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Several vintage signs soon will be restored in Kingman

Several vintage signs soon will be restored in Kingman

The Route 66 Association of Kingman has begun the restoration of several historic neon signs and created new signs for businesses in Kingman, Arizona. According to a recent news release from the association: Through a partnership with Legacy Signs, they…

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Route 66 Commission wants more tourists in Tulsa

Route 66 Commission wants more tourists in Tulsa

The newly formed Route 66 Commission in Tulsa met for the first time Tuesday and vowed first to beef up tourism numbers. According to a report about the meeting from Tulsa Public Radio, less than 2 percent of Route 66…

Route 66 Corridor Preservation Program announces grants for 2016

Route 66 Corridor Preservation Program announces grants for 2016

The Route 66 Corridor Preservation Program, under the auspices of the National Park Service, announced its cost-share grants for 2016. This year, the program awarded eight cost-share grants totaling more than $103,000 — mostly for renovations or preservation of historic…

Mexican restaurant moves into Sonrise Donuts building

Mexican restaurant moves into Sonrise Donuts building

An authentic Mexican restaurant becomes the latest tenant to move into the building in Springfield, Illinois, that contains the historic Sonrise Donuts neon sign on its roof. Taqueria Moroleon opened in the building at 1101 S. Ninth St. (aka Route 66)…

Record crowds attend Birthplace of Route 66 Festival

Record crowds attend Birthplace of Route 66 Festival

A record 38,000 people attended the annual Birthplace of Route 66 Festival in Springfield, Missouri, this past weekend. KOLR-TV reported 28,000 people attended on Saturday alone, with 5,000 on Friday and another 5,000 on Sunday. Vendors reported bigger crowd sizes,…

Route 66 inspires restoration on historic church sign

Route 66 inspires restoration on historic church sign

A broken sign for a Springfield, Missouri, church found new life. That’s thanks to a pastor who is a Route 66 fan. The South Side Baptist Church sign sits at 465 S. Grant Ave., just a few blocks south of the College Street alignment of Route 66 in…

Grants soon will open Route 66 Neon Drive-Thru

Grants soon will open Route 66 Neon Drive-Thru

The city of Grants, New Mexico, is opening a Route 66 Neon Drive-Thru — a neon-outlined Route 66 shield motorists can drive their cars or pickups through. A ceremonial ribbon-cutting for the structure will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, according…

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…

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…

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