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North Springfield suffers from a drop in tourism

North Springfield suffers from a drop in tourism

The north side of Springfield, Illinois, is struggling economically because of a decrease in Route 66 tourism there, reported WRSP-TV. Apparently the situation has declined so much, alderman John Fulgenzi has met with the mayor’s office and congressmen to figure out what…

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Group wants to remove Cadillac Ranch

Group wants to remove Cadillac Ranch

A group calling itself Erase Marsh Madness wants to remove all artwork in Amarillo linked to the now-deceased Stanley Marsh 3, including the famous Cadillac Ranch near Route 66. Before he died at age 76 last year, Marsh was criminally…

All aboard the Lincoln County Express

All aboard the Lincoln County Express

Occasionally, you’ll find out about something you unwittingly passed dozens of time but never saw. One of those things is the so-called Lincoln County Express, a child-sized locomotive and other metal sculptures that apparently have sat off Route 66 east of Stroud, Oklahoma, for…

Gateway Arch marks 50th year

Wednesday marked the 50th anniversary of the completion of the Gateway Arch, the best-known symbol for the city of St. Louis. Indeed, it’s one of the most famous monuments in the world, and although it isn’t on Route 66, it…

A look inside Bob Waldmire’s bus

A look inside Bob Waldmire’s bus

Roamin’ Rich Dinkela posted this video about the late Bob Waldmire‘s school bus that Waldmire converted into living quarters years ago. After Waldmire’s death from cancer in 2009, the bus was parked at the Illinois Route 66 Hall of Fame…

A closer look at McLean, Texas

A closer look at McLean, Texas

The Once Upon a Town project — a collaborative film effort that explores historic towns in Texas — recently completed an eight-minute film about the Route 66 community of McLean, Texas. You’ll see longtime Route 66 advocate Delbert Trew interviewed,…

California Route 66 Museum marks 20th year

California Route 66 Museum marks 20th year

The California Route 66 Museum in Victorville marked its 20th year of operation Saturday with a car show and hundreds of visitors — and lots of anticipation for Route 66’s 90th anniversary next year, reported the Daily Dispatch newspaper. The…

Ground broken for Lebanon’s Route 66 park

Ground broken for Lebanon’s Route 66 park

City officials in Lebanon, Missouri, last week broke ground for construction of a new Route 66-themed section of Boswell Park. According to the Lebanon Daily Record: “This is a great day for Route 66. This is our heritage, and this…

Trains return to Erick for the first time in years

Trains return to Erick for the first time in years

Residents of Erick, Oklahoma, saw a passenger train come through their town for the first time in nearly 50 years Friday as Farmrail commemorated the opening of rail service between there and the fellow Route 66 town of Sayre, Oklahoma,…

Bison reintroduced to Midewin Prairie

Bison reintroduced to Midewin Prairie

Nearly 30 head of native bison were reintroduced this week to the Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie along Route 66 in Wilmington, Illinois — the first time buffalo have roamed in that area in nearly two centuries. Bison were exterminated by…

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