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The Mill grand opening set for April 29

The Mill grand opening set for April 29

The Mill in Lincoln, Illinois, will reopen as a museum during a grand opening April 29 after the former Route 66 restaurant finished renovations to make its restrooms accessible to the handicapped. Thanks to prompting from Route 66 Heritage Foundation…

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Progress report on the Route 66 Experience museum

Progress report on the Route 66 Experience museum

Ken Busby, CEO and executive director of the Route 66 Alliance, provided an update this week on Public Radio Tulsa about the ongoing Route 66 Experience museum project in Tulsa. You can listen to the 25-minute interview here. Here are some highlights:…

Route 66 exhibit opens Saturday at Hoover Presidential Library in Iowa

Route 66 exhibit opens Saturday at Hoover Presidential Library in Iowa

If you live in Iowa or close to it, it may interest you to know of a Route 66 exhibit coming Saturday at the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library-Museum in Hoover’s hometown of West Branch, east of Iowa City. “America’s Road:…

Missouri History Museum sees highest attendance since 1930s

Missouri History Museum sees highest attendance since 1930s

  The Missouri History Museum in St. Louis finished 2016 with its highest attendance in about 80 years, and a Route 66 exhibit is being partially credited for that. KSDK-TV in St. Louis reports the museum logged more than 500,000…

Albuquerque buys land for a Route 66 visitors center

Albuquerque buys land for a Route 66 visitors center

Albuquerque city officials on Wednesday morning celebrated the purchase of land on Route 66 west of the city for a Route 66 visitors center. The Albuquerque Journal reported the $3.4 million facility will funded by the city, state and county,…

Tulsa’s Route 66 Experience more than halfway to funding goal

Tulsa’s Route 66 Experience more than halfway to funding goal

A key official behind the proposed Route 66 Experience in Tulsa said fundraising for the multi-use museum complex is more than halfway to its $23 million goal. Ken Busby, CEO and executive director of the nonprofit Route 66 Alliance, told…

Additional funding sought for The Mill’s bathrooms

Additional funding sought for The Mill’s bathrooms

The Route 66 Heritage Foundation of Logan County seeks an extra $4,755 from the city to build handicap accessible bathrooms — that also are transgender-friendly — at The Mill in Lincoln, Illinois. The group hopes to have everything done so…

Giant gas pump at Heart of Route 66 Auto Museum nears completion

Giant gas pump at Heart of Route 66 Auto Museum nears completion

The 66-foot-tall giant gas pump planned for the Heart of Route 66 Auto Museum near Sapulpa, Oklahoma. is close to being finished. The skeleton of the giant gasoline pump is shown above. Below is about it should look like when it’s finished.…

Curt Teich Postcard Archive to be donated to Chicago library

Curt Teich Postcard Archive to be donated to Chicago library

TheCurt Teich Postcard Archive, which contains thousands of vintage images from Route 66 from the 1920s to the 1970s, soon will be donated to The Newberry library in Chicago. The Lake County Forest Preserve District, which had owned the archive…

Dobson Museum, home undergoing renovations

Dobson Museum, home undergoing renovations

The Dobson Museum and historic home one block west of Route 66 in Miami, Oklahoma, now are undergoing renovations. The Miami News-Record talked to museum director Jordan Boyd: Volunteers have helped rearrange and move structures, cases and artifacts in order…

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