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Professors honored for preserving vintage neon-sign drawings

Professors honored for preserving vintage neon-sign drawings

Two professors from the University of New Mexico were given a state preservation award for saving hundreds of old drawings from the state’s oldest neon-sign company. Many of them mock-ups of signs eventually were installed on Route 66. The New…

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The Tropics neon sign may return to Lincoln by spring 2018

The Tropics neon sign may return to Lincoln by spring 2018

The historic neon sign for the now-gone The Tropics restaurant in Lincoln, Illinois, may return to a parking lot at a McDonald’s along Route 66 by spring 2018. That scenario became more likely after the city approved an easement with¬†Franchise…

Book review: “The Route 66 Adventure Handbook” (fifth edition)

Book review: “The Route 66 Adventure Handbook” (fifth edition)

Bigger and better. That’s the takeaway from Drew Knowles’ fifth edition of his “Route 66 Adventure Handbook.” Knowles keeps adding new things to new editions of his book, which comes out every five years or so. Knowles’ first “Route 66…

Sleep overnight in a caboose on Route 66

Sleep overnight in a caboose on Route 66

Are you a railroad buff who’d love to travel Route 66? A KOA campground in Eureka, Missouri, has just the thing for you — a railroad caboose that recently was renovated for use for overnight travelers. KSDK-TV in St. Louis…

University gets grant for Women of Route 66 project

University gets grant for Women of Route 66 project

Missouri State University received a grant to help gather oral histories for “The Women on the Mother Road in Missouri‚ÄĚ project. According to a news release from the university, the $2,500 grant will be used in conjunction with a similar…

1 killed, dozens of homes damaged by tornado in Elk City

1 killed, dozens of homes damaged by tornado in Elk City

At least one person has died in Elk City, Oklahoma, after a tornado struck the Route 66 city on Tuesday. KOCO-TV in Oklahoma City provided some other details about the destruction: Forty homes have been completely destroyed and between 50…

Mural Fest 66 adds five murals to Miami in a few days

Mural Fest 66 adds five murals to Miami in a few days

Miami, Oklahoma, wanted to add some murals to brighten up the Route 66 town. Thanks to the inaugural Mural Fest 66 last month, it added five murals to the city during a weekend. Here’s a video of highlights from the…

How to help Devil’s Elbow

How to help Devil’s Elbow

It seems as if relief efforts have gotten more organized in recent days on how to help the flood-stricken Route 66 village of Devil’s Elbow, Missouri. The Elbow Inn restaurant and bar already has a crowdfunding site, but it also…

Route 66 festival returns to Lebanon after seven-year hiatus

Route 66 festival returns to Lebanon after seven-year hiatus

The Lebanon Route 66 Festival in Lebanon, Missouri, will return next month after a seven-year break, including a concert and gathering at the historic Munger Moss Motel. The Lebanon-Laclede County Route 66 Society and the Lebanon Parks and Recreation Department…

An overview of the western ends of Route 66

An overview of the western ends of Route 66

Justin Scarred of Randomland Adventures is a blabbermouth, but the surprisingly well-informed host explains the various western ends of Route 66 — downtown Los Angeles, Olympic and Lincoln boulevards in Santa Monica and, finally, the traditional end at the Santa…

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