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Redevelopment of De Anza Motor Lodge begins next month

Redevelopment of De Anza Motor Lodge begins next month

The long-awaited redevelopment project for the closed De Anza Motor Lodge in Albuquerque begins in June, setting up the Route 66 property’s reopening as an extended-stay hotel sometime in summer 2018. Construct Southwest, chosen by the city to redevelop the…

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Sleep overnight in a caboose on Route 66

Sleep overnight in a caboose on Route 66

Are you a railroad buff who’d love to travel Route 66? A KOA campground in Eureka, Missouri, has just the thing for you — a railroad caboose that recently was renovated for use for overnight travelers. KSDK-TV in St. Louis…

Route 66 festival returns to Lebanon after seven-year hiatus

Route 66 festival returns to Lebanon after seven-year hiatus

The Lebanon Route 66 Festival in Lebanon, Missouri, will return next month after a seven-year break, including a concert and gathering at the historic Munger Moss Motel. The Lebanon-Laclede County Route 66 Society and the Lebanon Parks and Recreation Department…

Devil’s Elbow Historic District, Piney Beach Cabins added to National Register

Devil’s Elbow Historic District, Piney Beach Cabins added to National Register

The Devil’s Elbow Historic District in the small Route 66 town of Devil’s Elbow, Missouri, recently was designated to the National Register of Historic Places. On a related note, Piney Beach, aka Piney Beach Cabins, near Devil’s Elbow also was placed…

El Vado Motel project begins; may be finished by Aug. 1

El Vado Motel project begins; may be finished by Aug. 1

Almost 12 years after the Route 66 landmark closed, developers began construction on the historic El Vado Motel and hope to reopen it as a boutique motel by late summer. KOB-TV in Albuquerque reported that construction began last week. Ponderosa…

Long-closed Inn of Amarillo soon will be torn down

Long-closed Inn of Amarillo soon will be torn down

The city of Amariilo likely will be on the hook financially to demolish the long-closed and squalid Inn of Amarillo, also known the Holiday Inn West or the Vic-Mon Motor Hotel. A big problem for the city is the cost to…

A trip down Oklahoma’s Route 66, circa 2009

A trip down Oklahoma’s Route 66, circa 2009

The Oklahoma Department of Transportation recently began uploading videos to Vimeo, including this 17-minute trip down Route 66 in the Sooner State. It’s not a recent video, as I noted a few things that apparently have changed since it was…

Westport Lodge in Joplin to hold grand reopening as Enlight Inn on Monday

Westport Lodge in Joplin to hold grand reopening as Enlight Inn on Monday

The Westport Lodge motel, built in 1947 along Route 66 in Joplin, Missouri, will hold its grand reopening Monday as an Enlight Inn wellness center, motel and cafe. Joplin Globe business writer Wally Kennedy reports the motel at the corner of…

Deep background on the Wigwam Motel in Holbrook

Deep background on the Wigwam Motel in Holbrook

The Arizona Republic newspaper recently published several articles about the Wigwam Motel in Holbrook, Arizona, and revealed details about the Route 66 landmark even longtime roadies may not know. It’s worth reading the articles in full, starting here. But a…

Motel Safari in Tucumcari is up for sale

Motel Safari in Tucumcari is up for sale

The owners of the historic and nicely restored Motel Safari in Tucumcari, New Mexico, announced they have put the Route 66 property up for sale. Co-owner Richard Talley put the word out with a message on the Route 66 World…

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