Volunteer cleanup effort at Road Runner’s Retreat set for Oct. 16-17

The historic but long-closed Road Runner’s Retreat complex on Route 66 near Chambless, California, is hosting its annual cleanup weekend on Oct. 16-17. According to the High Desert Daily: Former owner Duke Dotson will be on hand to share stories of his childhood growing up at Road Runner’s Retreat during Route 66’s heyday. The 1960’s Googie-Style … Continue reading Volunteer cleanup effort at Road Runner’s Retreat set for Oct. 16-17

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

Fundraiser launched for a new phase of Road Runner’s Retreat resurrection

The organizer of several cleanup weekends at the closed Road Runner's Retreat site near Chambless, California, has launched a fundraiser of T-shirt and pin sales to help finance the fourth stage of its eventual resurrection. The fundraiser via GoFundMe.com has a goal of $5,000, with incentives that include a Road Runner's Retreat T-shirt that states, … Continue reading Fundraiser launched for a new phase of Road Runner’s Retreat resurrection

Fire guts restaurant building at Road Runner’s Retreat near Chambless

A likely arson fire destroyed the restaurant building Wednesday at the long-closed Road Runner's Retreat complex near Chambless, California. Beth Murray reported the fire began about 4:15 p.m. The sign and service station remained intact, but the restaurant was "a total loss." After the bad news, Murray set up a fundraiser with a goal of … Continue reading Fire guts restaurant building at Road Runner’s Retreat near Chambless

Road Runner’s Retreat mulls full sign restoration after brief and partial relighting

A whim on the night Roy's neon sign in Amboy, California, was relighted led a successful partial relighting a portion of the nearby Road Runner's Retreat sign and considering a full restoration. The Facebook page for the long-closed Route 66 restaurant posted this Wednesday: I asked Ryan Anderson, owner of the property and administrator of … Continue reading Road Runner’s Retreat mulls full sign restoration after brief and partial relighting

Caretakers of Road Runner’s Retreat organizing another work session Oct. 18-20

The caretakers for the long-closed Road Runner's Retreat restaurant near Chambless, California, have organized another work session Oct. 18-20 and are offering commemorative T-shirts to fund it. The T-shirts designed by Minnesota-based graphic artist Gina Hoelscher, who has lent her skills to other Route 66 events and preservation projects, can be yours by donating $30 … Continue reading Caretakers of Road Runner’s Retreat organizing another work session Oct. 18-20