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Skylark Motel tower glows again

The former Skylark Motel tower on old Route 66 in St. Clair, Missouri, shined with the glow of neon again after a ceremony Saturday night at the building, which now serves as the VFW Post 2482. According to a news…

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A glimpse at the future Billboard Museum

If you’re a longtime traveler on Route 66 who wonders what happened to the old neon sign for the Rio Siesta Motel in Clinton, Oklahoma, we have an answer. It — along with several dozen other signs and billboards —…

Silica plant in Pacific plans major expansion

The U.S. Silica plant along old Route 66 near Pacific, Missouri, is planning an expansion that would double production there and add 117-foot-tall building, reported the Washington Missourian . The newspaper reported: U.S. Silica‚Äôs Pacific plant is a prime supplier…

Sam Payne gets his kicks

Based on this performance with guitarist Brady Bills, you’d think Sam Payne is some sort of jazz artist. But you go to his website, and you hear country-folk music — which indicates a musician with considerable chops. You may find…

Rancho Cucamonga station may reopen by July

The historic Cucamonga Service Station along Route 66 in Rancho Cucamonga, California, may reopen next year as a museum — perhaps by July, in time for its centennial, according to the Los Angeles Daily News. The article details the work…

A chat with Jerry McClanahan

KC Keefer adds to his “Genuine Route 66 Life” video series with a talk with Route 66 artist, author and researcher Jerry McClanahan at his studio in Chandler, Oklahoma. McClanahan has been traveling regularly on Route 66 for more than…

“The Tattoo Man of Route 66”

We meant to post this on Veterans Day, the same day The Road Crew debuted a music video about Route 66 enthusiast and Vietnam combat veteran Ron “Tattoo Man” Jones of Bartlesville, Oklahoma. But that was when Route 66 News’…

A “haunted” gas station on Route 66

James Cleveland takes his camera all over the Southwest. This video of an abandoned gas station at the ghost town of Glenrio at the Texas and New Mexico border may not be actually infested with spirits, but its desolation and…

Neon relighting of former Skylark Motel is Saturday

The relighting of the former Skylark Motel’s neon — including its distinctive glass-block tower — will occur about dusk Saturday at the site in St. Clair, Missouri, according to a news release from the Neon Heritage Preservation Committee of the…

Baxter Springs theater nominated to National Register

The Ritz Theater, a former movie house on Route 66 in Baxter Springs, Kansas, has been nominated to the National Register of Historic Places, according to a news release from the Kansas Historical Society. The building is at 1145 N.…

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