Friday, May 13, 2016

News from Along Route 66, April 2016: Death of Merle Haggard

APRIL 3--  Meramec Caverns in Stanton, Missouri, may be closed until mid-summer because of toxic fumes that have been detected.

APRIL 6--  Country singer Merle Haggard died.  One of my all-time favorite performers.  I'll never forget hearing "Okie from Muskogee" on a radio station from Muskogee when we were driving Route 66 in Oklahoma.

His family left Oklahoma in 1935 and moved to California.  Sort of Joadish if you ask me.

APRIL 8--  The City of Lincoln in Illinois approved funds for The Mill restoration, using $12,000 in motel tax funds.  They plan to have it opened as a museum.  The Mill opened in 1929 and closed in 1996.  It is great to see this place rise from its very deteriorated shape when we first saw it.

APRIL 9--  The Marathon Oil station in Miami, Oklahoma, sold at auction for $18,000.


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