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Two-part French program features Route 66

Two-part French program features Route 66

A reader across the pond alerted me to this two-part, French automotive program about Route 66. The special production is by France-based Turbo magazine. The production’s focuses mainly on classic cars and hot rods, but you’ll find plenty of history…

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Meramec River Bridge appears to get a reprieve

Meramec River Bridge appears to get a reprieve

The endangered Meramec River Bridge at Route 66 State Park near Eureka, Missouri, appears to have earned a reprieve from the wrecking ball. The Route 66 bridge that spanned the Meramec River at the now-ghost town of Times Beach was slated to…

Route 66 motel photos from 1970s shown by California gallery

Route 66 motel photos from 1970s shown by California gallery

Plenty of photographers have documented old motels along Route 66 in the past 20 years. However, a new exhibit, “Route 66 Motels” at the Joseph Bellows Gallery in La Jolla, California, shows images more than 40 years old. The images…

Desert Sands Motel in Albuquerque torn down

Desert Sands Motel in Albuquerque torn down

The closed Desert Sands Motel of Albuquerque, perhaps best known for being used in a scene in the Oscar-winning movie “No County for Old Men,” was torn down last month after three fires since May. The Albuquerque Journal reported the Route…

Restaurant opens at site of long-forgotten miniature golf course

Restaurant opens at site of long-forgotten miniature golf course

The owners of the Puttin’-A-Round in Miami, Oklahoma, hadn’t planned to put a restaurant there, but as they began to tear down the former doors-and-windows store, they changed their plans for a mini-storage business. Larry and Sue Smith of nearby…

New bridges in Carthage to reopen no later than mid-September

New bridges in Carthage to reopen no later than mid-September

The Missouri Department of Transportation this week approved a contract to replace two Missouri 96 (aka Route 66) bridges on the northeast side of Carthage. The road will reopen no later than Sept. 15, but the $6.2 million contract with Clarkson…

Fate of Gasconade River Bridge dominates county meeting

Fate of Gasconade River Bridge dominates county meeting

What to do about the closed Gasconade River Bridge near Hazelgreen, Missouri, “dominated” discussion during a recent meeting of the Laclede County board of commissioners, according to a local newspaper. The Lebanon Daily Record (subscription required) reported the talk about the…

What should be done about Oatman’s burros?

What should be done about Oatman’s burros?

Easy, now. No one is suggesting getting rid of all the semi-wild burros that roam the Route 66 village of Oatman, Arizona — especially Oatman businesses, which see the animals as a big reason it’s become a tourist attraction. The burros…

Illinois Route 66 motorcycle license plate goes on sale

Illinois Route 66 motorcycle license plate goes on sale

The state of Illinois now is selling a Route 66 license plate made specially for motorcycles. Revenues from the new plate go to the Illinois Route 66 Scenic Byways fund, which helps preserve and promote the old road in the…

Fire-damaged Parkview Pub in Bloomington may reopen by summer

Fire-damaged Parkview Pub in Bloomington may reopen by summer

  Parkview Food & Pub, better known as the Parkview Inn, in Bloomington, Illinois, may reopen by summer after a fire in October virtually destroyed the historic establishment. Owner Rich McCormick told the Bloomington Panatagraph he’s taking the opportunity with the…

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