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Ryburn Place in Normal opens to the public

Ryburn Place in Normal opens to the public

Ryburn Place, aka Sprague Super Service station in Normal, Illinois, held its grand opening Saturday after a multi-year restoration of the historic Route 66 site. Ryburn Place is named after Route 66 enthusiast Terri Ryburn, who owned the site for…

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Two hikers found dead near Amboy Crater

Two hikers found dead near Amboy Crater

Two people hiking near Amboy Crater in Amboy, California, were found dead Saturday afternoon after apparently being overcome by the terrain’s 113-degree temperatures. According to a news release from the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Office, the people pronounced dead at…

Sprague Super Service station reopens Saturday as Ryburn Place

Sprague Super Service station reopens Saturday as Ryburn Place

The long-in-coming restoration of the historic Sprague Super Service station in Normal, Illinois, will culminate with a grand opening Saturday, where it will be rechristened as Ryburn Place. The station will be renamed after Route 66 enthusiast Terri Ryburn, who…

78-year-old man is walking the length of Route 66

78-year-old man is walking the length of Route 66

A few people walk the 2,400-mile length of Route 66 each year. Not many do, but it’s not that unusual, either. But a man who’s just south of 80 years old walking Route 66? That’s unusual. M.J. Eberhart, an avid…

Class of 2017 for Illinois Route 66 Hall of Fame announced

Class of 2017 for Illinois Route 66 Hall of Fame announced

The Route 66 Association of Illinois announced last month its three newest inductees to the Illinois Route 66 Hall of Fame. The association inducts “people and places along Route 66 whose blend of hardy individualism and grassroots community spirit gave…

Midpoint Cafe goes back on the market

Midpoint Cafe goes back on the market

The owner of the Midpoint Cafe and Gift Shop, a Route 66 landmark in Adrian, Texas, has put the property up for sale again because of health issues. Dennis Purschwitz wrote Wednesday night on Facebook: Although I am doing better…

Funny or Die’s Overly Excited Tourist visits Victorville

Funny or Die’s Overly Excited Tourist visits Victorville

Ryan O’Flanagan, known as the Overly Excited Tourist for Funny or Die, recently visited the Route 66 town of Victorville, California, and produced a video of his misadventures. As you’ll find, the Overly Excited Tourist not only is excitable, but…

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…

A film portrait of Harley Russell

A film portrait of Harley Russell

I doubt you’ll find a more candid or heartbreaking film about Harley Russell, one-half of the Mediocre Music Makers in Erick, Oklahoma, than this one. A description of the film: Despite living in the small town of Erick, Oklahoma and…

Prominent New Mexico Route 66 historian dies

Prominent New Mexico Route 66 historian dies

New Mexico historian David Kammer, who documented landmarks and buildings on Route 66 for decades, died Thursday after a five-year battle with Alzheimer’s disease. Kammer’s death was reported at the end of a profile in the Albuquerque Journal, written before…

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