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Biker bar, BBQ and bras – everything at the Elbow Inn on 66

Biker bar, BBQ and bras – everything at the Elbow Inn on 66

Yep, this bar and BBQ joint is chockfull of atmosphere. Formerly the 1929 Munger-Moss Sandwich Shop, and now a popular spot for bikers and bar-b-que.

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Former Murder Site/Bordello found along Kansas’ Route 66

Former Murder Site/Bordello found along Kansas’ Route 66

This house once owned by a serial killer madam, Ma Staffleback, she and 3 accomplices robbed and killed dozens of clients (mostly miners) during the 1890s. She died in prison in 1909.

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Strange “cures” on display at the Glore Psychiatric Museum

Strange “cures” on display at the Glore Psychiatric Museum

In 1967, when George Glore first devised having a museum dedicated to the various treatments for the mentally ill, this was part of St. Joseph State Hospital (aka the State Lunatic Aslyum #2.)

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66 Drive-In Theatre was an inspiration for “Cars”

66 Drive-In Theatre was an inspiration for “Cars”

Originally built in 1949, four years before the first local television stations signed on in the Joplin-Springfield area. In an era before widespread adoption of transistors …

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Funks Grove Pure Maple Sirup (not syrup) – a Route 66 delicacy

Funks Grove Pure Maple Sirup (not syrup) – a Route 66 delicacy

Not exactly road food in the meal sense – hey – sirup is still food! Starting in 1824, the Funk family-owned business has been producing maple “sirup” for over 180 years.

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In Iowa, the 8th Wonder of the World — Grotto of the Redemption

In Iowa, the 8th Wonder of the World — Grotto of the Redemption

Talk about the power of crystals! Rising out of the small town of West Bend, a part of Iowa where the landscape is seldom disturbed by anything larger than a grain silo, lies the Grotto of the Redemption.

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Spam, spam, spam, spam – a museum to meat in a can

Spam, spam, spam, spam – a museum to meat in a can

16,500 square feet of Spam history and memorabilia. Be sure to do the quick tour of the museum and try your hand at canning a block of meat history.

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Free water and a jackalope at Wall Drug

Free water and a jackalope at Wall Drug

I love this place! It is a crazy tourist trap near the Badlands, with a big jackalope and great cowboy boots. The small town drugstore made its first step towards fame when it was purchased by Ted Hustead in 1931.

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Lowell Davis recreates his childhood hometown on his farm

Lowell Davis recreates his childhood hometown on his farm

In 1987, Red Oak II was just a cornfield, but to Lowell, it was a blank canvas. A visit to Red Oak II is a visit to the past. You’ll see the Blacksmith Shop, where Lowell’s great-grandfather practiced his trade

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Albert the Bull “steaks” his claim to World’s Largest

Albert the Bull “steaks” his claim to World’s Largest

Okay, it’s concrete, but Albert is gigantic … complete with huge eyelashes … and hey, it lights up! In Audubon, Iowa, Albert the Bull “steaks” his claim to “world’s largest.”

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