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$500,000 grant accepted for Arizona State Railroad Museum

$500,000 grant accepted for Arizona State Railroad Museum

The city of Williams, Arizona, accepted a $500,000 state grant to help acquire artifacts for the Arizona State Railroad Museum, reported the Williams News. The grant, which will be available by fiscal year 2018, came with help from the Northern Arizona Council of…

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Route 66 Village train will be lighted Friday for Christmas

Route 66 Village train will be lighted Friday for Christmas

If you’re in the Tulsa area Friday, you may want to make your way to the Route 66 Village on the southwest part of town and check out the Christmas lighting of its big steam locomotive at 6 p.m. City councilor…

All aboard the Lincoln County Express

All aboard the Lincoln County Express

Occasionally, you’ll find out about something you unwittingly passed dozens of time but never saw. One of those things is the so-called Lincoln County Express, a child-sized locomotive and other metal sculptures that apparently have sat off Route 66 east of Stroud, Oklahoma, for…

Trains return to Erick for the first time in years

Trains return to Erick for the first time in years

Residents of Erick, Oklahoma, saw a passenger train come through their town for the first time in nearly 50 years Friday as Farmrail commemorated the opening of rail service between there and the fellow Route 66 town of Sayre, Oklahoma,…

Roof repairs to Chatham Railroad Museum urgently needed

Roof repairs to Chatham Railroad Museum urgently needed

It’s not leaking yet. But the roof to the historic site of the Chatham Railroad Museum in Chatham, Illinois, urgently needs repairs as winter sets in within a few months. The Chatham Railroad Museum Association is hosting a Chatham Depot…

Volunteers try to keep Pacific rail museum open

Volunteers try to keep Pacific rail museum open

Volunteers with the Route 66 Pacific Rail Fan Visitor Center in Pacific, Missouri, are trying to raise donations to pay off its building that is being foreclosed, according to the Washington Missourian newspaper. Robert McCaskill, spokesman for the museum, said…

Redfork Depot proposed at Tulsa’s Route 66 Village

Redfork Depot proposed at Tulsa’s Route 66 Village

A West Tulsa group has submitted a Vision 2025 proposal for a Redfork Depot facility at the Route 66 Village site. The estimated $3.84 million project would be paid for by Vision 2025 sales-tax funds. Here are artist’s renderings of the…

Two Williams businesses featured in ‘Hotel Impossible’ show

Two Williams businesses featured in ‘Hotel Impossible’ show

The Canyon Hotel and RV Park and the Red Garter Bed and Bakery will be featured in an episode of the Travel Channel’s reality show “Hotel Impossible” later this year, according to the Williams News. “Hotel Impossible’s” premise is hotels…

El Garces now open for tours

El Garces now open for tours

El Garces, the former Harvey House in Needles, California, now is open for guided tours after a long and expensive rehabilitation in recent years. A reader passed along a new flyer that advertises tours for $5 per person. All money…

County clears plan for amusement park in Williams

Coconino County approved the creation of a theme park district that could lead to a half-billion-dollar amusement park on the north side of Williams, Arizona, according to the Arizona Daily Sun. The amusement park would be on 475 acres on…

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