Brookshire Motel in Tulsa catches fire again

The closed Brookshire Motel caught fire for a second time in 13 months last week, adding doubt on whether the historic Route 66 motel ever will be restored. The northernmost wing of the motel caught fire Thursday night, probably by homeless vagrants who broke into the property and started a fire to keep warm. The … Continue reading Brookshire Motel in Tulsa catches fire again

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Living Kitchen near Depew named a Beard Award semifinalist

The chef at Living Kitchen Farm & Dairy near Depew, Oklahoma, on Wednesday was named a semifinalist for the prestigious James Beard Award that honors culinary excellence. Living Kitchen chef Lisa Becklund was listed in the Best Chef: Southwest division. The restaurant sits about a half-mile south of old Route 66 in a log cabin. … Continue reading Living Kitchen near Depew named a Beard Award semifinalist

America’s Value Inn in Tulsa becomes second Route 66 motel destroyed by fire in a month

Fire destroyed America's Value Inn in Tulsa on Saturday, the second Route 66 motel in a month to fall victim to such a calamity. The fires also were near the historic Brookshire Motel, which barely a year ago also was heavily damaged by a blaze. The three fires have one thing in common -- vacant … Continue reading America’s Value Inn in Tulsa becomes second Route 66 motel destroyed by fire in a month

Leon Russell’s Church Studio in Tulsa will reopen late this year

The Church Studio in Tulsa, once owned by late Oklahoma music legend Leon Russell, will reopen in late 2020 as a studio and museum, according to recent article in the Tulsa World. Teresa Knox, the owner of the facility, has been collecting Russell memorabilia and renovating the former church for months. The newspaper reported: Russell-related … Continue reading Leon Russell’s Church Studio in Tulsa will reopen late this year

Fire station in Tulsa rededicated for Route 66

Tulsa's only fire station on Route 66, Fire Station 30, was rededicated this week as Fire Station 66 with a splashy new logo and renaming its trucks Engine and Ladder 66, with “Keepers of the Mother Road” across their cabs. Oklahoma Lt. Gov. Matt Pinnell, city officials and Route 66 enthusiasts attended the rededication ceremony … Continue reading Fire station in Tulsa rededicated for Route 66

Oklahoma seeks updates on its inventory of Route 66 structures in two counties

The Oklahoma State Historic Preservation Office is asking for proposals to survey historic properties along Route 66 in Tulsa and Oklahoma counties. Tulsa County includes the city of Tulsa along with the communities of Oakhurst and Red Fork along Route 66. Oklahoma County includes Oklahoma City, Bethany, Edmond, Arcadia and Luther along Route 66. The … Continue reading Oklahoma seeks updates on its inventory of Route 66 structures in two counties

Decopolis adding two stores along Tulsa’s Route 66

Decopolis, originally founded in downtown Tulsa to pay tribute to the city's storied Art Deco architecture, announced it is adding two stores along Tulsa's 11th Street alignment of Route 66. Decopolis founder and artist William Franklin told the Tulsa World newspaper he plans to open two venues, Decopolis Curiosities & Wonders and Tulsarama, at 1401 … Continue reading Decopolis adding two stores along Tulsa’s Route 66

Another new neon sign goes up on Tulsa’s Route 66 for Burnett’s Flowers

Burnett's Flowers in Tulsa became Tulsa Route 66's first new neon sign installation in 2020 after the business received a neon sign grant from the city. The Tulsa Route 66 Commission stated in a Facebook post the flower shop recently moved near 11th Street (aka Route 66) and Quincy Avenue, but it's been in business … Continue reading Another new neon sign goes up on Tulsa’s Route 66 for Burnett’s Flowers

Despite losing $6M in funds, backers still push for building Route 66 Experience

The supporters of a Route 66 Experience complex near the banks of the Arkansas River in Tulsa still want to proceed with the project despite recently losing $6 million in funding from the city, according to one report. Public Radio Tulsa seems to be the first media outlet reporting the loss of the $6 million … Continue reading Despite losing $6M in funds, backers still push for building Route 66 Experience

Route 66 Food Truck Park in Springfield likely will open next month

The Route 66 Food Truck Park in Springfield, Missouri, under construction will open by Feb. 1, reports the development's owner. Kirk Wheeler said the park that will have a full-service bar and gift shop will feature up to 10 food trucks when it opens at 1530 E. St. Louis St. (aka Route 66). OzarksFirst.com reports: … Continue reading Route 66 Food Truck Park in Springfield likely will open next month