Green Book sites make the list of Most Endangered Historic Places in Illinois

Businesses that were listed in the Negro Motorist Green Book from 1936 to 1967, including several on or near Route 66, made Landmarks Illinois' annual Most Endangered Historic Places in Illinois. This year, Landmarks Illinois listed nine sites it considered as endangered. "The purpose of the list is to focus attention on sites threatened by … Continue reading Green Book sites make the list of Most Endangered Historic Places in Illinois

Chicken Shack restaurant of Luther moving to old Hillbillee’s complex in Arcadia

The Chicken Shack, a popular restaurant along Route 66 in Luther, Oklahoma, is moving a few miles west to the closed Hillbillee's complex in Arcadia, also on Route 66. Shellee Graham, who lives near Arcadia, recently confirmed the rumored news after visiting Chicken Shack's owner and seeing a banner announcing the impending move at Hillbillee's. … Continue reading Chicken Shack restaurant of Luther moving to old Hillbillee’s complex in Arcadia

Long-closed Elm’s Court property in Tulsa is torn down; sign may be repurposed

The long-closed Elm's Court motel buildings along Route 66 in Tulsa were torn down in recent days. However, the president of the Oklahoma Route 66 Association reports the owner may repurpose the neon sign that stands in front. Information about the property at 8344 E. 11th St. (aka Route 66) near Memorial Drive is scant. … Continue reading Long-closed Elm’s Court property in Tulsa is torn down; sign may be repurposed

Vintage gas pump stolen from Owl Court property in Oklahoma City

A gasoline pump that dated to 1930 was stolen from the old Owl Court motel property in Oklahoma City that now is used by a local coffee shop. According to KOCO-TV in Oklahoma City, the Texaco pump at the Route 66 motel that served as the marquee for Brew Brother Coffee inside the long-closed motel's … Continue reading Vintage gas pump stolen from Owl Court property in Oklahoma City

Approval hearing for 2 Guns Resort project set for May 12

A final hearing on May 12 by the Coconino County Board of Supervisors will determine the fate of the ambitious 2 Guns Resort project at the Two Guns, Arizona, site. John Gunderman posted on the Facebook page for 2 Guns Resort the hearing will be held online at 5 p.m. local time and added: Coconino … Continue reading Approval hearing for 2 Guns Resort project set for May 12

About 30 volunteers help clean up the old motel site at Jericho

About 30 volunteers descended Saturday on the Route 66 ghost town of Jericho, Texas, to help the new owners clean up the long-abandoned motel property there. Blair and Blanca Schaffer want to stabilize and beautify what's left of the motel structure so Route 66 travelers can visit it safely. A lot of the work Saturday … Continue reading About 30 volunteers help clean up the old motel site at Jericho

Bluebird Inn boutique hotel opens in a historic building in downtown Elk City

The Route 66 town of Elk City, Oklahoma, has a new lodging option. It is the Bluebird Inn boutique hotel, located one block off the Mother Road in a former shoe store built in 1905. The Bluebird is located on the brick streets of 118 W. Broadway Ave. The hotel, which held its grand opening … Continue reading Bluebird Inn boutique hotel opens in a historic building in downtown Elk City

Roamin’ Rich Dinkela has Shamrock Court motel near Sullivan under contract

Roamin' Rich Dinkela, president of the Route 66 Association of Missouri and a well-known champion of Route 66 on social media, made an offer to buy the historic Shamrock Court near Sullivan, Missouri, and likely will close on the deal next month. Dinkela said in a phone interview he isn't going into the motel business. … Continue reading Roamin’ Rich Dinkela has Shamrock Court motel near Sullivan under contract

El Vado Motel developer to revamp Imperial Inn Motel in Albuquerque

The same developer who revamped the El Vado Motel and Monterey Motel in Albuquerque also will transform another Route 66 motel in that city -- the Imperial Inn Motel. According to Albuquerque Business First (subscription required), the motel will become a mix of residential, restaurants and retail: The city announced Saturday it is moving forward … Continue reading El Vado Motel developer to revamp Imperial Inn Motel in Albuquerque

New chef at The Turquoise Room in Winslow’s La Posada also draws praise

A recent article in an Arizona newspaper answers a question -- who became the new chef at The Turquoise Room restaurant in La Posada of Winslow, Arizona, after John Sharpe retired in October? The short answer: Jesus Nunez, a native of Mexico who was Sharpe's right-hand man for more than three decades. According to the … Continue reading New chef at The Turquoise Room in Winslow’s La Posada also draws praise