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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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Photo ops and souvenirs abound at the Rusty Bolt along Route 66

Photo ops and souvenirs abound at the Rusty Bolt along Route 66

The Rusty Bolt is a biker store and Route 66 gift shop with a true folk art exterior. Teeming with tourists and chockfull of unique 66 souvenirs and Americana, plus a third of the shop is devoted to biker accessories, leather and boots.

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The Rolling Stones’ “Brown Sugar” once was served up at Earnestine and Hazel’s

The Rolling Stones’ “Brown Sugar” once was served up at Earnestine and Hazel’s

Rumor has it the the Rolling Stones were so inspired by their visit to the ladies, that they wrote “Brown Sugar.” The White Stripes shot a video here, Robert Duvall danced a tango.

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La Posada – beautifully restored Harvey House hotel

La Posada – beautifully restored Harvey House hotel

I was lucky enough to be “stuck” for 3 days at La Posada during a dust storm a few years back. Everyday we “had” to eat incredible food, sit on the back porch, read, watch the trains go by, and sip pitchers of sangria. It was rough.

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Pet Cemetery – the search for “Petey”

Pet Cemetery – the search for “Petey”

Possibly the final resting place for Petey, the lovable terrier from the Our Gang movies. Then again, possibly not. Petey’s real name was Jiggs, or maybe it was General Grant …

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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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Po’ Monkeys – a real deal juke joint on the Mississippi back roads

Po’ Monkeys – a real deal juke joint on the Mississippi back roads

This is the real deal! Immortalized by Annie Leibovitz, and countless blues historians. The rural juke joint played an integral role in the development of the blues, offering a distinctly secular space for people to socialize, dance, and forget their everyday troubles.

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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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The Best Art Car Parade Ever courtesy of the Orange Show

The Best Art Car Parade Ever courtesy of the Orange Show

From vehicles like the beautiful Belinda, to the Sashimi Tabernacle Choir and the Orange Barrel Mobile, the imagination and resourcefulness of Art Car builders is breathtakingly fun and funny.

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Hollywood Forever Cemetery – Pay your respects to Johnny Ramone & Jayne Mansfield on Route 66

Hollywood Forever Cemetery – Pay your respects to Johnny Ramone & Jayne Mansfield on Route 66

Paramount Studios was built on the back half of the original Hollywood Cemetery, where the studio is still in operation today. The cemetery of choice for most of the founders of Hollywood’s great studios,

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