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Kingman festival boosts local economy

Kingman festival boosts local economy

The town of Kingman, Arizona, saw a sizable increase in revenue because of the International Route 66 Festival in August, according to an article in the Kingman Daily Miner. Here’s the breakdown from the July-to-September period: • Nearly 39,000 travelers…

Reminder: Icons poll open for 2 more weeks

Reminder: Icons poll open for 2 more weeks

Although a great many of you have long since voted, the poll begun in early December about the top 10 icons of Route 66 remains open through Dec. 31. More than 18,000 votes have been collected so far. On midnight Dec.…

Museum’s penny press includes one with a Route 66 logo

The McLean County Museum of History in Bloomington, Illinois, recently unveiled a penny press that can make a souvenir coin with Abraham Lincoln and the Route 66 shield. According to the Bloomington Pantagraph, the museum’s director of education wanted a…

Bel-Aire Motel will be gone by summer

The owners of the troubled Bel-Aire Motel in Springfield, Illinois, reached a settlement agreement this week with the city to vacate and tear down the historic structure within six months, reported the State Journal-Register. The decrepit and crime-infested motel had racked up…

Patti Page collection will be at Oklahoma museums

A collection of late singer Patti Page‘s memorabilia will be on display through the rest of the year at the Oklahoma History Center and will later travel to several other Oklahoma sites, including the Oklahoma Route 66 Museum in Clinton.…

Bill Shea’s Route 66 Museum put up for sale

Bill Shea’s Route 66 Museum in Springfield, Illinois, has been put on the market after the property cleared probate following the longtime owner’s death in December, reported the Springfield State Journal-Register. The newspaper noted the museum’s Facebook page had this…

A glimpse at the future Billboard Museum

If you’re a longtime traveler on Route 66 who wonders what happened to the old neon sign for the Rio Siesta Motel in Clinton, Oklahoma, we have an answer. It — along with several dozen other signs and billboards —…

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