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Art’s Motel in Farmersville reopens

Art’s Motel in Farmersville reopens

Art’s Motel of Farmersville, Illinois, best-known for distinctive sign that was restored by volunteers a decade ago, recently reopened after a six-year hiatus. The Prairie Land Buzz, a publication from a four-county area in Illinois near St. Louis, reported in its February…

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Tips for Route 66 tourism success

Tips for Route 66 tourism success

The Macoupin County Enquirer-Democrat published a comprehensive report about two experts giving a presentation in Gillespie, Illinois, about how to parlay Route 66 into tourism dollars. The experts were Bill Kelly, executive director of the Illinois Route 66 Scenic Byway,…

Sun ‘n Sand Motel may reopen later this year

Sun ‘n Sand Motel may reopen later this year

The closed Sun ‘n Sand Motel in Santa Rosa, New Mexico — best known for its huge, orange neon sign — has a new owner who hopes to reopen the Route 66 establishment sometime in 2017. The Feb. 2 print edition of The…

Wayward driver damages Enchanted Trails RV Park

Wayward driver damages Enchanted Trails RV Park

An alleged drunken driver drove off Interstate 40, careened through the Enchanted Trails RV Park & Trading Post in west Albuquerque and ended up in the complex’s swimming pool Wednesday morning. KOB-TV in Albuquerque reported: “In another month I will…

Route 66 motel photos from 1970s shown by California gallery

Route 66 motel photos from 1970s shown by California gallery

Plenty of photographers have documented old motels along Route 66 in the past 20 years. However, a new exhibit, “Route 66 Motels” at the Joseph Bellows Gallery in La Jolla, California, shows images more than 40 years old. The images…

Desert Sands Motel in Albuquerque torn down

Desert Sands Motel in Albuquerque torn down

The closed Desert Sands Motel of Albuquerque, perhaps best known for being used in a scene in the Oscar-winning movie “No County for Old Men,” was torn down last month after three fires since May. The Albuquerque Journal reported the Route…

Visits with Lillian Redman at the Blue Swallow Motel

Visits with Lillian Redman at the Blue Swallow Motel

Anthony Reichardt recently uploaded several more videos from Route 66 trips he took in the early to mid-1990s in a 1959 Cadillac. The highlight video of this bunch is several visits with Lillian Redman, longtime owner of the iconic Blue Swallow…

Heritage House bed-and-breakfast soon will open in Amarillo

Heritage House bed-and-breakfast soon will open in Amarillo

A new lodging option soon will open in Amarillo in a historic house about a mile south of Route 66. It’s the Heritage House bed-and-breakfast at 1620 S. Polk St. (map here), which sits south of the Sixth Street alignment…

Hotel Castaneda renovation funding hits a snag

Hotel Castaneda renovation funding hits a snag

A state office’s rejections of tax-credit loan applications may slow Allan Affeldt’s bid to renovate the historic but long-closed Hotel Castaneda in Las Vegas, New Mexico. According to a story in the Albuquerque Journal, the New Mexico Finance Authority nixed…

More vintage Route 66 videos from Anthony Reichardt

More vintage Route 66 videos from Anthony Reichardt

Anthony Reichardt recently uploaded more videos from Route 66 trips he undertook in a 1959 Cadillac during the early to mid-1990s. The videos contain plenty of historic value because it documents landmarks that have disappeared or changed. Reichardt’s dedicated YouTube channel…

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