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Barstow soon will get new Route 66 signs

Barstow soon will get new Route 66 signs

Barstow, California, soon will have classic car-themed Route 66 signs installed. The city council this week approved a $42,860 contract with Turner Signs and Graphics for the new signs. Councilors also approved a $111,360 budget for the overall sign project. According to…

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Business seeks to help preserve Route 66 sites

Business seeks to help preserve Route 66 sites

A Minnesota-based artist recently launched Explore and Preserve, an apparel and gift website that aims to give part of its profits to endangered Route 66 sites, including the Meramec River Bridge in Missouri. The historic Meramec River Bridge near Eureka, Missouri, requires more than…

Carlyle Motel in Oklahoma City soon will disappear

Carlyle Motel in Oklahoma City soon will disappear

The historic Carlyle Motel along old Route 66 in west Oklahoma City has closed, and it seems it soon will make way for a used-car lot. A reader alerted me by email this week the motel’s “driveway is now blocked, by…

Richfield sign removed temporarily at Cucamonga Service Station

Richfield sign removed temporarily at Cucamonga Service Station

A few Route 66 aficionados became alarmed when they saw in February the Richfield sign atop the restored Cucamonga Service Station in Rancho Cucamonga, California, had vanished. Don’t worry, folks. The sign’s absence turns out to be temporary. The station’s owners eventually…

Building with vintage sign collection is for sale

Building with vintage sign collection is for sale

A commercial building along Route 66 in Commerce, Oklahoma — along with its treasure trove of vintage signs — is for sale on Craigslist for $85,000. View the listing for the building at 711 Commerce Ave. (map) here. The 1959 building takes up…

Unpopular marquee returning to Rialto Square Theatre

Unpopular marquee returning to Rialto Square Theatre

An additional marquee for the Rialto Square Theatre in Joliet, Illinois, that was nixed because of its unpopularity is returning — this time, to the back of the historic building. The theater’s principals still are raising funds for the classic marquee. But they…

Tulsa mayor creates Route 66 Commission

Tulsa mayor creates Route 66 Commission

Tulsa’s mayor on Friday announced the creation of a Route 66 Commission to promote tourism and economic development in the city. Mayor Dewey Bartlett announced the commission at the Soul City store, restaurant and nightclub on 11th Street (aka Route 66)…

Route 66-Lincoln Highway marker erected in Joliet

Route 66-Lincoln Highway marker erected in Joliet

The city of Joliet, Illinois, long has been known by historians as boasting the intersection of two historic roads — Route 66 and the Lincoln Highway. Now casual travelers will learn of this major crossroads with a new, 7-foot-tall marker at…

McDonald’s plans to build at old Tropics property

McDonald’s plans to build at old Tropics property

Any lingering hopes the long-closed Tropics restaurant in Lincoln, Illinois, would be reopened were dashed last week with the news a McDonald’s restaurant wants to build on the site. The Lincoln Courier reports a law firm made a request for a…

Meadow Gold sign in Tulsa soon will get clocks

Meadow Gold sign in Tulsa soon will get clocks

The city of Tulsa long had promised the clocks that once sat on top of the historic Meadow Gold neon sign would be replaced “when funding becomes available.” Apparently the money is in the bank. The Tulsa World reports bids…

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