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Cars on the Route put up for sale

Cars on the Route put up for sale

Cars on the Route of Galena, Kansas, which helped usher in a revival of its downtown, is being put up for sale. It will remain open, however, for at least a few more weeks to greet Route 66 tourists. Renee Charles,…

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Daughter revives Gary Turner’s Gay Parita station

Daughter revives Gary Turner’s Gay Parita station

The daughter of Gary Turner reopened the much-loved Gay Parita gas station west of Halltown, Missouri, 15 months after its patriarch died at age 70. Barbara Turner moved into her father and mother’s home behind the Route 66 landmark less…

Ambler-Becker Texaco station to host 90th birthday for Route 66

Ambler-Becker Texaco station to host 90th birthday for Route 66

An early birthday party for Route 66 will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. April 21 at the historic Ambler-Becker Texaco station in Dwight, Illinois. Although Route 66 doesn’t officially turn 90 until Nov. 11, this no doubt will…

Marathon Oil station in Miami sold at auction

Marathon Oil station in Miami sold at auction

The historic Miami Marathon Oil Station on an old alignment of Route 66 in Miami, Oklahoma, sold for $18,000 at auction Friday, but its new owner remains unknown for now. The Joplin Globe newspaper reported the station’s new owner declined…

Laurel Kane celebration of life set for April 30

Laurel Kane celebration of life set for April 30

A celebration of Laurel Kane’s life is scheduled for midday April 30 at her beloved Afton Station on Route 66 in Afton, Oklahoma. The announcement was made this week on a new Facebook page: There was no place where Laurel was…

1929 Marathon station in Miami will be auctioned

1929 Marathon station in Miami will be auctioned

The historic Marathon station in Miami, Oklahoma, on old Route 66 will be auctioned at 9 a.m. April 8. The station, built in 1929, sits at 331 S. Main St., part of the oldest alignment of Route 66 in Miami. That…

Springfield may add TIF district to section of Route 66

Springfield, Illinois, may add a tax-increment financing district to declining Peoria Road, which is historic Route 66 in the town’s north side. TIF districts are where taxes from rising property-tax values are used to pay a part of renovation costs or infrastructure improvements…

An interview with Laurel Kane

An interview with Laurel Kane

In 2012, Afton Station matriarch Laurel Kane was interviewed by Simon Cantlon and Justin Nathanson for their “Motels on Route 66” documentary film. The duo still are working on their movie. However, with the announcement of Kane’s death last week, they…

Laurel Kane, matriarch of Afton Station, dies

Laurel Kane, matriarch of Afton Station, dies

Laurel Kane, 69, matriarch of the Afton Station visitors center on Route 66 in Afton, Oklahoma, died Thursday from a short illness as the result of a fall at her home in Tulsa earlier in the week, according to her former husband, David…

Mahan gas station moved to restaurant

Mahan gas station moved to restaurant

The historic Mahan gas station that sat at the now-closed Shea’s Gas Station Museum in Springfield, Illinois, was moved Sunday about a quarter-mile north to its new owner, Fulgenzi’s Pizza and Pasta, reported the State Journal-Register. Owner Jeff Fulgenzi told the newspaper…

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