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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)…

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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…

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…

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