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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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New Route 66-inspired sculpture dedicated in Albuquerque

New Route 66-inspired sculpture dedicated in Albuquerque

“Reels and Wheels,” a new public art sculpture in front of the historic Hiland Theatre, recently was dedicated in Albuquerque. According to KRQE-TV: The art piece serves a dual purpose as art and as the ABQ Ride bus shelter for…

Albuquerque will fix its Route 66 neon signs by June

Albuquerque will fix its Route 66 neon signs by June

Albuquerque will repair and convert to LED all of its Route 66-themed neon archways and signs by June, including a defective one on the city’s west side has read “Route 6” instead of “Route 66” for almost a year. KOAT-TV in Albuquerque reports…

“American Indians and Route 66” guide published

A 68-page “American Indians and Route 66” guide for tourists recently was published, along with its companion website. “American Indians and Route 66” is a partnership between the American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association and the Route 66 Corridor Preservation…

Daughter revives Gary Turner’s Gay Parita station

Daughter revives Gary Turner’s Gay Parita station

The daughter of Gary Turner reopened the much-loved Gay Parita gas station west of Halltown, Missouri, 15 months after its patriarch died at age 70. Barbara Turner moved into her father and mother’s home behind the Route 66 landmark less…

Launching Pad Drive-In fails to sell at auction

Launching Pad Drive-In fails to sell at auction

The Launching Pad Drive-In restaurant in Wilmington, Illinois — best-known for its 30-foot-tall Gemini Giant fiberglass statue next to Route 66 — failed to sell during an auction Saturday because the reserve wasn’t met. The Will County News reported Tina and…

City of Lincoln approves funds for The Mill restoration

City of Lincoln approves funds for The Mill restoration

The city council of Lincoln, Illinois, this week approved $12,000 in motel-tax funds to help finish restoring The Mill, a now-closed restaurant on Route 66 that eventually will become a museum. According to the Lincoln Courier, the Route 66 Heritage Foundation of Logan County…

Vision Tulsa’s passage helps several Route 66 projects

Vision Tulsa’s passage helps several Route 66 projects

Voters in Tulsa passed the Vision Tulsa sales-tax extension by a wide margin Tuesday, and a few Route 66 projects will receive pieces of the $884 million pie. The big project of Vision Tulsa is building low-water dams on the Arkansas…

Soft opening set for Heart of Route 66 Auto Museum

Soft opening set for Heart of Route 66 Auto Museum

The Heart of Route 66 Auto Museum in Sapulpa, Oklahoma, will open for limited hours beginning June 1. The museum originally was set to have limited hours in March but was pushed back. The museum at 13 Sahoma Lake Road, just…

An example of why Congress is unpopular

An example of why Congress is unpopular

House Republicans in Washington opened an investigation into President Obama’s recent designation of three new national monuments, including Route 66’s Mojave Trails National Monument, in the California desert. Obama used his authority under the 1906 Antiquities Act for the designation, doubling the…

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