Get your sleep & kicks on NM’s Route 66

The Tewa was one of the iconic motels on Route 66 and one of the few still operating as motels. Gary Herron/Rio Rancho Observer

From Albuquerque Journal: Today, it’s not hard to make a hotel or motel reservation days or even months in advance.

But 70 to 80 years ago, long before the interstate highways began crisscrossing the nation, motorists were used to slower travel and bumpy highways and were resigned to pulling into an “auto camp” or “motor court” and hoping to find space.

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Newtown historians commend Brixmor Property Group for adaptive reuse of Toll House; unveil informational signage

Barry Fleck, president of the Newtown Historic Association, presents a copy of the Heritage Walk sign to Brixmor representatives Josh Brawer Sr., senior leasing representative, and Laura Parke-Carson, vice president of leasing.

From Bucks Local News: NEWTOWN TOWNSHIP >> You know it today as Nina’s Waffles and Ice Cream, but dig a little deeper and you’ll discover the landmark yellow building behind Wells Fargo Bank boasts an interesting and storied past.

And thanks to the efforts of the Newtown Joint Historic Commission, Brixmor Property Group and Blue Rock Construction, while you’re enjoying your waffle and ice cream you can acquaint yourself with the history of the building by reading a newly-installed historic marker at the site.

Borough and township historians gathered on Sept. 21 to unveil the sign and to celebrate the preservation and the new use of the historic Toll House at the Village at Newtown Shopping Center.

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Neon Boneyard closes while Tim Burton exhibit works toward Oct. 15 opening

From 8CBS News Now: LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — The Neon Boneyard and nighttime “Brilliant!” spectacle will go dark for two weeks as work begins for the Oct. 15 reopening to debut Tim Burton’s exhibition.

“Lost Vegas: Tim Burton @ The Neon Museum presented by the Englestad Foundation” will bring together sculptural and digital installations that celebrate Burton’s linkes to Las Vegas and its historical neon heritage.

Signs at the Neon Museum were featured in Burton’s 1996 film, “Mars Attacks.” That connection could figure into art installation, as the new works play with the museum’s landmark sign collection.

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Library of Congress Releases John Margolies’ “Roadside America Series”

From the Library of Congress

From Yahoo News: Photographer John Margolies (1940-2016), was known for capturing images of the quirky, unique, and offbeat architecture along America’s roads. His Roadside America Photograph Archive contains thousands of images, cataloging the changing landscape of America over four transformative decades. Following his death, the Library of Congress purchased his collection for posterity, and they recently released it to the public domain without restrictions.

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In Roadside-Related News: Popular Santa Fe mechanic hopes to keep his shop

Auto mechanic Ranger Lujan in a happier moment. He’s afraid he will lose his garage, as the property owner wants to raise the monthly rent from $2,500 to $3,500. New Mexican file photo

From the Santa Fe New Mexican: An unusual movement is gaining momentum near the state Capitol in Santa Fe. It has nothing to do with politics or some weighty policy matter.

This cause is about helping a flesh-and-blood legend of the neighborhood.

People are rallying to save the business of Ranger Lujan, one of the more trusted auto mechanics in town. He’s been fixing cars at a fair price in the same location for almost 40 years.

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