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Thoughts about the Associated Press story on Route 66

Thoughts about the Associated Press story on Route 66

A few days ago, the Associated Press published a story about the Route 66 Corridor Preservation Program expiring in 2019 and its possible effect on Route 66 businesses and towns. You can read the story straight from the source here.…

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Redevelopment of De Anza Motor Lodge begins next month

Redevelopment of De Anza Motor Lodge begins next month

The long-awaited redevelopment project for the closed De Anza Motor Lodge in Albuquerque begins in June, setting up the Route 66 property’s reopening as an extended-stay hotel sometime in summer 2018. Construct Southwest, chosen by the city to redevelop the…

Professors honored for preserving vintage neon-sign drawings

Professors honored for preserving vintage neon-sign drawings

Two professors from the University of New Mexico were given a state preservation award for saving hundreds of old drawings from the state’s oldest neon-sign company. Many of them mock-ups of signs eventually were installed on Route 66. The New…

The Tropics neon sign may return to Lincoln by spring 2018

The Tropics neon sign may return to Lincoln by spring 2018

The historic neon sign for the now-gone The Tropics restaurant in Lincoln, Illinois, may return to a parking lot at a McDonald’s along Route 66 by spring 2018. That scenario became more likely after the city approved an easement with Franchise…

Bureau of Mines Building in Rolla named to National Register

Bureau of Mines Building in Rolla named to National Register

A stately brick building along the main Route 66 corridor in Rolla, Missouri, recently was designated to the National Register of Historic Places. The headquarters of the Rolla Division of the Bureau of Mines, also known as the Bureau of Mines Building…

Neon sign returns to Kingman’s Route 66 for first time in nearly 70 years

Neon sign returns to Kingman’s Route 66 for first time in nearly 70 years

This week, a neon sign on Route 66 in Kingman, Arizona, that was taken down during the late 1940s was returned to the Mother Road in the same city where it was erected. Route 66 author Jim Hinckley explained in…

The Mill in Lincoln reopens after 21-year hiatus

The Mill in Lincoln reopens after 21-year hiatus

The Mill restaurant of Lincoln, Illinois, on Saturday reopened as local history museum, capping a decade-long effort to restore the dilapidated Route 66 landmark after it closed in 1996. Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner was there to attend the ceremonial ribbon…

The Mill plays a role in solving a Lincoln mystery

The Mill plays a role in solving a Lincoln mystery

The Mill restaurant in Lincoln, Illinois, which reopened this weekend as a museum, played an unlikely role in solving a mystery involving a local church and Abraham Lincoln. Lincoln long was rumored to have practiced law at the Lincoln Christian Church…

Church will operate South Pasadena’s Rialto Theatre

Church will operate South Pasadena’s Rialto Theatre

The historic Rialto Theatre in South Pasadena, California, will be operated by the popular Mosaic church in nearby Los Angeles. Escott O. Norton, founder and president of the Friends of the Rialto preservation group, confirmed in a Facebook post this week…

Devil’s Elbow Historic District, Piney Beach Cabins added to National Register

Devil’s Elbow Historic District, Piney Beach Cabins added to National Register

The Devil’s Elbow Historic District in the small Route 66 town of Devil’s Elbow, Missouri, recently was designated to the National Register of Historic Places. On a related note, Piney Beach, aka Piney Beach Cabins, near Devil’s Elbow also was placed…

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