On October 16, 2010, Kip Welborn, Carolyn Hasenfratz, and Robert Schulz came to Henry’s Rabbit Ranch in Staunton, IL to perform some stabilization work on the rescued signs from the Stanley Cour-Tel and Lin-Air motels. The two motels were torn down for St. Louis airport expansion, and were rescued by Friends of the Mother Road and moved to Henry’s Rabbit Ranch in 2004 were they are on display.
Welborn, Hasenfratz and Schulz are members of both the Route 66 Association of Missouri and Friends of the Mother Road. Friends of the Mother Road is working on raising funds to fully restore the signs. In the meantime, since the signs are stored outdoors it was thought that the signs needed some rust protection, so a work day was scheduled to remove what rust was there and apply rust-inhibiting paint to sides of the signs. Car wax was also applied to the porcelain-veneered fronts for additional protection. The weather cooperated and the work day was a great success! See more photos here: Work Day at Henry’s Rabbit Ranch