Tuesday, June 30, 2015

News From Along Route 66-- May 2015

MAY 28TH--  An auto museum with a giant old-time gas pump is planned for Sapulpa, Oklahoma.  It  will be called the Heart of Route 66 Museum and will feature a 20-foot tall vintage inspired gas pump.  The museum will be in an old armory building.  Good to see old buildings given new uses.  Looking forward to seeing that giant gas pump.

MAY 29TH--  A military museum may be coming to Wilmington, Illinois.  Ohio native R. Fred Rolsten has a big collection of items from both world wars and other wars.  It will be in a 25,000 square foot building.

MAY 29TH--  The state of Oklahoma is selling the former Suntide Inn in OKC at auction June 15th.  It was mist recently used as the Kate Bernard Community Correction Center.

The motel was built in the 1940s as the Major Court and owned by the Leylend Ruby Overman and grew into the 75-unit Suntide Inn in the 1950s.  It became the correctional center in 1992.

Oklahoma needs money because of the drastic drop in oil money.  Somehow, I am happy that oil prices have come down.

MAY 30TH--The Negro Motorist Green Book project to document Route 66 properties listed in it has won a grant.  The book was published between 1936 and 1864 by Victor  H. Green and featured restaurants, motels, barber shops, beauty parlors, taverns and garages that served blacks during the Jim Crow era.  It is called "The Bible of Black Travel."

I am glad this project won the grant as it is about an often-overlooked aspect of Route 66 and all American roads before the 1960s.


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