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Developers unveil De Anza Motor Lodge renderings in Albuquerque

Developers unveil De Anza Motor Lodge renderings in Albuquerque

Developers of the historic but long-closed De Anza Motor Lodge in Albuquerque on Tuesday showed off artist’s renderings of the upcoming project, which is expected to break ground in October and take about a year to complete. According to the…

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Palomino Motel in Tucumcari gets a new owner

Palomino Motel in Tucumcari gets a new owner

The Palomino Motel in Tucumcari, New Mexico, quietly underwent an ownership change, and many improvements are planned at the historic Route 66 property in the coming months. The change in owners was announced in a Facebook post June 30 on…

Restoration of Boots Court architectural neon to begin soon

Restoration of Boots Court architectural neon to begin soon

Repairs to the hail-damaged architectural neon lighting at the Boots Court motel in Carthage, Missouri, will begin by mid-July after Route 66 enthusiasts donated more than $4,100 for the project. Ron Hart of the Route 66 Chamber of Commerce on…

New owner takes over Motel Safari in Tucumcari

New owner takes over Motel Safari in Tucumcari

Larry Smith, formerly of Knoxville, Tennessee, this week took over ownership of Motel Safari in Tucumcari, New Mexico. Motel Safari posted this Thursday on its Facebook page of now-former owners Richard and Gail Talley, right, doing the ceremonial turning over…

More 1990s videos from a Route 66 journey in 1959 Cadillac

More 1990s videos from a Route 66 journey in 1959 Cadillac

Anthony Reichardt has uploaded more videos from when he traveled Route 66 during the early and mid-1990s in a 1959 Cadillac. Reichardt’s YouTube channel for the videos is here. The clips are notable for historical reasons, as many of the places…

Route 66 has spawned many “new” places

Route 66 has spawned many “new” places

A reader over the weekend asked me what are some of the “new” businesses or attractions on Route 66 in the past 10 years or so. Naturally, this sort of question sent me down a rabbit hole of research for…

De Anza Motor Lodge project takes another step forward

De Anza Motor Lodge project takes another step forward

The lengthy quest to rehabilitate and reopen the long-shuttered De Anza Motor Lodge in Albuquerque took another significant step forward last week. The city’s Landmarks and Urban Conservation Commission on Wednesday approved a redevelopment plan for the Route 66 motel…

Holloway Motel, other West Hollywood sites may become historic resources

Holloway Motel, other West Hollywood sites may become historic resources

The Holloway Motel in West Hollywood, California, is among several properties along Santa Monica Boulevard (aka Route 66) being considered as historic resources by the city. The West Hollywood Preservation Alliance urged additional research or reconsideration of the properties by…

Fundraising goal met to fix Boots Court’s hail-damaged neon

Fundraising goal met to fix Boots Court’s hail-damaged neon

Only five days after it launched, a GoFundMe campaign to repair architectural neon lighting at the Boots Court in Carthage, Missouri, met its goal of $4,000. That was the estimated cost to fix the neon, which was damaged by a severe…

Sign stolen from Owl Court motel in Oklahoma City

Sign stolen from Owl Court motel in Oklahoma City

An old sign at the historic but long-closed Owl Court motel in Oklahoma City was stolen between Sunday afternoon and Monday morning. Owner John Dunning, who bought the property at 742 W. Britton Road about 12 years ago with plans…

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