Arizona Route 66 Association announces four more grants

The Historic Route 66 Association of Arizona recently announced its latest round of grant awards, including to two historic motels. Roger Naylor provided some of the details in the association's quarterly newsletter in January: -- $11,500 to the Route 66 Motel in Kingman to restore its neon sign, including its wiring. The Valmonte family has … Continue reading Arizona Route 66 Association announces four more grants

Broken elevator at Grand Canyon Caverns strands people 200 feet underground for more than a day

Five people became stranded for more than 24 hours about 200 feet underground after the elevator at Grand Canyon Caverns near Peach Springs, Arizona, malfunctioned Sunday evening. According to ABC News: Several people were able to walk up the 21 flights of stairs to get out, but five others were either unable to safely do … Continue reading Broken elevator at Grand Canyon Caverns strands people 200 feet underground for more than a day

Kyle Petty Charity Ride Across America plans several stops on Route 66 in Arizona next month

The 26th-anniversary edition of the Kyle Petty Charity Ride Across America will include three stops on Route 66 in Arizona on May 1. The NASCAR star will cover more than 1,500 miles on a seven-day trek with about 225 participants to raise funds and awareness for Victory Junction – a camp created by Petty and his family … Continue reading Kyle Petty Charity Ride Across America plans several stops on Route 66 in Arizona next month

A Route 66 tale of two cities

A story in The Conversation website, titled "Could New Legislation Lead to a Route 66 Economic Revival?" by Arizona State University historian and grad student Daniel Milowksi has attracted a lot of attention, especially since it was picked up by the Associated Press. In it, Milowski examines the history of Route 66 and how a … Continue reading A Route 66 tale of two cities

Grand Canyon Caverns transformed into multitiered business

Grand Canyon Caverns has become an example of a classic Route 66 business that not only has survived, but thrived amid an expansion of its offerings in the last 15-plus years. Over the Memorial Day weekend, the complex west of Seligman, Arizona, introduced scenic helicopter flights, now offers river-rafting tours and finished a modernization of bathrooms … Continue reading Grand Canyon Caverns transformed into multitiered business

Grand Canyon Caverns soon will open Grotto underground dining area

Grand Canyon Caverns near Peach Springs, Arizona, in early August will open a Caverns Grotto on an elevated platform as a specialty underground dining area. Frank Kocevar, former owner of Historic Seligman Sundries in nearby Seligman, Arizona, had some details in an email: A winding walkway takes you to the platform. The raised platform will … Continue reading Grand Canyon Caverns soon will open Grotto underground dining area

Two men may be responsible for several Arizona Route 66 thefts

Two valuable antique signs were stolen from Angel Delgadillo's Route 66 Gift Shop building in Seligman, Arizona, and the thieves may be responsible for other heists along the Mother Road in that region. The Daily Courier communicated with Dwight D’Evelyn at the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office about the Seligman thefts One sign advertised Coca-Cola; the … Continue reading Two men may be responsible for several Arizona Route 66 thefts

Route 66 visitors center opening at Giganticus Headicus site

Grand Canyon Caverns is leasing a property in Antares, Arizona, best-known for Giganticus Headicus -- an Easter Island-type sculpture -- and opening a Route 66 visitors center there. According to a news release from the Grand Canyon Caverns owner John McEnulty, the site will become known as the Route 66 Antares Visitor Center. Scheduled for a … Continue reading Route 66 visitors center opening at Giganticus Headicus site

Neon returning to Grand Canyon Caverns

Grand Canyon Caverns near Peach Springs, Arizona, has commissioned an Oklahoma neon shop to fashion new neon signs for the longtime Route 66 attraction. Joel Rayburn of GlassBoy Studios in the Route 66 town of Arcadia, Oklahoma, is making the neon signs. From a news release: Classic Route 66 destinations do things right. Neon will … Continue reading Neon returning to Grand Canyon Caverns

Grand Canyon Caverns adds new cave tours

Grand Canyon Caverns near Peach Springs, Arizona, added a fifth tour to its offerings this month after new caves were found and excavated in recent years. Grand Canyon Caverns owner John McEnulty told the Grand Canyon News the new offering is called the Wild Tour: Once opened, cavers found the cave was a pristine environment with … Continue reading Grand Canyon Caverns adds new cave tours