Apache Motel in Tucumcari slated to reopen in mid-March

The operator of the long-closed Apache Motel in Tucumcari, New Mexico, anticipates he'll reopen the Route 66 business to overnight travelers by early spring. I wrote a story in the Quay County Sun in Tucumcari: Wade Dirr said in a telephone interview that electricians and plumbers were working on getting the lobby at least eight … Continue reading Apache Motel in Tucumcari slated to reopen in mid-March

Lease on historic Palms Grill Cafe in Atlanta now available for applicants

The interior of the Palms Grill Cafe in 2014 The historic Palms Grill Cafe along Route 66 in downtown Atlanta, Illinois, is available to lease for prospective restaurateurs. According to a news release Wednesday from the Atlanta Public Library, which owns the property: The Palms Grill Café is a turnkey operation. It is fully equipped … Continue reading Lease on historic Palms Grill Cafe in Atlanta now available for applicants

Teardown begins of Cactus Motor Lodge in Tucumcari

Workers on Tuesday began tearing down the long-closed Cactus Motor Lodge, aka Cactus RV Park, in Tucumcari, New Mexico, to make way for an auto parts store. O'Reilly Auto Parts, based in Springfield, Missouri, plans to build a store there later this year. O'Reilly purchased the property in late 2018 but was delayed in developing … Continue reading Teardown begins of Cactus Motor Lodge in Tucumcari

Additional elaborate neon signs planned at Uranus Missouri complex

Louie Keen, the self-proclaimed "mayor" of the Uranus Missouri complex near St. Robert, Missouri, said he's planning to commission additional and elaborate neon signs there and is soliciting contractors for those projects. The signs would be on the west wall of the fudge factory, plus the miniature golf course and the hamburger and ice cream … Continue reading Additional elaborate neon signs planned at Uranus Missouri complex

Billboard Museum picks up pink Cadillac from closed Ann’s Chicken Fry House

The Billboard Museum Association on Sunday picked up the pink Cadillac that long was on display in front of the now-closed Ann's Chicken Fry House in Oklahoma City and plans to restore it at its future museum home. KOCO-TV in Oklahoma City reported: “We’re going to pull out the ’59 pink Cadi, and that’s been … Continue reading Billboard Museum picks up pink Cadillac from closed Ann’s Chicken Fry House

Liam Neeson film “The Marksman” takes place on Route 66 (allegedly)

I'd seen some online chatter the latest Liam Neeson thriller "The Marksman" takes place rather prominently on Route 66. Here's the trailer: https://youtu.be/lEBPNi4bEbc I haven't seen the movie yet, since it just came out Friday and New Mexico theaters aren't open yet because of the COVID-19 pandemic. But Wikipedia lists Route 66 in the plot: … Continue reading Liam Neeson film “The Marksman” takes place on Route 66 (allegedly)

POPS in Arcadia undergoes a change in ownership

The POPS convenience store and restaurant, renowned worldwide for offering more than 500 types of soda and its 66-foot-tall LED soda bottle that stands along Route 66 in Arcadia, Oklahoma, quietly changed owners several weeks ago. US Star Properties LLC of nearby Edmond, Oklahoma, purchased the property on Nov. 19 for $2.22 million, according to … Continue reading POPS in Arcadia undergoes a change in ownership

Canyon Coaster Adventure Park planned on the east side of Williams

The city council of Williams, Arizona, today will hold a public hearing regarding a planned Canyon Coaster Adventure Park on 20 acres on the east side of the city. The city's zoning and planning commission unanimously approved the rezoning needed for the development, which means the family amusement park probably is a done deal at … Continue reading Canyon Coaster Adventure Park planned on the east side of Williams

A profile of a prolific Oklahoma muralist

An Oklahoma City television station recently profiled a Sooner State muralist who's painted up to 4,000 murals during his career, including several on Route 66. Here's the profile of Bob Palmer from KFOR-TV. You can see one of his Route 66 murals in the segment: Dozens of his historic-themed murals can be seen here. You'll … Continue reading A profile of a prolific Oklahoma muralist

New exhibit at Joplin examines Route 66’s impact on culture

A new exhibit at an arts center in Joplin, Missouri, examines the cross-cultural impact of Route 66 from a native of that town. "Route 66: Crossing Cultural Lines," curated by artist and former American Jazz Museum curator Sara Sonié Joi Thompson-Ruffin, will be in the main gallery of the Spiva Center for the Arts in … Continue reading New exhibit at Joplin examines Route 66’s impact on culture