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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…

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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…

Tesla charging station added near Blue Swallow Motel

Tesla charging station added near Blue Swallow Motel

Tesla Motors this week added a charging station for electric vehicles at a defunct gas station next door to the Blue Swallow Motel in Tucumcari, New Mexico. Tesla installed two charging stations specifically made for its cars, plus a third charging…

Boots Court neon relighting set for April 9

Boots Court neon relighting set for April 9

The architectural neon lighting of the historic Boots Court, which has been absent for more than a decade, will be formally relighted the evening of Saturday, April 9, at the Route 66 landmark in Carthage, Missouri. The Route 66 Association of…

Ramada Kingman running a Route 66 photo contest

Ramada Kingman running a Route 66 photo contest

Ramada Kingman in Kingman, Arizona, is asking Route 66 fans to help decorate the facility’s lounge, restaurant and lobby as part of the hotel’s continuing revitalization. To that end, the Ramada Kingman is running a photo contest. More details from…

The saint of ANEW Living

The saint of ANEW Living

Nearly a year ago, we reported about ANEW Living, which was converting a run-down Route 66 motel in Flagstaff, Arizona, into temporary, affordable rental housing to those who are homeless. The former 66 Motel offers single rooms or studios for $600 to…

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