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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…

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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…

Westport Lodge in Joplin to hold grand reopening as Enlight Inn on Monday

Westport Lodge in Joplin to hold grand reopening as Enlight Inn on Monday

The Westport Lodge motel, built in 1947 along Route 66 in Joplin, Missouri, will hold its grand reopening Monday as an Enlight Inn wellness center, motel and cafe. Joplin Globe business writer Wally Kennedy reports the motel at the corner of…

Motel Safari in Tucumcari is up for sale

Motel Safari in Tucumcari is up for sale

The owners of the historic and nicely restored Motel Safari in Tucumcari, New Mexico, announced they have put the Route 66 property up for sale. Co-owner Richard Talley put the word out with a message on the Route 66 World…

Missouri to build new bridge next to Gasconade River bridge

Missouri to build new bridge next to Gasconade River bridge

The Missouri Department of Transportation announced Thursday it will build a new bridge next to the closed Gasconade River Bridge near Hazelgreen and keep the historic bridge standing for now. In the meantime, local preservationists will have to find an…

The Mill grand opening set for April 29

The Mill grand opening set for April 29

The Mill in Lincoln, Illinois, will reopen as a museum during a grand opening April 29 after the former Route 66 restaurant finished renovations to make its restrooms accessible to the handicapped. Thanks to prompting from Route 66 Heritage Foundation…

Albuquerque relights El Vado Motel sign to mark redevelopment project

Albuquerque relights El Vado Motel sign to mark redevelopment project

The city of Albuquerque earlier this month held a ceremonial relighting of El Vado Motel’s neon sign to mark the beginning of a redevelopment project there that will preserve the historic Route 66 motel. Palindrome Communities and FDHC are redeveloping…

Sprague Super Service station likely will open in May

Sprague Super Service station likely will open in May

The Sprague Super Service station along Route 66 in Normal. Illinois, probably will open to travelers in May, a few weeks later than originally anticipated. The reason for the delay is because work still is being done. The Bloomington Pantagraph reports:…

Tropics sign in Lincoln may be erected near original site by next year

Tropics sign in Lincoln may be erected near original site by next year

A local tourism bureau and a committee overseeing the restoration of The Tropics neon sign that once stood near Route 66 in Lincoln, Illinois, plan to erect the sign in the parking lot of a McDonald’s that will replace the original…

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