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Record crowds attend Birthplace of Route 66 Festival

Record crowds attend Birthplace of Route 66 Festival

A record 38,000 people attended the annual Birthplace of Route 66 Festival in Springfield, Missouri, this past weekend. KOLR-TV reported 28,000 people attended on Saturday alone, with 5,000 on Friday and another 5,000 on Sunday. Vendors reported bigger crowd sizes,…

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Springfield’s half-hidden historical gem

Springfield’s half-hidden historical gem

I’ve been on Route 66 in Springfield, Missouri, at least 10 times, probably more. But while surfing for Route 66 videos and looking over the city’s website for the Birthplace of Route 66 Festival, I stumbled onto a landmark that…

Two Route 66 sites listed on Missouri’s Places in Peril

Two Route 66 sites listed on Missouri’s Places in Peril

The Missouri Alliance for Historic Preservation recently listed two landmarks on Route 66 to its annual historic Places in Peril, and two more were placed on the group’s Watched list. The Route 66 Meramec River Bridge near Eureka and the Old Phillipsburg…

Townsfolk seek to restore Virden History Mural

Townsfolk seek to restore Virden History Mural

A group of concerned residents seeks to restore the Virden History Mural in Virden, Illinois, on Route 66 that depicts the town’s transportation history. City officials dedicated the 52-by-19-foot mural by Greenville College professor John Hubbell in 2004. But it’s encountered hard times recently, reported…

Route 66 inspires restoration on historic church sign

Route 66 inspires restoration on historic church sign

A broken sign for a Springfield, Missouri, church found new life. That’s thanks to a pastor who is a Route 66 fan. The South Side Baptist Church sign sits at 465 S. Grant Ave., just a few blocks south of the College Street alignment of Route 66 in…

St. Louis Mart and Terminal Warehouse named to National Register

St. Louis Mart and Terminal Warehouse named to National Register

The St. Louis Mart and Terminal Warehouse on a corner of Route 66 near downtown was named to the National Register of Historic Places. The National Register listing became effective July 28, according to an email Friday from the National…

Former Cafe on the Route is up for sale

Former Cafe on the Route is up for sale

The historic building in Baxter Springs, Kansas, best-known as the former home of Cafe on the Route, apparently has been put up for sale, based on a slick video and website touting the property. The website’s name uses property’s address, 1101…

Goal: Reopen Macoupin County Cannonball Jail next year

Goal: Reopen Macoupin County Cannonball Jail next year

Sensing a likely tourism draw, Macoupin County wants to reopen its circa-1870 county jail near downtown Carlinville, Illinois. However, the interior of the fortress-like structure, often called the Macoupin County Cannonball Jail, remains covered with toxic lead paint. About $13,000 has been raised…

Redevelopment deals signed with De Anza, El Vado motels

Redevelopment deals signed with De Anza, El Vado motels

The city of Albuquerque on Wednesday announced the signing of contracts earlier this month to redevelop the historic but long-closed De Anza Motor Lodge and El Vado Motel, both along old Route 66. According to a news release from the city:…

Business seeks to help preserve Route 66 sites

Business seeks to help preserve Route 66 sites

A Minnesota-based artist recently launched Explore and Preserve, an apparel and gift website that aims to give part of its profits to endangered Route 66 sites, including the Meramec River Bridge in Missouri. The historic Meramec River Bridge near Eureka, Missouri, requires more than…

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