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A closer look at NAACP’s Missouri travel advisory

A closer look at NAACP’s Missouri travel advisory

The NAACP last week issued a Missouri travel advisory, warning travelers and residents about possible discrimination and attacks against minorities in the state. The Missouri NAACP circulated a travel advisory in June, and the issue recently was taken up by the…

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Grant to help “Trucking on Route 66” project

Grant to help “Trucking on Route 66” project

A $5,100 federal cost-share grant will help Missouri State University Libraries and Ozarks Alive set up a “Trucking on Route 66” oral-history project. The grant comes from the Route 66 Corridor Preservation Program, which should release its full list of…

Route 66 featured on NPR’s “Weekend Edition Saturday”

Route 66 featured on NPR’s “Weekend Edition Saturday”

National Public Radio’s “Weekend Edition Saturday” program spent about four minutes on Route 66 and the uncertain fate of the Route 66 Corridor Preservation Program, which expires in 2019. The segment by NPR affiliate KNAU focuses on Holbrook, Arizona, which…

More 1990s videos on Route 66 in a 1959 Cadillac

More 1990s videos on Route 66 in a 1959 Cadillac

Anthony Reichardt recently uploaded more videos from his 1990s trips on Route 66 in a 1959 Cadillac. The videos hold historical value because a number of the places where he visited have vanished or have drastically changed. Reichardt’s YouTube channel…

Old Smoky’s Restaurant building in Williams torn down

Old Smoky’s Restaurant building in Williams torn down

The Old Smoky’s Restaurant building that stood for more than 70 years on Route 66 in Williams, Arizona, was torn down earlier this month. The restaurant itself, however, continues to operate down the street at 125 W. Route 66. The…

New Route 66 exhibit opens in History Museum on the Square

New Route 66 exhibit opens in History Museum on the Square

History Museum on the Square in downtown Springfield, Missouri, on Monday opened its latest exhibit, “Memories of the Mother Road: Birthplace of Route 66.” The show will run through the end of the year. Katy Rawlins, office manager for the…

Spindles from old Carthage bridge likely will be sold

Spindles from old Carthage bridge likely will be sold

The limestone balusters, or spindles, of the now-destroyed old Missouri Highway 96 bridge near Carthage, Missouri, probably will be sold after the city instructed road crews to salvage them. Meanwhile, the new Missouri 96 bridge northeast of town is slated to…

Author traveling Route 66 in 1930 Ford Model A for book project

Author traveling Route 66 in 1930 Ford Model A for book project

Noted author and retired professor T. Lindsay Baker is traveling Route 66 in a 1930 Ford Model A as part of research into a book he’ll be writing about restaurants and dining along the Mother Road. Tulsa World columnist Ginnie…

John Margolies roadside photos now available for download

John Margolies roadside photos now available for download

More than 11,000 photos of roadside America that John Margolies took during a nearly 40-year career now are available for download from the Library of Congress. The archive, which runs from 1972 to 2008, includes nearly 80 photos from Route 66.…

Replica of Red’s Giant Hamburg soon will break ground

Replica of Red’s Giant Hamburg soon will break ground

A long-gestating project to re-create the fabled Red’s Giant Hamburg restaurant in Springfield, Missouri, will clear a big hurdle when its developers break ground within the next 30 days. David Campbell, best-known for the Buckingham’s regional barbecue chain, and partner…

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