Red Cedar Inn Museum & Visitors Center wins Preserve Missouri Award

The Red Cedar Inn Museum & Visitors Center along Route 66 in Pacific, Missouri, has received a 2024 Preserve Missouri Award from the Missouri Preservation organization. The awards were announced in an email from the organization on Wednesday. The Preserve Missouri awards has recognized outstanding efforts and projects around the state since 2002. Here's what … Continue reading Red Cedar Inn Museum & Visitors Center wins Preserve Missouri Award

American Giants Museum’s grand opening will include installation of two Muffler Men

The American Giants Museum's grand opening on May 24-26 will include the installation of two Muffler Men on the site in downtown Atlanta, Illinois. According to a news release, featured activities on May 24 will include the arrival and installation of a 24-foot-tall Texaco Big Friend giant, one of only six surviving from the original … Continue reading American Giants Museum’s grand opening will include installation of two Muffler Men

New documentary released on HBO about the Oklahoma City bombing

HBO has released on its Max streaming platform a new documentary about the 1995 bombing of the federal building in Oklahoma City, the worst act of domestic terrorism in U.S. history. "An American Bombing: The Road to April 19th" was released Tuesday. Here is the trailer: https://youtu.be/lZ1DlykhLAo?si=_u5SFCwq_IOLk8p4 Katie Couric, executive producer of the film and … Continue reading New documentary released on HBO about the Oklahoma City bombing

Several Oklahoma organizations with Route 66 ties awarded preservation grants

The Oklahoma Historical Society awarded 37 entities a total of $520,000 in grants this year, including several with Route 66 ties. We mentioned yesterday the Totum Pole Park near Foyil received a $20,000 grant to help restore its Fiddle House. Here are the rest of them that are relevant to Route 66: Friends of the … Continue reading Several Oklahoma organizations with Route 66 ties awarded preservation grants

Gemini Giant sells at auction for $275,000, will stay in Wilmington

The landmark Gemini Giant fiberglass statue at the closed Launching Pad Drive-In restaurant in Wilmington, Illinois, was sold at auction Wednesday for $275,000, and the mayor announced it will remain in town at a different location. Grafe Auctions didn't reveal the buyer, citing its privacy policy. However, the City of Wilmington hours later revealed in … Continue reading Gemini Giant sells at auction for $275,000, will stay in Wilmington

Astronaut Tom Stafford dies at 93; air and space museum in Weatherford is named after him

Thomas P. Stafford, an Oklahoma-born astronaut who was on several space missions, including to the moon, died Monday in Florida at age 93. Stafford also has an excellent air and space museum named after him along Route 66 in his hometown of Weatherford. Stafford, who began his career as a test pilot, was aboard Gemini … Continue reading Astronaut Tom Stafford dies at 93; air and space museum in Weatherford is named after him

American Giants Museum announces hours, will hold grand opening Memorial Day weekend

The American Giants Museum in downtown Atlanta, Illinois, recently announced its regular hours, with a grand opening set for Memorial Day weekend in late May. This month, the museum will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays. Starting April 2, the hours will be: from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through … Continue reading American Giants Museum announces hours, will hold grand opening Memorial Day weekend

County transfers Route 66 Visitor Center to City of Albuquerque

Bernalillo County recently voted unanimously to transfer ownership of the $13 million Route 66 Visitor Center to the City of Albuquerque. KRQE-TV reports both the county and city had a joint agreement over the operation of the facility on Nine Mile Hill on Albuquerque's far west side. However, Albuquerque City Councilor Klarissa Peña told the … Continue reading County transfers Route 66 Visitor Center to City of Albuquerque

Missourinet interview delves into the history of the Red Cedar Inn in Pacific

Missourinet with its regular Show Me Today segment recently interviewed Ryan Lowry, the chief curator of exhibits at the Red Cedar Inn Museum and Visitor Center in Pacific, Missouri. Lowry reveals a lot of history of the former Route 66 restaurant you might not have been aware of. The Red Cedar Inn Museum and Visitor … Continue reading Missourinet interview delves into the history of the Red Cedar Inn in Pacific

Future site of the Glancy Motel sign appears to be still uncertain

The fate of the distinctive sign for the now-demolished Glancy Motel in Clinton, Oklahoma, remains uncertain, though the city manager said its likely home still would be the Oklahoma Route 66 Museum in town. According to a recent print edition of the Clinton Daily News, city manager Robert Johnston said he was hopeful the Glancy … Continue reading Future site of the Glancy Motel sign appears to be still uncertain