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Hotel Castaneda renovation funding hits a snag

Hotel Castaneda renovation funding hits a snag

A state office’s rejections of tax-credit loan applications may slow Allan Affeldt’s bid to renovate the historic but long-closed Hotel Castaneda in Las Vegas, New Mexico. According to a story in the Albuquerque Journal, the New Mexico Finance Authority nixed…

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Bones of Route 66 motel being used for mining monument in Kingman

Bones of Route 66 motel being used for mining monument in Kingman

A history buff is using stones from a demolished Route 66 motel in Kingman, Arizona, to re-create a mining monument that stood more than 100 years ago in the city. C. Russell collected stones from the recently razed Bells Motel, aka…

La Posada acquires vintage domed rail car

La Posada acquires vintage domed rail car

La Posada in Winslow, Arizona, recently acquired a historic Santa Fe Pleasure Dome rail car that will be refurbished to house history exhibits and a guest room. The rail car will be a part of the next phase of La Posada complex’s Route…

“Ship It on the Frisco”

“Ship It on the Frisco”

A song off The Bottle Rockets‘ new album, “Ship It on the Frisco,” sent me down a rabbit hole researching a certain Route 66 overpass and the railroad that once traveled on it. The song (download MP3 here) is found on The Bottle Rockets’ excellent album,…

Use of shipping containers causes controversy in Kingman

Use of shipping containers causes controversy in Kingman

One man’s use of a shipping container as a colorful billboard to welcome tourists into Kingman, Arizona, before the 2014 International Route 66 Festival has blown up into a fight with city hall amid accusations of hypocrisy and selective enforcement. Pat McBrayer, a…

A Route 66 railroad crossing in 360 degrees

Zac Crosby posted a 20-second clip of something I never before had seen on YouTube — video in which you can swivel the view 360 degrees as it is running. Cameras such as this have existed for almost 60 years, but the equipment…

See Illinois Route 66 from a vintage domed railroad car

A rail cruise company is organizing a two-day excursion next month from Chicago to St. Louis that will shadow much of Route 66 in Illinois and give participants a chance to see the countryside from a 1950s domed dining car. The cruise…

$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…

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…

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