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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’…

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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…

“Small Frame” music video shot at Roy’s of Amboy

“Small Frame” music video shot at Roy’s of Amboy

The Los Angeles-based folk-rock band, Highland Kites, shot a video for its song, “Small Frame,” at the historic Roy’s complex on Route 66 in Amboy, California. Small Frame – Highland Kites from Aaron Cota on Vimeo. The shoot was done…

A story about Gay Parita station’s reopening

A story about Gay Parita station’s reopening

KYTV in Springfield, Missouri, aired a 2 1/2-minute feature on the Barbara Turner’s resurrection of the Gay Parita gas station on Route 66 west of Halltown, Missouri. The segment contains footage of the station’s late original owner and Barbara’s father,…

City buys Sprague Super Service station

City buys Sprague Super Service station

The city council of Normal, Illinois, on Monday night approved a deal for the purchase and maintenance of Terri Ryburn’s Sprague Super Service station on Route 66. Ryburn posted on her Facebook account shortly after the vote: Well, it’s official.…

City may buy Sprague Super Service station

City may buy Sprague Super Service station

The city of Normal, Illinois, will vote Monday on whether to buy and keep up Terri Ryburn’s historic Sprague Super Service station on old Route 66. The Bloomington Pantagraph reported: The council will consider a $458,000 investment, including $229,000 to…

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