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Route 66 News

A visit to Cuba Fest

Frank Kocevar, the former co-owner of Historic Seligman Sundries, took his video camera to Cuba Fest this month in Cuba, Missouri, and chatted to a few folks there. There might be a few folks you recognize. In case you missed…

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Railroad confirms it’s removing deck from MacArthur Bridge

This was reported 10 months ago, but the Terminal Railroad Association of St. Louis confirmed through a KPLR-TV report this week it is removing the automobile deck from the historic MacArthur Bridge in St. Louis. The railroad told the TV…

Nonprofit challenges El Vado redevelopment plan

A nonprofit group that has experienced success in rehabbing vintage Route 66 motels in Albuquerque is appealing the city’s selection of another group that wants to redevelop the historic El Vado Motel, reported the Albuquerque Journal. According to the newspaper:…

Fire destroys old A&W building in Carthage

A former A&W Restaurant near Route 66 in Carthage, Missouri, was destroyed by fire late Friday during the city’s annual Maple Leaf Festival. After the A&W closed at that location, it became Hartman’s Mercantile, a secondhand store. KODE-TV has a…

East Route 66 gateway in Tulsa nearly done

The City of Tulsa began construction of its Route 66 gateway on the east side of the city earlier in the month. Fewer than 10 days later, city planner Dennis Whitaker sent along these photos. And longtime Route 66 afiscionado…

Future of Shea’s Route 66 Museum likely won’t be known until next year

What’s in store for the closed Shea’s Route 66 Museum in Springfield, Illinois, likely won’t be known until sometime early next year, reported the State Journal-Register newspaper. The museum, long operated by former gas-station operator and gas memorabilia collector Bill…

Roof of Richardson Store building collapses

The roof and awning for the long-closed Richardson Store on Route 66 in Montoya, New Mexico, collapsed in recent weeks, reported an officer with the New Mexico Route 66 Association. Andy House, president of the association, reports that the collapses…

British photographer to open Route 66 show

If you’re a reader who lives in the United Kingdom (and my host reports there is a substantial number) and are itching to experience Route 66, an upcoming photography exhibition might whet your appetite even more. Martin Smith, a British fine-arts photographer,…

Ariston Cafe put up for sale

The landmark Ariston Cafe, located on old Route 66 in Litchfield, Illinois, and owned by the same family for 90 years, has been put up for sale for $1.2 million. The restaurant was listed on an online real-estate site here…

Stories sought about certain Albuquerque businesses

Two authors are seeking stories about several long-gone businesses along Route 66 in Albuquerque that used Zeon Corporation-designed signs to attract customers, according to a story in the Albuquerque Journal. University of New Mexico professors Ellen Babcock and Mark C.…

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