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Long-closed Mitchell Caverns slated to reopen in November

Long-closed Mitchell Caverns slated to reopen in November

Mitchell Caverns, a Mojave Desert site off Route 66 that has been closed since 2011 because of varying infrastructure problems, will reopen Nov. 3 on a limited schedule. An official with California State Parks announced the reopening Friday, reported the…

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Guinness certifies world’s largest belt buckle in Uranus, Missouri

Guinness certifies world’s largest belt buckle in Uranus, Missouri

The Uranus, Missouri complex (actually near St. Robert, Missouri) mostly is known for its silly but attention-getting name and mildly scatological puns associated with it. Now it’s known as the honest-to-goodness home of the world’s largest belt buckle. Louie Keen,…

Interior Secretary recommends Mojave Trails National Monument be preserved

Interior Secretary recommends Mojave Trails National Monument be preserved

U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke said Thursday he’s recommending none of the 27 national monuments — including Mojave Trails National Monument in California — under review by the Trump administration be eliminated. Although the elimination of the Mojave…

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…

Santa Rosa revitalization plan would reduce Route 66 from four lanes to two

Santa Rosa revitalization plan would reduce Route 66 from four lanes to two

Traffic lanes on much of Route 66 in Santa Rosa, New Mexico, would be reduced from four lanes to two as one aspect of a revitalization plan proposed by a consultant. Planning consultant Sarah Ijadi presented the ideas for the…

World’s Tallest Gas Pump in Sapulpa nears completion

World’s Tallest Gas Pump in Sapulpa nears completion

The 66-foot-tall gas pump in front of the Heart of Route 66 Auto Museum in Sapulpa, Oklahoma, neared completion last week with the installation of what will be a lighted medallion on top. Officials are billing it the World’s Tallest…

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…

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…

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