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

National Trust again offering $40,000 grants to small, historic restaurants

The National Trust for Historic Preservation announced this week it again is offering $40,000 awards through its Backing Historic Small Restaurants Grant Program to aid recovery amid challenges related to the COVID-19 pandemic. According to an email from the National Trust: Our mission: award $40,000 grants to 25 historic small restaurants across the country to … Continue reading National Trust again offering $40,000 grants to small, historic restaurants

Two grant opportunities are available through National Trust for Historic Preservation

Kaisa Barthuli, program director for the Route 66 Corridor Preservation Program, recently sent out an email to alert people about two grant opportunities through the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Don't procrastinate, though. Applications for both grants are due March 1. One is the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Fund for Historic Interiors. It assists in the … Continue reading Two grant opportunities are available through National Trust for Historic Preservation

National Preservation Awards honors restoration of Black Officers Club at Fort Leonard Wood

The National Trust for Historic Preservation last week gave one of its National Preservation Awards to Fort Leonard Wood in mid-Missouri for restoring Building 2101, better known as the Black Officers Club. The building was notable in it contains a mural by Staff Sgt. Samuel Countee, whose work was influenced by the Harlem Renaissance. The … Continue reading National Preservation Awards honors restoration of Black Officers Club at Fort Leonard Wood

Painted Desert Trading Post project featured in Preservation Magazine

The recently completed and multiyear quest by volunteers to stabilize and restore the long-closed Painted Desert Trading Post in northeast Arizona is featured in the current issue of Preservation Magazine, published by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. The article provides a history of the old Route 66 property and a behind-the-scenes telling of how … Continue reading Painted Desert Trading Post project featured in Preservation Magazine

Route 66 nominations encouraged for National Trust’s endangered places list

The National Trust for Historic Preservation is accepting nominations for its annual 11 Most Endangered Historic Places list, and the chairman of the Route 66 Road Ahead Partnership is encouraging stakeholders to nominate jeopardized properties on Route 66. Bill Thomas, chairman of the partnership, stated in an email Tuesday that any Route 66 properties on … Continue reading Route 66 nominations encouraged for National Trust’s endangered places list

Threatt Filling Station wins grant from National Trust for Historic Preservation

The Threatt Filling Station near Luther, Oklahoma, on Thursday was one of 40 recipients of $3 million in grants from the  National Trust for Historic Preservation's African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund. This is what the National Trust wrote about the Route 66 station in a news release: Constructed c. 1915 and still family-owned, the … Continue reading Threatt Filling Station wins grant from National Trust for Historic Preservation

Threatt Filling Station makes America’s Most Endangered Historic Places list

The Threatt Filling Station and family farm near Luther, Oklahoma, made it onto the National Trust for Historic Preservation's annual list of 11 of America's most endangered historic places. The properties are threatened by deterioration, climate change, or inappropriate development. The good news is in the 34 years the National Trust has compiled the lists, … Continue reading Threatt Filling Station makes America’s Most Endangered Historic Places list

Missouri Route 66 president confronts MoDOT over its rejection of Gasconade Bridge proposal

The president of the Route 66 Association of Missouri on Tuesday confronted the Missouri Department of Transporation with its contradictions and accused the agency of acting "in bad faith" over the association's proposal to take over ownership and preserve the closed Gasconade River Bridge. According to a report from the Lebanon-Laclede County Route 66 Society, … Continue reading Missouri Route 66 president confronts MoDOT over its rejection of Gasconade Bridge proposal

National Trust partly takes up the mantle of Route 66 Corridor Preservation Program

The Route 66 Corridor Preservation Program ended last year, but the National Trust for Historic Preservation partially has taken up the cause of doling out cost-share grants. The National Trust program has earned the endorsement of the Route 66 Road Ahead Partnership and Kaisa Barthuli, the longtime executive director of the Route 66 Corridor Preservation … Continue reading National Trust partly takes up the mantle of Route 66 Corridor Preservation Program