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Red Cedar Inn in Pacific will become history museum, visitors center

Red Cedar Inn in Pacific will become history museum, visitors center

The historic but long-closed Red Cedar Inn near Pacific, Missouri, will be bought by the city and converted into a history museum and visitors center, according to a scoop by the Washington Missourian.  The newspaper reported that city officials wouldn’t…

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Joliet lukewarm to Route 66 The Road to Rock museum idea

Joliet lukewarm to Route 66 The Road to Rock museum idea

A pitchman wants a Route 66 The Road to Rock museum in downtown Joliet, Illinois, but a few city officials seemed tepid to the idea — especially the Joliet Area Historical Museum. Ron Romero proposed his idea — which aims…

New Route 66 exhibit opens in History Museum on the Square

New Route 66 exhibit opens in History Museum on the Square

History Museum on the Square in downtown Springfield, Missouri, on Monday opened its latest exhibit, “Memories of the Mother Road: Birthplace of Route 66.” The show will run through the end of the year. Katy Rawlins, office manager for the…

World’s Tallest Gas Pump in Sapulpa nears completion

World’s Tallest Gas Pump in Sapulpa nears completion

The 66-foot-tall gas pump in front of the Heart of Route 66 Auto Museum in Sapulpa, Oklahoma, neared completion last week with the installation of what will be a lighted medallion on top. Officials are billing it the World’s Tallest…

Spaceship to land at The Mill for its 88th birthday

Spaceship to land at The Mill for its 88th birthday

I never thought I’d write that headline. A spaceship made by the same man who crafted the World’s Largest Covered Wagon in Lincoln, Illinois, will make a special appearance Tuesday at The Mill museum for the Route 66 landmark’s 88th…

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…

La Posada to begin restoration of east grounds, depot next month

La Posada to begin restoration of east grounds, depot next month

La Posada Hotel in Winslow, Arizona, will begin a $2 million first phase of restoration of its east grounds and railroad depot in July. According to a Facebook post a few days ago from hotel owner Allan Affeldt, the project…

Staffers’ favorite parts of the Route 66 exhibit at the Missouri History Museum

Staffers’ favorite parts of the Route 66 exhibit at the Missouri History Museum

The Missouri History Museum in St. Louis recently launched a video series about the current “Route 66: Main Street Through St. Louis” exhibit. Staffers with the museum are asked about their favorite parts of the show. Here are their answers: And…

Route 66 visitors center in Bloomington sees 50 percent increase in attendance

Route 66 visitors center in Bloomington sees 50 percent increase in attendance

The Cruisin’ with Lincoln on 66 Visitors Center in Bloomington, Illinois, saw a 50 percent increase in attendance from April 2016 to April 2017. The visitors center, on the ground floor of the McLean County Museum of History, recorded 27,173…

The Mill in Lincoln reopens after 21-year hiatus

The Mill in Lincoln reopens after 21-year hiatus

The Mill restaurant of Lincoln, Illinois, on Saturday reopened as local history museum, capping a decade-long effort to restore the dilapidated Route 66 landmark after it closed in 1996. Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner was there to attend the ceremonial ribbon…

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