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Gasconade River Bridge

The Route 66 Gasconade River Bridge Guardians were notified today that they have received a $6,000 grant from the Route 66 Corridor Preservation Program of the National Park Service.

The grant, along with $7,760 the Guardians have received in donations, will allow for an engineering survey of the bridge to begin. The survey will determine the cost of rehabilitating the bridge for recreational use, such as pedestrian and bicycle traffic.

The Lebanon-Laclede County Route 66 Society has donated $1,000 to the project.

Here is the letter announcing the Route 66 projects being funded this year:

Dear Friends of Route 66,

The National Park Service, Route 66 Corridor Preservation Program is pleased to announce that seven grants have been awarded for the 2018 cost-share grant cycle. 

The cost-share grant program provides grant assistance for eligible historic preservation, research, and educational projects related to historic Route 66. Grants are offered through an annual, competitive grant cycle. Since 2001, 146 projects have been awarded $2.17 million with $3.45 million in cost-share match, totaling $5.62 million in public-private investment toward the revitalization and understanding of Route 66.

To learn more about these seven projects visit our 2018 grant announcement page. To learn more about other past grant awards, search our grants database.

The 2018 grant awards go to:


Painted Desert Trading Post Stabilization

Location: Holbrook (near), Arizona

Applicant: Route 66 Co-op

NPS Grant: $20,000             Cost-Share Match: $20,000


Risk Reduction Strategy for Historically Valuable Bridges on Route 66

Location: Route 66 from Chicago to Santa Monica

Applicant: The University of Texas at El Paso

NPS Grant: $13,181                Cost-Share Match: $21,028


Pemco Gas Station Rehabilitation

Location: Tulsa, Oklahoma

Applicant: Private Owner

NPS Grant: $13,060               Cost-Share Match: $13,060


Threatt Filling Station Historic Structures Report

Location: Luther, Oklahoma

Applicant: Private Owners

NPS Grant: $5,000             Cost-Share Match: $5,000


Route 66 Gasconade River Bridge Study

Location: Hazelgreen, Missouri

Applicant: Gasconade Guardians

NPS Grant: $6,000              Cost-Share Match: $6,000


Ariston Cafe Neon Sign and Window Accent Restoration

Location: Litchfield, Illinois

Applicant: Ariston Cafe

NPS Grant: $10,250               Cost-Share Match: $10,250


Route 66 Green Book Sites National Register Nominations

Location: Route 66 from Chicago to Santa Monica

Applicant: Taylor Made Culture

NPS Grant: $20,000              Cost-Share Match: $20,000


Congratulations and many thanks to the grant recipients for their initiative to undertake these important projects. 



Kaisa Barthuli


Program Manager

Route 66 Corridor Preservation Program

National Trails Intermountain Region

National Park Service

P.O. Box 728

Santa Fe, New Mexico  87504-0728

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