High Country Motor Lodge opens in a former Howard Johnson in Flagstaff

A few weeks ago, the High Country Motor Lodge boutique hotel in a former Howard Johnson and a Days Inn along Route 66 in Flagstaff, Arizona, held its grand opening. The hotel was described in a lengthy story (plus lots of photos) by The Points Guy and MSN.com. The rustic aesthetic was elevated by luxurious … Continue reading High Country Motor Lodge opens in a former Howard Johnson in Flagstaff

Landmark Springfield hotel may still have life; zoning panel to hear a new variance request

The sale of the troubled 30-story Wyndham City Centre in downtown Springfield, Illinois, may still have life after the zoning commission found out this week it is scheduled to hear a new variance request for the property next month. The Springfield State Journal-Register reported planning and zoning will hear the request on Sept. 21, with … Continue reading Landmark Springfield hotel may still have life; zoning panel to hear a new variance request

Boots Court motel in Carthage now is taking reservations

The Boots Court motel in Carthage, Missouri, began taking reservations for overnight stays last week after the historic Route 66 property underwent months of renovations under new ownership. The motel's Facebook page stated on July 21 it had five rooms ready for overnight guests and welcomed its first customers. The next day, it made the … Continue reading Boots Court motel in Carthage now is taking reservations

Rockwood Motor Court to relight a replica of its original neon sign on Aug. 13

The Rockwood Motor Court in Springfield, Missouri, will host a relighting ceremony on Aug. 13 for a replica of its original neon sign. The Route 66 motel didn't specify a time, but sunset that day will be at 8:07 p.m. local time, with darkness occurring about 30 minutes after that. Keep in mind that darkness … Continue reading Rockwood Motor Court to relight a replica of its original neon sign on Aug. 13

Missouri panel recommends Boots Court motel to National Register of Historic Places

The Missouri Advisory Council on Historic Preservation on Friday approved the Boots Court motel in Carthage for recommendation to the National Register of Historic Places. The council also recommended the East Town Historic District along an older alignment in Joplin, reported the Joplin Globe. Both recommendations all but assure they will be on the National … Continue reading Missouri panel recommends Boots Court motel to National Register of Historic Places

Casa Grande Hotel in Elk City makes list of Preservation Oklahoma’s Most Endangered Places

The nearly century-old but declining Casa Grande Hotel along Route 66 in Elk City, Oklahoma, recently made Preservation Oklahoma's annual list of its Most Endangered Places. Each year, Preservation Oklahoma seeks nominations from the public, and a team of historic preservation professionals meets to decide what properties to include on the list. Although being on … Continue reading Casa Grande Hotel in Elk City makes list of Preservation Oklahoma’s Most Endangered Places

State Council to consider Boots Court’s nomination to National Register of Historic Places

The Missouri Advisory Council on Historic Preservation will meet in Jefferson City on July 15 to consider whether to nominate the Route 66 landmark Boots Court motel of Carthage, Missouri, to the National Register of Historic Places. Also to be considered will be the East Town neighborhood of Joplin, Missouri, which is bounded by an … Continue reading State Council to consider Boots Court’s nomination to National Register of Historic Places

TV station takes a look at renovations to the Boots Court motel in Carthage

The new owners hope to have the Boots Court motel in Carthage, Missouri, reopened by October after months of renovations on the historic Route 66 property. KSN-TV had some details about the work being done from Kim Bausinger, the motel's manager: While there has been repair work on the property a few times over years, … Continue reading TV station takes a look at renovations to the Boots Court motel in Carthage

Brewery to convert historic OKC armory building into hotel, restaurant, events center

COOP Ale Works bought the historic armory building on Oklahoma City's 23rd Street corridor for $1.3 million and will convert it into a brewery, hotel, events center and restaurant. The Oklahoman newspaper reported the purchase included five adjacent buildings: The former Veterans Affairs building to the east will be converted into 12 villas with a basement … Continue reading Brewery to convert historic OKC armory building into hotel, restaurant, events center

Two Route 66 motels in Needles are forced to close within a year

Apparently, Gallup isn't the only Route 66 town that is closing its historic motels. The River Valley Inn along Route 66 in Needles, California, was ordered shut down earlier this month by the city's Buildings Department due to unsafe conditions. That's less than a year after the Best Motel, also along Route 66 in the … Continue reading Two Route 66 motels in Needles are forced to close within a year