Volunteer crew does repairs, cleanup on Shamrock Court in Sullivan

A group of volunteers mostly from the Route Association of Missouri over the weekend made vital repairs and did cleanup at the long-closed Shamrock Court motel near Sullivan, Missouri. Most of the repairs were to the collapsed subflooring in the office area. The work seeks to make the property more attractive to potential buyers. The … Continue reading Volunteer crew does repairs, cleanup on Shamrock Court in Sullivan

More doubt cast on Apache Death Cave story at Two Guns

A researcher who previously has debunked a long-told tale at a Route 66 site has cast additional doubt on the Apache Death Cave massacre that supposedly occurred in 1878 at Two Guns, Arizona. And it turns out the man who likely made up the story killed a man decades before. If you're unfamiliar with Apache … Continue reading More doubt cast on Apache Death Cave story at Two Guns

Latest RoadTripOK video again concentrates on Oklahoma City

The latest RoadTripOK video this week features sites near Route 66 in Oklahoma City, the second time this series has featured it. Here is the video: https://youtu.be/TAUdwDSfJOE Here are the places the video spotlights: 21c Museum HotelAsian DistrictTower Theatre Oklahoma Tourism and Broken Arrow-based Retrospec Films announced last fall they would launch a year-long series … Continue reading Latest RoadTripOK video again concentrates on Oklahoma City

Troubled Brookshire Motel in Tulsa is torn down

The troubled Brookshire Motel in Tulsa was torn down Monday after four fires decimated what was left of the Route 66 property. A body was found in one of the fires in May, prompting local officials to abandon plans to save the motel. Route 66 advocates in the city were saddened by the teardown but … Continue reading Troubled Brookshire Motel in Tulsa is torn down

Couple buys Jericho, plans to beautify and stabilize motor-court ruins

A couple from Amarillo has purchased the remnants of the deserted old Route 66 village of Jericho, Texas. They plan to clean up and beautify the motor-court site and want to eventually build new motor courts for overnight travelers at a nearby tract. Blair and Blanca Schaffer recently announced the purchase with posts a new … Continue reading Couple buys Jericho, plans to beautify and stabilize motor-court ruins

Cleanup day scheduled next month at Shamrock Court in Sullivan

The Route 66 Association of Missouri is hosting a cleanup weekend next month for the closed but well-maintained Shamrock Court motel in Sullivan, Missouri. The cleanup days will be Saturday, Nov. 7-8, beginning at 8 a.m. each day. According to the events page on Facebook, volunteers will clean out and fix up each individual unit … Continue reading Cleanup day scheduled next month at Shamrock Court in Sullivan

Tucumcari group raising money to buy a vintage neon motel sign

A group based in Tucumcari, New Mexico, is raising money to buy a neon sign listed on eBay that once graced a closed motel in the city. The sign once hung on the large, ornamental stone chimney of the Trav-O-Tel Motel along U.S. 54 in Tucumcari, less than a mile north of Route 66.One can … Continue reading Tucumcari group raising money to buy a vintage neon motel sign

Lighting ceremony set for Tuesday night at Tulsa’s new neon-sign park

The City of Tulsa is hosting a "Lights-On Event" on Tuesday at the Route 66 Avery Plaza West neon-sign park at the southwest end of the historic 11th Street Bridge. The switch will be thrown at 7 p.m. on three replicas of historic Route 66 neon signs – Will Rogers Motor Court, Tulsa Auto Court … Continue reading Lighting ceremony set for Tuesday night at Tulsa’s new neon-sign park

Turquoise Room chef at La Posada in Winslow to depart on Oct. 1

You only have a few weeks left to enjoy the Southwest cuisine of longtime chef John Sharpe at La Posada's acclaimed Turquoise Room restaurant in Winslow, Arizona. Sharpe and his wife, Patricia, stated in the restaurant's email newsletter last week titled "TIME TO SAY GOODBYE!!!!" that "the time has come to hand the space back … Continue reading Turquoise Room chef at La Posada in Winslow to depart on Oct. 1

Classen Inn in Oklahoma City reopens with a colorful, restorative makeover

The Classen Inn in Oklahoma City reopened three weeks ago after undergoing a $2 million face-lift that accentuates its Googie design and early 1960s roots. The 17-room motel sits at 820 N. Classen Blvd. (map here), about a mile south of the 1926-1930 alignment of Route 66 on Classen. According to The Oklahoman newspaper, owners … Continue reading Classen Inn in Oklahoma City reopens with a colorful, restorative makeover