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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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Two buildings at Rio Pecos Ranch Truck Terminal torn down

Two buildings at Rio Pecos Ranch Truck Terminal torn down

Two buildings of the long-closed Rio Pecos Ranch Truck Terminal along old Route 66 in Santa Rosa, New Mexico, were leveled to their foundations earlier this month, according to a recent print edition of The Communicator newspaper in Santa Rosa. The Rio…

DeCamp Junction will be auctioned Dec. 3

DeCamp Junction will be auctioned Dec. 3

The historic DeCamp Junction bar and softball field and its memorabilia on old Route 66 near Staunton, Illinois, will be put up for public auction Dec. 3 because its owners are retiring. Ahrens & Niemeier will begin the auction at 8:30 a.m.…

Savior of Twin Arrows landmark found dead in murder-suicide

Savior of Twin Arrows landmark found dead in murder-suicide

Mary Smeal, who reportedly was responsible more than any other person for the restoration a few years ago of the Twin Arrows off Route 66 in Arizona, was found dead Wednesday an apparent murder-suicide. Coconino County sheriff’s deputies found the…

Zettlers Route 66 store in Ash Fork put up for sale

Zettlers Route 66 store in Ash Fork put up for sale

The owners of the Zettlers Route 66 store in Ash Fork, Arizona, have put the business up for sale less than a year after opening it. Kirk and Yvette Slack finished about 15 months of cleaning and renovations to the historic building on…

Jack Brown, CEO of Stater Bros. Markets, dies at 78

Jack Brown, CEO of Stater Bros. Markets, dies at 78

Jack Brown, 78, longtime CEO of Southern California’s Stater Bros. Markets chain, died Sunday night surrounded by family members, according to a news release from the company Monday. Stater Bros. was the longtime chief sponsor of the Route 66 Rendezvous in San…

Exploring the ruins of Ella’s Frontier

Exploring the ruins of Ella’s Frontier

Crowd-funded filmmaker Dan Bell recently explored the ruins of Ella’s Frontier off old Route 66 near Joseph City, Arizona. He interspersed the film with footage from the 1980s shortly after the business closed with the owner’s death in 1984. According…

Survey indicates how bicycle tourism may affect Route 66

Survey indicates how bicycle tourism may affect Route 66

The Adventure Cycling Association — which produced a fine map series on how to cycle on the Route 66 — recently released some findings of a biennial survey. With some light editing, I decided to highlight data that’s most relevant…

Happy 90th birthday, Route 66!

Happy 90th birthday, Route 66!

Today — which also happens to be Veterans Day — marks the 90th birthday of the official existence of U.S. Highway 66, better known as Route 66. Nov. 11, 1926, was the day the American Association of State Highway Officials…

Boot Hill in Vega sold; its restaurant days are done

Boot Hill in Vega sold; its restaurant days are done

The closed Boot Hill Saloon and Grill in Vega, Texas, sold recently, but its new life won’t be as a restaurant. Its now-former owner, Rory Schepisi, wrote in a Facebook post and video Nov. 1: Boot Hill Saloon And Grill is…

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