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Poll: Mojave Trails National Monument proposal has strong support

Poll: Mojave Trails National Monument proposal has strong support

A proposed Mojave Trails National Monument and two other proposed national monuments in California enjoy strong support from residents, according to a poll by Public Opinion Strategies, reported KCET. Vet Voice Foundation commissioned the poll. An alternative proposal by U.S. Rep. Paul…

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Ed Ruscha to be named Oklahoma Cultural Treasure

Ed Ruscha to be named Oklahoma Cultural Treasure

Ed Ruscha, a trailblazer of the Pop Art movement whose photography of gas stations along Route 66 helped jump-start his career, will be named the 12th Oklahoma Cultural Treasure during the Governor’s Arts Awards on Dec. 2. Ruscha is the first…

Part of Route 66 reopens in the Mojave Desert

A 21-mile stretch of Route 66 in California’s Mojave Desert reopened Friday from Cadiz Road to Essex Road, reported the Needles Desert Star. A large chunk of Route 66 in the Mojave closed in September 2014 after flash flooding damaged roadways…

Jensen’s Point spruced up by volunteers

Jensen’s Point spruced up by volunteers

Jensen’s Point lookout along Route 66 near Pacific, Missouri, is slated to reopen in February. The site’s readiness for visitors took a big step last weekend after three dozen volunteers — mostly from the Ozark Trails Association — cleared brush, trimmed branches and…

World’s Largest Catsup Bottle is sold

World’s Largest Catsup Bottle is sold

The World’s Largest Catsup Bottle in Collinsville, Illinois, has been sold, but the new owner’s plans for the landmark remain unclear. The Belleville News-Democrat reported Franklin “Al” Bieri, owner of Mississippi River Construction Co. of O’Fallon, Illinois, announced his purchase of the World’s…

Petrified Forest National Park awards new concessions contact

Petrified Forest National Park awards new concessions contact

Ortega National Parks, a company with roots on Route 66, was given the contract for concessions at the Petrified Forest National Park, reported the Arizona Journal. Xanterra Parks and Resorts held the park’s concessions contract for more than 30 years after it…

Route 66 Village train will be lighted Friday for Christmas

Route 66 Village train will be lighted Friday for Christmas

If you’re in the Tulsa area Friday, you may want to make your way to the Route 66 Village on the southwest part of town and check out the Christmas lighting of its big steam locomotive at 6 p.m. City councilor…

Desert Motors in Victorville changes owners

Desert Motors in Victorville changes owners

The Desert Motors car dealership in Victorville, California, best known for its vintage neon sign along Route 66, recently changed owners for the first time in more than 60 years, according to the Victorville Daily Press. Not to worry, though.…

Gillioz Theatre celebrations to mark its 90th year

Gillioz Theatre celebrations to mark its 90th year

The historic Gillioz Theatre in downtown Springfield, Missouri, will mark its 90th year with a big New Year’s Eve concert by the Ozark Mountain Daredevils and an expanded number of classic-movie screenings and plenty of concerts through 2016, according to…

The glow of El Vado

The glow of El Vado

Maybe by the year 2017, we’ll get to see this again. Dan Uscian recently uploaded footage from June 1994 when the neon tubing of the historic El Vado Motel along Route 66 in Albuquerque still glowed brightly, including its memorably designed…

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