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Route 66 Car Museum opening next month in Springfield

Route 66 Car Museum opening next month in Springfield

Classic-car collector Guy Mace plans to open a Route 66 Car Museum on June 15 at 1624 W. College St. (aka Route 66) in Springfield, Missouri. According to a news release from the Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau: Patrons can…

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Laurel Kane will be inducted into Oklahoma Route 66 Hall of Fame

Laurel Kane will be inducted into Oklahoma Route 66 Hall of Fame

Laurel Kane, co-owner of Afton Station in Afton, Oklahoma, will be inducted into the Oklahoma Route 66 Hall of Fame posthumously later this year, it was learned Saturday during a celebration of her life. A panel from the Oklahoma Route…

City of Lincoln approves funds for The Mill restoration

City of Lincoln approves funds for The Mill restoration

The city council of Lincoln, Illinois, this week approved $12,000 in motel-tax funds to help finish restoring The Mill, a now-closed restaurant on Route 66 that eventually will become a museum. According to the Lincoln Courier, the Route 66 Heritage Foundation of Logan County…

Soft opening set for Heart of Route 66 Auto Museum

Soft opening set for Heart of Route 66 Auto Museum

The Heart of Route 66 Auto Museum in Sapulpa, Oklahoma, will open for limited hours beginning June 1. The museum originally was set to have limited hours in March but was pushed back. The museum at 13 Sahoma Lake Road, just…

Rapper will restore “The Outsiders” house

Rapper will restore “The Outsiders” house

A rapper in the group House of Pain purchased a house in north Tulsa prominently used in the 1983 film version of “The Outsiders.” He plans to restore the dilapidated home and turn it into a museum dedicated to the film and the…

Cruisin’ with Lincoln on 66 Visitors Center draws 16,000 its first year

Cruisin’ with Lincoln on 66 Visitors Center draws 16,000 its first year

The Cruisin’ with Lincoln on 66 Visitors Center in Bloomington, Illinois, is rapidly approaching the first anniversary of its opening and reports more than 16,000 visitors since that time. The Bloomington-Normal region decided to build the Route 66-themed part of McLean…

Will Rogers Memorial Museum merged into Oklahoma Historical Society

Will Rogers Memorial Museum merged into Oklahoma Historical Society

Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin this week signed her first bill of the 2016 state legislative session, which was to transfer the Will Rogers Memorial Commission into the Oklahoma Historical Society. It was a move that was sought for years and supported by…

Tulsa lands Bob Dylan archive

Tulsa lands Bob Dylan archive

A few years ago, Tulsa was lucky enough to acquire the archive of folk-music legend Woody Guthrie. So it seems natural Tulsa also would acquire the archive of music legend Bob Dylan, who began his career as a Woody Guthrie…

The curse of Grants uranium mines

The curse of Grants uranium mines

The nonprofit magazine In These Times recently published an in-depth article about uranium miners in the Route 66 town of Grants, New Mexico. The mines operated in Grants and Church Rock, New Mexico, from the 1950s to the 1980s. Many…

The home of the Bel-Aire Motel Sputnik

The home of the Bel-Aire Motel Sputnik

I missed this when it happened last summer, but Ace Sign Co. of Springfield, Illinois, restored the Sputnik sign that stood atop the Bel-Aire Motel and displays it in its museum. The Bel-Aire, a longtime Route 66 motel, was torn down last…

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