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Fire heavily damages Desert Sands Motel in Albuquerque

Fire heavily damages Desert Sands Motel in Albuquerque

A fire early Tuesday engulfed two-thirds of the historic Desert Sands Motel along old Route 66 in Albuquerque and left 57 long-term residents there homeless, according to varying media accounts. The Albuquerque Journal reported 22 firefighting units were called to…

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Los Angeles may preserve ‘Green Book’ properties

Los Angeles may preserve ‘Green Book’ properties

Los Angeles and the Getty Conservation Institute are exploring the possibility of rehabbing and protecting about 50 properties once listed in the Negro Motorist Green Book. A few of the properties may be designated as L.A. Historic-Cultural Monuments, reported the Los Angeles Times. The…

Springfield, Missouri, sees boom in hotel business

Springfield, Missouri, sees boom in hotel business

Springfield, Missouri, is experiencing a boom in hotel business so far in 2016, and it appears one big reason for it is Route 66. According to the KY3 station in town: The Convention and Visitors bureau says the number of…

Trailer for “The Missouri Maze” film released

Trailer for “The Missouri Maze” film released

Filmmaker KC Keefer and host Nick Gerlich of Unoccupied Route 66 recently released this trailer for “The Missouri Maze,” an area of the Show Me State where Route 66 was rerouted several times. The ruins of John’s Modern Cabins near Newburg, Missouri,…

Route 66 hostel opens in Joplin

Route 66 hostel opens in Joplin

Joplin 66 Hostel, which is catering to travelers along the Mother Road, opened a few weeks ago in Duenweg, Missouri, an eastern suburb of Joplin. The hostel is located at 6863 Newman Road (map here), a short distance north of…

Talk heats up about restoring Herring Hotel in Amarillo

Talk heats up about restoring Herring Hotel in Amarillo

Long-simmering talk of restoring the long-closed Herring Hotel in Amarillo reached a boiling point the past week or so, according to several media outlets. KFDA-TV in Amarillo reported Wednesday the owner is talking to investors who want to restore the stately…

Munger Moss Motel to mark 70th birthday Saturday

Munger Moss Motel to mark 70th birthday Saturday

The Munger Moss Motel in Lebanon, Missouri, will be marking its 70th birthday Saturday with music, food and dancing. There’s a triple reason for the celebration, however. The Route 66 motel’s owners, Bob and Ramona Lehman, will mark their 45th year…

El Vado Motel project may begin construction by summer

El Vado Motel project may begin construction by summer

A long-awaited redevelopment of the landmark El Vado Motel in Albuquerque may begin by summer, and part of the property will reopen as a boutique motel by summer 2017. The Albuquerque Journal reports a $16 million, scaled-back plan for the…

Architectural neon for Boots Court relighted

Architectural neon for Boots Court relighted

The Boots Court in Carthage, Missouri, on Saturday night officially relighted the architectural neon of the Route 66 motel that had gone dark for about 15 years. An estimated 200 people attended the event. Here is a video from Jessica Davis…

Route 66 tourist center opens in Edwardsville

A Route 66 information center in Edwardsville, Illinois, has opened in the Afterwords Books store, which was a tourist inn for Route 66 travelers many years ago. The Edwardsville Intelligencer reports the city’s Historic Preservation Commission forged a partnership with the bookstore to…

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