Missouri 66

St. Louis’s crazy quilt of alternate 66 routes, each with it’s own charms (like the hometown favorite, Ted Drewes Frozen Custard). The Mother Road soon opens to the lush Missouri countryside of rolling hills and great relics of the past.

Missouri 66 Associations

Route 66 Association of Missouri

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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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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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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Shrine of the Black Madonna

Shrine of the Black Madonna

This gorgeous garden of grottos was built to honor Our Lady of Czestochowa, who came to be known as the Black Madonna because of the way she appeared in early paintings. Brother Bronislaus Luszcz literally did all the building here, using rocks, broken glass, and castoff jewelry to add to the splendor.

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Larry Baggett’s folk art tribute to the Trail of Tears

Larry Baggett’s folk art tribute to the Trail of Tears

Trail of Tears Memorial – Larry Baggett 21250 State Rt D Newburg, MO Concrete environment, Route 66 art Larry Baggett lived between Newburg and Jerome, just off I-44, along an old stretch of Route 66. “My doctor gave me three years to live, 20 years…

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Route 66 city limits plays out on video

Route 66 city limits plays out on video

Although the music doesn’t really work with the imagery, and they “went backwards” from LA to Chicago, this is a fun representation of all (or at least most) of the city limit signs you will encounter all along route 66.     (Thanks to Ron…

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27 Essential Apps for Your Next Road Trip

27 Essential Apps for Your Next Road Trip

It’s that time of the year to start thinking about summer vacations. Whether you are going to be sticking close to home, or planning a big road trip across country, here are 27 apps you should have on your phone before you leave town. Of…

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Classic neon sign at 66’s Gardenway Motel

Classic neon sign at 66’s Gardenway Motel

Gardenway Motel 2958 Highway 100 Villa Ridge, MO (636) 742-4388 Classic sign The Gardenway Motel was once an ultra-modern motel at the western end of the Henry Shaw Gardenway, (a park-like section of old Route 66.) Today, the clientele tend to be more of the…

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The service station of 66 nostalgia

The service station of 66 nostalgia

Paris Springs Garage and Sinclair Station – Gary Turner 21118 Old 66 Ash Grove, MO 417-234-4943 Website Petroliana, Signage Gary Turner is quite a character, so don’t be in a hurry when you stop in. Across the street is the Gay Purita Store, once had a…

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The best frozen custard on Route 66 — Ted Drewes is solid

The best frozen custard on Route 66 — Ted Drewes is solid

Ted Drewes Frozen Custard 6726 Chippewa St St Louis, MO 314 481-2652 website Ice Cream Parlor This St. Louis landmark is almost as famous as the pesky arch. It all started when tennis star Ted Sr. opened his first ice cream store in Florida in…

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