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Albuquerque relights El Vado Motel sign to mark redevelopment project

Albuquerque relights El Vado Motel sign to mark redevelopment project

The city of Albuquerque earlier this month held a ceremonial relighting of El Vado Motel’s neon sign to mark the beginning of a redevelopment project there that will preserve the historic Route 66 motel. Palindrome Communities and FDHC are redeveloping…

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Sprague Super Service station likely will open in May

Sprague Super Service station likely will open in May

The Sprague Super Service station along Route 66 in Normal. Illinois, probably will open to travelers in May, a few weeks later than originally anticipated. The reason for the delay is because work still is being done. The Bloomington Pantagraph reports:…

Tropics sign in Lincoln may be erected near original site by next year

Tropics sign in Lincoln may be erected near original site by next year

A local tourism bureau and a committee overseeing the restoration of The Tropics neon sign that once stood near Route 66 in Lincoln, Illinois, plan to erect the sign in the parking lot of a McDonald’s that will replace the original…

Art’s Motel in Farmersville reopens

Art’s Motel in Farmersville reopens

Art’s Motel of Farmersville, Illinois, best-known for distinctive sign that was restored by volunteers a decade ago, recently reopened after a six-year hiatus. The Prairie Land Buzz, a publication from a four-county area in Illinois near St. Louis, reported in its February…

Sun ‘n Sand Motel may reopen later this year

Sun ‘n Sand Motel may reopen later this year

The closed Sun ‘n Sand Motel in Santa Rosa, New Mexico — best known for its huge, orange neon sign — has a new owner who hopes to reopen the Route 66 establishment sometime in 2017. The Feb. 2 print edition of The…

Congressman introduces bill to make Route 66 a National Historic Trail

Congressman introduces bill to make Route 66 a National Historic Trail

A congressman from Illinois has introduced a bill that would designate Route 66 as a National Historic Trail under the auspices of the National Park Service. U.S. Rep. Darin LaHood (R-Ill.) recently introduced bill H.R. 801 to amend the National Trails System…

Trash a chronic problem under Tulsa’s 11th Street Bridge

Trash a chronic problem under Tulsa’s 11th Street Bridge

A chronic problem with garbage under Tulsa’s historic 11th Street Bridge and the nearby Interstate 244 bridge has festered for weeks, apparently because the city isn’t sure what department is responsible for cleanup. Local physician Vicki C. Baker emailed me…

Midwest Terminal Building in St. Louis added to National Register

Midwest Terminal Building in St. Louis added to National Register

The Midwest Terminal Building in St. Louis, better known as the Globe-Democrat Building or the Globe Building, was added to the National Register of Historic Places, according to an email Friday from the National Park Service. The National Register listing was…

2017 cost-share grant season has begun

2017 cost-share grant season has begun

The 2017 season to apply for a Route 66 Corridor Preservation Program cost-share grant has begun, and applications will be accepted until 5 p.m. Mountain time April 3. According to the cost-share grant page: The Route 66 Corridor Preservation Program provides…

Congressman introduces national Route 66 centennial bill

Congressman introduces national Route 66 centennial bill

A congressman from Illinois has introduced a Route 66 Centennial Commission Act, which directs the U.S. Secretary of Transportation to “prepare a plan on the preservation needs of Route 66” and other purposes. U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis, a Republican from central Illinois,…

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