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‘Love locks’ being placed on Cyrus Avery Centennial Plaza bridge

‘Love locks’ being placed on Cyrus Avery Centennial Plaza bridge

The European tradition of “love locks” apparently has made its way to Tulsa and Route 66. KOTV in Tulsa reports a few dozen “love locks” or “love padlocks” have been placed in recent years over the Cyrus Avery Centennial Plaza over Southwest…

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Meramec River Bridge appears to get a reprieve

Meramec River Bridge appears to get a reprieve

The endangered Meramec River Bridge at Route 66 State Park near Eureka, Missouri, appears to have earned a reprieve from the wrecking ball. The Route 66 bridge that spanned the Meramec River at the now-ghost town of Times Beach was slated to…

New bridges in Carthage to reopen no later than mid-September

New bridges in Carthage to reopen no later than mid-September

The Missouri Department of Transportation this week approved a contract to replace two Missouri 96 (aka Route 66) bridges on the northeast side of Carthage. The road will reopen no later than Sept. 15, but the $6.2 million contract with Clarkson…

Fate of Gasconade River Bridge dominates county meeting

Fate of Gasconade River Bridge dominates county meeting

What to do about the closed Gasconade River Bridge near Hazelgreen, Missouri, “dominated” discussion during a recent meeting of the Laclede County board of commissioners, according to a local newspaper. The Lebanon Daily Record (subscription required) reported the talk about the…

Christmas in Devils Elbow

Christmas in Devils Elbow

Roamin’ Rich Dinkela recently made this video showing Christmas decorations at the Elbow Inn bar and restaurant and the Devils Elbow Bridge along old Route 66 in Devils Elbow, Missouri. So it seems right to post this video on Christmas Day: The…

Missouri’s new old Route 66 bridge

Missouri’s new old Route 66 bridge

Jasper County officials on Wednesday marked the dedication of a new bridge on old Route 66 west of Carthage, Missouri, designed to resemble the 1922 bridge it replaced. Above is a Larry Askren photo, via Facebook, of the new bridge…

MoDOT lays out options for Gasconade River Bridge

MoDOT lays out options for Gasconade River Bridge

The Missouri Department of Transportation on Wednesday night in Lebanon, Missouri, presented its options during a public hearing for the now-closed Gasconade River Bridge that carried Route 66 near Hazelgreen. MoDOT posted a series of documents on its website here.…

Tulsa’s Route 66 Experience more than halfway to funding goal

Tulsa’s Route 66 Experience more than halfway to funding goal

A key official behind the proposed Route 66 Experience in Tulsa said fundraising for the multi-use museum complex is more than halfway to its $23 million goal. Ken Busby, CEO and executive director of the nonprofit Route 66 Alliance, told…

Memories of Times Beach persist more than 30 years later

Memories of Times Beach persist more than 30 years later

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch recently published a story about Marilyn Leistner, who was the last mayor of Times Beach, Missouri, before the Route 66 town was deserted for good in 1983 because of dioxin contamination. Road contractor Russell Bliss used…

MoDOT accelerates replacement of Carthage bridge

MoDOT accelerates replacement of Carthage bridge

The Missouri Department of Transportation is greatly accelerating the replacement of a railroad bridge on Missouri 96, aka Route 66, on the northeast side of Carthage, Missouri, giving hope the project will prove much less disruptive to Route 66 businesses. According to…

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