New initiative aims to help women business owners on Route 66

The Route 66 Road Ahead Partnership over the weekend announced the launch of its Route 66 Extraordinary Women Initiative that seeks to aid women business owners on the historic highway in the run-up to Route 66's centennial in 2026. According to a news release from the partnership: The Route 66 Extraordinary Women Initiative empowers women … Continue reading New initiative aims to help women business owners on Route 66

Joliet history museum plans to re-create a Slovenian grocery from 1929

The Joliet Area Historical Museum in Joliet, Illinois, plans to make a re-creation of a 1929 Slovenian corner grocery store that operated in town until the 1990s. According to The Herald-News, the Planinsek Meat and Grocery Store has sat unoccupied for at least 20 years at the southeast corner of Elizabeth and Russell streets (map … Continue reading Joliet history museum plans to re-create a Slovenian grocery from 1929

Jerry White, co-operator of Whitehall Merchantile in Halltown, dies at 87

Jerry White, who co-operated Whitehall Mercantile along Route 66 in Halltown, Missouri, for many years, died Wednesday at Mercy Hospital in nearby Springfield. He was 87. Jerry White Jerry's wife, Thelma, not only owned the business in Halltown but both were charter members of the Route 66 Association of Missouri. Thelma died in 2010 after … Continue reading Jerry White, co-operator of Whitehall Merchantile in Halltown, dies at 87

Zettlers Route 66 shop in Ash Fork reopens

The historic Zettlers Route 66 shop in Ash Fork, Arizona, reopened last month after it landed new owners earlier this summer. According to the Williams-Grand Canyon News, Zettlers aims to cater to both tourists and locals by offering Route 66 memorabilia and souvenirs, hardware, appliances and camping gear. The newspaper reported: New owners Terry and … Continue reading Zettlers Route 66 shop in Ash Fork reopens

Muffler Man statue planned at Uranus Missouri complex

Louie Keen, the self-proclaimed mayor of the Uranus Missouri complex near St. Robert, Missouri, announced plans to erect a Muffler Man fiberglass statue in his own image next month. Keen revealed the plan in a Facebook post Wednesday: https://www.facebook.com/MayorofUranus/posts/3408565502560705 Keen calls it a "Mega-Mayor" statue that obviously is patterned after his "official" costume of a … Continue reading Muffler Man statue planned at Uranus Missouri complex

Factory that rebuilds vintage Ford Broncos is located in Route 66 town of Hamel

A factory that takes vintage Ford Bronco bodies and rebuilds the engine and other features using more-reliable parts is located in the Route 66 town of Hamel, Illinois. It's Gateway Bronco, which rebuilds Broncos from 1966 to 1977. It's located less than a mile west of old Route 66 in the village. They're not cheap … Continue reading Factory that rebuilds vintage Ford Broncos is located in Route 66 town of Hamel

Sapulpa golf course renamed with Route 66 tagline

A long effort to rebrand the municipal golf course in Sapulpa, Oklahoma, recently bore fruit when city officials officially renamed it Rock Creek Golf Course on Historic Route 66. The former Charles C. Hamilton Sapulpa Municipal Golf Course sits along Oklahoma Route 66 (aka old Route 66) on Sapulpa's west side, near the historic Rock … Continue reading Sapulpa golf course renamed with Route 66 tagline

Illinois Route 66 Hall of Fame open for nominations

The Route 66 Association of Illinois announced in its email newsletter Thursday it has opened its nomination period for its Hall of Fame for individuals or businesses. Until Dec. 31, anyone may submit information about nominee(s) that have made "significant contributions to the character or history of the Illinois portion of Route 66 from 1926 … Continue reading Illinois Route 66 Hall of Fame open for nominations

15th neon sign built or restored along Tulsa’s Route 66 corridor

The Mother Road Market and Shops at Mother Road Market on Wednesday unveiled their new neon sign on the roof of one of their buildings at Lewis Avenue and 11th Street (aka Route 66) in Tulsa. It was the 15th sign that was newly built or restored on Tulsa's Route 66 with the city's Route … Continue reading 15th neon sign built or restored along Tulsa’s Route 66 corridor

Decopolis store on Tulsa’s Route 66 to hold a grand opening Saturday

The second Decopolis store, located along the main alignment of Route 66 in Tulsa, will hold its grand opening Saturday. The event will be from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday at 1401 E. 11th St. (aka Route 66). Decopolis, dedicated to the city's celebrated Art Deco architecture, still has its original store at 511 … Continue reading Decopolis store on Tulsa’s Route 66 to hold a grand opening Saturday