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Streetcar Diner also was target of Riviera Roadhouse fire

Streetcar Diner also was target of Riviera Roadhouse fire

When a suspicious fire in 2010 burned down the historic Riviera Roadhouse restaurant in Gardner, Illinois, the arsonist also unsuccessfully targeted the nearby Streetcar Diner that night. That little-known fact was revealed in more than 200 pages of documents and dozens…

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Dell Rhea’s Chicken Basket neon sign comes down — temporarily

Dell Rhea’s Chicken Basket neon sign comes down — temporarily

The famous and historic neon sign for Dell Rhea’s Chicken Basket in Willowbrook, Illinois, recently was taken down. But don’t panic — it will be gone only a few weeks so it can be fixed and renovated so it looks…

Old Station in Williamsville has a new owner

Old Station in Williamsville has a new owner

The Old Station on old Route 66 in Williamsville, Illinois, changed hands a few months ago, and the new caretaker plans to keep much of the building’s old look. Keith A. Sculle wrote in The 66 News, published by the…

Route 66 listed among Most Endangered Historic Places in Illinois

Route 66 listed among Most Endangered Historic Places in Illinois

Landmarks Illinois on Thursday listed Route 66 as one of the Most Endangered Historic Places in Illinois in the group’s annual list and advocated a National Historic Trail designation for the highway. The group stated: The purpose of the list…

Masonic Lodge in Bristow added to National Historic Register

Masonic Lodge in Bristow added to National Historic Register

The nearly century-old Creek Masonic Lodge No. 226 building along Route 66 in Bristow, Oklahoma, was named to the National Register of Historic Places. The designation became effective March 20, and was revealed a weekly email Friday from the National…

El Vado Motel project begins; may be finished by Aug. 1

El Vado Motel project begins; may be finished by Aug. 1

Almost 12 years after the Route 66 landmark closed, developers began construction on the historic El Vado Motel and hope to reopen it as a boutique motel by late summer. KOB-TV in Albuquerque reported that construction began last week. Ponderosa…

Meteor City Trading Post may have a savior

Meteor City Trading Post may have a savior

A couple from Indiana on Monday officially acquired the long-closed and vandalized Meteor City Trading Post west of Winslow, Arizona, and plan to restore and reopen the Route 66 landmark. Meteor City closed in 2012 and soon became ransacked. It…

Mitchell Caverns will reopen later this year

Mitchell Caverns will reopen later this year

Mitchell Caverns, a Route 66 attraction in California’s Mojave Desert until state budget cuts forced its closing six years ago, is slated to reopen in May or June. A spokesman for the California parks system told The Press-Enterprise it doesn’t…

New fundraiser launched for The Mill in Lincoln

New fundraiser launched for The Mill in Lincoln

The Mill restaurant in Lincoln, Illinois, will reopen as a local museum April 29, but organizers for the Route 66 landmark seek to raise money for final restoration expenses before the big event. This week, a Crowdrise fundraiser was launched…

66 Drive-In in Carthage changes owners

66 Drive-In in Carthage changes owners

The 66 Drive-In theater in Carthage, Missouri, is changing owners for the first time in about 30 years. Fortunately, the new proprietors are familiar with how the place is run. The Carthage Press reports the the longtime owners of the…

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