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Hundreds show up for Gasconade River Bridge rally

Hundreds show up for Gasconade River Bridge rally

Hundreds of historic preservationists and Route 66ers showed up Saturday afternoon for Gasconade River Bridge rally near Hazelgreen, Missouri, to persuade the Missouri Department of Transportation to preserve the Route 66 bridge. KY3 in Springfield, Missouri, posted this good report…

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A new view of the Old Chain of Rocks Bridge

A new view of the Old Chain of Rocks Bridge

Jeff Pierson recently took his drone copter onto the Old Chain of Rocks Bridge in St. Louis and got some fascinating footage from the air. Not only do you get an overhead view of the 1929 bridge, but also the two…

Munger Moss Motel to mark 70th birthday Saturday

Munger Moss Motel to mark 70th birthday Saturday

The Munger Moss Motel in Lebanon, Missouri, will be marking its 70th birthday Saturday with music, food and dancing. There’s a triple reason for the celebration, however. The Route 66 motel’s owners, Bob and Ramona Lehman, will mark their 45th year…

Barnes Town and Country store may close this month

Barnes Town and Country store may close this month

The Barnes Town and Country store, which has served customers along Route 66 west of Springfield, Missouri, since 1934, likely will close by the end of the month unless someone buys the business. Brothers Rick and Randy Perryman have run…

Book review: “Route 66 Crossings”

Book review: “Route 66 Crossings”

Because so many Route 66 books have entered the marketplace over the past three decades or so, one initially wonders why Jim Ross’ new volume about historic bridges on the Mother Road hasn’t been done before. But as one dives deep…

2016 will be make-or-break for Route 66 State Park bridge

2016 will be make-or-break for Route 66 State Park bridge

With the Route 66 State Park bridge near Eureka, Missouri, facing an early 2017 deadline, the Great Rivers Greenway is raising funds in an effort save the bridge from demolition and even restore it. The $325,000 earmarked by the Missouri Department of Transportation for demolition…

Galena Viaduct wins grants to finish restoration

Galena Viaduct wins grants to finish restoration

The Galena Viaduct, also known as the Front Street Bridge, north of Galena, Kansas, recently received almost $400,000 in grants to finish its restoration. The bridge recently received a federal $193,836 Community Development Block Grant and a $193,837 match from Cherokee…

Jackson Boulevard Bridge marks 100th birthday

Jackson Boulevard Bridge marks 100th birthday

The Jackson Boulevard Bridge in Chicago, which carried Route 66 until the 1950s, marks the 100th anniversary of its opening today. The North Loop News dug up history on the draw bridge over the Chicago River, which still is used…

Mural will be added to Chelsea pedestrian tunnel

Mural will be added to Chelsea pedestrian tunnel

A mural that will portray the history of Chelsea, Oklahoma, will be painted on the pedestrian tunnel that goes under Route 66 in the town, reported The Daily Progress of nearby Claremore, Oklahoma. Artist Ken Hollingshead of Sapulpa, Oklahoma, has been preparing…

High water in central Missouri

High water in central Missouri

This stunning video shows the flooding that was occurring yesterday in the central Missouri towns of Jerome, Devil’s Elbow and Hazelgreen. The video, with the help of a drone, includes a lot of footage of the closed Route 66 bridge,…

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