Friday, September 18, 2015

News From Along Route 66-- August 2015

From the August 7, 2015, Springfield (Mo.) News-Leader "Route 66 Rail haven installs replica of historic sign" by Valerie Mosley.

The Best Western Route 66 Rail Haven Motel in Springfield, Missouri once had a sign that stood there for years, but came down when the motel was rebranded as a Best Western Motel in 1994.  Owner Gordon Elliott hated to see that.

He said that he wanted visitors to see some things as they were during the hey-day of Route 66.  As such, he had a new, though smaller, neon sign built and installed.  It features flashing yellow lights and is placed lower for photo ops.

This was in conjunction and before the 5th Annual Birthplace of Route 66 Festival to be held August 14-16.  One of the highlights of this festival was the concert by the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and Pure prairie League, two of my favorite groups.

We've stayed at the Rail Haven on several occasions.  There is nothing like sitting out by the pool in the evening and listening to the cars go by on the old Route 66.

--RoadDog

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