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Elbow Inn in Devil’s Elbow partially reopens Friday

Elbow Inn in Devil’s Elbow partially reopens Friday

The Elbow Inn restaurant and bar in Devil’s Elbow, Missouri, will partly reopen Friday for the Memorial Day weekend, less than a month after it was heavily damaged by a record flood from the Big Piney River. A phone call…

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Artist who works in miniature gets part of his inspiration from Route 66

Artist who works in miniature gets part of his inspiration from Route 66

An Albuquerque artist who makes exacting miniature models of buildings and vehicles from the past acknowledged old Route 66 gives him some of his inspiration. In a profile in the Albuquerque Journal about Tim Prythero, one section of the story focuses on…

Governor visits Funks Grove Maple Sirup during small-business tour

Governor visits Funks Grove Maple Sirup during small-business tour

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner recently paid a visit to Funks Grove Pure Maple Sirup as a part of a tour as part of National Small Business Week in Illinois. The Bloomington Pantagraph reported Rauner downed a shot of the company’s signature…

Elbow Inn sets up crowdfunding site to help rebuild

Elbow Inn sets up crowdfunding site to help rebuild

The landmark Elbow Inn restaurant and bar in Devil’s Elbow, Missouri, that was damaged by unprecedented floods set up a crowdfunding site today to help rebuild. The website has been set up through Youcaring.com, with a $50,000 goal. The restaurant…

Devil’s Elbow Historic District, Piney Beach Cabins added to National Register

Devil’s Elbow Historic District, Piney Beach Cabins added to National Register

The Devil’s Elbow Historic District in the small Route 66 town of Devil’s Elbow, Missouri, recently was designated to the National Register of Historic Places. On a related note, Piney Beach, aka Piney Beach Cabins, near Devil’s Elbow also was placed…

Meteor City Trading Post may have a savior

Meteor City Trading Post may have a savior

A couple from Indiana on Monday officially acquired the long-closed and vandalized Meteor City Trading Post west of Winslow, Arizona, and plan to restore and reopen the Route 66 landmark. Meteor City closed in 2012 and soon became ransacked. It…

A chat with Meramec Caverns owner Les Turilli

A chat with Meramec Caverns owner Les Turilli

The Washington Missourian newspaper recently sat down with Les Turilli Sr., owner of Meramec Caverns in Stanton, Missouri, who talked about its troubles in 2016 and the cave’s storied history. Meramec Caverns, which has been open to the public since…

Warmer weather decreases sap harvest at Funks Grove Maple Sirup

Warmer weather decreases sap harvest at Funks Grove Maple Sirup

An unseasonably warm winter decreased the annual sap harvest by a third at Funks Grove Maple Sirup near Shirley, Illinois. The co-operator of the fabled Route 66 business also said climate change may mean a permanent change in when maple sap…

Exporting the buzz of Route 66 to England

Exporting the buzz of Route 66 to England

The Outside Collective, a London-based creative and illustration agency, last year helped create a huge Route 66 mural featuring several Illinois landmarks. I just now found out about it. The mural was at on the side of The Hat & Feathers pub…

Westport Lodge in Joplin to hold grand reopening as Enlight Inn on Monday

Westport Lodge in Joplin to hold grand reopening as Enlight Inn on Monday

The Westport Lodge motel, built in 1947 along Route 66 in Joplin, Missouri, will hold its grand reopening Monday as an Enlight Inn wellness center, motel and cafe. Joplin Globe business writer Wally Kennedy reports the motel at the corner of…

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