From Route 66 News.
DECEMBER 12TH-- The Bel-Aire Motel in Springfield, Illinois, should be entirely gone by this summer. I'm sorry to hear this, but it had gotten into such bad shape with its absentee owner, that is about the only option left. I do hope they save the sign and the interesting spoke ball, however.
DECEMBER 14TH-- The McLean County Museum of History in Bloomington, Illinois, now features a Route 66 penny press. (Always amazes me, however, how little Bloomington and Normal have to do with their Route 66 heritage.)
DECEMBER 15TH---- The Cafe on the Route has reopened in Baxter Springs, Kansas after being closed for two years. (I didn't even know it was closed, but have been no farther west on 66 than Lebanon, Missouri, the last two years. It was great food when we visited earlier.)
DECEMBER 16TH-- Illinois is expanding its Electric vehicles Network along historic Route 66 so it will be easier for electric car folk to tour it. Stations are at Edwardsville, Carlinville, Springfield, Lincoln, Normal, Pontiac, Dwight and Plainfield. (The one in Dwight is at the Ambler-Becker gas station and has been there a couple years now.
Plug Me In, Start Me Up. --RoadDog