Waynesville marks 30th year of Missouri’s Route 66 declared a historic district

Missouri Route 66 Centennial Commission member Jackie Welborn (left) and former Missouri state Rep. Jim Mitchell attended Mayor Luge Hardman’s proclamation signing ceremony Thursday evening. Pulaski County Tourism Bureau was represented by Laura Huffman (right). The mayor of Waynesville, Missouri, on Thursday signed a proclamation recognizing the upcoming 30-year anniversary of Missouri’s designation of its … Continue reading Waynesville marks 30th year of Missouri’s Route 66 declared a historic district

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Statue of Liberty replicas contain their own historical cachet

A story in the Tulsa World over the weekend sent me down a rabbit hole to find more about small-but-nicely-crafted replicas of the Statue of Liberty that were installed in 200 towns across America seven decades ago. The Tulsa newspaper noted the 8 1/2-foot-tall Statue of Liberty at 17th Street and South Harvard Avenue in … Continue reading Statue of Liberty replicas contain their own historical cachet

Part of Fort Courage Trading Post in Arizona damaged by fire; three arrested

Three people were arrested after an arson fire over the weekend destroyed one of the structures for the closed Fort Courage Trading Post complex near Houck, Arizona. Puerco Fire and EMS posted on its Facebook page: Southern Navajo Nation News posted a video from a bystander of the fire in progress: The Apache County arrests … Continue reading Part of Fort Courage Trading Post in Arizona damaged by fire; three arrested

Program features Route 66 artist Jerry McClanahan, Round Barn volunteer Mr. Sam

The Oklahoma Educational Television Authority, which contains a network of PBS stations across the state, recently aired a 28-minute "Gallery America" segment about Route 66 artist and researcher Jerry McClanahan and effervescent Arcadia Round Barn volunteer "Mr. Sam" Gillaspy. The program is well-produced. Check it out below: McClanahan's art gallery just off Route 66 in … Continue reading Program features Route 66 artist Jerry McClanahan, Round Barn volunteer Mr. Sam

Tulsa gives on up on trying to save Brookshire Motel, will try to save sign instead

The Tulsa Route 66 Commission has given up trying to save the closed Brookshire Motel after a fire scorched it for the third time in 15 months. It instead will focus on trying to buy and preserve its neon sign. A man's body was found on the property after the latest fire last week. According … Continue reading Tulsa gives on up on trying to save Brookshire Motel, will try to save sign instead

New Route Historical 66 Village neon sign lights the sky in Tulsa

The Route 66 Historical Village in southwest Tulsa lighted its new neon sign a few days ago -- one of at least a dozen new or restored neon signs along the historic highway in that city. Tulsa-area resident Susan Yates shared this short video and another clip of the animated sign on Facebook. Here's a … Continue reading New Route Historical 66 Village neon sign lights the sky in Tulsa

Oklahoma Route 66 Museum in Clinton will keep winter hours this summer

The Oklahoma Route 66 Museum in Clinton will not expand its hours during the summer months when it reopens because of an anticipated drop in tourists from the coronavirus pandemic. Instead, the museum will maintain its winter hours of 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesdays through Saturdays. Fox25 in Oklahoma City reported: “Once the … Continue reading Oklahoma Route 66 Museum in Clinton will keep winter hours this summer

Charles Custer, a photographer of Route 66 in the early 1950s, dies at age 91

Charles Custer, a retired Chicago lawyer whose startlingly detailed photographs of Route 66 businesses that he and his wife Irene took in the early 1950s were recently re-discovered, died at age 91 in January. The Chicago Sun-Times described Custer's remarkable life and photographic legacy in an obituary last week. A memorial service had been planned … Continue reading Charles Custer, a photographer of Route 66 in the early 1950s, dies at age 91

Litchfield museum says to keep that coronavirus memorabilia

The coronavirus pandemic is ongoing in the United States and many parts of the world, but the Litchfield Museum and Route 66 Welcome Center in Litchfield, Illinois, wants people to retain their memorabilia from the ordeal even before it's over. Anne Jackson, secretary for the museum, wrote a letter to the The Journal-News, based in … Continue reading Litchfield museum says to keep that coronavirus memorabilia

Group launches website about Albuquerque’s midcentury architecture

Modern Albuquerque, a nonprofit dedicated to promoting and preserving midcentury modernist architecture and art, recently launched a website about such historic sites. Thea Haver, the co-founder of Modern Albuquerque, talked to the Albuquerque Journal about the website and the midcentury style: Haver said modernist or midcentury architecture dates from 1945 to 1975, “from post-World War … Continue reading Group launches website about Albuquerque’s midcentury architecture