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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…

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Cardinal Route 66 Memorial Park in Webb City dedicated

Cardinal Route 66 Memorial Park in Webb City dedicated

Dozens of residents gathered Thursday to dedicate the new Cardinal Route 66 Memorial Park on the east edge of Webb City, Missouri. The park sits on a formerly grubby triangle of land near Cardinal Scale Manufacturing Co., which was a…

Grand Canyon Caverns soon will open Grotto underground dining area

Grand Canyon Caverns soon will open Grotto underground dining area

Grand Canyon Caverns near Peach Springs, Arizona, in early August will open a Caverns Grotto on an elevated platform as a specialty underground dining area. Frank Kocevar, former owner of Historic Seligman Sundries in nearby Seligman, Arizona, had some details…

Fanning 66 Outpost soon will reopen

Fanning 66 Outpost soon will reopen

The closed Fanning 66 Outpost, best known for the formerly World’s Largest Rocker on its premises, will reopen later the summer after a local businessman bought it. Ryan Thompson, owner of Route 66 Mercantile in nearby Cuba, Missouri, closed on…

Route 66 has spawned many “new” places

Route 66 has spawned many “new” places

A reader over the weekend asked me what are some of the “new” businesses or attractions on Route 66 in the past 10 years or so. Naturally, this sort of question sent me down a rabbit hole of research for…

Fire destroys a building inside Joliet Correctional Center

Fire destroys a building inside Joliet Correctional Center

An industrial building inside the historic Joliet Correctional Center in Joliet, Illinois, burned to the ground earlier this week, and a juvenile was charged with starting the blaze. The Daily Southtown reported: Joliet police received numerous Crime Stoppers tips from…

Tulsa will add markers to historic Route 66 sites

Tulsa will add markers to historic Route 66 sites

The city of Tulsa recently issued a request for a proposal from prospective contractors to place historical markers or plaques near Route 66 sites. The request by the city is here; the proposal must be submitted by June 14. In…

Tourists affix dozens of stickers on Gemini Giant of Wilmington

Tourists affix dozens of stickers on Gemini Giant of Wilmington

While tourists continue to visit the Gemini Giant in Wilmington, Illinois, despite the closing of the Launching Pad Drive-In restaurant in 2013, one new twist recently emerged — visitors slapping stickers on the iconic fiberglass figure. According to the Daily…

The highs and lows of Williams, Arizona

The highs and lows of Williams, Arizona

Williams, Arizona, burgeons with tourists and few storefront vacancies along its downtown Route 66 corridor these days. Yet it also battles with long-term problems. The Arizona Daily Sun newspaper in nearby Flagstaff published a report on the renaissance of Williams…

The Tropics neon sign may return to Lincoln by spring 2018

The Tropics neon sign may return to Lincoln by spring 2018

The historic neon sign for the now-gone The Tropics restaurant in Lincoln, Illinois, may return to a parking lot at a McDonald’s along Route 66 by spring 2018. That scenario became more likely after the city approved an easement with¬†Franchise…

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