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Coliseum Ballroom film will previewed at tribute show

Coliseum Ballroom film will previewed at tribute show

A documentary film about the Coliseum Ballroom in Benld, Illinois, will be previewed at a Feb. 20 tribute show for the former Route 66 landmark. According to the State Journal-Register in Springfield, Illinois: “Memories of the Coliseum Ballroom,” which will…

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Sprague Super Service station will host a visitors center, gift shop by spring

Sprague Super Service station will host a visitors center, gift shop by spring

Terri Ryburn, who’s owned the Sprague Super Service gas station in Normal, Illinois, for almost 10 years and has spent all that time getting the historic property shored up, will open a Route 66 gift shop and visitors center on the…

Final 2015 report of Route 66: The Road Ahead Initiative panel released

Final 2015 report of Route 66: The Road Ahead Initiative panel released

The steering committee of the Route 66: The Road Ahead Initiative last week issued a final report of what it did in 2015 and what it hopes to carry out in 2016. You can read the entire 13-page report here.…

California Route 66 group may partner with Needles group

California Route 66 group may partner with Needles group

The California Historic Route 66 Association is examining the possibility of a permanent partnership with the Needles Downtown Business Alliance in Needles, California. Sharon Foster of the California association attended a meeting of the alliance earlier this month, reported the…

No, nobody’s going to hunt Oatman burros

No, nobody’s going to hunt Oatman burros

A few media outlets reported a Mohave County, Arizona, official proposed hunting for wild burros to reduce overpopulation in the region. Naturally, this got Route 66 folks and animal-rights activists riled up, because that would mean the Route 66 town…

Nearly 200 attend Glenn Frey memorial in Winslow

Nearly 200 attend Glenn Frey memorial in Winslow

About 200 people attended a memorial service Tuesday night at Standin’ on a Corner Park in Winslow, Arizona, for The Eagles co-founder Glenn Frey, who died at age 67 on Monday from several illnesses. The Associated Press reported that Winslow…

“Take It Easy” co-writer Glenn Frey dies

“Take It Easy” co-writer Glenn Frey dies

There’s a little corner in Winslow, Arizona, that’s a sadder sight to see Glenn Frey, a co-founder of the mega-selling country-rock band The Eagles and co-writer of one of its early hits, “Take It Easy,” that made the Route 66 town…

Former co-owner of Blue Swallow Motel dies

Former co-owner of Blue Swallow Motel dies

Dale Bakke, a co-owner of the Blue Swallow Motel in Tucumcari, New Mexico, during a crucial time for the Route 66 landmark’s preservation, died Jan. 4, a month short of his 61st birthday. Dale Bakke and his wife, Hilda, bought the motel…

Season begins for Route 66 cost-share grant applications

Season begins for Route 66 cost-share grant applications

If you own a historic Route 66 business or property that needs upkeep, now is is the time to apply for a cost-share grant from the Route 66 Corridor Preservation Program. The program announced Friday applications will be accepted until…

Mural will be added to Chelsea pedestrian tunnel

Mural will be added to Chelsea pedestrian tunnel

A mural that will portray the history of Chelsea, Oklahoma, will be painted on the pedestrian tunnel that goes under Route 66 in the town, reported The Daily Progress of nearby Claremore, Oklahoma. Artist Ken Hollingshead of Sapulpa, Oklahoma, has been preparing…

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