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Owner of Gay Parita Sinclair station dies

Owner of Gay Parita Sinclair station dies

Gary Turner, the beloved owner of the Gay Parita Sinclair gas station on old Route 66 west of Halltown, Missouri, died Thursday night. Turner’s daughter, Barb Barnes, confirmed his passing Friday morning. Turner had battled health problems in the last…

Widow of Bill Shea dies

Helen Shea, the widow of Shea’s Route 66 Museum owner Bill Shea Sr., died Monday at a hospice in Springfield, Illinois, according to an obituary from Butler Funeral Homes. She was 96. A Springfield native, she worked at Sangamo Electric and helped…

One Whiting Bros. sign relighted

The good news last week was that one of the refurbished neon signs at still-operating Whiting Bros. station in Moriarty, New Mexico, was relighted to much fanfare. The bad news was, because of technical problems, the second sign didn’t relight.…

More auto-chargers coming to Route 66 in Illinois

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn announced the creation of a network of charging stations for electric vehicles along Route 66 in Illinois that will be operational by summer, according to various media outlets, including the Alton Telegraph. The Route 66 towns…

Bill Shea’s Route 66 Museum put up for sale

Bill Shea’s Route 66 Museum in Springfield, Illinois, has been put on the market after the property cleared probate following the longtime owner’s death in December, reported the Springfield State Journal-Register. The newspaper noted the museum’s Facebook page had this…

Joplin buys old Route 66 garage

The city of Joplin, Missouri, recently bought a long-abandoned 1920s garage building that it plans to convert into a Route 66 attraction — most likely a visitors center, reported the Joplin Globe. Patrick Tuttle,  director of the Joplin Convention and…

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