Stolen Cross Eyed Cow minibus recovered

The customized Volkswagen minibus stolen two weeks ago from the Cross Eyed Cow restaurant in Oro Grande, California, was recovered Monday, but not without scary moments. The minivan now is in a tow yard in Rancho Cucamonga, California. The Cross Eyed Cow's owners hope they can pick it up this week, although police may want to hold it a … Continue reading Stolen Cross Eyed Cow minibus recovered

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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 Desert Dispatch newspaper. The image above is a mock-up image on which the real painting will … Continue reading New Route 66 mural being painted in Barstow

Museum of the American Military Family soon will open in Tijeras

The Museum of the American Military Family, which once existed only online, opens next month along Route 66 in Tijeras, New Mexico, east of Albuquerque. The museum's founder and executive director, Circe Olson Woessner, told the Rio Rancho Observer it plans a grand opening at 3:30 p.m. July 9. After being an online-only entity, it set up a … Continue reading Museum of the American Military Family soon will open in Tijeras

Summit Inn ownership soon will change

The Summit Inn, situated off old Route 66 on the top of Cajon Pass in southern California, will change hands after almost 50 years under ownership by C.A. Stevens. The Victorville Daily Press reports the Otto Recinos family of nearby Wrightwood, California, bought the Route 66 restaurant, motel, office and antique shop for about $1 million. Closing on … Continue reading Summit Inn ownership soon will change

Lowell Davis creates new sculpture on Route 66 in Carthage

Famous folk artist Lowell Davis recently unveiled a new sculpture on the northeast side of Carthage, Missouri, along Route 66. The Carthage Press reported the sculpture is at 125 N. River St., near Missouri 96 (aka Route 66): The creation includes a road grader from the late 1800s with a pair of signature Lowell Davis … Continue reading Lowell Davis creates new sculpture on Route 66 in Carthage

Route 66 exhibit at Missouri History Museum begins today

The Missouri History Museum in St. Louis begins today its "Route 66: Main Street Through St. Louis" exhibit through July 16, 2017. The museum sits at 5700 Lindell Blvd. (map here) in Forest Park. The Route 66 show has free admission. Here's one of the images displayed at the show, of the Chain of Rocks Bridge in 1929, shortly after it opened: The … Continue reading Route 66 exhibit at Missouri History Museum begins today

Monrovia gas station designated as historic landmark

The city council of Monrovia, California, this week designated a former gas station along an early alignment of Route 66 as a historic landmark. The city's Historic Preservation Commission reviewed the property at 805 S. Shamrock Ave. (map here) and recommended the designation. The report about the property is here (PDF file), but here are some takeaways about it: --- It's one … Continue reading Monrovia gas station designated as historic landmark

Lake City Diner in Santa Rosa gets new owners

Local residents purchased the closed Lake City Diner in Santa Rosa, New Mexico, and plan to eventually reopen it as a sandwich shop and bed-and-breakfast. The Communicator newspaper reported in last week's print edition Arthur and Anastacia Baca completed the purchase of the former bank building that sits on a corner of Route 66 in … Continue reading Lake City Diner in Santa Rosa gets new owners

Unpopular marquee returning to Rialto Square Theatre

An additional marquee for the Rialto Square Theatre in Joliet, Illinois, that was nixed because of its unpopularity is returning -- this time, to the back of the historic building. The theater's principals still are raising funds for the classic marquee. But they think the red-headed stepchild of the other marquee still can prove useful. The Herald-News reported: … Continue reading Unpopular marquee returning to Rialto Square Theatre

Santa Rosa Route 66 museum closer to reality

Santa Rosa, New Mexico, and Classical Gas Museum owner Johnnie Meier have edged closer to an agreement to set up a Route 66 museum in the city's Ilfeld Warehouse. Last week's print edition of the The Communicator, based in Santa Rosa, reported the city and Meier were in on-and-off talks for almost a decade amid funding issues and other sticking … Continue reading Santa Rosa Route 66 museum closer to reality