Lebanon to double number of Route 66 signs in town

Lebanon, Missouri, soon will double the number of blue-and-white "Route 66 Historic Byway" signs and probably will add banners proclaiming the city's Mother Road ties. But an effort to change Elm Street to Route 66 in Lebanon probably won't happen anytime soon. According to a post earlier this week by the Lebanon-Laclede County Route 66 … Continue reading Lebanon to double number of Route 66 signs in town

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2018 cost-share grants for Route 66 sites announced

The Route 66 Corridor Preservation Program on Wednesday announced it awarded seven cost-share grants totaling about $87,000 for preservation or historical research. Since 2001, the program has awarded 146 cost-share grants totaling $2.17 million. The program tentatively has planned to award more grants in 2019 before it expires that year. Here are the 2018 awardees, … Continue reading 2018 cost-share grants for Route 66 sites announced

Illinois governor hits several Route 66 sites during motorcycle tour

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner led a parade Sunday of hundreds of motorcycles to four Route 66 sites to celebrate the state's bicentennial. According to the Herald-News in Joliet, Rauner and 300 to 500 other riders made stops at the Launching Pad Drive-In in Wilmington, the Illinois Route 66 Hall of Fame and Museum in Pontiac, … Continue reading Illinois governor hits several Route 66 sites during motorcycle tour

Rock Creek Bridge near Sapulpa closed to vehicular traffic

The historic Rock Creek Bridge west of Sapulpa, Oklahoma, closed to traffic for the second time in five years after flunking an inspection. The Route 66 Alliance, based in nearby Tulsa, stated on its Facebook page Tuesday the bridge will stay open to pedestrians, however, as an engineering firm figures out what to do next. … Continue reading Rock Creek Bridge near Sapulpa closed to vehicular traffic

Blue Swallow Motel of Tucumcari put up for sale

Acknowledging "mixed feelings," the owners of the Blue Swallow Motel in Tucumcari, New Mexico, announced they have put the iconic Route 66 property on the market. Co-owners Kevin and Nancy Mueller made the announcement Monday night in a Facebook post. It stated: We’ve given our hearts, souls, and financial resources over eight seasons, working to … Continue reading Blue Swallow Motel of Tucumcari put up for sale

More details emerge about Decades of Wheels complex in Baxter Springs

The Decades of Wheels complex in downtown Baxter Springs, Kansas, will be "95 percent" finished by its opening weekend Oct. 12-14. Decades of Wheels will contain a classic-car museum, restaurant, bed-and-breakfast and children's fun house. A story in the Joplin Globe about the progress of the $3 million project brought forth previously unreported details about … Continue reading More details emerge about Decades of Wheels complex in Baxter Springs

Restoration of old Santa Fe locomotive hits milestone

For the first time in more than a half-century, the boilers were fired up on the Santa Fe 2926 steam locomotive in Albuquerque -- a major milestone for a group of railroad buffs that have worked to restore the train for about 15 years. The Albuquerque Journal was there Wednesday when the New Mexico Steam Locomotive … Continue reading Restoration of old Santa Fe locomotive hits milestone

Vinita wins $25,000 to help enhance its downtown

The city of Vinita, Oklahoma, received a $25,000 AARP Community Challenge Grant to help improve its downtown, including the Route 66 corridor. KSNF-TV reports about 1,600 towns applied for the grant, and only 129 won it. Here's what Vinita will do with the money: The Vinita Route 66 Breezeway Project will make the downtown area more … Continue reading Vinita wins $25,000 to help enhance its downtown

Historic Dew Chilli Parlor site in Springfield is closing

The historic Dew Chilli Parlor site a short distance from Route 66 in Springfield, Illinois, closed Friday because of traffic and parking issues. Two other Dew Chili sites -- including one on old Route 66 -- remain open in the city. The site at 1216 S. Fifth St. had operated there since 1954. Other Dew … Continue reading Historic Dew Chilli Parlor site in Springfield is closing

Gasconade River Bridge Guardians issue progress report

The Route 66 Gasconade River Bridge Guardians this week issued a report on its activities to preserve the closed historic bridge near Hazelgreen, Missouri. The group met in St. Louis on Sunday. Here is a summary of the meeting, as described on a post on Facebook on Thursday: -- The group's fundraising efforts have generated … Continue reading Gasconade River Bridge Guardians issue progress report