Nonprofit group has a plan to buy, renovate Brookshire Motel

A Tulsa-based nonprofit organization wants to buy and redevelop the closed and fire-damaged Brookshire Motel into a gift shop, sandwich shop, farmers market, offices and classrooms. The Oklahoma Family Empowerment Center Project aims "to empower individuals, strengthen families, help couples, enhance parenting skills, bring recovery to those struggling with an addiction, assist returning citizens after … Continue reading Nonprofit group has a plan to buy, renovate Brookshire Motel

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Grassroots Baseball tour looking for obscure baseball sites on Route 66

The Grassroots Baseball tour this summer needs suggestions on less well-known baseball sites on or near Route 66. The Route 66 Road Ahead Partnership is helping the soon-to-retire Baseball Hall of Fame president, Jeff Idelson, and photographer Jean Fruth as they explore Route 66. According to the partnership: “We are looking for kids, adults, stickball … Continue reading Grassroots Baseball tour looking for obscure baseball sites on Route 66

Teenager buys historic gas station, will move it next to historic gas station in Miami

A teenage entrepreneur recently acquired a historic gas station in Miami, Oklahoma, he eventually will move to a better-known historic Route 66 gas station in Miami. Eli Chenoweth, 19, who owns and operates The Frozen Elephant snow-cone shop on Route 66 in Miami, several months ago bought the Miami Marathon Oil Service Station on Route … Continue reading Teenager buys historic gas station, will move it next to historic gas station in Miami

Gasconade River Bridge rehab costs estimated at $2.5 million

An engineering firm estimated it would cost at least $2.5 million to rehabilitate the closed Gasconade River Bridge near Hazelgreen, Missouri. Sparks Engineering of San Antonio issued a 16-page structural evaluation of the historic Route 66 bridge, which has been closed since December 2014. The Missouri Department of Transportation has stated it would tear down … Continue reading Gasconade River Bridge rehab costs estimated at $2.5 million

Cartoonist to publish graphic novel about Route 66 journey

Award-winning cartoonist Shing Yin Khor in August will publish a 160-page graphic memoir about her experiences during a journey on Route 66. The main title is "The American Dream?" with the subtitle "A Journey on Route 66 Discovering Dinosaur Statues, Muffler Men and the Perfect Breakfast Burrito." Khor grew up in Malaysia and held different … Continue reading Cartoonist to publish graphic novel about Route 66 journey

Living Kitchen Farm gets attention from Oklahoma’s tourism magazine

Thanks to a new story in Oklahoma's official tourism publication, a bunch of folks are learning what a growing number of people in the northeastern part of the state already knew -- Living Kitchen Farm & Dairy not only is one of the best places to eat in the Sooner State, but all of Route … Continue reading Living Kitchen Farm gets attention from Oklahoma’s tourism magazine

Station 66 owner opens Vega Motel residence as Airbnb

The owner of the acclaimed Station 66 Airbnb site in Vega, Texas, opened the residence of the Vega Motel in town to overnight travelers, as well. The Facebook page for the closed Route 66 motel made the announcement Thursday, calling it The Lucky Horseshoe @ Vega Motel. Here's the listing on the Airbnb site itself: … Continue reading Station 66 owner opens Vega Motel residence as Airbnb

Formosa Cafe officially reopens June 28 after two years of renovations

The historic and celebrity-laden Formosa Cafe in West Hollywood, California, officially will reopen June 28 after two years and $2.4 million worth of renovations. The Hollywood Reporter reports the revamp will "make it look almost exactly the same" from before its closing. More from the exclusive report, which included a sneak peek of the interior: … Continue reading Formosa Cafe officially reopens June 28 after two years of renovations

Route 66 centennial bill advances out of Senate committee

The Route 66 Centennial Commission Act bill advanced Wednesday out of the U.S. Senate's Committee on Environment and Public Works and will head to the full Senate floor. The bill, introduced as S1014 by Sens. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) and Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.) on April 3, was given a letter of support by the Route 66 … Continue reading Route 66 centennial bill advances out of Senate committee

New Coca-Cola mural added to prominent building in Galena

A new, huge and vintage-style Coca-Cola mural, complete with a Route 66 shield, recently was painted onto a prominent building in downtown Galena, Kansas, where two Route 66 alignments meet. The century-old building sits at Kansas Route 66 (the newer alignment) and Main Street (aka old Route 66). A local television station recently reported about … Continue reading New Coca-Cola mural added to prominent building in Galena