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Hotel plan may endanger original Barney’s Beanery

Hotel plan may endanger original Barney’s Beanery

The original Barney’s Beanery restaurant and bar along Route 66 in West Hollywood, California, may be endangered by a proposed five-story hotel in that spot. The Los Angeles Times reported on a few of the details: The proposal — which is…

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Several vintage signs soon will be restored in Kingman

Several vintage signs soon will be restored in Kingman

The Route 66 Association of Kingman has begun the restoration of several historic neon signs and created new signs for businesses in Kingman, Arizona. According to a recent news release from the association: Through a partnership with Legacy Signs, they…

Two Oklahoma properties added to National Register

Two Oklahoma properties added to National Register

Two areas of Route 66 in Oklahoma recently were named to the National Register of Historic Places, according to an email Thursday from the National Park Service. First, the register recognized the Downtown Claremore Historic District that includes a couple…

Oklahoma may close two Route 66 bridges, leave them as monuments

Oklahoma may close two Route 66 bridges, leave them as monuments

The Oklahoma Department of Transportation likely will close two historic and unique Route 66 bridges because of deterioration, but it is considering keeping the structures as monuments to travelers, according to a report from a television station and an Oklahoma…

More about the Western Host Motel restoration

More about the Western Host Motel restoration

A few weeks ago, the Route 66 Corridor Preservation Program announced its annual cost-share grants. One of them was a property of which I was unfamiliar — the Western Host Motel in Grants, New Mexico. The $12,500 grant went towards…

Speakers lineup announced for Miles of Possibility Conference

Speakers lineup announced for Miles of Possibility Conference

The Route 66 Miles of Possibility conference recently announced its speakers for the Oct. 20-23 event at the McLean County Museum of History/Cruisin’ with Lincoln on 66 Visitors Center and the Ensenberger Building in downtown Bloomington, Illinois. Last year’s Miles of…

The Mill likely will reopen as a museum by April

The Mill likely will reopen as a museum by April

The Mill restaurant in Lincoln, Illinois, likely will reopen as an area history museum in April after almost 10 years of restoration work on the Route 66 landmark. The Springfield State Journal-Register published a detailed story about The Mill and the…

Seven historic Route 66 bridges in Oklahoma endangered

Seven historic Route 66 bridges in Oklahoma endangered

Historian and author Jim Ross, who’s plugged into the goings-on with Oklahoma’s Route 66 as well as anyone, posted this grim message Monday on Facebook. The gist of it is seven historic bridges on the Mother Road in Oklahoma are slated for replacement,…

Paul Bunyon statue in Atlanta gets a new coat of paint

Paul Bunyon statue in Atlanta gets a new coat of paint

The oft-photographed Paul Bunyon fiberglass statue in downtown Atlanta, Illinois, received a touch-up last Saturday from the Illinois Route 66 Association’s Preservation Committee. According to The New Herald News, about 10 volunteers repainted the 19-foot-tall statue, also called Tall Paul. By…

Summit Inn owners plan to rebuild in 8-12 months

Summit Inn owners plan to rebuild in 8-12 months

The owners of the Summit Inn restaurant plan to rebuild the Route 66 landmark eight to 12 months after a wildfire destroyed it earlier this month. The Victorville Daily Press reported co-owner Otto Recinos began this week salvaging what was left of…

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