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Oklahoma may close two Route 66 bridges, leave them as monuments

Oklahoma may close two Route 66 bridges, leave them as monuments

The Oklahoma Department of Transportation likely will close two historic and unique Route 66 bridges because of deterioration, but it is considering keeping the structures as monuments to travelers, according to a report from a television station and an Oklahoma…

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Seven historic Route 66 bridges in Oklahoma endangered

Seven historic Route 66 bridges in Oklahoma endangered

Historian and author Jim Ross, who’s plugged into the goings-on with Oklahoma’s Route 66 as well as anyone, posted this grim message Monday on Facebook. The gist of it is seven historic bridges on the Mother Road in Oklahoma are slated for replacement,…

Carthage bridge unexpectedly closes to traffic

Carthage bridge unexpectedly closes to traffic

A 1934 railroad overpass that brought Route 66 into Carthage, Missouri, unexpectedly closed Thursday after an inspection showed serious deterioration. Ron Hart at the Route 66 Chamber of Commerce reported the bridge already was scheduled to be demolished in April…

Two Route 66 sites listed on Missouri’s Places in Peril

Two Route 66 sites listed on Missouri’s Places in Peril

The Missouri Alliance for Historic Preservation recently listed two landmarks on Route 66 to its annual historic Places in Peril, and two more were placed on the group’s Watched list. The Route 66 Meramec River Bridge near Eureka and the Old Phillipsburg…

Route 66 businesses worry about effect of bridge projects

Route 66 businesses worry about effect of bridge projects

Detours for upcoming replacement of two bridges in Carthage, Missouri, has Route 66 businesses fretting that tourists will bypass their town. The Missouri Department of Transportation will start to replace two bridges on Highway 96 (aka Route 66) on the northeast side…

Business seeks to help preserve Route 66 sites

Business seeks to help preserve Route 66 sites

A Minnesota-based artist recently launched Explore and Preserve, an apparel and gift website that aims to give part of its profits to endangered Route 66 sites, including the Meramec River Bridge in Missouri. The historic Meramec River Bridge near Eureka, Missouri, requires more than…

Pony Bridge added to Endangered Places list

Pony Bridge added to Endangered Places list

Preservation Oklahoma recently placed the famous Pony Bridge near Bridgeport, Oklahoma, on its 2016 list of Oklahoma’s Most Endangered Historic Places. The endangered-places listing was announced in April in Tulsa. The State Historic Preservation Office published the list in its current issue of…

“Ship It on the Frisco”

“Ship It on the Frisco”

A song off The Bottle Rockets‘ new album, “Ship It on the Frisco,” sent me down a rabbit hole researching a certain Route 66 overpass and the railroad that once traveled on it. The song (download MP3 here) is found on The Bottle Rockets’ excellent album,…

The result from the photo session at the Meramec River Bridge

The result from the photo session at the Meramec River Bridge

On Saturday, Route 66 fans and preservationists were invited to the Route 66 State Park office near Eureka, Missouri, for a photo shoot at the Meramac River Route 66 Bridge for the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s “This Place Matters” campaign. Here is the…

New plan suggests Gasconade River Bridge will be saved

New plan suggests Gasconade River Bridge will be saved

It appears the Missouri Department of Transportation will repair and reconstruct the closed Gasconade River Bridge that carries old Route 66 near Hazelgreen, Missouri, instead of a new bridge being built in its place. A draft of the state’s 2017-2021 Statewide Transportation Improvement…

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