Monday, May 16, 2016

News From Along Route 66, April 2016: Launching Pad Fails to Sell, Ambler-Becker 90th Birthday Party

APRIL 11--  The launching Pad Drive-In in Wilmington, Illinois failed to sell at auction.  the reserve price was not met.  Tina and Joel Brownlee of Wilmington submitted the high bid at $177,500.  They grew up in Wilmington and seem to be really interested in reopening the place.  Of course, this is where the famous Gemini Giant statue is.

APRIL 12--  New sculptures are going to be installed along Route 66 in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

APRIL 12--  The Ambler-Becker Texaco station in Dwight, Illinois is to hold an early 90th birthday party for Route 66 from 1-4 p.m., April 21.

It was built in 1933.  Basil "Tubby" Ambler owned it from 1938-1966.  Philip Beckler owned it until 1999.  then it went many years in a state of decline but now has been restored and serves as a visitors center for Dwight.  (We were able to attend it on our way to the Munger-Moss anniversary.)

--RoadDog

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