Future home of Illinois Rock and Roll Museum on Route 66 given landmark status

The historic building that will house the Illinois Rock and Roll Museum on Route 66 in downtown Joliet was given landmark status by the city council. The Herald-News had some details about the landmark designation: The building at 9 W. Cass St. was the original home of the White Store and later housed the local … Continue reading Future home of Illinois Rock and Roll Museum on Route 66 given landmark status

Oklahoma Route 66 Museum in Clinton to mark 25th anniversary next month

The Oklahoma Route 66 Museum in Clinton, the oldest museum dedicated solely to Route 66, will celebrate its 25th year in operation on Sept. 23. A news release to the Guymon Daily Herald in Oklahoma put out a story with factoids about the museum. We've added a few other facts to it: The Clinton museum … Continue reading Oklahoma Route 66 Museum in Clinton to mark 25th anniversary next month

Recent car-show fundraiser for California Route 66 Museum raises $16,000

Facing possible closure because of financial difficulties from the COVID-19 pandemic, the California Route 66 Museum in Victorville earned a reprieve through the rest of the year when a car-show benefit cleared more than $16,000. Hagerty.com reported museum director Sue Bridges was relieved about the generosity: “We were blown away by the support,” Bridges says. … Continue reading Recent car-show fundraiser for California Route 66 Museum raises $16,000

Construction begins on Route 66 Village Train Depot in Tulsa

Construction has started on a $3 million Route 66 Village Train Depot at the Route 66 Village in southwest Tulsa. According to a news release from the city of Tulsa, the 5,000-square foot depot will be built next to the existing locomotive on the site at 3770 Southwest Blvd. (aka Route 66). The depot will … Continue reading Construction begins on Route 66 Village Train Depot in Tulsa

Endangered California Route 66 Museum to hold car show as a fundraiser

The California Route 66 Museum in Victorville will host a drive-through car show from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday as a fundraiser in an attempt to keep from closing its doors permanently. Hagerty Media got details about the event from museum director Sue Bridges: Bridges is asking collector car owners to enter the museum … Continue reading Endangered California Route 66 Museum to hold car show as a fundraiser

The Mill Museum in Lincoln closing in 2020 due to coronavirus, needed repairs

The Mill Museum in Lincoln, Illinois, will remain closed for the rest of the 2020 tourism season because of the COVID-19 pandemic and needed repairs on the former Route 66 restaurant. The Logan County Tourism Bureau, which owns the facility, made the announcement Tuesday, according to The Courier in Lincoln. “Due to COVID-19 and the … Continue reading The Mill Museum in Lincoln closing in 2020 due to coronavirus, needed repairs

California closes indoor dining, bars, museums because of COVID-19

California's governor on Monday ordered a halt indoor dining and closed bars, zoos and museums indefinitely because of a surge in coronavirus cases. In addition, Los Angeles and San Bernardino counties on the Route 66 corridor must close gyms, churches, hair salons, malls and other businesses under the new order, effective immediately. Gov. Gavin Newsom's order … Continue reading California closes indoor dining, bars, museums because of COVID-19

California Route 66 Museum in Victorville in jeopardy of closing permanently

The California Route 66 Museum in Victorville is in danger of closing its doors for good because of financial difficulties from the coronavirus pandemic. Sue Bridges, the museum's director, told the Daily Press newspaper in Victorville it has suffered because of the European travel ban and COVID-19. “The future of our museum does not look … Continue reading California Route 66 Museum in Victorville in jeopardy of closing permanently

Baxter Springs museum holds an exhibit of late local artisan’s Pitt Pets

The Baxter Springs Historical Museum in Baxter Springs, Kansas, is holding an exhibit of a deceased local artisan who made unique tiny sculptures from peach pits, called "Pitt Pets." Duane M. Lee, who died at age 65 in 2005, made an estimated 10,000 of his Pitt Pets, according to his son Don, and gave them … Continue reading Baxter Springs museum holds an exhibit of late local artisan’s Pitt Pets

Kingman Visitor Center lights its new but retro-looking neon sign

The Kingman Visitor Center in Kingman, Arizona, held a ceremonial lighting Wednesday evening of its new but retro-looking neon sign that stands along Route 66. A 30-minute video was broadcast on Facebook Live that evening. The countdown to the lighting begins with about four minutes left: Local resident and author Jim Hinckley posted this photo: … Continue reading Kingman Visitor Center lights its new but retro-looking neon sign