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2004 Cost-Share Grant Awards -
Route 66 Corridor Preservation Program

(Released: August, 2004)


Roofs aren’t glamorous, but they are what keep the weather out, and they are the first-line of defense in stabilizing and beginning the rebirth of many historic properties along Route 66. This year’s projects funded by the National Park Service’s Route 66 Corridor Preservation Program include a number of these “roofing” projects, along with a number of other important preservation efforts. The Program distributes cost-share funds to eligible preservation and research projects through a competitive process. Over the first four years of the Program’s existence, approximately 50 projects have been funded in the eight states through which Route 66 passes.

The Program received 28 eligible applications for funding in this year’s grant cycle. Three were received from Arizona, two from California, four from Illinois, two from Missouri, nine from New Mexico, seven from Oklahoma, and one from Texas. Thirteen projects have been selected to receive cost-share grants totaling approximately $121,000 in 2004. They are:

  • Soulsby Service Station in Mount Olive, Illinois, has received funding to assist in finishing the restoration of this classic service station built, owned, and operated by the Soulsby family from 1926 until 1991. The Soulsby Station Society has been working with the current owner to undertake a first-class restoration of the station which was listed on the National Register of Historic Places earlier this year.
  • The Palms Grill in Atlanta, Illinois, has been awarded cost-share funds to develop a Historic Structures Report in order to guide the restoration of this National Register building to its 1940s appearance as a popular eating establishment and bus stop.
  • The classic Red Cedar Restaurant, built in 1934 in Pacific, Missouri, will receive funds to assist with the rehabilitation of the kitchen. The log restaurant was listed on the National Register of Historic Places last year.
  • The early 1930s Owl Courts on the Route 66 Beltline in Oklahoma City will receive funds to assist with the replacement of the roofs over the café and motel buildings. The owner intends to restore the motel rooms for heritage travelers on Route 66, and to house his extensive collection of Route 66 memorabilia, a postcard shop, and an office in the other structures on the property.
  • The Old Trails Garage, built in 1915, had been used as a garage and dealership in Kingman, Arizona, up through the 1970s. Funds have been awarded to assist with re-roofing the building, which is within the Kingman Commercial National Register Historic District. The owner plans to restore the façade with the Old Trails Garage lettering on the wall, as well as repair and reinstall the old Packard neon sign currently in storage.
  • The 6th Street Chevron Station, built in 1939 in Amarillo, Texas, has received cost- share funds to assist with roof repairs, wall repair, re-installation of neon lighting on the canopy eaves, and reinstallation of tin ceiling on the canopy.
  • Del’s Restaurant has been a thriving business in Tucumcari, New Mexico, since 1956, and will receive funding to assist with the restoration of its neon sign (you know, the one with the cow on top of it).
  • The 1931 sandstone Lexington Hotel in Gallup, New Mexico, will receive cost-share funds to assist with electrical upgrade, window repair or replacement, and front- façade repair on this building that was saved from the wrecking ball and put back into service by its current owners.
  • The 1953 Desert Sun Motel in Winslow, Arizona, will receive funding to assist with the replacement of the roof, which is part of a larger project in which the owner plans to restore the neon sign and repair or replace the windows to keep the motel in good operating condition.
  • Phase III of the Route 66 Oral History Project, administered by the New Mexico Route 66 Association, will result in the publication of a Route 66 Oral History Guide; two more workshops; and a listing of extant oral histories, their condition, location and accessibility.
  • Northern Arizona University will receive funding to assist with the dramatic production of Route 66: A Celebration of America’s Main Street, which provides an entertaining interpretive and educational venue for examining the highway’s historic and cultural significance in American history.
  • Funds have also been awarded to assist with a comprehensive survey of transportation-related properties along Route 66 alignments in California, including at least four alignments in the greater Los Angeles area. Information from the survey will be used to establish priorities for preservation efforts.
  • And last but not least, funds have been awarded for a project to identify methods and protocols for preserving historic Route 66 roadbeds and the bridges, culverts, etc., that go with them. The project will include working with various transportation agencies to balance safety needs with the need to retain the historic character of the road alignments. Oklahoma will serve as the focus for this pilot project, because of the high number of road segments in Oklahoma that are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Please visit our web site at to learn more about the Route 66 Corridor Preservation Program and how you can help in furthering the preservation of Route 66’s icons. The Route 66 Corridor Preservation Program, administered by the National Park Service, out of Santa Fe, New Mexico, was established by an Act of Congress in 1999. 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.

Michael Taylor
Route 66 Corridor Preservation Program
National Park Ser

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