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Interview with a former Harvey Girl from La Posada

Interview with a former Harvey Girl from La Posada

This new, well-produced interview features JoAn Fuller, who worked as a Harvey Girl at La Posada at Winslow, Arizona, during the mid-1940s. Fuller also lived near Route 66 in Prewitt, New Mexico, when her husband worked for the railroad. JoAn Fuller…

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El Vado Motel project may begin construction by summer

El Vado Motel project may begin construction by summer

A long-awaited redevelopment of the landmark El Vado Motel in Albuquerque may begin by summer, and part of the property will reopen as a boutique motel by summer 2017. The Albuquerque Journal reports a $16 million, scaled-back plan for the…

Launching Pad Drive-In fails to sell at auction

Launching Pad Drive-In fails to sell at auction

The Launching Pad Drive-In restaurant in Wilmington, Illinois — best-known for its 30-foot-tall Gemini Giant fiberglass statue next to Route 66 — failed to sell during an auction Saturday because the reserve wasn’t met. The Will County News reported Tina and…

City of Lincoln approves funds for The Mill restoration

City of Lincoln approves funds for The Mill restoration

The city council of Lincoln, Illinois, this week approved $12,000 in motel-tax funds to help finish restoring The Mill, a now-closed restaurant on Route 66 that eventually will become a museum. According to the Lincoln Courier, the Route 66 Heritage Foundation of Logan County…

Wife of Pig Hip Restaurant owner dies

Frances Edwards, the wife of longtime Pig Hip Restaurant owner Ernie Edwards, died March 1 at age 94 at St. Clara’s Manor in Lincoln, Illinois. She helped her second husband, Ernie, at his landmark Pig Hip in Broadwell, Illinois, for…

Midpoint Cafe helps replace child’s lost teddy bear

Midpoint Cafe helps replace child’s lost teddy bear

The owner of the Midpoint Cafe in Adrian, Texas, helped a British couple replace their child’s rare Route 66 teddy bear after it became lost during on a plane earlier this month. The mother, Riane Martin of St. Helens, England, posted…

Land purchase allows a bigger Big Texan Steak Ranch

Land purchase allows a bigger Big Texan Steak Ranch

The purchase of 14 acres on the east side of Amarillo, Texas, will allow the building of a bigger Big Texan Steak Ranch that may open by November 2017. The purchase brings the total acreage owned the Big Texan west of the current…

A chat with the owner of Lulu’s Beef

KC Keefer interviewed Don Greico Jr., the proprietor of Lulu’s Beef, which has occupied the corner of Leavitt Street, Taylor Street and Odgen Avenue (aka Route 66) in Chicago for nearly 50 years. Keefer describes the restaurant as exuding “Chicago charm,”…

Highway improvements won’t affect The Boundary

Highway improvements won’t affect The Boundary

Last month, word that the Oklahoma Department of Transportation would improve Oklahoma Route 66 between Arcadia and Luther made the owner of The Boundary wonder whether his barbecue restaurant would have to be razed. He’s probably resting easier after what…

Aubrey McClendon, owner of Pops, dies in car crash

Aubrey McClendon, owner of Pops, dies in car crash

Aubrey McClendon, best known as the former CEO of Chesapeake Energy Corp. but known to Route 66 fans as owner of the landmark Pops in Arcadia, Oklahoma, died in a fiery highway crash in Oklahoma City on Wednesday — one day…

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