Wednesday, February 1, 2017

News From Along Route 66, December 2016: Sprague Super Service and Blue Swallow Motel

These are taken from the Route 66 News site, your first stop for any and all info about the old road that you might want.  It has much more information and pictures/videos.  I just write about the entries I am particularly  interested in and have some thing to say.

DECEMBER 28--  The Sprague Super Service station in Normal, Illinois, is set to reopen in April 2017, partly as a Route 66 Visitors Center and a gift shop.  The city spent $600,000 to buy it from Terri Ryburn, who bought it ten years ago but was unable to do much with it.

It was built in 1931 on Route 66 by William Sprague.

It is a beautiful old station and very unique in architecture.  Terri Ryburn will run the gift shop and live upstairs for $120 a year.

I have been upset about Bloomington-Normal's lack of interest in its Route 66 heritage ever since we got into the road back in 2002, but it would appear at long last, these two cities are doing something about it.

DECEMBER 29--  Videos taken with Lillian Redman at the Blue swallow Motel in Tucumcari, New Mexico, taken by Anthony Reichardt in the mid 1990s.

We have stayed there, but considerably after Mrs. Redman's time.  One of those Route 66ers I sure wish we could have met.  At one time, when I saw that the old motel was for sale for around $150,000, i even considered buying it, but figured it would be too much work in my retirement years.

Maybe It's About Time We Quit Taking the Interstate Around Bloomington-Normal and Start Going Through It.  --RoadDog

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