Route 66 motels may help ease housing shortage in some areas

Old motels -- including those on Route 66 -- are being eyed as a solution for a growing housing shortage in parts of the United States. An article in Bisnow.com cites The Sundowner Motel and the Luna Lodge -- both on Route 66 in Albuquerque -- as examples of once-seedy properties recently converted by New … Continue reading Route 66 motels may help ease housing shortage in some areas

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Research Route 66 plans online directory, retrospective

Organizers for the Research Route 66 project plan to develop an online research directory and form a retrospective of the group's accomplishments. The group also plans to continue to its social-media outreach through its Facebook page and collaborate with Route 66: The Road Ahead Partnership, according to a news release. The group's annual meeting was … Continue reading Research Route 66 plans online directory, retrospective

Lincoln Route 66 sites featured in Chicago TV segment

The Loyola University of Chicago men's basketball team made an unlikely march to the NCAA Final Four and play in the semifinals Saturday at the San Antonio Alamodome. To mark the occasion, the big CBS affiliate in Chicago sent reporter Charlie De Mar and a cardboard cutout of Loyola's team chaplain and fan favorite, Sister … Continue reading Lincoln Route 66 sites featured in Chicago TV segment

Ramada Kingman, Canyon 66 restaurant abruptly close

The Ramada Kingman hotel and its Canyon 66 Restaurant and Lounge in Kingman, Arizona, abruptly closed this week amid allegations of unpaid contractor bills and stiffed employees. It was the second high-profile lodging establishment to close in Kingman in less than six months. The historic Hill Top Motel closed late last year after being foreclosed. … Continue reading Ramada Kingman, Canyon 66 restaurant abruptly close

Oklahoma’s black eye amid upcoming preservation conference

The Tulsa World this week published a preview of the “Are We There Yet? Preservation of Roadside Architecture and Attractions" symposium in Tulsa next month. The April 10-12 event is organized by National Park Service’s National Center for Preservation Technology and Training (NCPTT), Route 66 Corridor Preservation Program, Tulsa Foundation for Architecture, city of Tulsa, Tulsa … Continue reading Oklahoma’s black eye amid upcoming preservation conference

An update on the Route 66 Neon Park in Missouri

An area television station provided an update on a proposed Route 66 Neon Park in St. Robert, Missouri -- including that organizers hope to open at least part of it next spring. Here's the report from KY3 in Springfield, Missouri: Beth Wiles, president of the Pulaski County Route 66 Preservation group, hopes to have three … Continue reading An update on the Route 66 Neon Park in Missouri

VIDEO: Mad Mike Hughes finally blasts off from Amboy

 via GIPHY Daredevil and flat-Earth advocate "Mad" Mike Hughes overcame months of hurdles and technical problems to blast off more than 1,800 feet into the sky Saturday in a homemade rocket near the Route 66 town of Amboy, California. According to the Associated Press, Hughes' steam-powered rocket rose 1,875 into the air before a … Continue reading VIDEO: Mad Mike Hughes finally blasts off from Amboy

Co-founder of The Tropics in Lincoln dies

Helen Frances Schwenoha, co-founder of now-defunct but fondly remembered The Tropics restaurant in Lincoln, Illinois, died Feb. 28 at age 95 in Los Osos, California. The San Luis Obispo Tribune published an obituary on Schwenoha on March 18. Schwenoha was born in Augusta, Illinois, to  John Bradford and Mary Grace Compton. She married  Vincent John Schwenoha in … Continue reading Co-founder of The Tropics in Lincoln dies

Pump stolen from Miami gas station recovered

A nearly 100-year-old fuel pump stolen from a historic gas station along Route 66 in Miami, Oklahoma, was recovered more than 100 miles away in southwest Missouri. The Miami News-Record reports the antique pump stolen Feb. 25 from the 1929 Marathon Oil gas station in south Miami was found at a store March 5 in … Continue reading Pump stolen from Miami gas station recovered

Historic Shamrock Court motel near Sullivan for sale

Route 66 News learns of properties for sale along the Mother Road from time to time. But the latest one is especially notable for its historic nature, distinctive architecture and relatively good condition. The Weiland family, which has owned the Shamrock Court for more than 60 years, has decided to put it up for sale. … Continue reading Historic Shamrock Court motel near Sullivan for sale