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Springfield’s north side inches closer to TIF district

Springfield’s north side inches closer to TIF district

The city of Springfield, Illinois, seems more likely to implement at tax-increment financing district on its declining north side — which features a prominent alignment of Route 66 — after a hearing on the matter last week. TIF districts are…

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Cardinal Route 66 Memorial Park in Webb City dedicated

Cardinal Route 66 Memorial Park in Webb City dedicated

Dozens of residents gathered Thursday to dedicate the new Cardinal Route 66 Memorial Park on the east edge of Webb City, Missouri. The park sits on a formerly grubby triangle of land near Cardinal Scale Manufacturing Co., which was a…

Fire damages Redmon’s Candy Factory

Fire damages Redmon’s Candy Factory

A fire Tuesday believed caused by a cigarette damaged Redmon’s Candy Factory in Phillipsburg, Missouri, but the business reopened less than 24 hours later. The building sustained fire, smoke and water damage. A woman answering the phone at Redmon’s said the popular…

Plan would demolish Oklahoma City’s Classen Circle

Plan would demolish Oklahoma City’s Classen Circle

A chain restaurant submitted plans to the city of Oklahoma City to tear down all the buildings in Classen Circle, which includes Classen Grill and other historic businesses. OKCTalk.com broke the news Wednesday. Braum’s Ice Cream and Dairy Stores, a popular…

Fanning 66 Outpost soon will reopen

Fanning 66 Outpost soon will reopen

The closed Fanning 66 Outpost, best known for the formerly World’s Largest Rocker on its premises, will reopen later the summer after a local businessman bought it. Ryan Thompson, owner of Route 66 Mercantile in nearby Cuba, Missouri, closed on…

More about the reopening of Wrinks Market in Lebanon

More about the reopening of Wrinks Market in Lebanon

KY3 in Springfield, Missouri, recently produced a story about the reopening of the long-closed Wrinks Market along Route 66 in Lebanon, Missouri. The general store closed in 2005 after the death of its founder, Glenn “Wrink” Wrinkle, at age 83.…

More 1990s videos from a Route 66 journey in 1959 Cadillac

More 1990s videos from a Route 66 journey in 1959 Cadillac

Anthony Reichardt has uploaded more videos from when he traveled Route 66 during the early and mid-1990s in a 1959 Cadillac. Reichardt’s YouTube channel for the videos is here. The clips are notable for historical reasons, as many of the places…

Route 66 has spawned many “new” places

Route 66 has spawned many “new” places

A reader over the weekend asked me what are some of the “new” businesses or attractions on Route 66 in the past 10 years or so. Naturally, this sort of question sent me down a rabbit hole of research for…

Business owners say ART work will hurt Route 66 festival

Business owners say ART work will hurt Route 66 festival

Businesses along the Nob Hill sector in Albuquerque say next month’s Route 66 Summerfest will be hampered by ongoing Albuquerque Rapid Transit construction. In a featured guest column signed by 16 other business owners in the Albuquerque Journal, Stone Mountain Bead…

‘Blight’ designation may boost Springfield’s Kearney Street

‘Blight’ designation may boost Springfield’s Kearney Street

It sounds counter-intuitive, but the city of Springfield, Missouri, is considering declaring Kearney Street blighted so it can improve it in the future. Kearney remains a prominent Route 66 alignment once known as a car-cruising corridor during the 1970s and…

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