These events (and only some of them are listed) are taken from the Route 66 News blog which has photos and much more information.
JANUARY 1ST: Bill Shea's widow, Helen, died. We met her several times at Bill's museum in Springfield, Illinois. I'll never forget when I remarked to her that her husband sure had a lot of stuff. She replied, "That old man, he never throws anything away.
JANUARY 11TH: Co-owner of Becky's Barn south of Springfield, Illinois, died. Becky Hargett. She owned it with her husband and had really turned it into a must-stop place on the route.
JANUARY 12TH: The old Bel-Air Motel in Springfield, Ill. is expected to be torn down completely by late summer or early fall. I hated to see this happen, but the place was way too far gone to save. I do hope the sign and that interesting globe thing are saved.
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