Travelodge in Flagstaff to be converted into housing for the homeless

Housing Solutions of Northern Arizona has purchased the Travelodge motel along Route 66 on the west side of Flagstaff, Arizona, and will convert it into housing for the homeless by next year. KAFF radio in Flagstaff reported that Housing Solutions, with funding help from the Arizona Department of Housing, purchased the property at 2918 E. … Continue reading Travelodge in Flagstaff to be converted into housing for the homeless

Roof-rehab event at Shamrock Court begins Sept. 9

The president of the Route 66 Association of Missouri recently announced a volunteer work session that will begin Sept. 9 at the Shamrock Court property he owns in Sullivan, Missouri. Rich Dinkela stated the rehabilitation of the roof of the Route 66 motel will begin on that day and probably last for two days. He … Continue reading Roof-rehab event at Shamrock Court begins Sept. 9

Arizona 66 Association awards grant to repurpose Holbrook motel into veterans housing

The Historic Route 66 Association of Arizona awarded a $10,000 grant to Veteran Services USA to "repurpose and renew historic elements" of the former America's Best Value Inn motel at 720 Navajo Blvd. in Holbrook, Arizona.  A news release from Veteran Services USA stated: Motel owner Veteran Services USA intends to pursue several pre-development steps that will elevate … Continue reading Arizona 66 Association awards grant to repurpose Holbrook motel into veterans housing

Clinton agency approves plan to renovate Glancy Motel, Pops Hicks properties

The Clinton Economic Development Authority during a special meeting Tuesday approved a $7.75 million plan to renovate the historic Glancy Motel and adjoining Pops Hicks restaurant properties in Clinton, Oklahoma. According to the Clinton Daily News, local oilman Rick Koch presented the proposal: The proposal includes renovating the Glancy and Pop Hicks to their historic … Continue reading Clinton agency approves plan to renovate Glancy Motel, Pops Hicks properties

Buck Atom’s Crash Pad in Tulsa makes list of Airbnb’s ‘Quirkiest Roadside Attractions’

Buck Atom's Crash Pad, which sits behind Buck Atom's Cosmic Curios on Route 66 in Tulsa and its specially made Muffler Man, made a list of Airbnb's "Quirkiest Roadside Attractions." The other quirky Airbnb sites are a cave, a cowboy boots factory, a lighthouse, a yurt, a castle, a railroad boxcar, a treehouse and a … Continue reading Buck Atom’s Crash Pad in Tulsa makes list of Airbnb’s ‘Quirkiest Roadside Attractions’

Apache Motel in Tucumcari won’t reopen anytime soon; property put on the market

The Apache Motel in Tucumcari, New Mexico, which had been scheduled to reopen this year, will remain closed indefinitely after the operator apparently put the property up for sale. Here's the gist I wrote for the Quay County Sun: The Quay County Sun obtained a June email from operator Wade Dirr sent that stated the … Continue reading Apache Motel in Tucumcari won’t reopen anytime soon; property put on the market

Co-owner says Hill Top Motel in Kingman will reopen in one to two months

The co-owner of the Hill Top Motel in Kingman, Arizona, said the Route 66 landmark will reopen in one or two months after a lengthy rehabilitation of the site. I was prompted to contact co-owner Makenzie Baker after seeing photos and a comment thread (which I can't find now) about the apparent restoration of the … Continue reading Co-owner says Hill Top Motel in Kingman will reopen in one to two months

Barfield Hotel reopens in downtown Amarillo for the first time in 30 years

Officials on Thursday held a grand opening for the Barfield Hotel in the historic Barfield building in downtown Amarillo, the first time the hotel had been open in three decades. The Amarillo Chamber of Commerce and Center City of Amarillo hosted a ribbon-cutting at the site at 600 S. Polk St., according to the Amarillo … Continue reading Barfield Hotel reopens in downtown Amarillo for the first time in 30 years

Newest cost-share grants announced from Route 66 Corridor Preservation Program

Six projects, including four historic sites, will receive more than $103,000 in cost-share grants from the Route 66 Corridon Preservation Program under the auspices of the National Park Service. The awards first were revealed Thursday in a social media post for the Road Runner's Retreat complex, which received a grant, near Chambless, California. Here are … Continue reading Newest cost-share grants announced from Route 66 Corridor Preservation Program

Roadrunner Lodge Motel owner begins restoration on La Plaza Court in Tucumcari

The owner of the Roadrunner Lodger Motel in Tucumcari, New Mexico, this week began a project he's been wanting to do for seven years -- restore the neighboring and long-closed La Plaza Court. According to a story I wrote for the Quay County Sun, David Brenner and his now-former wife brought the Route 66 property … Continue reading Roadrunner Lodge Motel owner begins restoration on La Plaza Court in Tucumcari