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

Birthplace of Route 66 Festival canceled due to COVID-19 upsurge

Next month's Birthplace of Route 66 Festival in Springfield, Missouri, was canceled Monday due to concerns about an upturn of COVID-19 cases in the region. The festival, which typically draws between 60,000 and 80,000 people, was axed for a second straight year because of the pandemic. It had been scheduled for Aug. 13-14, including a … Continue reading Birthplace of Route 66 Festival canceled due to COVID-19 upsurge

City plans to reassemble a Lurvey’s Court cabin into a visitors center

A Route 66 Association of Missouri board member said the city of Springfield, Missouri, plans to reassemble one of the demolished cabins of the Lurvey's Court motel to serve as a visitors center at the Birthplace of Route 66 Park. KY3 in Springfield had some of the details: “The idea is to make a visitors … Continue reading City plans to reassemble a Lurvey’s Court cabin into a visitors center

Rockwood Motor Court in Springfield sees 895% increase in business from a year ago

In a sign of rapidly improving business on Route 66 in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Rockwood Motor Court in Springfield, Missouri, is reporting a spectacular rise in overnight bookings from a year ago. How spectacular? How about an 895% increase? Phyllis Ferguson reopened the historic motel at 2200 W. College St. (aka … Continue reading Rockwood Motor Court in Springfield sees 895% increase in business from a year ago

London Calling closes double-decker bus at Route 66 Food Truck Park in Springfield

The London Calling restaurant has closed its British double-decker bus at Route 66 Food Truck Park in Springfield, Missouri, so its owners can concentrate their energies on other ventures elsewhere in the city. London Calling, which started at another location along Route 66 in Springfield about seven years ago, purchased a 1962 Bristol double-decker bus … Continue reading London Calling closes double-decker bus at Route 66 Food Truck Park in Springfield

Longtime Missouri Route 66 advocate Glenda Pike dies

Glenda Pike, a longtime champion of Route 66 in Missouri along with her husband Tommy, died Friday, reported the Route 66 Association of Missouri in a Facebook post. She was 77. Tommy Pike was the president of the Missouri association for many years, and Glenda often was by his side at many Route 66 events … Continue reading Longtime Missouri Route 66 advocate Glenda Pike dies

Owner of Steak ‘n Shake restaurants in Springfield, Missouri, sells them to a franchisee

Gary Leonard sold to another franchisee his six Steak 'n Shake restaurants in the Springfield, Missouri, region, including the historic one on Route 66. The Springfield News-Leader reports Leonard is retiring after 48 years in the business. The new owners are Mike and Lisa Stennett, who hold franchises in Missouri and Arkansas. The story contains … Continue reading Owner of Steak ‘n Shake restaurants in Springfield, Missouri, sells them to a franchisee

Revive 66 Campground is getting 10 more teardrop trailers

The Revive 66 Campground in Springfield, Missouri, recently received $60,000 from the city so it can acquire 10 more teardrop trailers to help house the homeless. The funding was part of $95,000 in city emergency funds for overnight cold-weather sheltering. The 10 additional trailers at the campground will be supplied for a 10-year period. According … Continue reading Revive 66 Campground is getting 10 more teardrop trailers

The remarkable story of Alberta’s Hotel in Springfield, Missouri

KOLR-TV in Springfield, Missouri, recently produced a segment about the amazing history of Alberta's Hotel, an establishment in that Route 66 city that catered to African Americans during the Jim Crow era. Alberta's Hotel was listed in the annual Negro Motorist Green Book travel guide. Both perished during the mid-1960s, about the time the United … Continue reading The remarkable story of Alberta’s Hotel in Springfield, Missouri

Film noir tax parody shot along Route 66 in Springfield, Missouri

Your local accounting office probably never did anything this elaborate. BKD CPAs & Advisors, an accounting and advisory firm with offices in 18 states, produced a 30-minute film noir tribute titled "The Missing Deductions," which features a lot of information about new U.S. federal tax laws in the guise of a private-eye story. It was … Continue reading Film noir tax parody shot along Route 66 in Springfield, Missouri