Lighting ceremony set for Tuesday night at Tulsa’s new neon-sign park

The City of Tulsa is hosting a "Lights-On Event" on Tuesday at the Route 66 Avery Plaza West neon-sign park at the southwest end of the historic 11th Street Bridge. The switch will be thrown at 7 p.m. on three replicas of historic Route 66 neon signs – Will Rogers Motor Court, Tulsa Auto Court … Continue reading Lighting ceremony set for Tuesday night at Tulsa’s new neon-sign park

Route 66 Association of Missouri raising money to restore Red Cedar Inn sign

The Route 66 Association of Missouri has launched a fundraiser to help restore the neon sign for the former Red Cedar Inn restaurant. The city of Pacific, Missouri, eventually will convert the Route 66 landmark into a history and visitors center. Association President Rich Dinkela launched a Facebook Pay campaign for the neon sign restoration. … Continue reading Route 66 Association of Missouri raising money to restore Red Cedar Inn sign

Pasadena restaurant’s makeover reveals a vintage facade and neon

A restaurant renovating a building along an alignment of Route 66 in Pasadena, California, found a long-forgotten facade. The restaurant plans to preserve it and has "some cool plans in the works." Howlin' Ray's, which serves Nashville hot chicken, was doing a face-lift on the building at 800 Arroyo Parkway (aka Route 66) when it … Continue reading Pasadena restaurant’s makeover reveals a vintage facade and neon

Route 66 neon sign park takes shape in Tulsa

In recent days, workers have installed three replicas of classic neon signs that once stood along Route 66 in Tulsa. Replicas of the Will Rogers Motor Court, Oil Capital Motel and Tulsa Auto Court signs were installed in a small park on the south end of the historic 11th Street Bridge that once carried Route … Continue reading Route 66 neon sign park takes shape in Tulsa

Museum rescues House of Spirits sign from Echo Park neighborhood of Los Angeles

The Museum of Neon Art last week rescued the iconic House of Spirits signs that stood in the Echo Park neighborhood of Los Angeles after a major fire closed the business. The museum, based in nearby Glendale, California, also accepted the donations of the liquor store's storybook house with the crooked chimney, white picket fence … Continue reading Museum rescues House of Spirits sign from Echo Park neighborhood of Los Angeles

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

Tulsa gives on up on trying to save Brookshire Motel, will try to save sign instead

The Tulsa Route 66 Commission has given up trying to save the closed Brookshire Motel after a fire scorched it for the third time in 15 months. It instead will focus on trying to buy and preserve its neon sign. A man's body was found on the property after the latest fire last week. According … Continue reading Tulsa gives on up on trying to save Brookshire Motel, will try to save sign instead

New Route Historical 66 Village neon sign lights the sky in Tulsa

The Route 66 Historical Village in southwest Tulsa lighted its new neon sign a few days ago -- one of at least a dozen new or restored neon signs along the historic highway in that city. Tulsa-area resident Susan Yates shared this short video and another clip of the animated sign on Facebook. Here's a … Continue reading New Route Historical 66 Village neon sign lights the sky in Tulsa

Neon restorer, New Mexico Route 66 Association board member dies of COVID-19

Johnny Plath working on the motor of the rotosphere for El Comedor in Moriarty Johnny Plath, 68, a board member with the New Mexico Route 66 Association and a restorer of several historic neon signs along the route, died Friday after contracting the coronavirus. According to a news release Saturday from the association, Plath contracted … Continue reading Neon restorer, New Mexico Route 66 Association board member dies of COVID-19

Kingman Visitors Center will have lighting ceremony for its new sign on May 20

The Kingman Visitors Center in the Powerhouse Museum in Kingman, Arizona, will hold a lighting ceremony for its new neon sign on the evening of May 20. The ceremony will take place from 7 to 7:30 p.m. and will be streamed live on Facebook. The sign at 120 W. Andy Devine Ave. (aka Route 66) … Continue reading Kingman Visitors Center will have lighting ceremony for its new sign on May 20