Cost-Share Grant Awards -
Route 66 Corridor Preservation Program
is always an exciting time of year at the National Park Service
Route 66 Corridor Preservation Program, for it is the time when
the program’s annual cost-share grants are awarded.
year, 10 new projects were selected from a total of 19 eligible
applications submitted. As in previous years, the amount of grant
funding requests far exceeded the amount of funding available,
but a rating system that prioritizes transportation-related properties,
properties listed on state and national historic registers, and
other factors, guided the total award of $114,200.
10 new projects represent the dedicated initiatives of 10 individuals,
organizations, and communities to preserve and protect a variety
of important historic Route 66 resources. In geographic order,
from east to west, projects awarded cost-share grant funds are:
The restoration of the historic post-and-cable guardrail along
a 2.2-mile-long segment of Route 66 in Lexington, Illinois. This
stretch of abandoned road is currently being rehabilitated by
residents and the City of Lexington for use as a walking and biking
2) The rehabilitation and repair of the façade and roof
of the Palms Grill Café, in Atlanta, Illinois. Long-term
plans for the Palms Grill call for its return to use as a café.
3) The replacement of the roof and electrical system upgrades
for the Eisler Bros. Store in Riverton, Kansas. The store operates
much as it did historically, selling penny candy and ice-cold
pop to Route 66 travelers.
4) The repair of deteriorated sections of the Brush Creek Bridge
in Cherokee County, Kansas. The bridge is the last Marsh Arch-style
bridge remaining on Route 66.
5) The replacement of the roof and electrical system upgrades
for the Seaba Station in Chandler, Oklahoma. As well, the stations
historic privy, complete with cast-iron toilet seats, will be
restored. The station currently operates as an antique store and
a popular stop for Route 66 travelers.
6) The repair of the roof, siding, windows and doors of the Round
Barn in Arcadia, Oklahoma. This icon of the route operates a museum
on the first floor, while the second floor is used for dances
and other community celebrations.
7) The restoration of the Nob Hill and Premiere Motel signs in
Albuquerque, New Mexico. These signs will join several others
that have been restored along New Mexico Route 66 in recent years.
8) The Route 66 Oral History Project, which will involve interviews
with Route 66 archivists and community experts, and the organization
of an oral history workshop in 2006.
9) The preparation of a National Register of Historic Places Multiple
Property Submission for the Holbrook Historic Transportation Corridor
District, in Arizona. Up to 24 Route 66 properties will also be
nominated to the National Register of Historic Places. Designating
Route 66 through Holbrook as a historic district will facilitate
the City’s initiative to revitalize downtown and to promote
tourism. Listing eligible properties on the National Register
of Historic Places will provide property owners with an opportunity
to take advantage of tax incentives for building-preservation
10) A Historic Structures Report for the Casa de Adobe in Los
Angeles, California. The Casa de Adobe served historically as
a museum on Route 66. The report will help guide preservation
decisions to return this unique building back into an educational
and entertainment facility.
its inception in 2001, the Route 66 Corridor Preservation Program
has assisted with 61 projects in the eight states through which
the route passes, providing $928,000 of federal funds toward historic
Route 66 projects. Add to this an additional $818,000 provided
by grantees in cost-share match and the result is nearly $1,746,000
total investment in the corridor through the grant program to
date. While many of the individual grants are small, the collective
impact is substantial.
each new preservation project that is undertaken – whether
small or large – new ideas, energy, and momentum are brought
to Route 66 that helps to enhance the communities living along
Route 66 and to protect the legacies of the corridor for present
and future generations.
learn more about the grant program, or about Route 66 in general,
Program Manager Michael Taylor and I invite you to contact our
office through our website at www.cr.nps.gov/rt66, or by telephone
at 505-988-6701. We would be happy to talk with you!
Assistant Program Manager
Route 66 Corridor Preservation Program