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Several vintage signs soon will be restored in Kingman

Several vintage signs soon will be restored in Kingman

The Route 66 Association of Kingman has begun the restoration of several historic neon signs and created new signs for businesses in Kingman, Arizona. According to a recent news release from the association: Through a partnership with Legacy Signs, they…

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Two Oklahoma properties added to National Register

Two Oklahoma properties added to National Register

Two areas of Route 66 in Oklahoma recently were named to the National Register of Historic Places, according to an email Thursday from the National Park Service. First, the register recognized the Downtown Claremore Historic District that includes a couple…

Oklahoma may close two Route 66 bridges, leave them as monuments

Oklahoma may close two Route 66 bridges, leave them as monuments

The Oklahoma Department of Transportation likely will close two historic and unique Route 66 bridges because of deterioration, but it is considering keeping the structures as monuments to travelers, according to a report from a television station and an Oklahoma…

More about the Western Host Motel restoration

More about the Western Host Motel restoration

A few weeks ago, the Route 66 Corridor Preservation Program announced its annual cost-share grants. One of them was a property of which I was unfamiliar — the Western Host Motel in Grants, New Mexico. The $12,500 grant went towards…

A look at “Route 66: Radiance, Rust and Revival on the Mother Road”

A look at “Route 66: Radiance, Rust and Revival on the Mother Road”

The “Route 66: Radiance, Rust and Revival on the Mother Road” show at the Albuquerque Museum ends in about 10 days. If you are unable to see it, this well-produced and remarkably comprehensive video from the city’s television channel may suffice: The show’s…

A tragedy on Route 66 in 1968

A tragedy on Route 66 in 1968

I stumbled onto this recent video about a car accident in October 1968 that killed four teenagers on Foothill Boulevard (aka Route 66) in Fontana, California.. Two other teens died on Foothill in other accidents the same weekend. The video…

Speakers lineup announced for Miles of Possibility Conference

Speakers lineup announced for Miles of Possibility Conference

The Route 66 Miles of Possibility conference recently announced its speakers for the Oct. 20-23 event at the McLean County Museum of History/Cruisin’ with Lincoln on 66 Visitors Center and the Ensenberger Building in downtown Bloomington, Illinois. Last year’s Miles of…

Book review: “Portrait of Route 66”

Book review: “Portrait of Route 66”

“Portrait of Route 66” provides many colorful or obscure images from the massive Curt Teich Postcard Archive, and it offers a look at the Mother Road from the mid-1920s to the early 1950s. But one of the most enjoyable parts of “Portrait…

Joplin may resurrect Mother Road Marathon

Joplin may resurrect Mother Road Marathon

Joplin may revive the Mother Road Marathon — a 26.2-mile footrace through parts of Oklahoma, Kansas and Missouri discontinued in 2013 after declining participation and complaints about its promoter. Tom Rogers of TwelveOne Race Management and Marketing in Joplin, who helps run 35 events…

Albuquerque task force takes over Desert Sands Motel

Albuquerque task force takes over Desert Sands Motel

Albuquerque’s Safe City Task Force took over control of the Desert Sands Motel after the property experienced a third fire there since May. The Route 66 motel faces an Oct. 1 deadline to make a good-faith effort to repair the property or…

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