, Illinois, is taking bids on building a tourism center that will highlight Route 66, reported the Bloomington Pantagraph. The project would…

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