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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…

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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…

The Mill plays a role in solving a Lincoln mystery

The Mill plays a role in solving a Lincoln mystery

The Mill restaurant in Lincoln, Illinois, which reopened this weekend as a museum, played an unlikely role in solving a mystery involving a local church and Abraham Lincoln. Lincoln long was rumored to have practiced law at the Lincoln Christian Church…

Governor will attend The Mill’s grand reopening

Governor will attend The Mill’s grand reopening

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner and state Rep. Tim Butler will attend several Route 66 events in Lincoln, Illinois, on Saturday, including the grand reopening of The Mill as a local museum. According to a news release from the Illinois Route…

Basketball Museum of Illinois gets green light in Pontiac

Basketball Museum of Illinois gets green light in Pontiac

A museum devoted to all forms of basketball in the state of Illinois will open in Pontiac by late 2017 or 2018, it was announced this week. The Basketball Museum of Illinois, curated by the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association, will…

A trip down Oklahoma’s Route 66, circa 2009

A trip down Oklahoma’s Route 66, circa 2009

The Oklahoma Department of Transportation recently began uploading videos to Vimeo, including this 17-minute trip down Route 66 in the Sooner State. It’s not a recent video, as I noted a few things that apparently have changed since it was…

New fundraiser launched for The Mill in Lincoln

New fundraiser launched for The Mill in Lincoln

The Mill restaurant in Lincoln, Illinois, will reopen as a local museum April 29, but organizers for the Route 66 landmark seek to raise money for final restoration expenses before the big event. This week, a Crowdrise fundraiser was launched…

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