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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…

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When much of Route 66 was segregated

When much of Route 66 was segregated

If you’ve got an hour, watch this recent video about author and photographer Candacy Taylor, who attended the Bay Area Book Festival to talk about her research into Route 66 and the Negro Motorist Green Book. If you’re not familiar with the…

Springfield’s half-hidden historical gem

Springfield’s half-hidden historical gem

I’ve been on Route 66 in Springfield, Missouri, at least 10 times, probably more. But while surfing for Route 66 videos and looking over the city’s website for the Birthplace of Route 66 Festival, I stumbled onto a landmark that…

Springfield, Missouri, releases “story maps” website

Springfield, Missouri, releases “story maps” website

Ahead of the Birthplace of Route 66 Festival this weekend, the city of Springfield, Missouri, launched an interactive “story map” website detailing about 80 Route 66 businesses that once stood or still exist in the city and its outskirts. According…

Townsfolk seek to restore Virden History Mural

Townsfolk seek to restore Virden History Mural

A group of concerned residents seeks to restore the Virden History Mural in Virden, Illinois, on Route 66 that depicts the town’s transportation history. City officials dedicated the 52-by-19-foot mural by Greenville College professor John Hubbell in 2004. But it’s encountered hard times recently, reported…

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…

St. Louis Mart and Terminal Warehouse named to National Register

St. Louis Mart and Terminal Warehouse named to National Register

The St. Louis Mart and Terminal Warehouse on a corner of Route 66 near downtown was named to the National Register of Historic Places. The National Register listing became effective July 28, according to an email Friday from the National…

Seven minutes about the Bunion Derby

Seven minutes about the Bunion Derby

I missed this when it was uploaded a few weeks ago, but this seven-minute film about the 1928 Trans-American Footrace, aka Bunion Derby, encapsulates the amazing Route 66 sports event as well as anything you’ll likely see. The film was produced by…

Little Richard nearly died on Route 66

Little Richard nearly died on Route 66

WEHOville.com this week started a promising series, “Tales from Historic Route 66,” about the Mother Road through West Hollywood, California. The first entry was about rock legend Little Richard, who nearly died in a West Hollywood car crash in 1985. Little Richard…

Goal: Reopen Macoupin County Cannonball Jail next year

Goal: Reopen Macoupin County Cannonball Jail next year

Sensing a likely tourism draw, Macoupin County wants to reopen its circa-1870 county jail near downtown Carlinville, Illinois. However, the interior of the fortress-like structure, often called the Macoupin County Cannonball Jail, remains covered with toxic lead paint. About $13,000 has been raised…

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