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Axl Rose wears Coral Court Motel shirt during St. Louis show

Axl Rose wears Coral Court Motel shirt during St. Louis show

Among the many fascinating things that occurred during the Guns N’ Roses concert Thursday in St. Louis was frontman Axl Rose wearing a Coral Court Motel T-shirt. For those unfamiliar, the Coral Court Motel was one of the most distinctive…

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The man behind many Route 66 neon sign restorations

The man behind many Route 66 neon sign restorations

KSDK-TV in St. Louis recently produced a story about neon signs along Route 66 in Missouri — especially signs restored by the Route 66 Association of Missouri’s Neon Heritage Preservation Committee. The fellow behind many of these restorations is David…

Large sign stolen from Fabulous 40 Motel in Adrian

Large sign stolen from Fabulous 40 Motel in Adrian

A large “Motel” sign that graced the Fabulous 40 Motel in Adrian, Texas, apparently was stolen after a windstorm blew down its support structure weeks ago. The owners of the Route 66 motel, which is next to the landmark Midpoint…

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…

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…

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