Rebuilt Parkview Inn in Bloomington to reopen Wednesday

The Parkview Inn, which was rebuilt after a devastating fire in 2016, will reopen Wednesday morning at its old Route 66 location in Bloomington, Illinois. The reopening date, set last week, will occur in spite of a vandal who smashed a plate-glass window at the venerable restaurant over the weekend. The restaurant is insured for … Continue reading Rebuilt Parkview Inn in Bloomington to reopen Wednesday

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Baseball Hall of Fame president to embark on Route 66 trip

The soon-to-retire president of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum on Wednesday will begin a trip on Route 66 to celebrate amateur baseball in the United States. Jeff Idelson, who retires after 25 years with the Hall of Fame in August, will use the trip to promote the launch of Grassroots Baseball, a … Continue reading Baseball Hall of Fame president to embark on Route 66 trip

Dedication for Route 66 Rising sculpture in Tulsa set for May 20

A dedication for the massive Route 66 Rising sculpture in Tulsa is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. May 20. According to a news release from the Oklahoma Route 66 Association via city planner Dennis Whitaker: Mayor G.T. Bynum and City Councilor Crista Patrick will host this event, joined by guests from out of town: the artist … Continue reading Dedication for Route 66 Rising sculpture in Tulsa set for May 20

Ozark Trail obelisk near Stroud cleaned of graffiti

The historic obelisk that marked a crossroads of the Ozark Trail near Stroud, Oklahoma, recently was cleansed of graffiti. The Oklahoma Route 66 Association stated in a Facebook post Friday: The Ozark Trail obelisk near Stroud, OK has long been marred by graffiti. Thanks to the efforts of Route 66 enthusiast Sam Murray, the old … Continue reading Ozark Trail obelisk near Stroud cleaned of graffiti

Volunteers replace broken blade at The Mill in Lincoln

A group of volunteers on Friday repaired the blade at The Mill Museum in Lincoln, Illinois, that broke off during high winds a few months ago. High winds in December snapped off one of the faux blades of the windmill structure of the former Route 66 restaurant. According to the National Weather Service, gusts of … Continue reading Volunteers replace broken blade at The Mill in Lincoln

Jack Rabbit Trading Post to host 70th birthday bash on July 6

The Jack Rabbit Trading Post near Joseph City, Arizona, will host a special birthday bash from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 6 to mark the Route 66 business' 70th anniversary. The event will include food vendors, a bake sale, giveaways, children's activities and a grand prize for anyone who finds the painted rabbit rock … Continue reading Jack Rabbit Trading Post to host 70th birthday bash on July 6

The tenuous Route 66 link to the century-old Casper’s diner in Springfield

Though I've written on this website for a long time (next year will be 15 years), I still occasionally discover things that I apparently have overlooked. Casper's diner in Springfield, Missouri, is one of those I've overlooked. And there may be a good reason for that. According to a recent article in The Standard, Casper's … Continue reading The tenuous Route 66 link to the century-old Casper’s diner in Springfield

Big cat mauls Keepers of the Wild owner

An unspecified "large cat" seriously injured the owner of the Keepers of the Wild exotic-animal sanctuary along Route 66 north of Kingman, Arizona. The Lake Havasu News-Herald reports the founder of the sanctuary, Jonathan Kraft, was flown to a Las Vegas hospital for emergency treatment after he was attacked by one of those animals. According … Continue reading Big cat mauls Keepers of the Wild owner

Parks in the Pines General Store in Arizona put up for sale

The owner of the Parks in the Pines General Store in Parks, Arizona, citing the need to move to a lower elevation, has put the historic Route 66 business up for sale for $349,000. The store was placed on the BizBuySell.com site via da Vinci Realty. Here's part of the description: Located just west of … Continue reading Parks in the Pines General Store in Arizona put up for sale

Vacuum Cleaner Museum in St. James to close for good Friday

Citing a "decline in physical attendance," the Vacuum Cleaner Museum in St. James, Missouri, announced Tuesday it will close its doors permanently Friday. The Facebook page for the museum put out this message Tuesday: The post does not elaborate on what will happen to the extensive vacuum collection. The museum at 3 Industrial Drive in … Continue reading Vacuum Cleaner Museum in St. James to close for good Friday