Butcher shop moves into former Grand Canyon Cafe building

A butcher shop and sandwich place has moved into space once occupied by the Grand Canyon Cafe in downtown Flagstaff, Arizona. Proper Meats + Provisions, known for using locally raised and pastured animals, moved into the Route 66 landmark a few weeks ago, reported Flagstaff Business News. “It is a much better location for us … Continue reading Butcher shop moves into former Grand Canyon Cafe building

Cactus RV Park sign in Tucumcari removed; property may be sold

A collector purchased and removed the 1950s-era neon sign at the Cactus RV Park in Tucumcari, New Mexico, and the RV park and former motel there soon may be bought out by a national auto-parts chain. Workers and a truck from SignArt in Albuquerque dismantled and removed the sign Thursday from the property. Johnnie Meier, … Continue reading Cactus RV Park sign in Tucumcari removed; property may be sold

Woman worked for two Route 66 icons in Arizona

Here's an obituary you don't read every day -- an Arizona woman who died earlier this month worked not for one, but two bona fide Route 66 icons during her lifetime. Dorthy “Dottie” Ann Hatch Hansen, 83, of St. Johns, Arizona, died Oct. 19. She was born in Pinedale, Arizona, but spent most of her … Continue reading Woman worked for two Route 66 icons in Arizona

Gasconade River Bridge makes Missouri Places in Peril list

The closed Gasconade River Bridge near Hazelgreen, Missouri, on Friday was named to the Missouri Alliance for Historic Preservation's historic Places in Peril list for 2018. The bridge also was placed on the list in 2015, when the state in late 2014 closed the bridge due to structural deterioration. The alliance issues a Places in Peril … Continue reading Gasconade River Bridge makes Missouri Places in Peril list

Old Irv’s Burgers site repurposed into Conservatory cafe

The old Irv's Burgers stand in West Hollywood, California, reopened this week as the cafe part of the Conservatory restaurant. The Conservatory complex at 8289 Santa Monica Blvd. (aka Route 66) also contains a full sit-down restaurant and a Society Room bar. The cafe part takes the Irv's Burgers streetside stand, puts on a new … Continue reading Old Irv’s Burgers site repurposed into Conservatory cafe

Golden Spur in Glendora closes abruptly

The Golden Spur restaurant, famous for its old-style neon sign, along Route 66 in Glendora, California, closed suddenly this month. The restaurant at 1223 E. Route 66 posted this message on its Facebook page on Oct. 12: Thank you for the memories! After 100 years of serving Glendora the Golden Spur will be closing its … Continue reading Golden Spur in Glendora closes abruptly

Sapulpa faces 90-day deadline to repair Rock Creek Bridge

Some bad news and good news were reported this week about the historic Rock Creek Bridge on an old alignment of Route 66 west of Sapulpa, Oklahoma. First, the bad news: The city must repair an erosion problem on the bridge's east side within 90 days, or else the bridge will be closed permanently, according … Continue reading Sapulpa faces 90-day deadline to repair Rock Creek Bridge

Nominees sought for Illinois Route 66 Centennial Commission

This summer, the governor signed the Illinois Route 66 Centennial Commission bill into law, and now the panel seeks three people to fill available seats, including one that will lead it. Unlike a lot of nominating rules, people in this instance can nominate themselves. Gov. Bruce Rauner has the last say over who gets the nod. … Continue reading Nominees sought for Illinois Route 66 Centennial Commission

“Almost Ghosts” Route 66 documentary premieres Wednesday in Spain

"Almost Ghosts," a documentary filmed by Ana Ramon Rubio in March along Route 66, will premiere at the Seminci Film Festival in Spain on Wednesday. Among those featured in the film are Harley Russell of the Sandhills Curiosity Shoppe in Erick, Oklahoma. Lowell Davis, an artist who re-created his hometown near Carthage, Missouri; and Angel Delgadillo, … Continue reading “Almost Ghosts” Route 66 documentary premieres Wednesday in Spain

Earl’s Motor Court in Winslow changes hands

Earl's Motor Court, a longtime fixture along Route 66 in Winslow, Arizona, changed owners this summer, but little else will change at the motel itself. Angela Archibeque said during a phone interview Sunday she and her boyfriend Blas Sanchez, both Winslow natives, bought the motel for $190,000 in July after its longtime matriarch, Floranel Earl, … Continue reading Earl’s Motor Court in Winslow changes hands