New Mexico Route 66 Association to honor Hotel Zazz in Albuquerque

The New Mexico Route 66 Association on Saturday will give its Heritage Award to Hotel Zazz in Albuquerque at noon Saturday. According to a news release from the association, it is recognizing the "revitalization of this classic Route 66 motel into a whimsical, memorable experience with piZAZZ." Originally opened as Albuquerque TraveLodge East in 1966, … Continue reading New Mexico Route 66 Association to honor Hotel Zazz in Albuquerque

Clinton officially offers Glancy Motel as a site for state police headquarters

The Clinton (Oklahoma) Economic Development Authority officially offered the closed Glancy Motel as a possible new headquarters for the Oklahoma Highway Patrol. If accepted, the development would be a bitter turn of events for many Route 66ers. Less than 18 months ago, the authority planned to let a local developer restore the motel and rebuild … Continue reading Clinton officially offers Glancy Motel as a site for state police headquarters

Pink Elephant Antique Mall plans changes, including converting Futuro UFO to Airbnb

The new owners of the Pink Elephant Antique Mall along Route 66 in Livingston, Illinois, plan a number of changes, including converting the Future UFO into an overnight Airbnb site. Roy Wayne Pickerell announced on Facebook he and Tonia recently closed on their deal with previous owners Dave and Bernice Hammond to purchase the mall. … Continue reading Pink Elephant Antique Mall plans changes, including converting Futuro UFO to Airbnb

Arizona Route 66 Association announces four more grants

The Historic Route 66 Association of Arizona recently announced its latest round of grant awards, including to two historic motels. Roger Naylor provided some of the details in the association's quarterly newsletter in January: -- $11,500 to the Route 66 Motel in Kingman to restore its neon sign, including its wiring. The Valmonte family has … Continue reading Arizona Route 66 Association announces four more grants

City of Clinton approves authority’s purchase of Trade Winds Inn and its future demolition

The City of Clinton, Oklahoma, recently approved the Clinton Economic Development Authority's purchase and future razing of the now-closed Trade Winds Inn motel, known for preserving a room where Elvis Presley stayed four times on cross-country trips. According to the Clinton Daily News (subscription required): “The Tradewinds has closed and we are in the process … Continue reading City of Clinton approves authority’s purchase of Trade Winds Inn and its future demolition

Clinton City Council approves the purchase and eventual demolition of Trade Winds Inn

The Clinton, Oklahoma, City Council during a special meeting last week approved the city's Economic Development Authority's purchase of the historic Trade Winds Inn motel so it can be torn down and redeveloped for other uses, including parking for the nearby public school district. The Trade Winds, built at 2128 W. Gary Blvd. (aka Route … Continue reading Clinton City Council approves the purchase and eventual demolition of Trade Winds Inn

Clinton board rejects two redevelopment plans for Glancy Motel

The Clinton, Oklahoma, Economic Development Authority unanimously turned down two plans to redevelop the historic Glancy Motel, signaling the board is seriously considering a recent proposal from the Oklahoma Highway Patrol to use the building. The turn of events is a disappointing one for Route 66 enthusiasts. About a year ago, the authority was considering … Continue reading Clinton board rejects two redevelopment plans for Glancy Motel

Oklahoma Highway Patrol interested in Glancy Motel property in Clinton

In the latest twist for the Glancy Motel's possible future, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol told the city's Economic Development Authority it would like the closed Clinton property donated so OHP can build a new troop headquarters there. The Clinton Daily News (subscription required) had details about a letter of intent OHP sent to the authority: … Continue reading Oklahoma Highway Patrol interested in Glancy Motel property in Clinton

Trade Winds Inn in Clinton, best known for its Elvis Room, may be demolished

The Trade Winds Inn motel in Clinton, Oklahoma -- best known for its Elvis Room where Elvis Presley stayed during his cross-country road trips -- may be demolished with the possibility the local school district might use the property. The Clinton Daily News (subscription required) reported last week the Clinton Economic Development Authority will discuss … Continue reading Trade Winds Inn in Clinton, best known for its Elvis Room, may be demolished

Local investors, Chickasaw Nation to buy historic Skirvin Hotel in Oklahoma City

Two local investors and the Chickasaw Nation tribe are joining forces to buy the historic Skirvin Hotel in downtown Oklahoma City. Steve Lackmeyer of The Oklahoman newspaper reported Andy Burnett and Mark Beffort of Oklahoma City, who own eight other hotels across the country, will pay $32.5 million for the city's oldest hotel. Other investors … Continue reading Local investors, Chickasaw Nation to buy historic Skirvin Hotel in Oklahoma City