New Route 66 sign installed at Tulsa Fire Station 66

Tulsa Fire Station 66 on the city's east side recently installed a repurposed Route 66 sign there that lights up a night. According to News on 6 in Tulsa: Someone donated the new sign, to help boost tourism on Route 66.Fire Chief Michael Baker flipped the switch on Thursday night and turned on the sign for the … Continue reading New Route 66 sign installed at Tulsa Fire Station 66

Illinois announces $4 million in grants for projects along Route 66

The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity and Gov. JB Pritzker on Monday announced $4 million in grants for various projects along Route 66, including a visitors center in a former Edwardsville gas station, reopening the old Cannonball Jail in Carlinville and a new Muffler Man on a restaurant in Berwyn. According to Riverbender.com and … Continue reading Illinois announces $4 million in grants for projects along Route 66

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

National Trust grant to help virtually augment ghost signs along Route 66 in Oklahoma

The Route 66 Road Ahead Partnership recently received a $2,250 grant from the National Trust for Historic Preservation to support Craig Winslow’s project, "Light Capsules," which seeks to virtually restore the remnants of eight ghost signs along Route 66 in Oklahoma. According to a news release from the partnership: The Road Ahead will use this … Continue reading National Trust grant to help virtually augment ghost signs along Route 66 in Oklahoma

Oklahoma issues guidelines for entities to paint Route 66 shield on pavement

The Oklahoma Department of Transportation recently issued pavement-marking guidelines for cities and counties along Route 66 before the highway's centennial in 2026. According to an ODOT news release posted by the Oklahoma Route 66 Association, the guidance came after several entities requested it. The 21-foot by 8-foot black and white markings will be approved by … Continue reading Oklahoma issues guidelines for entities to paint Route 66 shield on pavement

Heart of Route 66 Auto Museum in Sapulpa gets a new neon sign

The Heart of Route 66 Auto Museum in Sapulpa, Oklahoma, recently showed off a new neon sign. The sign was designed by LekTron Branding Solutions of nearby Tulsa. Here are some images of the sign, along with its older sign and its 66-foot-tall faux gas pump, posted on the museum's Facebook page: The museum, which … Continue reading Heart of Route 66 Auto Museum in Sapulpa gets a new neon sign

Illinois announces $4 million grant program for Route 66

Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker and the state's Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity on Thursday announced the creation of a $4 million grant program "for the development of tourism, education, preservation, and promotion of the 100th Anniversary of Route 66" in 2026. According to a news release from the state government: This funding opportunity supports … Continue reading Illinois announces $4 million grant program for Route 66

Marine Corps Logistics Base Barstow incorporates Route 66 shield to its emblem

Marine Corps Logistics Base Barstow near Barstow, California, recently dedicated a 6-foot-tall metal sculpture, signs and road stencils where the military service's eagle, globe and anchor emblem also comes with a Route 66 shield. The Stars and Stripes newspaper had the story: The symbol, made up of a highway shield superimposed over the service’s emblem, … Continue reading Marine Corps Logistics Base Barstow incorporates Route 66 shield to its emblem

Oklahoma City adds 200 Route 66 directional signs to varying alignments

The City of Oklahoma City recently added 200 Route 66 directional signs so travelers can more easily trace the varying alignments of the Mother Road in the metro area. According to a news release from the city, the alignments go through five commercial districts that include the Britton District, Western Avenue, NW 39th Street, the Asian District and Uptown 23. A map … Continue reading Oklahoma City adds 200 Route 66 directional signs to varying alignments

Amarillo city council approves putting Route 66 emblem on big water tower

The Amarillo City Council on Tuesday approved painting a modified Route 66 shield on a huge water tower on Southwest Sixth Avenue (aka Route 66) near South Independence Street. According to KFDA-TV in Amarillo: Assistant Planning Director Emily Koller said, neighborhood boosters Historic Sixth on Route 66 and the San Jacinto Neighborhood Association raised eighteen … Continue reading Amarillo city council approves putting Route 66 emblem on big water tower