Launching Pad Drive-In in Wilmington reopens after long COVID-19 closure

The landmark Launching Pad Drive-In restaurant in Wilmington, Illinois, reopened this past weekend after a lengthy voluntary closure during the COVID-19 pandemic. The reopening occurred during the Illinois Route 66 Red Carpet Corridor Festival, which essentially is a 90-minute car cruise along the route in the northern part of the state. Tully Garrett and Holly … Continue reading Launching Pad Drive-In in Wilmington reopens after long COVID-19 closure

Owner of Outsiders House in Tulsa plans a second museum

The owner of The Outsiders House Museum in Tulsa is planning a second museum at an undisclosed location to hold items related to "The Outsiders" novelist S.E. Hinton. Danny Boy O'Connor, a member of the House of Pain hip-hop group who was deeply influenced by the book and film, purchased the ramshackle north Tulsa house … Continue reading Owner of Outsiders House in Tulsa plans a second museum

Devil’s Rope Museum in McLean reopens for the first time in a year

The Devil's Rope Museum in McLean, Texas, is back open to the public after being closed for a solid year because of COVID-19. That museum's reopening is another signal that the U.S. is slowly emerging from the pandemic. Vaccinations have reduced caseloads and hospitalizations in many states. KAMR-TV in nearby Amarillo reported: “We had just … Continue reading Devil’s Rope Museum in McLean reopens for the first time in a year

First Avenue Bridge in Barstow scheduled to be torn down

The historic First Avenue Bridge in Barstow, California, that leads to the Harvey House and one of its tenants, the Route 66 Mother Road Museum, will be demolished after a new bridge is built because it's a liability to the city. If the old bridge fell onto the BNSF railroad tracks, the railroad could bill … Continue reading First Avenue Bridge in Barstow scheduled to be torn down

Albuquerque-area officials break ground on Route 66 Visitor Center

Officials from the Albuquerque area on Monday officially broke ground on construction of the Route 66 Visitor Center on Nine Mile Hill on the city's west side. According to KRQE-TV, plans for the visitors center had been percolating for almost 30 years: Since 1992, community leaders in southwest Albuquerque have been working toward the groundbreaking … Continue reading Albuquerque-area officials break ground on Route 66 Visitor Center

Museum of the American Military Family in Tijeras marking its 10th anniversary

The Museum of the American Military Family & Learning Center in the Sandia Mountains village of Tijeras, New Mexico, is celebrating its 10th year of operation. The museum is housed in a vintage house along Route 66 with four interpretive rooms, a special collections library and a podcast. The museum began as online-only, settled for … Continue reading Museum of the American Military Family in Tijeras marking its 10th anniversary

Owner of historic log cabin wants city of Crestwood to move it to Sappington House

The two-story Joseph Sappington cabin in Affton, Missouri. The new owner of a 200-year-old log cabin in Affton, Missouri, once owned by Joseph Sappington will give away the structure to the nearby city of Crestwood if it pays to move it to the Historic Thomas Sappington House Museum site there. According to Call Newspapers, the … Continue reading Owner of historic log cabin wants city of Crestwood to move it to Sappington House

Billboard Museum picks up pink Cadillac from closed Ann’s Chicken Fry House

The Billboard Museum Association on Sunday picked up the pink Cadillac that long was on display in front of the now-closed Ann's Chicken Fry House in Oklahoma City and plans to restore it at its future museum home. KOCO-TV in Oklahoma City reported: “We’re going to pull out the ’59 pink Cadi, and that’s been … Continue reading Billboard Museum picks up pink Cadillac from closed Ann’s Chicken Fry House

Oklahoma Tourism claims 163-to-1 return on RoadTripOK video series

The Oklahoma Department of Tourism said its recently completed 52-episode RoadTripOK video series generated nearly $11.8 million in projected lodging revenue and a 163-to-1 return on investment. The Retrospec Films crew visited attractions, accommodations and events in 67 cities and towns around the state, with a several-month break because of the COVID-19 pandemic. They featured … Continue reading Oklahoma Tourism claims 163-to-1 return on RoadTripOK video series

Joliet history museum plans to re-create a Slovenian grocery from 1929

The Joliet Area Historical Museum in Joliet, Illinois, plans to make a re-creation of a 1929 Slovenian corner grocery store that operated in town until the 1990s. According to The Herald-News, the Planinsek Meat and Grocery Store has sat unoccupied for at least 20 years at the southeast corner of Elizabeth and Russell streets (map … Continue reading Joliet history museum plans to re-create a Slovenian grocery from 1929