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The man behind many Route 66 neon sign restorations

The man behind many Route 66 neon sign restorations

KSDK-TV in St. Louis recently produced a story about neon signs along Route 66 in Missouri — especially signs restored by the Route 66 Association of Missouri’s Neon Heritage Preservation Committee. The fellow behind many of these restorations is David…

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World’s Tallest Gas Pump in Sapulpa nears completion

World’s Tallest Gas Pump in Sapulpa nears completion

The 66-foot-tall gas pump in front of the Heart of Route 66 Auto Museum in Sapulpa, Oklahoma, neared completion last week with the installation of what will be a lighted medallion on top. Officials are billing it the World’s Tallest…

Large sign stolen from Fabulous 40 Motel in Adrian

Large sign stolen from Fabulous 40 Motel in Adrian

A large “Motel” sign that graced the Fabulous 40 Motel in Adrian, Texas, apparently was stolen after a windstorm blew down its support structure weeks ago. The owners of the Route 66 motel, which is next to the landmark Midpoint…

Route 66 Association of Illinois launches redesigned website

Route 66 Association of Illinois launches redesigned website

The Route 66 Association of Illinois recently launched a redesigned version of its internet site. According to an email from the association this week, the website contains: Easier navigation to site content Emphasis on the association’s mission and how to…

Funny or Die’s Overly Excited Tourist visits Victorville

Funny or Die’s Overly Excited Tourist visits Victorville

Ryan O’Flanagan, known as the Overly Excited Tourist for Funny or Die, recently visited the Route 66 town of Victorville, California, and produced a video of his misadventures. As you’ll find, the Overly Excited Tourist not only is excitable, but…

Spaceship to land at The Mill for its 88th birthday

Spaceship to land at The Mill for its 88th birthday

I never thought I’d write that headline. A spaceship made by the same man who crafted the World’s Largest Covered Wagon in Lincoln, Illinois, will make a special appearance Tuesday at The Mill museum for the Route 66 landmark’s 88th…

More about the Grand Canyon Cafe’s reopening

More about the Grand Canyon Cafe’s reopening

Flagstaff’s historic Grand Canyon Cafe reopened last week after an ownership change and months of remodeling. Naturally, longtime Route 66 travelers and regular customers wonder what changes are in store for a restaurant that will mark its 75th anniversary in…

Developers unveil De Anza Motor Lodge renderings in Albuquerque

Developers unveil De Anza Motor Lodge renderings in Albuquerque

Developers of the historic but long-closed De Anza Motor Lodge in Albuquerque on Tuesday showed off artist’s renderings of the upcoming project, which is expected to break ground in October and take about a year to complete. According to the…

Springfield’s north side inches closer to TIF district

Springfield’s north side inches closer to TIF district

The city of Springfield, Illinois, seems more likely to implement at tax-increment financing district on its declining north side — which features a prominent alignment of Route 66 — after a hearing on the matter last week. TIF districts are…

Spindles from old Carthage bridge likely will be sold

Spindles from old Carthage bridge likely will be sold

The limestone balusters, or spindles, of the now-destroyed old Missouri Highway 96 bridge near Carthage, Missouri, probably will be sold after the city instructed road crews to salvage them. Meanwhile, the new Missouri 96 bridge northeast of town is slated to…

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