Forrest Nelson, a longtime clerk and friendly face at Old Riverton Store, dies at 98

Forrest R. Nelson, a longtime friendly clerk at Old Riverton Store in Riverton, Kansas, and the father of the store's owner, died Wednesday at a nearby hospital. He was 98. The store announced Nelson's death on its Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/oldrivertonstore/posts/4999077243498569 Nelson was a World War II veteran in Europe and spent nearly 40 years as … Continue reading Forrest Nelson, a longtime clerk and friendly face at Old Riverton Store, dies at 98

Old Riverton Store in Riverton robbed at gunpoint; suspect apprehended

The owner of the Old Riverton Store along Route 66 in Riverton, Kansas, was bound and robbed at gunpoint Monday morning. The suspect was apprehended about six hours later and is jailed on $200,000 bond. According to a news release from the Cherokee County Sheriff's Office, the store, formerly known as Eisler Bros. Store, was … Continue reading Old Riverton Store in Riverton robbed at gunpoint; suspect apprehended

Route 66 Corridor Preservation Program announces final cost-share grants

The Route 66 Corridor Preservation Program this week announced what will be its final cost-share grants, barring a very unlikely renewal of the program by Congress. Since 2001, the program awarded $2.27 million with $3.57 million in cost-share matches to 152 projects, totaling $5.84 million in public-private investment toward the revitalization and commemoration of Route … Continue reading Route 66 Corridor Preservation Program announces final cost-share grants

Rash of Route 66 sign thefts occur in Kansas

People and travelers along Route 66 for years have dealt with the nuisance and inconvenience of the occasional theft of directional signs. But a recent rash of such thefts in southeast Kansas -- nine in all -- have gotten the attention of the Kansas Historic Route 66 Association and the Kansas Department of Transportation. KOAM-TV … Continue reading Rash of Route 66 sign thefts occur in Kansas

Route 66 sculpture created by students erected in Riverton

A steel Route 66 shield sculpture created by high-school students went up Thursday along Route 66 on the west side of Riverton, Kansas. KSNF-TV filed this story about it: The sculpture is 20 feet tall and required about two years of work from Riverton FFA students, with guidance from FFA adviser Jacob Larison. Cherokee County contributed … Continue reading Route 66 sculpture created by students erected in Riverton

FFA students create Route 66 sculpture for Riverton

FFA students in Riverton, Kansas, recently finished a 20-foot-tall steel sculpture of a Route 66 shield that will go up on the Mother Road this year. According to the Joplin Globe: FFA adviser Jacob Larison said that his students came up with the idea about two years ago with the aim of bolstering the community. … Continue reading FFA students create Route 66 sculpture for Riverton

Big Brutus named to National Register of Historic Places

Big Brutus, a gigantic electric coal shovel that's become a side trip for Route 66 travelers in Kansas, was designated to the National Register of Historic Places. According to an email from the National Park Service, the designation became effective Jan. 5. Big Brutus sits at 6509 NW 60th St. in West Mineral, Kansas, about … Continue reading Big Brutus named to National Register of Historic Places

Route 66 Corridor Preservation Program announces grants for 2016

The Route 66 Corridor Preservation Program, under the auspices of the National Park Service, announced its cost-share grants for 2016. This year, the program awarded eight cost-share grants totaling more than $103,000 -- mostly for renovations or preservation of historic Route 66 properties. Since 2001, the program has awarded 122 projects $1.9 million with $3.1 … Continue reading Route 66 Corridor Preservation Program announces grants for 2016

Old Riverton Store’s hired help

KSN / KODE-TV scared up this neat story from the Old Riverton Store, once known as Eisler Bros. Store, along Route 66 in Riverton, Kansas. Forrest Nelson, 93, works nearly seven days a week at the Old Riverton Store. He rings up customers, goes to the bank or the post office. Nelson will also talk … Continue reading Old Riverton Store’s hired help

Old Riverton Store marks 90 years

On Friday, the Old Riverton Store along old Route 66 in Riverton, Kansas, marked its 90th anniversary of business. Yes, the store actually predates Route 66 by about 18 months. The newest owner, Scott Nelson, who's worked there since he was a teenager many years ago, pledges to keep its old-fashioned feel the same. KODE-TV … Continue reading Old Riverton Store marks 90 years