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Albuquerque adopts budget for Route 66 visitors center design

The Albuquerque City Council on Monday night passed a $526 budget that includes $1.45 million for a design of a Route 66 visitors center on the city’s west side. Councilors voted unanimously to approve the budget, reported the Albuquerque Journal.…

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City may buy Sprague Super Service station

City may buy Sprague Super Service station

The city of Normal, Illinois, will vote Monday on whether to buy and keep up Terri Ryburn’s historic Sprague Super Service station on old Route 66. The Bloomington Pantagraph reported: The council will consider a $458,000 investment, including $229,000 to…

Albuquerque budget includes designing a Route 66 visitors center

Albuquerque budget includes designing a Route 66 visitors center

Tucked into a half-billion-dollar budget proposal for the city of Albuquerque is $1.45 million to help design a Route 66 visitors center. The Albuquerque Journal reported the Route 66 visitors center would be built on the city’s west side. No money…

National parks likely will offer naming rights

National parks likely will offer naming rights

The Painted Desert in Arizona won’t be renamed the Sherwin Williams Painted Desert anytime soon. But many other things will be up for grabs when the National Park Service begins to look for naming rights for many parts of its facilities. The Washington Post this…

Chelsea pedestrian tunnel under Route 66 vandalized

Chelsea pedestrian tunnel under Route 66 vandalized

The Route 66 Pedestrian Underpass Mural in Chelsea, Oklahoma, that opened to the public less than two weeks ago already has been vandalized. But at least the mural itself was spared from the defacing. Kenneth Hollingshead from Sapulpa, Oklahoma, and 9-year-old Parker Stanbro of…

Illinois county seeks another expansion of Route 66 bicycle trail

McLean County, Illinois, is seeking a federal grant to help add seven miles to a Route 66 bicycle trail outside of the Bloomington-Normal metro area. According to WJBC radio: The McLean County Board is expected to apply for federal funds…

Jensen’s Point grand reopening set for May 30

Jensen’s Point grand reopening set for May 30

The historic Jensen’s Point along Route 66 in Pacific, Missouri, will host a grand reopening and dedication May 30. According to an invitation, the Jensen’s Point grand reopening will be at 2 p.m. The landmark is east of Pacific and…

Formal celebration held for new California monuments

Formal celebration held for new California monuments

The recent designation of three national monuments in California — including the Mojave Trails National Monument that includes Route 66 — was formally celebrated Thursday by conservationists and the Secretary of the Interior. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell attended the celebration,…

Barstow belatedly looks at Route 66 plan

Barstow belatedly looks at Route 66 plan

The city of Barstow, California, has hired an Oregon company to come up with a possible strategic plan to help revive its downtown and Route 66 corridor. The Victorville Daily Press reported: A Portland, Oregon, company called MIG was hired…

Murals in Chelsea pedestrian tunnel to be revealed Saturday

Murals in Chelsea pedestrian tunnel to be revealed Saturday

Project Chelsea of Chelsea, Oklahoma, is inviting Mother Road fans to the town’s historic pedestrian tunnel under Route 66 to see the new murals in it that will be revealed Saturday. The Route 66 Pedestrian Underpass Mural will be unveiled at 4…

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