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Santo Domingo Trading Post may reopen by 2016

The historic Santo Domingo Trading Post at Santo Domingo, New Mexico, apparently has set a tentative reopening in 2016 after years of rebuilding following a devastating fire nearly 15 years ago. The Santa Fe New Mexican newspaper, checking on the…

One Whiting Bros. sign relighted

The good news last week was that one of the refurbished neon signs at still-operating Whiting Bros. station in Moriarty, New Mexico, was relighted to much fanfare. The bad news was, because of technical problems, the second sign didn’t relight.…

Rialto Square Theatre will get a new marquee

The historic Rialto Square Theatre along Route 66 in Joliet, Illinois, soon will receive a new marquee and will repaint itsĀ iconic vertical sign thanks to a $350,000 gift from a local construction firm owner, reported The Herald-News. The new marquee…

Albuquerque considers turning abandoned signs into public art

Albuquerque is considering an ordinance change that would make it easier to turn vacant and abandoned signs along old Route 66 into public art, reported the Albuquerque Journal. Ellen Babcock of the Friends of the Orphan Signs nonprofit is one…

Bill Shea’s Route 66 Museum put up for sale

Bill Shea’s Route 66 Museum in Springfield, Illinois, has been put on the market after the property cleared probate following the longtime owner’s death in December, reported the Springfield State Journal-Register. The newspaper noted the museum’s Facebook page had this…

Skylark Motel tower glows again

The former Skylark Motel tower on old Route 66 in St. Clair, Missouri, shined with the glow of neon again after a ceremony Saturday night at the building, which now serves as the VFW Post 2482. According to a news…

A glimpse at the future Billboard Museum

If you’re a longtime traveler on Route 66 who wonders what happened to the old neon sign for the Rio Siesta Motel in Clinton, Oklahoma, we have an answer. It — along with several dozen other signs and billboards —…

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