- The Goal
Although most think Route 66 is left back in the history books - we would beg to differ!
Ed Klein is a Preservationist and loves everything Route 66 has to offer. So many places along the route are truly falling by the wayside. And others are left for the 'elements' to take its course.
Why is this sign so important and why should it be restored?
The 66 Motel sign in Needles CA is one of THE most iconic signs along the famed highway. And after doing several other restoration projects, this one was long overdue. The restoration itself will be a simple process - paint, light bulbs, neon, transformers and electrical work to get it lit up again.
- Then why a fundraiser?
The paint and materials will be covered by me. I have already started work on the sign by scraping, cleaning, painting, removing all the broken neon and light bulbs, and pulled transformers and all the old 'bad' wiring.
The fundraiser is mostly for the replacement of the neon lights / glass, the transformers, and the electrical work to get it to 'light up the night sky' like it did over 15 years ago!
The sign will be painted, but the ultimate goal is to have it operating like it did when the motel was a major stop / attraction on the route.
The current owners had to resort into turning the 7 room motel into monthly rentals and have always wanted to light the sign back up, but it was not possible due to lack of funds.
This is where YOU come in!
- Become part of history.
This project can only happen if we meet out goal. And I would hate to come so close to lighting up the sign just to fall short.
EVERY dollar helps! You might think you cannot afford to donate much, but I cannot say it enough; "EVERY DOLLAR HELPS!"
A word from our sponsors.
Route 66 is a vast community and when most of the folks who work on, live on, or even LOVE the road heard about this restoration project was going to happen - they wanted to help!
What better way to say 'Thank You' from the community but by donating items from so many places along the route to help accomplish this goal!
We have things from:
Henry's Rabbit Ranch in Staunton IL
Blue Swallow Motel in Tucumcari NM
JackRabbit Trading Post in Joseph City AZ
Meteor Crater Trading Post in Meteor City AZ
Fading Nostalgia in Milwaukee WI
And a BIG surprise for the top donor!
Want to help out a little more?
I can't thank you enough for helping. But if you give something or cannot give at all, the EASIEST and BEST thing to do is to share this fundraiser!
Share it on Facebook, Twitter, your website, or just word of mouth!
Getting the word out is what it is all about!
If you have any other ideas how to help - tweet me at @route_66_world or contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Even if we make the goal (which would be GREAT!) - what ever money is raised ABOVE AND BEYOND the goal will go straight to another project in the works!
So please feel free to give even if the magic number is met! You will only be helping yet another historic place along Route 66!