Friday, February 12, 2016

News from Along Route 66: January 2016: Pontiac Tourism Growth

These come from the Route 66 News site which has much more information about each story plus many more.  I just write about the ones of particular interest to me.

JANUARY 1--  Death of singer Natalie Cole, daughter of Nat King Cole who made the famous first version of "Get Your Kicks on Route 66."

JANUARY 8--  Hawkins Mill in Springfield, Missouri, being torn down.  Too bad as it is an impressive building which was constructed in 1940.

JANUARY 10--  2015 marked the sixth consecutive year of tourism grown in Pontiac, Illinois.   Definitely one small town proud of its Route 66 heritage and other history.  Sure are a lot of things to see and do there and more always being added.

JANUARY 11--    Melba Riggs retiring from Cars on the Route in Galena, Kansas.  She and her fellow owners sure have done a lot for that town with the reopening of the old station and acquiring the truck that served as the inspiration for Tow Mater in the movie "Cars."


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