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Woman wants to reopen Larry Baggett’s Trail of Tears by 2018

Woman wants to reopen Larry Baggett’s Trail of Tears by 2018

After he died in 2003, Larry Baggett’s Trail of Tears property fell into disrepair, and Route 66 travelers who drove by the unique site near Jerome, Missouri, wondered whether it ever would be restored. Now it appears military veteran Marie…

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Public hearing for Gasconade River Bridge set for Dec. 14

Public hearing for Gasconade River Bridge set for Dec. 14

The Missouri Department of Transportation will present its options for the closed Gasoncade River Bridge near Hazelgreen during a public hearing at 4 p.m. Dec. 14. The hearing will be held at Laclede Electric Cooperative, 1400 E. Route 66 in Lebanon…

Ash Fork’s little-known historical gem

Ash Fork’s little-known historical gem

Only one of two steel dams still exist in the United States, and one is less than a mile off an old alignment of Route 66 east of Ash Fork, Arizona. Known as the Bainbridge Steel Dam or the Ashfork-Bainbridge…

Savior of Twin Arrows landmark found dead in murder-suicide

Savior of Twin Arrows landmark found dead in murder-suicide

Mary Smeal, who reportedly was responsible more than any other person for the restoration a few years ago of the Twin Arrows off Route 66 in Arizona, was found dead Wednesday an apparent murder-suicide. Coconino County sheriff’s deputies found the…

Zettlers Route 66 store in Ash Fork put up for sale

Zettlers Route 66 store in Ash Fork put up for sale

The owners of the Zettlers Route 66 store in Ash Fork, Arizona, have put the business up for sale less than a year after opening it. Kirk and Yvette Slack finished about 15 months of cleaning and renovations to the historic building on…

Additional funding sought for The Mill’s bathrooms

Additional funding sought for The Mill’s bathrooms

The Route 66 Heritage Foundation of Logan County seeks an extra $4,755 from the city to build handicap accessible bathrooms — that also are transgender-friendly — at The Mill in Lincoln, Illinois. The group hopes to have everything done so…

Anyone know about this neon sign?

Anyone know about this neon sign?

Do you recognize this “Hotel” neon sign that once stood on Route 66 in Illinois? If so, a collector of vintage and replica neon signs and a longtime Route 66 News reader in Texas wants to know about it. Michael…

Hotel Castaneda renovation funding hits a snag

Hotel Castaneda renovation funding hits a snag

A state office’s rejections of tax-credit loan applications may slow Allan Affeldt’s bid to renovate the historic but long-closed Hotel Castaneda in Las Vegas, New Mexico. According to a story in the Albuquerque Journal, the New Mexico Finance Authority nixed…

Clocks being installed on Meadow Gold sign in Tulsa

Clocks being installed on Meadow Gold sign in Tulsa

The long-awaited clocks that were supposed to be placed on the top of the historic Meadow Gold sign in Tulsa were being installed Thursday. KOTV in Tulsa posted video of some of the installation: NewsOn6.com – Tulsa, OK – News, Weather,…

Carthage compromise may aid Route 66 travelers

Carthage compromise may aid Route 66 travelers

The city of Carthage, Missouri, and the Missouri Department of Transportation may have hammered out a compromise that will lead to a better bridge-project detour for Route 66 travelers and give maintenance to those old bridges on the detour. The Carthage…

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