Brewery to convert historic OKC armory building into hotel, restaurant, events center

COOP Ale Works bought the historic armory building on Oklahoma City's 23rd Street corridor for $1.3 million and will convert it into a brewery, hotel, events center and restaurant. The Oklahoman newspaper reported the purchase included five adjacent buildings: The former Veterans Affairs building to the east will be converted into 12 villas with a basement … Continue reading Brewery to convert historic OKC armory building into hotel, restaurant, events center

Albuquerque officials sponsor a resolution to give $250,000 to improve Route 66

Two Albuquerque city councilors have introduced a resolution to earmark $250,000 to improve the city's 18 miles of Route 66, including the rehabilitation of iconic signs. City councilors Klarissa Pena and Renee Grout have sponsored the resolution. Rachael Hernandez, an aide to Pena, stated in an email the resolution first will go to the city's … Continue reading Albuquerque officials sponsor a resolution to give $250,000 to improve Route 66

Josey Records’ animated neon sign in Tulsa is 40th to go through Route 66 grant program

Josey Records in Tulsa recently became the 40th entity that's benefited from the city's Route 66 neon-sign grant program. Josey Records, at 1020 S. Rockford Ave. at East 11th Street (aka Route 66), and its new, animated neon sign were featured by the Tulsa Route 66 Commission on social media: A few days later, the … Continue reading Josey Records’ animated neon sign in Tulsa is 40th to go through Route 66 grant program

Third edition of Route 66 Passport now is available to travelers

Touch Media, best known for its Route 66 Navigation app, announced Thursday it has introduced the third edition of the Route 66 Passport for the 2022 and 2023 tourism season. The new edition, which comes with a dark blue cover and an embossed Route 66 shield on it, is available at many Route 66 distribution … Continue reading Third edition of Route 66 Passport now is available to travelers

Oklahoma Route 66 Commission becomes law after legislature overrides governor’s veto

The Oklahoma Route 66 Commission became law Friday after the state legislature overwhelmingly overrode the governor's veto on the measure. House Bill 4457, which promises millions in annual funding for the preservation and development of Route 66 through mid-2027 through the commission, initially had passed by a 72-6 vote in the state House and 39-6 … Continue reading Oklahoma Route 66 Commission becomes law after legislature overrides governor’s veto

“Interactive metaverse exhibit” coming to Springfield involves Negro Motorist Green Book

In May, the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity and Gov. JB Pritzker announced $4 million in grants for various projects along Route 66, including one to Springfield for an "interactive metaverse exhibit" that would focus on "the lived experiences of Black Americans traveling or living in communities along Route 66 throughout its history." Last week, … Continue reading “Interactive metaverse exhibit” coming to Springfield involves Negro Motorist Green Book

Amarillo’s Natatorium marks its 100th anniversary this summer

The Natatorium, also known as The Nat, in Amarillo, Texas, will mark the 100th anniversary of its completion in July. The approaching centennial first was flagged by Charlie, a Route 66 fan, at Mix94.1 radio in Amarillo. Natatorium is just a fancy word for swimming pool. It opened up in the summer of 1922.The Natatorium … Continue reading Amarillo’s Natatorium marks its 100th anniversary this summer

Visitors center opens inside Shops at Mother Road Market in Tulsa

A new visitors center has opened inside Gambill’s Coffee at the Shops at Mother Road Market in Tulsa to take advantage of what's anticipated to be a record year for tourism in the city. Shops at Mother Road Market sits next to East 11th Street (aka Route 66) and the popular Mother Road Market, which … Continue reading Visitors center opens inside Shops at Mother Road Market in Tulsa

Winning entry for Tulsa Route 66 mixed-use development includes car vending machine

Local developer David Sharp has been chosen from three suitors to construct a Route 66 mixed-use development on the banks of the Arkansas River in Tulsa that will include a car vending machine. The City of Tulsa is expected to formally announce the decision on the development today, but the Tulsa World received confirmation from … Continue reading Winning entry for Tulsa Route 66 mixed-use development includes car vending machine

New owners of Sunflower Station in Adrian reveal more plans for the site for 2023

The new owners of Sunflower Station next door to the landmark Midpoint Cafe in Adrian, Texas, announced plans for the site when they plan to reopen it in spring 2023, including placing guest cabins in the back of the property. Jason and Kelly Snyder, enthusiasts of Route 66 and motorcycles, acquired the property last year … Continue reading New owners of Sunflower Station in Adrian reveal more plans for the site for 2023