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Route 66 Corridor Preservation Program announces grants for 2016

Route 66 Corridor Preservation Program announces grants for 2016

The Route 66 Corridor Preservation Program, under the auspices of the National Park Service, announced its cost-share grants for 2016. This year, the program awarded eight cost-share grants totaling more than $103,000 — mostly for renovations or preservation of historic…

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La Posada acquires vintage domed rail car

La Posada acquires vintage domed rail car

La Posada in Winslow, Arizona, recently acquired a historic Santa Fe Pleasure Dome rail car that will be refurbished to house history exhibits and a guest room. The rail car will be a part of the next phase of La Posada complex’s Route…

When much of Route 66 was segregated

When much of Route 66 was segregated

If you’ve got an hour, watch this recent video about author and photographer Candacy Taylor, who attended the Bay Area Book Festival to talk about her research into Route 66 and the Negro Motorist Green Book. If you’re not familiar with the…

Springfield, Missouri, releases “story maps” website

Springfield, Missouri, releases “story maps” website

Ahead of the Birthplace of Route 66 Festival this weekend, the city of Springfield, Missouri, launched an interactive “story map” website detailing about 80 Route 66 businesses that once stood or still exist in the city and its outskirts. According…

Texas firm buys El Rey Inn in Santa Fe

Texas firm buys El Rey Inn in Santa Fe

El Rey Inn in Santa Fe, New Mexico, ended 80 years of family ownership when a Texas real-estate investment company recently bought the historic Route 66 motel. The Santa Fe New Mexican had the scoop Wednesday night: Terrell White, who…

Redevelopment deals signed with De Anza, El Vado motels

Redevelopment deals signed with De Anza, El Vado motels

The city of Albuquerque on Wednesday announced the signing of contracts earlier this month to redevelop the historic but long-closed De Anza Motor Lodge and El Vado Motel, both along old Route 66. According to a news release from the city:…

Carlyle Motel in Oklahoma City soon will disappear

Carlyle Motel in Oklahoma City soon will disappear

The historic Carlyle Motel along old Route 66 in west Oklahoma City has closed, and it seems it soon will make way for a used-car lot. A reader alerted me by email this week the motel’s “driveway is now blocked, by…

Desert Sands Motel catches fire again

Desert Sands Motel catches fire again

Albuquerque firefighters on Sunday responded to a second fire in 40 days at the now-closed Desert Sands Motel along the city’s Route 66 corridor. A passerby alerted the fire department about 3 p.m. after seeing a fire burning in the…

Hotel Will Rogers undergoes renovations

Hotel Will Rogers undergoes renovations

The historic Hotel Will Rogers in Claremore, Oklahoma, finished a seven-month, $2.4 million renovation and is rechristened Will Rogers Lofts. Also known as the Will Rogers Hotel, it long was known for its radium baths; the naturally occurring water was believed to hold health benefits.…

Lake City Diner in Santa Rosa gets new owners

Lake City Diner in Santa Rosa gets new owners

Local residents purchased the closed Lake City Diner in Santa Rosa, New Mexico, and plan to eventually reopen it as a sandwich shop and bed-and-breakfast. The Communicator newspaper reported in last week’s print edition Arthur and Anastacia Baca completed the…

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