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Photo deck dedicated for “Ship It on the Frisco” trestle

Photo deck dedicated for “Ship It on the Frisco” trestle

Shrewsbury, Missouri, last week dedicated a new photo deck so visitors can take a photograph of the historic “Ship It on the Frisco” train trestle that goes over Route 66 in the city. St. Louis Route 66 historian Norma Maret Bolin said the…

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Devil’s Elbow ravaged by flooding

Devil’s Elbow ravaged by flooding

Flooding across mid-Missouri has affected many towns, but none more than the Route 66 hamlet of Devil’s Elbow. According to the Waynesville Daily Guide, residents of Devil’s Elbow were asked to evacuate by the Missouri State Highway Patrol. The rising…

Front Street Bridge in Galena to be closed for repairs until July

Front Street Bridge in Galena to be closed for repairs until July

  The historic Front Street Bridge, aka the Galena Viaduct, that carried Route 66 into Galena, Kansas, will be closed for renovations until July. KSNF-TV reports the bridge’s road surface, sidewalks and hand rails are being repaved. It’s being paid…

A symbol of stupidity

A symbol of stupidity

A woman fell into the Arkansas River in Tulsa and was rescued Tuesday after she looked for “satanic symbols” that allegedly were on the underside of the historic 11th Street Bridge. Several Tulsa media outlets posted the story, but KJRH-TV reported the…

Oatman Road near Topock to be closed four days for bridge work

Oatman Road near Topock to be closed four days for bridge work

Oatman Road near Topock, Arizona, will be closed for four days starting today while an innovative new bridge is built over a flood-prone wash. The Arizona Department of Transportation and Mohave County are constructing a prefabricated bridge over Sacramento Wash…

Part of Route 66 in Mojave Desert to be closed until mid-September

Part of Route 66 in Mojave Desert to be closed until mid-September

A portion of Route 66 that runs through the Mojave Desert just east of Amboy, California, will be closed through mid-September because of bridge construction. San Bernardino County published a news release Monday in the Desert Dispatch newspaper, based in…

Missouri to build new bridge next to Gasconade River bridge

Missouri to build new bridge next to Gasconade River bridge

The Missouri Department of Transportation announced Thursday it will build a new bridge next to the closed Gasconade River Bridge near Hazelgreen and keep the historic bridge standing for now. In the meantime, local preservationists will have to find an…

Trash a chronic problem under Tulsa’s 11th Street Bridge

Trash a chronic problem under Tulsa’s 11th Street Bridge

A chronic problem with garbage under Tulsa’s historic 11th Street Bridge and the nearby Interstate 244 bridge has festered for weeks, apparently because the city isn’t sure what department is responsible for cleanup. Local physician Vicki C. Baker emailed me…

Tulsa residents provide intriguing ideas for land under I-244

Tulsa residents provide intriguing ideas for land under I-244

Tulsa residents offered several intriguing ideas to develop a piece of land under Interstate 244 on the west side of the Arkansas River during a public hearing this week. It’s one of the last of the original Vision 2025 projects…

Progress report on the Route 66 Experience museum

Progress report on the Route 66 Experience museum

Ken Busby, CEO and executive director of the Route 66 Alliance, provided an update this week on Public Radio Tulsa about the ongoing Route 66 Experience museum project in Tulsa. You can listen to the 25-minute interview here. Here are some highlights:…

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