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Birthplace of Route 66 Festival attendance shatters records

Birthplace of Route 66 Festival attendance shatters records

Total attendance at the just-completed Birthplace of Route 66 Festival in Springfield, Missouri, not only broke a record, but shattered the old mark. The Springfield Business Journal reported total attendance over the past weekend was 53,000, which exceeded last year’s…

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Ryburn Place in Normal opens to the public

Ryburn Place in Normal opens to the public

Ryburn Place, aka Sprague Super Service station in Normal, Illinois, held its grand opening Saturday after a multi-year restoration of the historic Route 66 site. Ryburn Place is named after Route 66 enthusiast Terri Ryburn, who owned the site for…

Tulsa’s Route 66 sees upsurge in redevelopment

Tulsa’s Route 66 sees upsurge in redevelopment

  I’d suspected this had happened, and it’s been confirmed — more than 28 properties along 11th Street, aka Route 66, in Tulsa have been redeveloped in the past decade. The Tulsa World newspaper over the weekend had the data:…

Two hikers found dead near Amboy Crater

Two hikers found dead near Amboy Crater

Two people hiking near Amboy Crater in Amboy, California, were found dead Saturday afternoon after apparently being overcome by the terrain’s 113-degree temperatures. According to a news release from the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Office, the people pronounced dead at…

Avalon Theatre in McLean torn down

Avalon Theatre in McLean torn down

The historic but long-closed Avalon Theatre in downtown McLean, Texas, was torn down Saturday. Leigh Ann Isbell of McLean, listed as manager of the nearby Devil’s Rope Barbwire Museum in town, posted this photo on Facebook of the theater being razed,…

Tulsa may encourage neon signs along Route 66

Tulsa may encourage neon signs along Route 66

The city of Tulsa is working to set up a Route 66 neon-sign overlay district that would encourage the use and preservation of such signs. The Frontier news site, based in Tulsa, had the details: The city’s idea, patterned after a similar…

Logo to promote Route 66 in Tulsa gets trademarked

Logo to promote Route 66 in Tulsa gets trademarked

A nonprofit group that aims to promote Route 66 in Tulsa recently had its logo earn trademark status from the U.S. government. Russ Roach, president of Route 66 Development Group Inc., last year applied for the trademark, which contains a…

Sprague Super Service station reopens Saturday as Ryburn Place

Sprague Super Service station reopens Saturday as Ryburn Place

The long-in-coming restoration of the historic Sprague Super Service station in Normal, Illinois, will culminate with a grand opening Saturday, where it will be rechristened as Ryburn Place. The station will be renamed after Route 66 enthusiast Terri Ryburn, who…

Meltdown Diner opens on Route 66 in southwest Tulsa

Meltdown Diner opens on Route 66 in southwest Tulsa

The owners of the Meltdown Gourmet Grilled Cheese food truck in Tulsa recently opened a permanent location on a historic corner of Route 66 in southwest part of the city, called the Meltdown Diner. Jim and Sara Hardcastle sold the…

Fire ravages Country Classic Cars near Staunton

Fire ravages Country Classic Cars near Staunton

A huge blaze Tuesday night destroyed at least one building and dozens of old vehicles at Country Classic Cars near old Route 66 near Staunton, Illinois. The Macoupin County Sheriff’s Office told KSDK-TV in St. Louis that 11 fire departments…

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