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Heart of Route 66 Auto Museum set to open by March

Heart of Route 66 Auto Museum set to open by March

The Heart of Route 66 Auto Museum in Sapulpa, Oklahoma, will have a soft opening in late March and an official opening June 1, according to Richard Holmes, president of the nonprofit museum. The museum at 13 Sahoma Lake Road, just…

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$500,000 grant accepted for Arizona State Railroad Museum

$500,000 grant accepted for Arizona State Railroad Museum

The city of Williams, Arizona, accepted a $500,000 state grant to help acquire artifacts for the Arizona State Railroad Museum, reported the Williams News. The grant, which will be available by fiscal year 2018, came with help from the Northern Arizona Council of…

Southwest Museum’s possible future laid out in report

Southwest Museum’s possible future laid out in report

A National Trust for Historic Preservation steering committee soon may make recommendations for the future of the long-troubled Southwest Museum in Los Angeles. Those include adding a restaurant to the grounds and expanding its focus beyond displaying Native American artifacts. An LA Curbed report summarized…

A closer look at the Lebanon Route 66 museum

A closer look at the Lebanon Route 66 museum

Reporter David Oliver of KOLR-TV takes a detailed look at the Route 66 Museum and Research Center tucked into Lebanon-Laclede County Library in Lebanon, Missouri. Curator Mark Spangler said he gets new items for the museum almost daily. He explained…

Bloomington ponies up big dough for Route 66 museum

Bloomington ponies up big dough for Route 66 museum

The McLean County Museum of History in downtown Bloomington, Illinois, this week received $250,000 donation spread over five years for a capital campaign for the museum, which includes a new and prominent Cruisin’ with Lincoln on Route 66 visitors center,…

Online auction for Shea’s Museum items begins today

Online auction for Shea’s Museum items begins today

More than 200 items from the closed Shea’s Route 66 Museum in Springfield, Illinois, are going up for auction online today. If you can’t bid right away, no worries — the auction continues through Nov. 22. The link to the…

More Route 66 miniatures from Willem Bor

More Route 66 miniatures from Willem Bor

Willem Bor of the Netherlands, who has gained renown for his exacting miniatures of Route 66 landmarks, recently has completed or is about to finish three more small-scale sites on the Mother Road. Bor recently finished another Route 66 trip,…

A look inside Bob Waldmire’s bus

A look inside Bob Waldmire’s bus

Roamin’ Rich Dinkela posted this video about the late Bob Waldmire‘s school bus that Waldmire converted into living quarters years ago. After Waldmire’s death from cancer in 2009, the bus was parked at the Illinois Route 66 Hall of Fame…

A closer look at McLean, Texas

A closer look at McLean, Texas

The Once Upon a Town project — a collaborative film effort that explores historic towns in Texas — recently completed an eight-minute film about the Route 66 community of McLean, Texas. You’ll see longtime Route 66 advocate Delbert Trew interviewed,…

California Route 66 Museum marks 20th year

California Route 66 Museum marks 20th year

The California Route 66 Museum in Victorville marked its 20th year of operation Saturday with a car show and hundreds of visitors — and lots of anticipation for Route 66’s 90th anniversary next year, reported the Daily Dispatch newspaper. The…

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