Sign at Jack Rabbit Trading Post gets a face-lift

The co-owners of the historic Jack Rabbit Trading Post near Joseph City, Arizona, announced Friday they had completed a restoration of the west side of the business' iconic "Here It Is" sign. In a Facebook post, the owners said the 27-day project "took longer than expected," but they dealt with rain and wind a few … Continue reading Sign at Jack Rabbit Trading Post gets a face-lift

Search fails to turn up missing woman at Amboy Crater

A sheriff's department search over the weekend for a woman who went missing at Amboy Crater near Amboy, California, failed to turn up any signs of her. The remains of the woman's husband were found in the area June 13 -- about 10 days after the couple went missing. Susan Schmeirer, 65, and William Schmeirer, … Continue reading Search fails to turn up missing woman at Amboy Crater

Old Joliet Prison event includes Blues Brothers tribute band

An August fundraiser to help restore the old Joliet Correctional Center in Joliet, Illinois, will include a performance by a Blue Brothers tribute band, and organizers have invited one of the original Blues Brothers, Dan Aykroyd, to the event. The Great Joliet Prison Break-In is slated for 5 p.m. Aug. 25 inside the historic, limestone-walled … Continue reading Old Joliet Prison event includes Blues Brothers tribute band

British man to attempt record for cycling Route 66

An award-winning cyclist from Great Britain in September will try to set a world record by cycling nearly 2,500 miles of Route 66 in just 11 days. Pav Bryan is training for the journey now. He also plans to uses his quest to raise money for two-mental-health charities -- Mind and National Alliance for Mental … Continue reading British man to attempt record for cycling Route 66

Mel’s Drive-In opens at Route 66 western terminus

The newest site of Mel's Drive-In restaurant opened Tuesday, and it happens to be at the official western terminus of Route 66 in Santa Monica, California. The iconic 1950s-themed restaurant already has locations at Sherman Oaks, Hollywood, West Hollywood and Los Angeles, and countless movies and television shows were shot there. The long-anticipated latest site stands … Continue reading Mel’s Drive-In opens at Route 66 western terminus

National Trust places Route 66 on its endangered list

The National Trust for Historic Preservation on Tuesday included Route 66 among its annual 11 Most Endangered Historic Places list and urged Congress to name it as a national historic trail. It was the second time Route 66 made the National Trust's most-endangered list. A smaller part of the Mother Road made the list in … Continue reading National Trust places Route 66 on its endangered list

Route 66 Wedding Chapel, two related businesses close

The co-owner of Route 66 Wedding Chapel, Mother Road Old Time Photos and Christmas Shop of Tucumcari in Tucumcari, New Mexico, announced Monday those shops closed and possibly will move to Tennessee because of health issues and family obligations. The three businesses were housed in one storefront across the street from the historic Blue Swallow … Continue reading Route 66 Wedding Chapel, two related businesses close

Music documentary about Springfield premieres this week

"The Center of Nowhere," a full-length documentary produced by roadie Dave Hoekstra about the rich musical history of Springfield, Missouri, will premiere at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Fox Theatre in downtown Springfield. Hoekstra, a former writer at the Chicago Sun-Times who's traveled and written about Route 66 extensively, told Ozarks Alive that Springfield's central location, relative … Continue reading Music documentary about Springfield premieres this week

The Tropics sign relighted for the first time in 15 years

The restored neon sign for the now-defunct The Tropics restaurant in Lincoln, Illinois, was relighted Sunday evening in front of a crowd of hundreds of people. The Lincoln Courier newspaper posted this short video of the countdown to the relighting: Here's what the sign looked like in the daytime, a few hours before the ceremony. … Continue reading The Tropics sign relighted for the first time in 15 years

Ariston Cafe likely will have new owners by mid-July

The historic Ariston Cafe in Litchfield, Illinois, is under contract to have new owners by mid-July after the Route 66 establishment belonged to the same family for more than 90 years. Marty and Kara Steffens, co-owners of the Maverick Steaks & Spirits restaurant in Litchfield, are scheduled to take over the reins of the Ariston by … Continue reading Ariston Cafe likely will have new owners by mid-July