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Route 66 Corridor Preservation Program announces grants for 2016

Route 66 Corridor Preservation Program announces grants for 2016

The Route 66 Corridor Preservation Program, under the auspices of the National Park Service, announced its cost-share grants for 2016. This year, the program awarded eight cost-share grants totaling more than $103,000 — mostly for renovations or preservation of historic…

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Lowriders, twerkers shut down Route 66 in Albuquerque

Lowriders, twerkers shut down Route 66 in Albuquerque

By now, you’ve probably seen an Associated Press report about how an unauthorized music-video shoot Saturday turned into an impromptu street party of 300 people — including lowriders and twerkers — that shut down Route 66 in Albuquerque. It seems like…

Owners of Milagro gas station soon will retire

Owners of Milagro gas station soon will retire

The longtime owners of the Milagro gas station west of Santa Rosa, New Mexico, will retire by the end of August. The future of the Route 66 landmark remains unknown. Last week’s print edition of the Guadalupe County Communicator reported Rudy…

Melvena Heisch, Laurel Kane inducted into Oklahoma Route 66 Hall of Fame

Melvena Heisch, Laurel Kane inducted into Oklahoma Route 66 Hall of Fame

Melvena Heish and the late Laurel Kane were inducted Saturday into the Oklahoma Route 66 Hall of Fame during ceremonies at the Oklahoma Route 66 Museum in Clinton, Oklahoma. The ceremony also celebrated the 90th anniversary of Route 66 and…

Gay Parita memorial garden nearly finished

Gay Parita memorial garden nearly finished

Barbara Turner’s memorial garden for her late parents is nearly finished several months after she took over the Gay Parita gas-station site west of Halltown, Missouri. Barbara Turner announced her intentions to build the garden that would contain her parents’…

Richfield sign removed temporarily at Cucamonga Service Station

Richfield sign removed temporarily at Cucamonga Service Station

A few Route 66 aficionados became alarmed when they saw in February the Richfield sign atop the restored Cucamonga Service Station in Rancho Cucamonga, California, had vanished. Don’t worry, folks. The sign’s absence turns out to be temporary. The station’s owners eventually…

Delano Oil Co. gas stations are disappearing

Delano Oil Co. gas stations are disappearing

Delano Oil Co. gas stations, a fixture along mid-Missouri and Route 66 for 88 years, are vanishing after Midwest Petroleum bought the chain. Jay Delano, president of the company, told the Waynesville Daily Guide the buyout was supposed to close this…

Monrovia gas station designated as historic landmark

Monrovia gas station designated as historic landmark

The city council of Monrovia, California, this week designated a former gas station along an early alignment of Route 66 as a historic landmark. The city’s Historic Preservation Commission reviewed the property at 805 S. Shamrock Ave. (map here) and recommended the designation. The report about the…

Santa Rosa Route 66 museum closer to reality

Santa Rosa Route 66 museum closer to reality

Santa Rosa, New Mexico, and Classical Gas Museum owner Johnnie Meier have edged closer to an agreement to set up a Route 66 museum in the city’s Ilfeld Warehouse. Last week’s print edition of the The Communicator, based in Santa Rosa,…

One of the Whiting Brothers dies

One of the Whiting Brothers dies

Mickey Whiting, one of the men who helped run Whiting Bros. gas stations along Route 66 and the West for several decades and co-founder of Kaibab Industries, died at age 87 on June 2 at his home in Phoenix. An obituary in several…

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