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Ritz Theatre in Baxter Springs to reopen next month

Ritz Theatre in Baxter Springs to reopen next month

The historic Ritz Theatre in Baxter Springs, Kansas, will reopen in July after it underwent nine years of renovations by a local couple. The Joplin Globe reported: A retired Caterpillar manager, Ron Puckett, 74, did much of the work himself…

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Your vote may help the Gateway Arch

Your vote may help the Gateway Arch

The Gateway Arch in St. Louis is one of 20 national parks that could receive a grant, but it needs votes to get it. More from the news release: In honor of the National Park Service‚Äôs Centennial, we at the…

Arizona eventually will get official Route 66 license plates

Arizona’s governor recently signed into law a measure that will create a commemorative Route 66 license plate designed by the Historic Route 66 Association of Arizona. Tom Spear, executive vice president of the association, spoke to the Phoenix Business Journal…

Reporter finishes walk on Oklahoma City’s Route 66

Reporter finishes walk on Oklahoma City’s Route 66

Brianna Bailey, a reporter for The Oklahoman newspaper in Oklahoma City, recently embarked on a walking journey of Route 66 in that city for a story and a series of blog posts. She finished recently, and the last story is…

Fire heavily damages Desert Sands Motel in Albuquerque

Fire heavily damages Desert Sands Motel in Albuquerque

A fire early Tuesday engulfed two-thirds of the historic Desert Sands Motel along old Route 66 in Albuquerque and left 57 long-term residents there homeless, according to varying media accounts. The Albuquerque Journal reported 22 firefighting units were called to…

New Mexico aims to help old theaters

New Mexico aims to help old theaters

The state of New Mexico is trying to fix up movie theaters in small towns not only for the sake of historic preservation, but also to give an economic boost. The Associated Press reports: An economic development program, similar to…

Book review: “The Zeon Files”

Book review: “The Zeon Files”

“The Zeon Files” provides a colorful glimpse of Albuquerque’s past with dozens of a company’s working drawings of neon signs that once graced the Route 66 corridor decades ago. But what’s most striking is the drawings are revealed as detailed and precise as any architectural rendering.…

Route 66 part of Devore Interchange Project not quite finished

Route 66 part of Devore Interchange Project not quite finished

Friday marked the finish of a huge part of the $324 million Devore Interchange Project in Southern California. However, the part that would have reconnected a two-mile section of Route 66 for the first time in decades won’t be finished…

“Small Frame” music video shot at Roy’s of Amboy

“Small Frame” music video shot at Roy’s of Amboy

The Los Angeles-based folk-rock band, Highland Kites, shot a video for its song, “Small Frame,” at the historic Roy’s complex on Route 66 in Amboy, California. Small Frame – Highland Kites from Aaron Cota on Vimeo. The shoot was done…

Joplin’s Jewish temple soon will mark its centennial

Joplin’s Jewish temple soon will mark its centennial

The United Hebrew Congregation of Joplin, Missouri, will hold an open house from 1 to 4 p.m. June 12 to mark the 100th anniversary of its uniquely designed Jewish temple, situated on Route 66. Historic Murphysburg Preservation Inc., a group…

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