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DVD review: “The California Promise: Historic Route 66”

DVD review: “The California Promise: Historic Route 66”

Route 66 in the Mojave Desert may look barren, but its past brims with history and stories. That’s the takeaway from Unoccupied Route 66’s latest film, “The California Promise: Historic Route 66.” The 37-minute documentary, again directed by KC Keefer,…

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Streetcar Diner also was target of Riviera Roadhouse fire

Streetcar Diner also was target of Riviera Roadhouse fire

When a suspicious fire in 2010 burned down the historic Riviera Roadhouse restaurant in Gardner, Illinois, the arsonist also unsuccessfully targeted the nearby Streetcar Diner that night. That little-known fact was revealed in more than 200 pages of documents and dozens…

Shea’s Route 66 Museum returning as Route 66-themed auto-repair shop

Shea’s Route 66 Museum returning as Route 66-themed auto-repair shop

Shea’s Route 66 Museum in Springfield, Illinois, which closed and its contents auctioned after the death of its longtime owner in 2013, will reopen this summer as a Route 66-themed auto-repair business. Local classic-car aficionados Randy Pickett and Jake Niewold plan…

City of Springfield to promote car cruising on Kearney Street

City of Springfield to promote car cruising on Kearney Street

In a historic reversal, the city council of Springfield, Missouri, earlier this week voted unanimously to promote car cruising along Kearney Street — a prominent Route 66 alignment — on certain Friday nights this summer. The city now will encourage motorists…

Contents of Granny’s Closet restaurant in Flagstaff to be auctioned

Contents of Granny’s Closet restaurant in Flagstaff to be auctioned

Almost all the memorabilia and contents inside the closed Granny’s Closet restaurant and bar in Flagstaff, Arizona, will be auctioned April 28. Flagstaff Auctions will begin the auction at 10 a.m. that day for the Route 66 landmark at 218 S. Milton…

Route 66 bills in Congress need co-sponsors

Route 66 bills in Congress need co-sponsors

The Route 66: The Road Ahead Initiative is seeking to have Route 66 advocates lobby their local U.S. representative and senator to co-sponsor two bills working their way through Congress. The bills are HR 801, which would name Route 66…

Fort Reno loses state funding, cuts hours deeply

Oklahoma state government’s dire financial situation apparently forced it to halt funding for Fort Reno near El Reno, Oklahoma, just off old Route 66. According to a report by KOCO in Oklahoma City, the historic fort — which dates to the 1870s…

Revamped finale at Meramec Caverns

Revamped finale at Meramec Caverns

A few days ago, a friend of mine commented on Facebook she and her children took a tour of Meramec Caverns in Stanton, Missouri, including the big light-show-and-music finale in the caverns’ Theatre Room. She mentioned Celine Dion sang “God…

Route 66 listed among Most Endangered Historic Places in Illinois

Route 66 listed among Most Endangered Historic Places in Illinois

Landmarks Illinois on Thursday listed Route 66 as one of the Most Endangered Historic Places in Illinois in the group’s annual list and advocated a National Historic Trail designation for the highway. The group stated: The purpose of the list…

Masonic Lodge in Bristow added to National Historic Register

Masonic Lodge in Bristow added to National Historic Register

The nearly century-old Creek Masonic Lodge No. 226 building along Route 66 in Bristow, Oklahoma, was named to the National Register of Historic Places. The designation became effective March 20, and was revealed a weekly email Friday from the National…

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