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Mother Jones Monument restored

Mother Jones Monument restored

The 80-year-old Mother Jones Monument off Route 66 in Mount Olive, Illinois, was rededicated Saturday in front of a crowd of more than 300 people after the union activist’s grave was restored, according to the Peoria Journal-Star. More about the…

Thefts hit Gay Parita Station

Thefts hit Gay Parita Station

Apparently the same thief or thieves who recently struck the ghost town of Spencer, Missouri, also hit the nearby Gay Parita Sinclair station in recent days. According to Steve Turner, son of late Gay Parita owner Gary Turner, the following…

Malaria killed two Route 66 travelers in Missouri

Two men who mysteriously died in a Springfield, Missouri, motel room while traveling Route 66 last month succumbed to cerebral malaria, according to several media outlets, including the Associated Press. Gerrit Strydom, 45, and James Bethel, 44, both of South…

Times, places of Route 66: The Road Ahead workshops announced

Times, places of Route 66: The Road Ahead workshops announced

A couple of weeks ago, the Route 66: The Road Ahead initiative announced a series of collaborative workshops in seven cities in July. This week, the initiative provided times and places for each workshop: — Tuesday, July 21, Springfield, Illinois,…

New Jobe’s owner will turn it into antique store

The new owner of Jobe’s Drive-In in El Reno, Oklahoma, will convert the Route 66 restaurant into a “cowboys and Indians” antique store after buying it at auction last weekend, according to the El Reno Tribune. Cliff Johnson, a musician,…

Cars on the Route owner, Galena mayor embroiled in indictments

The mayor of Galena, Kansas, and six current or former city councilors recently were notified they’ve been indicted on a felony charge of misuse of public funds in a case that involves one of the town’s most prominent Route 66…

Test your ability to Hit the Road

Test your ability to Hit the Road

The folks in Atlanta, Illinois, unveiled a deceptively simple but unusual new attraction in their Route 66 town — a Hit the Road game modeled after an old strongman contest commonly seen at county fairs many years ago. The Hit…

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