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Galena Viaduct wins grants to finish restoration

Galena Viaduct wins grants to finish restoration

The Galena Viaduct, also known as the Front Street Bridge, north of Galena, Kansas, recently received almost $400,000 in grants to finish its restoration. The bridge recently received a federal $193,836 Community Development Block Grant and a $193,837 match from Cherokee…

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Holbrook Dairy Queen sign allowed to stay

Holbrook Dairy Queen sign allowed to stay

Less than two weeks ago, it was learned Dairy Queen wanted a franchise along Route 66 in Holbrook, Arizona, to replace its 50-year-old neon sign. Hundreds of preservationists launched a Change.org petition and called and emailed DQ headquarters in response,…

Laurel Kane, matriarch of Afton Station, dies

Laurel Kane, matriarch of Afton Station, dies

Laurel Kane, 69, matriarch of the Afton Station visitors center on Route 66 in Afton, Oklahoma, died Thursday from a short illness as the result of a fall at her home in Tulsa earlier in the week, according to her former husband, David…

County’s Pecos Theatre purchase finalized

County’s Pecos Theatre purchase finalized

Guadalupe County officially struck a deal to buy the closed Pecos Theatre in Santa Rosa, New Mexico, according to last week’s print edition of The Communicator, based in Santa Rosa. The newspaper reported the county signed a purchase agreement of $60,000 from longtime owner…

Old Dairy Queen sign in Holbrook endangered

Old Dairy Queen sign in Holbrook endangered

A 50-year-old neon sign at a Dairy Queen restaurant along Route 66 in Holbrook, Arizona, is in danger from the chain’s corporate headquarters that wants to replace it with a more modern sign. David Heward, a Route 66 booster in Holbrook, wrote on…

Mahan gas station moved to restaurant

Mahan gas station moved to restaurant

The historic Mahan gas station that sat at the now-closed Shea’s Gas Station Museum in Springfield, Illinois, was moved Sunday about a quarter-mile north to its new owner, Fulgenzi’s Pizza and Pasta, reported the State Journal-Register. Owner Jeff Fulgenzi told the newspaper…

Sprague Super Service station will host a visitors center, gift shop by spring

Sprague Super Service station will host a visitors center, gift shop by spring

Terri Ryburn, who’s owned the Sprague Super Service gas station in Normal, Illinois, for almost 10 years and has spent all that time getting the historic property shored up, will open a Route 66 gift shop and visitors center on the…

Final 2015 report of Route 66: The Road Ahead Initiative panel released

Final 2015 report of Route 66: The Road Ahead Initiative panel released

The steering committee of the Route 66: The Road Ahead Initiative last week issued a final report of what it did in 2015 and what it hopes to carry out in 2016. You can read the entire 13-page report here.…

Former co-owner of Blue Swallow Motel dies

Former co-owner of Blue Swallow Motel dies

Dale Bakke, a co-owner of the Blue Swallow Motel in Tucumcari, New Mexico, during a crucial time for the Route 66 landmark’s preservation, died Jan. 4, a month short of his 61st birthday. Dale Bakke and his wife, Hilda, bought the motel…

Season begins for Route 66 cost-share grant applications

Season begins for Route 66 cost-share grant applications

If you own a historic Route 66 business or property that needs upkeep, now is is the time to apply for a cost-share grant from the Route 66 Corridor Preservation Program. The program announced Friday applications will be accepted until…

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