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Goal: Reopen Macoupin County Cannonball Jail next year

Goal: Reopen Macoupin County Cannonball Jail next year

Sensing a likely tourism draw, Macoupin County wants to reopen its circa-1870 county jail near downtown Carlinville, Illinois. However, the interior of the fortress-like structure, often called the Macoupin County Cannonball Jail, remains covered with toxic lead paint. About $13,000 has been raised…

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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…

Albuquerque gets federal approval for rapid-transit project

Albuquerque gets federal approval for rapid-transit project

The city of Albuquerque said it received federal approval for Albuquerque Rapid Transit, but the city will hold off on any action until a federal judge hears a lawsuit against the project next week. The Albuquerque Journal reported: In a…

“Tucumcari Tonite” videos go live

Tucumcari Tonite, the website of the tourism department for the city of Tucumcari, New Mexico, uploaded three new videos Thursday. KC Keefer, who’s known in Mother Road circles for his Genuine Route 66 Life video series, directed and produced the videos. If you’ve…

Redevelopment deals signed with De Anza, El Vado motels

Redevelopment deals signed with De Anza, El Vado motels

The city of Albuquerque on Wednesday announced the signing of contracts earlier this month to redevelop the historic but long-closed De Anza Motor Lodge and El Vado Motel, both along old Route 66. According to a news release from the city:…

“Boomtown” documentary wins an Emmy

“Boomtown” documentary wins an Emmy

The Tulsa history film “Boomtown: An American Journey” won a regional Emmy Award on Saturday night in the historical documentary group in the Heartland Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. “Boomtown” was the first movie made by Kirkpatrick…

Route 66 businesses worry about effect of bridge projects

Route 66 businesses worry about effect of bridge projects

Detours for upcoming replacement of two bridges in Carthage, Missouri, has Route 66 businesses fretting that tourists will bypass their town. The Missouri Department of Transportation will start to replace two bridges on Highway 96 (aka Route 66) on the northeast side…

Gallup district placed on National Register

Gallup district placed on National Register

The Gallup Commercial Historic District in Gallup, New Mexico, that includes parts of Route 66 recently was designated to the National Register of Historic Places. The designation became effective June 21, according to an email this week from the National Park Service.…

Albuquerque Rapid Transit finds rough seas

The massive Albuquerque Rapid Transit project, slated to break ground next month, has run into a bunch of trouble in recent days. Albuquerque Rapid Transit, or ART, proposes to devote nine miles of two center lanes of Central Avenue (aka…

New Route 66 mural being painted in Barstow

New Route 66 mural being painted in Barstow

Artist Kathy Fierro and Main Street Murals now are painting a second Route 66 mural in downtown Barstow, California, that will be finished by the town’s Route 66 Festival in October. The mural will be at 108 E. Main St. (map here), reported The…

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