Route 66 News

Pontiac lands another museum

The Route 66 town of Pontiac, Illinois, has gained another museum to its bulging portfolio — one that’s dedicated to basketball in the the Land of Lincoln that’s scheduled to open by summer 2016. According to the Bloomington Pantagraph, the…

‘Singing Road’ already needs to be restriped

‘Singing Road’ already needs to be restriped

Barely three months after it was first installed, the New Mexico Department of Transportation will put new markings on the pavement of the “Singing Road” section of Route 66 east of Albuquerque because the old markings apparently have worn off.…

Ernie Banks broke the Cubs color line

I didn’t know this until nearly two days after his death, but Ernie Banks, aka Mr. Cub, essentially was the first player to break the color line with Chicago’s National League baseball club. Sports writer Joe Posnanski explains: At that…

National Trust shepherds preservation plan for Southwest Museum

The National Trust for Historic Preservation has added the century-old Southwest Museum of the American Indian as a “national treasure” and is devising a plan for its future, according to the Los Angeles Times. Here’s what the newspaper found out:…

Owner of Gay Parita Sinclair station dies

Owner of Gay Parita Sinclair station dies

Gary Turner, the beloved owner of the Gay Parita Sinclair gas station on old Route 66 west of Halltown, Missouri, died Thursday night. Turner’s daughter, Barb Barnes, confirmed his passing Friday morning. Turner had battled health problems in the last…

Pacific lands grant to buy scenic lookout

Pacific lands grant to buy scenic lookout

The city of Pacific, Missouri, has been awarded a $350,000 grant to help buy Lookout on Jensen’s Point off Route 66, reported the Washington Missourian. The St. Louis County Parks awarded the grant earlier this month. Pacific’s parks and recreation…

TV show goes ghost-hunting at Grand Canyon Caverns

Grand Canyon Caverns on Route 66 near Peach Springs, Arizona, will be the subject of an episode of the Travel Channel’s “Ghost Adventures,” according to the Kingman Daily Miner. Route 66 Paranormal Investigators, based in Kingman, worked with show host…

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