Will crowdfunding help revitalize vintage Route 66 hotel in Albuquerque?

The folks who seek to revitalize The Hotel Blue just west of downtown Albuquerque are using a novel source in the effort -- crowdfunding. Los Angeles-based ARRIVE Hotels & Restaurants announced plans in August to redevelop The Hotel Blue at 717 Central Ave. (aka Route 66) and rebrand it as ARRIVE Albuquerque. The Albuquerque Journal … Continue reading Will crowdfunding help revitalize vintage Route 66 hotel in Albuquerque?

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Neon sign relighted at De Anza Motor Lodge in Albuquerque

The historic and restored neon sign for De Anza Motor Lodge in Albuquerque was relighted during a ceremony Sunday evening. Here's a countdown video of the relighting from the motel's Facebook page: Here are more images Sunday evening from the New Mexico Route 66 Association: A few days ago, the Albuquerque Journal published a story … Continue reading Neon sign relighted at De Anza Motor Lodge in Albuquerque

Rockwood Motor Court in Springfield reopens to overnight travelers

The historic Rockwood Motor Court has reopened to overnight travelers along old Route 66 in Springfield, Missouri. Ozarks Alive has the story: The project is the work of Phyllis Ferguson, a longtime Springfield resident whose mission is revitalization — and not only in form of the motor court, which in part dates to 1929, just … Continue reading Rockwood Motor Court in Springfield reopens to overnight travelers

De Anza Motor Lodge sign will be relighted Sunday

The neon sign for the De Anza Motor Lodge in Albuquerque will be relighted in a ceremony Sunday evening. The Route 66 motel at 4301 Central Ave., most of which has been converted into higher-end apartments, announced on Instagram and other social media the relighting will occur at 5 p.m. Sunday. De Anza also is … Continue reading De Anza Motor Lodge sign will be relighted Sunday

Fire damages Rodeway Inn motel, restaurant in St. Robert

It appears Route 66 will be without a lodging and dining option in St. Robert, Missouri, for at least a while. A fire heavily damaged to the Rodeway Inn motel at 1057 Old Route 66 in St. Robert on Sunday morning. According to OzarksFirst.com: When first responders arrived there was moderate smoke coming from the … Continue reading Fire damages Rodeway Inn motel, restaurant in St. Robert

What happened to musician Jim Sullivan near Santa Rosa nearly 45 years ago?

It sounds like something from an enigmatic novel -- a praised but obscure singer-songwriter who sang about UFOs vanishes without a trace near the Route 66 town of Santa Rosa, New Mexico, leading to speculation he was picked up by one of those flying saucers he mentioned. Decades after his disappearance, a record company reissues … Continue reading What happened to musician Jim Sullivan near Santa Rosa nearly 45 years ago?

Roy’s sign in Amboy glows again for the first time in 30 years

The iconic Roy's Motel & Cafe neon sign in Amboy, California, glowed for the first time in at least 30 years during a relighting ceremony Saturday night. The event coincided with the Great Amboy Fly-In, Part 2, where private planes use Amboy's nearby airstrip. Here a video of the countdown to the relighting at twilight … Continue reading Roy’s sign in Amboy glows again for the first time in 30 years

Neon sign at Gardenway Motel in Villa Ridge taken down for safekeeping

A collector of advertising, including neon signs, reported Wednesday the neon letters and other elements from the sign of the long-closed Gardenway Motel in Villa Ridge, Missouri, had been removed, leaving nothing but stone frame and foundation. However, the president of the Route 66 Association of Missouri reported the sign was taken down "for its … Continue reading Neon sign at Gardenway Motel in Villa Ridge taken down for safekeeping

Kaiser-Frazer neon sign near Mitchell disappears

A rare Kaiser-Frazer neon sign that stood for decades along Route 66 in Mitchell, Illinois, recently disappeared, and its whereabouts remain unknown. The sign was unique in that it was repainted and neon tubing installed to advertise the Town & Country Motel. But the paint job eventually peeled off, revealing the porcelain Kaiser-Frazer sign underneath. … Continue reading Kaiser-Frazer neon sign near Mitchell disappears

Researcher finds a photo of the precursor of John’s Modern Cabins

Joe Sonderman, a researcher of Route 66 in Missouri and other states, found a rare image of the roadside business that later became John's Modern Cabins near Newburg, Missouri. The image is above. Sonderman wrote in a Facebook post on Thursday: This is the oldest photo I have ever seen of the spot that became … Continue reading Researcher finds a photo of the precursor of John’s Modern Cabins