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Dawn Patterson of DK’s Garage in Towanda dies

Dawn Patterson of DK’s Garage in Towanda dies

Dawn Patterson of Towanda, Illinois, who turned her two-car garage next to her home into a Route 66 tourist destination called DK’s Garage, died last week after a brief illness. She was 59. Catherine Stevanovich of the Illinois Route 66…

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Site of Shea’s Route 66 Gas Station Museum back up for sale

Site of Shea’s Route 66 Gas Station Museum back up for sale

The site of the Shea’s Route 66 Gas Station Museum in Springfield, Illinois, is back up for sale, but the owner still is considering acquiring a business partner to help keep its Route 66 look. Tim Landis, business editor of…

Underpass Cafe exterior near Phillipsburg to be restored

Underpass Cafe exterior near Phillipsburg to be restored

The exterior of the Underpass Cafe building east of Phillipsburg, Missouri, that has been closed for about 60 years will be restored by the Lebanon-Laclede County Route 66 Society. According to a post this week by Gary Sosniecki on the…

Charley’s Automotive Service in Grants named to National Register

Charley’s Automotive Service in Grants named to National Register

The long-closed Charley’s Automotive Service building along Route 66 in Grants, New Mexico, was named to the National Register of Historic Places. The designation became effective Oct. 4, according to a recent email from the National Park Service. The station…

Ryburn Place in Normal opens to the public

Ryburn Place in Normal opens to the public

Ryburn Place, aka Sprague Super Service station in Normal, Illinois, held its grand opening Saturday after a multi-year restoration of the historic Route 66 site. Ryburn Place is named after Route 66 enthusiast Terri Ryburn, who owned the site for…

Sprague Super Service station reopens Saturday as Ryburn Place

Sprague Super Service station reopens Saturday as Ryburn Place

The long-in-coming restoration of the historic Sprague Super Service station in Normal, Illinois, will culminate with a grand opening Saturday, where it will be rechristened as Ryburn Place. The station will be renamed after Route 66 enthusiast Terri Ryburn, who…

Meltdown Diner opens on Route 66 in southwest Tulsa

Meltdown Diner opens on Route 66 in southwest Tulsa

The owners of the Meltdown Gourmet Grilled Cheese food truck in Tulsa recently opened a permanent location on a historic corner of Route 66 in southwest part of the city, called the Meltdown Diner. Jim and Sara Hardcastle sold the…

Grand opening for Sprague Super Service station set for Aug. 12

Grand opening for Sprague Super Service station set for Aug. 12

The grand opening — or reopening, if you will — of the gift shop and information center at the historic Sprague Super Service station in Normal, Illinois, will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Aug. 12. Gift-shop operator Terri Ryburn,…

Sprague’s Super Service station in Normal will open in August

The Sprague’s Super Service station is scheduled to open to the public next month as a Route 66 visitors center after the city of Normal, Illinois, finishes its rehabilitation. The Bloomington Pantagraph reported: “We’re definitely going to be ready to…

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…

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