Route 66 soon will lose a historic bridge near Marshfield

The century-old Route CC bridge over the Niangua Branch river on Route 66 east of Marshfield, Missouri, will be closed permanently this week to make way for a new bridge. That's the word from Route 66 preservationists and a news release from the Missouri Department of Transportation: The bridge replacement will require Route CC to … Continue reading Route 66 soon will lose a historic bridge near Marshfield

Route 66 Association of Missouri plans event to repaint big road shield at Gary’s Gay Parita

The Route 66 Association of Missouri is planning a May 28 event to repaint "the largest Route 66 shield in Missouri" at Gary's Gay Parita Sinclair Station in Paris Springs, Missouri. Roamin' Rich Dinkela, now president of the association, in 2018 painted the large shield onto the roadway, and it has become faded with weather … Continue reading Route 66 Association of Missouri plans event to repaint big road shield at Gary’s Gay Parita

Shamrock Court motel in Sullivan designated to the National Register of Historic Places

The Shamrock Court along Route 66 in Sullivan, Missouri, recently was designated to the National Register of Historic Places. The designation for the motel, listed as being 1246 South Service Road (aka Route 66) in Sullivan, was official on March 28, according to a weekly email from the National Park Service that lists new National … Continue reading Shamrock Court motel in Sullivan designated to the National Register of Historic Places

Roof-rehab event at Shamrock Court begins Sept. 9

The president of the Route 66 Association of Missouri recently announced a volunteer work session that will begin Sept. 9 at the Shamrock Court property he owns in Sullivan, Missouri. Rich Dinkela stated the rehabilitation of the roof of the Route 66 motel will begin on that day and probably last for two days. He … Continue reading Roof-rehab event at Shamrock Court begins Sept. 9

Newest cost-share grants announced from Route 66 Corridor Preservation Program

Six projects, including four historic sites, will receive more than $103,000 in cost-share grants from the Route 66 Corridon Preservation Program under the auspices of the National Park Service. The awards first were revealed Thursday in a social media post for the Road Runner's Retreat complex, which received a grant, near Chambless, California. Here are … Continue reading Newest cost-share grants announced from Route 66 Corridor Preservation Program

Official expresses misgivings about possible demolition of Gasconade River Bridge

An official with the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation expressed concerns about the process of possibly tearing town the Gasconade River Bridge in Hazelgreen, Missouri, that the Route 66 Association of Missouri wants to preserve. In a Facebook post on Saturday, association President Rich Dinkela posted a July 28 letter from Jaime Loichinger, assistant director … Continue reading Official expresses misgivings about possible demolition of Gasconade River Bridge

Cleanup effort scheduled for Shamrock Court near Sullivan

The new owner of the Shamrock Court motel near Sullivan, Missouri, has scheduled a one- or two-day volunteer cleanup effort and campout at the historic Route 66 property. The cleanup will begin at 9 a.m. July 10 and may end the evening July 11. Rich Dinkela, who announced in March he had the property under … Continue reading Cleanup effort scheduled for Shamrock Court near Sullivan

Roamin’ Rich giving antique gas pump to replace stolen one at OKC coffee shop

Roamin' Rich Dinkela, president of the Route 66 Association of Missouri, announced Monday morning he was giving an antique gasoline pump he owns to replace one that was stolen from the Brew Brother Coffee shop at the Owl Court site in Oklahoma City. Dinkela, based in the St. Louis region, announced it on Facebook along … Continue reading Roamin’ Rich giving antique gas pump to replace stolen one at OKC coffee shop

Missouri Association urges people to contact officials about the importance of Gasconade River Bridge before March 31

The Route 66 Association of Missouri issued a call to action to write to state and national officials before March 31 to persuade the agency to halt the demolition of the closed Gasconade River Bridge near Hazelgreen. The association put out this Facebook video a few days ago about its plea: The association's website also … Continue reading Missouri Association urges people to contact officials about the importance of Gasconade River Bridge before March 31

State sets April 20 deadline to avoid razing of Gasconade River Bridge

The Missouri Department of Transportation set a "drop-dead" date of April 20 for the Route 66 Gasconade River Bridge Guardians to find a new owner for the historic span near Hazelgreen, Missouri, or else the state will dismantle it. Facing the looming deadline, preservationists eventually shifted the questions to MoDOT about how to acquire pieces … Continue reading State sets April 20 deadline to avoid razing of Gasconade River Bridge