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Is Route 66 immune from the international travel slump?

Is Route 66 immune from the international travel slump?

Fewer international travelers came to the United States during the first quarter of 2017. But two Route 66 landmarks that keep visitor records reported stable or higher numbers for the year to date over the previous year. U.S. Department of…

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Dozens protest plan to demolish Classen Circle

Dozens protest plan to demolish Classen Circle

Representatives from Braum’s got an earful from dozens of people Monday night who protested the Oklahoma company’s plan to demolish historic Classen Circle in Oklahoma City to make way for one of its restaurants. However, Braum’s reps said the company…

Tulsa soon will see a distillery open on Route 66

Tulsa soon will see a distillery open on Route 66

Red Fork Distillery in southwest Tulsa hopes to have its products of the shelves of liquor stores by the end of the year. The distillery at 3310 Southwest Blvd. (aka Route 66) plans to produce vodka, whiskey, gin and even…

A clue surfaces in the Country Classic Cars fire

A clue surfaces in the Country Classic Cars fire

The cause of a fire that destroyed dozens of vintage cars and a large building last month at Country Classic Cars near Staunton, Illinois, remains undetermined, but a new report reveals one possibility. An insurance-industry publication called Claims Journal¬†this week…

Community meeting set for Sept. 18 over Classen Circle

Community meeting set for Sept. 18 over Classen Circle

A community hearing over the fate of the historic Classen Circle in Oklahoma City will be at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 18 at Crown Heights Christian Church in the city. According to The Oklahoman newspaper, city councilman Ed Shadid announced the…

Museum Club in Flagstaff closes abruptly

Museum Club in Flagstaff closes abruptly

The Museum Club, a Route 66 landmark in Flagstaff, Arizona, since 1931, closed with little warning Monday night, and its future appears uncertain. The Facebook page for the Museum Club posted this message about midday Monday: NO MEMORABILIA IS BEING…

Highway 96 bridge work disrupts Route 66 traffic to Carthage

Highway 96 bridge work disrupts Route 66 traffic to Carthage

Unexpected work on a bridge on Highway 96 (aka Route 66) east of Carthage, Missouri, has disputed traffic into that city. The Missouri Department of Transportation began work on the bridge in mid-August. The agency is detouring large-vehicle traffic to…

Guinness certifies world’s largest belt buckle in Uranus, Missouri

Guinness certifies world’s largest belt buckle in Uranus, Missouri

The Uranus, Missouri complex (actually near St. Robert, Missouri) mostly is known for its silly but attention-getting name and mildly scatological puns associated with it. Now it’s known as the honest-to-goodness home of the world’s largest belt buckle. Louie Keen,…

Cool Springs Camp needs new caretakers

Cool Springs Camp needs new caretakers

The owner of Cool Springs Camp, on Oatman Road, aka old Route 66, between Oatman and Kingman, Arizona, needs a caretaker to look over the historic property. Owner Ned Leutchner said one caretaker he enlisted early last year is moving…

Two historic properties for sale in Galena, Tucumcari

Two historic properties for sale in Galena, Tucumcari

In the past week or so, we’ve stumbled onto¬†historic properties along Route 66 in Galena, Kansas, and Tucumcari, New Mexico, that might interest a prospective entrepreneur for not a lot of money. The Tucumcari property once was the Jerry’s Liquors…

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