Cost-Share Grant Awards -
Route 66 Corridor Preservation Program
: What do four roofs, 15 concrete tepees, a building
named after a pig’s hip, metal palm trees, a bath house,
a cottage-style gas station, two movie theatres, a building dedicated
to Roger Miller, the capturing of old-timer’s memories,
and a collegiate theatrical group have in common?
: They all have just been awarded financial assistance from the
Route 66 Corridor Preservation Program in 2003.
passed the Route 66 Corridor Preservation Act in 1999, directing
the National Park Service to manage the Route 66 Corridor Preservation
Program, which was to be administered by the National Trails System
Office in Santa Fe. The Program is intended to provide technical
assistance; cost-share and grants for rehabilitation, restoration,
and preservation projects; interpretive planning; information
clearinghouse management; and other services.
Program distributes cost-share funds to eligible preservation
and research projects through a competitive process. Over the
first three years of the Program’s existence, 39 projects
have been funded in the eight states through which Route 66 passes.
In 2001, the first year of the program, $410,000 was awarded to
16 projects. In 2002, with reduced appropriations, $151,226 was
awarded to 10 recipients for Route 66 preservation, oral history,
and education outreach projects.
projects have recently been selected to receive cost-share grants
in 2003 totaling approximately $133,000:
The quintessential Wigwam Motel in Holbrook, Arizona, has been
awarded funds to assist in preserving the concrete motel units
and to repair the neon sign on the office.
In Wilmington, Illinois, the historic Eagle Hotel will receive
funds to replace the roof over the 19th - century building.
Also in Illinois, the former venerable Pig Hip Restaurant in Broadwell
will receive funds to replace the roof and gas furnace in collaboration
with the Route 66 Association of Illinois.
The City of Tucumcari, New Mexico, will receive funds to stabilize
the WPA bathhouse at the Five Mile Park where Route 66 travelers
used to camp and soak their weary bones at the largest swimming
pool in the state.
The classic El Rancho Hotel in Gallup, New Mexico, has been awarded
funds to repair and seal the wood shake roof over the 1937 hotel
where movie stars such as Ronald Reagan, Spencer Tracy, Katherine
Hepburn, and Kirk Douglas used to stay while making Western movies
in the area.
The popular Route 66 Oral History project managed by David Dunaway
and administered through the New Mexico Route 66 Association has
been funded for a second year. This year, the oral history project
will provide follow up technical assistance to those who participated
in the 2003 oral history workshops; locate and catalog existing
interviews; and develop a guide for collecting Route 66 oral histories.
The New Mexico Route 66 Association will also be administering
a preservation plan for the Pecos Theatre in Santa Rosa, to address
serious moisture problems in the historic theatre, which dates
to the 1920s.
New Mexico Route 66 Association will also be administering the
restoration of the neon sign at the El Rey Theatre in Albuquerque.
In Tulsa, Oklahoma, funds will go to the Tulsa Foundation for
Architecture to assist in the restoration of the classic Meadow
Gold neon sign built in the mid 1930s.
Also in Oklahoma, Preservation El Reno, Inc., has received funds
for the restoration of the Oasis Drive-in neon palm-tree sign
that greets travelers at the east end of town.
In Chandler, Oklahoma, the restoration of the vintage 1930 Phillips
gas station will be completed by the owner with cost-share assistance
from the Route 66 Corridor Preservation Program.
The soon-to-open Roger Miller Museum in Erick, Oklahoma, will
receive funding assistance to repair or replace the windows and
doors in its 1929 building, which once served as a café
and corner drug store.
And the Northern Arizona Department of Theatre has been awarded
funds to produce a short promotional film highlighting its highly
successful theatrical presentation Route 66: A Celebration of
America’s Mainstreet (you have to see this production, it’s
visit our web site at www.cr.nps.gov/rt66 to learn more about
the Route 66 Corridor Preservation Program and how you can help
in furthering the preservation of Route 66’s icons.