[April 17, 2017]
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On Saturday, a
piece of local Route 66 history fell to the wayside as demolition
crews arrived and took down the old Tropics restaurant at the corner
of Woodlawn Road and Lincoln Parkway.
Though it was a sad day for many who gathered to watch including
Tami Goodrich, whose parents owned and operated the Tropics for many
years, it was also a day for a new beginning in Lincoln.
McDonald's will be building a new and larger fast food restaurant on
that corner. The current restaurant is always busy, and employees
local people. The new restaurant will allow for more dining area and
offer a greater appeal to tourists and local folks alike.
Located on Route 66, the restaurant will be a great stopping place
for tourists when it opens. Add to this the fact that though the
Tropics is gone, the well-known Tropics sign will return to the
vicinity when it has been restored. McDonald's has agreed to permit
the sign to be placed in their parking lot. Also, the sign will be
placed in a serene and visitor-friendly setting, so that those avid
Route 66'ers will be able to stop, get out of their vehicles, walk
around the little garden area surrounding the sign, and even safely
Pictures by Nila Smith