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Holbrook Dairy Queen sign allowed to stay

Holbrook Dairy Queen sign allowed to stay

Less than two weeks ago, it was learned Dairy Queen wanted a franchise along Route 66 in Holbrook, Arizona, to replace its 50-year-old neon sign. Hundreds of preservationists launched a Change.org petition and called and emailed DQ headquarters in response,…

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A history of The Tropics restaurant

A history of The Tropics restaurant

Tami Goodrich, whose family owned The Tropics in Lincoln, Illinois, for 40 years, recently gave a presentation that delved deep into the history of the Route 66 restaurant. The New Herald News published a long article about Goodrich’s presentation at…

Old Dairy Queen sign in Holbrook endangered

Old Dairy Queen sign in Holbrook endangered

A 50-year-old neon sign at a Dairy Queen restaurant along Route 66 in Holbrook, Arizona, is in danger from the chain’s corporate headquarters that wants to replace it with a more modern sign. David Heward, a Route 66 booster in Holbrook, wrote on…

Mahan gas station moved to restaurant

Mahan gas station moved to restaurant

The historic Mahan gas station that sat at the now-closed Shea’s Gas Station Museum in Springfield, Illinois, was moved Sunday about a quarter-mile north to its new owner, Fulgenzi’s Pizza and Pasta, reported the State Journal-Register. Owner Jeff Fulgenzi told the newspaper…

Group formed to restore The Tropics sign

Group formed to restore The Tropics sign

A group of local leaders has been formed to restore The Tropics sign that once stood along Route 66 in Lincoln, Illinois. The committee includes those from Logan County Economic Development Partnership, Route 66 Heritage Foundation of Logan County, Logan County Alliance, Mount Pulaski Courthouse Foundation,…

A profile of Bagdad Cafe’s owner

A profile of Bagdad Cafe’s owner

A lot of people — especially Europeans — know about the Bagdad Cafe in Newberry Springs, California, and its draw as the setting for the 1987 film “Bagdad Cafe.” But not many know about Andree Pruett, owner of the Route…

A glimpse of Route 66 in Villa Ridge in 1994

Dan Uscian recently uploaded video footage from 1994 of three Route 66 business in near Villa Ridge, Missouri — the Tri-County Truck Stop, the Gardenway Motel and the Diamonds restaurant. The Diamonds and Gardenway are closed. The Tri-County Truck Stop closed…

Did Honda rip off an image from Roy’s of Amboy?

Did Honda rip off an image from Roy’s of Amboy?

Honda is airing an advertisement for its Happy Honda Day Sales Event for 2016. A former caretaker for Roy’s in Amboy, California, says the carmaker appropriated an image of the Route 66 landmark in animated footage for the spot. Watch…

Photo at Roy’s in Amboy freaks out Internet

Photo at Roy’s in Amboy freaks out Internet

A chunk of the Internet is scandalized or even terrified over what appears to be a lot of blood splattered over the inside of one of the rooms of a long-closed motel at Roy’s in Amboy, California. A Reddit user on a Route 66 trip…

Southwest Museum’s possible future laid out in report

Southwest Museum’s possible future laid out in report

A National Trust for Historic Preservation steering committee soon may make recommendations for the future of the long-troubled Southwest Museum in Los Angeles. Those include adding a restaurant to the grounds and expanding its focus beyond displaying Native American artifacts. An LA Curbed report summarized…

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