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Book review: “The Zeon Files”

Book review: “The Zeon Files”

“The Zeon Files” provides a colorful glimpse of Albuquerque’s past with dozens of a company’s working drawings of neon signs that once graced the Route 66 corridor decades ago. But what’s most striking is the drawings are revealed as detailed and precise as any architectural rendering.…

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Albuquerque will fix its Route 66 neon signs by June

Albuquerque will fix its Route 66 neon signs by June

Albuquerque will repair and convert to LED all of its Route 66-themed neon archways and signs by June, including a defective one on the city’s west side has read “Route 6” instead of “Route 66” for almost a year. KOAT-TV in Albuquerque reports…

66 Bowl sign being resurrected in Chandler

66 Bowl sign being resurrected in Chandler

The venerable 66 Bowl sign that once graced Route 66 in Oklahoma City for 50 years has resurfaced in Chandler, Oklahoma, at a future sports and entertainment complex that will include, yes, a bowling alley. A Facebook post of the sign…

Maplewood Big M proposed on Route 66

Maplewood Big M proposed on Route 66

The St. Louis suburb of Maplewood, Missouri, wants to use a giant letter M, plus other letters that stood on a theater’s marquee, as a gateway into the city at Manchester Road, also known as an early alignment of Route…

GlassBoy Studios opens in Arcadia

GlassBoy Studios opens in Arcadia

Joel Rayburn’s GlassBoy Studios neon-lighting company — also home to Tourist Trap Tees –opened for business last week in downtown Arcadia, Oklahoma, next to Route 66 and the town’s famous Round Barn. The above photo is shows the business and the custom-painted Route 66…

Kingman looking for donations for neon-sign park

Kingman looking for donations for neon-sign park

The Route 66 Association of Kingman in Kingman, Arizona, is seeking donations of old neon signs and money to help set up neon parks along Route 66 in town, according to an article in the Kingman Daily Miner. The parks…

The home of the Bel-Aire Motel Sputnik

The home of the Bel-Aire Motel Sputnik

I missed this when it happened last summer, but Ace Sign Co. of Springfield, Illinois, restored the Sputnik sign that stood atop the Bel-Aire Motel and displays it in its museum. The Bel-Aire, a longtime Route 66 motel, was torn down last…

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,…

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…

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,…

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