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Redevelopment deals signed with De Anza, El Vado motels

Redevelopment deals signed with De Anza, El Vado motels

The city of Albuquerque on Wednesday announced the signing of contracts earlier this month to redevelop the historic but long-closed De Anza Motor Lodge and El Vado Motel, both along old Route 66. According to a news release from the city:…

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Business seeks to help preserve Route 66 sites

Business seeks to help preserve Route 66 sites

A Minnesota-based artist recently launched Explore and Preserve, an apparel and gift website that aims to give part of its profits to endangered Route 66 sites, including the Meramec River Bridge in Missouri. The historic Meramec River Bridge near Eureka, Missouri, requires more than…

A sample of a treasure trove of photos

A sample of a treasure trove of photos

This new video features a collection of photos taken during the early 1980s by the Oklahoma Department of Transportation along NW 39th Street from Oklahoma City to the suburb of Bethany, before U.S. 66 become decommissioned. According to Rachel Mosman, a photo archivist…

Pony Bridge added to Endangered Places list

Pony Bridge added to Endangered Places list

Preservation Oklahoma recently placed the famous Pony Bridge near Bridgeport, Oklahoma, on its 2016 list of Oklahoma’s Most Endangered Historic Places. The endangered-places listing was announced in April in Tulsa. The State Historic Preservation Office published the list in its current issue of…

Gallup district placed on National Register

Gallup district placed on National Register

The Gallup Commercial Historic District in Gallup, New Mexico, that includes parts of Route 66 recently was designated to the National Register of Historic Places. The designation became effective June 21, according to an email this week from the National Park Service.…

Building with vintage sign collection is for sale

Building with vintage sign collection is for sale

A commercial building along Route 66 in Commerce, Oklahoma — along with its treasure trove of vintage signs — is for sale on Craigslist for $85,000. View the listing for the building at 711 Commerce Ave. (map) here. The 1959 building takes up…

Anyone need a Muffler Man for their business?

If you own a Route 66 business that needs an eye-catching boost, the folks behind the “American Giants” documentary series are auctioning a 20-foot-tall Muffler Man. The fiberglass giant offered for sale is a Mr. Bendo / Paul Bunyon model. The…

Hotel Will Rogers undergoes renovations

Hotel Will Rogers undergoes renovations

The historic Hotel Will Rogers in Claremore, Oklahoma, finished a seven-month, $2.4 million renovation and is rechristened Will Rogers Lofts. Also known as the Will Rogers Hotel, it long was known for its radium baths; the naturally occurring water was believed to hold health benefits.…

Monrovia gas station designated as historic landmark

Monrovia gas station designated as historic landmark

The city council of Monrovia, California, this week designated a former gas station along an early alignment of Route 66 as a historic landmark. The city’s Historic Preservation Commission reviewed the property at 805 S. Shamrock Ave. (map here) and recommended the designation. The report about the…

Unpopular marquee returning to Rialto Square Theatre

Unpopular marquee returning to Rialto Square Theatre

An additional marquee for the Rialto Square Theatre in Joliet, Illinois, that was nixed because of its unpopularity is returning — this time, to the back of the historic building. The theater’s principals still are raising funds for the classic marquee. But they…

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