$22M federal grant will reconstruct Pony Bridge near Bridgeport

The U.S. Department of Transportation has given Oklahoma a $22 million grant to help rehab and reconstruct the historic Pony Bridge near Bridgeport, which includes keeping its distinctive yellow trusses. The Oklahoman newspaper in Oklahoma City reports: “The investment made by the U.S. Department of Transportation to help restore and upgrade Bridgeport Bridge is welcomed … Continue reading $22M federal grant will reconstruct Pony Bridge near Bridgeport

Blowin’ in the wind: Porta Potty cruises down Route 66 in Albuquerque

Albuquerque motorists on Route 66 on Tuesday were treated to a weird sight: a wind-blown Porta Potty scooting down the Mother Road. Roll tape: https://youtu.be/-qHCwWpuISU KOAT-TV in Albuquerque broke the story from a viewer: The port-a-potty was seen blowing down the street near Central and Tramway early Tuesday evening.At this time there is no word … Continue reading Blowin’ in the wind: Porta Potty cruises down Route 66 in Albuquerque

Williams panel creates a guide to help businesses retain Route 66 heritage

The Williams Historic Preservation Commission of Williams, Arizona, has created a design guide to help businesses preserve the historic integrity of its Route 66 corridor. The city council last month approved the 60-page "Williams Historic Business District Design Guide," which provides details of how business owners can maintain Route 66 architecture. The Williams-Grand Canyon News … Continue reading Williams panel creates a guide to help businesses retain Route 66 heritage

Lighting ceremony set for Tuesday night at Tulsa’s new neon-sign park

The City of Tulsa is hosting a "Lights-On Event" on Tuesday at the Route 66 Avery Plaza West neon-sign park at the southwest end of the historic 11th Street Bridge. The switch will be thrown at 7 p.m. on three replicas of historic Route 66 neon signs – Will Rogers Motor Court, Tulsa Auto Court … Continue reading Lighting ceremony set for Tuesday night at Tulsa’s new neon-sign park

Standard Diner in Albuquerque closes, will convert to Range Cafe

The Standard Diner closed Monday after 14 years along Route 66 in Albuquerque but will be converted into a Range Cafe later this week. The Albuquerque Journal reported the restaurant's conversion into a Range Cafe will be complete by Friday. The Standard Diner announced the closing and conversion to a Range Cafe in a Facebook … Continue reading Standard Diner in Albuquerque closes, will convert to Range Cafe

Route 66 Association of Missouri raising money to restore Red Cedar Inn sign

The Route 66 Association of Missouri has launched a fundraiser to help restore the neon sign for the former Red Cedar Inn restaurant. The city of Pacific, Missouri, eventually will convert the Route 66 landmark into a history and visitors center. Association President Rich Dinkela launched a Facebook Pay campaign for the neon sign restoration. … Continue reading Route 66 Association of Missouri raising money to restore Red Cedar Inn sign

Classen Inn in Oklahoma City reopens with a colorful, restorative makeover

The Classen Inn in Oklahoma City reopened three weeks ago after undergoing a $2 million face-lift that accentuates its Googie design and early 1960s roots. The 17-room motel sits at 820 N. Classen Blvd. (map here), about a mile south of the 1926-1930 alignment of Route 66 on Classen. According to The Oklahoman newspaper, owners … Continue reading Classen Inn in Oklahoma City reopens with a colorful, restorative makeover

Turquoise Room chef at La Posada in Winslow to depart on Oct. 1

You only have a few weeks left to enjoy the Southwest cuisine of longtime chef John Sharpe at La Posada's acclaimed Turquoise Room restaurant in Winslow, Arizona. Sharpe and his wife, Patricia, stated in the restaurant's email newsletter last week titled "TIME TO SAY GOODBYE!!!!" that "the time has come to hand the space back … Continue reading Turquoise Room chef at La Posada in Winslow to depart on Oct. 1

Annual bloom of endangered Pecos sunflowers in Santa Rosa is happening now

The annual bloom of endangered Pecos sunflowers in a nature preserve just off old Route 66 in Santa Rosa, New Mexico, is occurring now and should continue for the next 10 days or so. The sunflowers congregate along desert wetlands. The ones in Santa Rosa are fed by the overflow waters of the nearby Blue … Continue reading Annual bloom of endangered Pecos sunflowers in Santa Rosa is happening now

Pasadena restaurant’s makeover reveals a vintage facade and neon

A restaurant renovating a building along an alignment of Route 66 in Pasadena, California, found a long-forgotten facade. The restaurant plans to preserve it and has "some cool plans in the works." Howlin' Ray's, which serves Nashville hot chicken, was doing a face-lift on the building at 800 Arroyo Parkway (aka Route 66) when it … Continue reading Pasadena restaurant’s makeover reveals a vintage facade and neon