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Bad news, good news for Formosa Cafe in West Hollywood

Bad news, good news for Formosa Cafe in West Hollywood

Fans of the historic Formosa Cafe along Route 66 in West Hollywood, California, have endured a mix of good news and bad news this month. The bad news is the restaurant, which dates to 1925 at 7156 Santa Monica Blvd.,…

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Meramec River Bridge appears to get a reprieve

Meramec River Bridge appears to get a reprieve

The endangered Meramec River Bridge at Route 66 State Park near Eureka, Missouri, appears to have earned a reprieve from the wrecking ball. The Route 66 bridge that spanned the Meramec River at the now-ghost town of Times Beach was slated to…

Restaurant opens at site of long-forgotten miniature golf course

Restaurant opens at site of long-forgotten miniature golf course

The owners of the Puttin’-A-Round in Miami, Oklahoma, hadn’t planned to put a restaurant there, but as they began to tear down the former doors-and-windows store, they changed their plans for a mini-storage business. Larry and Sue Smith of nearby…

Fate of Gasconade River Bridge dominates county meeting

Fate of Gasconade River Bridge dominates county meeting

What to do about the closed Gasconade River Bridge near Hazelgreen, Missouri, “dominated” discussion during a recent meeting of the Laclede County board of commissioners, according to a local newspaper. The Lebanon Daily Record (subscription required) reported the talk about the…

Illinois Route 66 motorcycle license plate goes on sale

Illinois Route 66 motorcycle license plate goes on sale

The state of Illinois now is selling a Route 66 license plate made specially for motorcycles. Revenues from the new plate go to the Illinois Route 66 Scenic Byways fund, which helps preserve and promote the old road in the…

Facade of Donut Drive-In in St. Louis gets face-lift

Facade of Donut Drive-In in St. Louis gets face-lift

Just before Christmas, the original facade for the Donut Drive-In along Route 66 in St. Louis was restored for the first time in decades with the help of a federal grant. The building at 6525 Chippewa St. (aka Route 66)…

Heritage House bed-and-breakfast soon will open in Amarillo

Heritage House bed-and-breakfast soon will open in Amarillo

A new lodging option soon will open in Amarillo in a historic house about a mile south of Route 66. It’s the Heritage House bed-and-breakfast at 1620 S. Polk St. (map here), which sits south of the Sixth Street alignment…

MoDOT lays out options for Gasconade River Bridge

MoDOT lays out options for Gasconade River Bridge

The Missouri Department of Transportation on Wednesday night in Lebanon, Missouri, presented its options during a public hearing for the now-closed Gasconade River Bridge that carried Route 66 near Hazelgreen. MoDOT posted a series of documents on its website here.…

Tulsa’s Route 66 Experience more than halfway to funding goal

Tulsa’s Route 66 Experience more than halfway to funding goal

A key official behind the proposed Route 66 Experience in Tulsa said fundraising for the multi-use museum complex is more than halfway to its $23 million goal. Ken Busby, CEO and executive director of the nonprofit Route 66 Alliance, told…

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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