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    Old Riverton Store gets Route 66 preservation grant

    August 5, 2019

    RIVERTON, Kan. (AP) — A Route 66 destination in southeast Kansas is receiving a cost-share grant from a federal preservation program that is expected to end this fall.

    The Route 66 Corridor Preservation Program awarded Nelson’s Old Riverton Store a $2,500 matching grant to upgrade its exterior.

    The Joplin Globe reports the Riverton store opened in 1925, one year before U.S. 66 was designated.

    Originally intended to last 10 years, the Route 66 Corridor Preservation Program was extended for another decade in 2009. It is set to expire in October.

    Bill Thomas, chairman of the Road Ahead board of directors, said supporters are working to ensure the passage of federal legislation to designate Route 66 as a National Historic Trail, and to ensure the National Park Service oversees the trail.

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    Information from: The Joplin (Mo.) Globe, http://www.joplinglobe.com

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