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Tucumcari Motel sign emerges from the ashes

Tucumcari Motel sign emerges from the ashes

The last time most people saw the old Tucumcari Motel sign near downtown Tucumcari, New Mexico, the long-closed business was destroyed by a suspected arson fire about three years ago. Because it stood about 20 feet from the building, the…

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Here’s your sign on Route 66 in Arizona

Here’s your sign on Route 66 in Arizona

Frank Kocevar, the former owner of Historic Seligman Sundries in Seligman, Arizona, posted this clever video featuring a few signs along Route 66 in Arizona and a unique vantage point, courtesy of a drone. The segment featuring a dreamcatcher at…

Route 66 Corridor Preservation Program announces 2017 cost-share grants

Route 66 Corridor Preservation Program announces 2017 cost-share grants

The Route 66 Corridor Preservation Program on Thursday announced its annual cost-share grant awards, with seven grants totaling $98,137. This year’s grant awards are remarkable in their breadth, including neon-sign restorations, oral-history projects, a full assessment of Route 66’s bridges,…

Tulsa may encourage neon signs along Route 66

Tulsa may encourage neon signs along Route 66

The city of Tulsa is working to set up a Route 66 neon-sign overlay district that would encourage the use and preservation of such signs. The Frontier news site, based in Tulsa, had the details: The city’s idea, patterned after a similar…

The man behind many Route 66 neon sign restorations

The man behind many Route 66 neon sign restorations

KSDK-TV in St. Louis recently produced a story about neon signs along Route 66 in Missouri — especially signs restored by the Route 66 Association of Missouri’s Neon Heritage Preservation Committee. The fellow behind many of these restorations is David…

Large sign stolen from Fabulous 40 Motel in Adrian

Large sign stolen from Fabulous 40 Motel in Adrian

A large “Motel” sign that graced the Fabulous 40 Motel in Adrian, Texas, apparently was stolen after a windstorm blew down its support structure weeks ago. The owners of the Route 66 motel, which is next to the landmark Midpoint…

Restored Dell Rhea’s Chicken Basket neon sign is dedicated

Restored Dell Rhea’s Chicken Basket neon sign is dedicated

  The newly restored neon sign for Dell Rhea’s Chicken Basket restaurant along old Route 66 in Willowbrook, Illinois, was dedicated Monday afternoon with a relighting ceremony. About 200 people attended the event, which included a car show, live music…

Restoration begins on The Tropics sign

Restoration begins on The Tropics sign

The fabled neon sign for the now-closed The Tropics restaurant in Lincoln, Illinois, this week was moved to a shop for restoration work for the next six months. The Lincoln Courier reported the sign was moved Tuesday to Ace Sign…

Sign stolen from Owl Court motel in Oklahoma City

Sign stolen from Owl Court motel in Oklahoma City

An old sign at the historic but long-closed Owl Court motel in Oklahoma City was stolen between Sunday afternoon and Monday morning. Owner John Dunning, who bought the property at 742 W. Britton Road about 12 years ago with plans…

Professors honored for preserving vintage neon-sign drawings

Professors honored for preserving vintage neon-sign drawings

Two professors from the University of New Mexico were given a state preservation award for saving hundreds of old drawings from the state’s oldest neon-sign company. Many of them mock-ups of signs eventually were installed on Route 66. The New…

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