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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…

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New “Cars 3” trailer released

New “Cars 3” trailer released

Disney-Pixar late this morning released a new trailer for the upcoming animated film “Cars 3,” which will be in theaters June 16. Here’s a description of the film: Blindsided by a new generation of blazing-fast racers, the legendary Lightning McQueen (voice…

Surprise wedding at Route 66 Neon Festival

Surprise wedding at Route 66 Neon Festival

Those who attended the Arcadia Route 66 Neon Fest headquartered last weekend at Jim Ross’ house off old Route 66 near Arcadia, Oklahoma, got a surprise — the wedding of two longtime roadies,officiated by a third longtime roadie. Ross and…

Streetcar Diner also was target of Riviera Roadhouse fire

Streetcar Diner also was target of Riviera Roadhouse fire

When a suspicious fire in 2010 burned down the historic Riviera Roadhouse restaurant in Gardner, Illinois, the arsonist also unsuccessfully targeted the nearby Streetcar Diner that night. That little-known fact was revealed in more than 200 pages of documents and dozens…

Shea’s Route 66 Museum returning as Route 66-themed auto-repair shop

Shea’s Route 66 Museum returning as Route 66-themed auto-repair shop

Shea’s Route 66 Museum in Springfield, Illinois, which closed and its contents auctioned after the death of its longtime owner in 2013, will reopen this summer as a Route 66-themed auto-repair business. Local classic-car aficionados Randy Pickett and Jake Niewold plan…

Old Station in Williamsville has a new owner

Old Station in Williamsville has a new owner

The Old Station on old Route 66 in Williamsville, Illinois, changed hands a few months ago, and the new caretaker plans to keep much of the building’s old look. Keith A. Sculle wrote in The 66 News, published by the…

Trailer for “The California Promise” documentary released

Trailer for “The California Promise” documentary released

A three-minute promotional trailer for Unoccupied Route 66‘s latest documentary, “The California Promise,” was placed online a few days ago. This segment shown here deals primarily with the Mojave Desert ghost town of Bagdad. More about the upcoming film: Join…

A chat with Meramec Caverns owner Les Turilli

A chat with Meramec Caverns owner Les Turilli

The Washington Missourian newspaper recently sat down with Les Turilli Sr., owner of Meramec Caverns in Stanton, Missouri, who talked about its troubles in 2016 and the cave’s storied history. Meramec Caverns, which has been open to the public since…

Radiator Springs cast will make an appearance in “Cars 3”

Radiator Springs cast will make an appearance in “Cars 3”

Disney-Pixar this week confirmed what long had been rumored — the original “Cars” cast from the fictional Route 66 town of Radiator Springs will make an appearance in the upcoming “Cars 3” film this summer. “Cars 3” is introducing a…

Woman stole $313,000 in Petrified Forest National Park entrance fees

Woman stole $313,000 in Petrified Forest National Park entrance fees

A former worker at the Petrified Forest National Park in eastern Arizona was sentenced to a year in prison and ordered to pay back the $313,000 in entrance fees she stole. Sharon Baldwin, 47, of Sanders, Arizona, also must undergo…

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