Invitation to Car Show on April 16th, 2011

March 31, 2011

John Bradley extends the following invitation:

“Greeting! As an employee of the Spr. Greene Co. Library District’s Brentwood Branch in Springfield, MO, I was intrigued to see if members of this association would want to participate in a car show to mark 40 years of service for said branch! The car show’s from noon to four on April 16th, and there’s still room for another four or five participants.:) My contact information at the branch is (417) 883-1974. Thanks!”

Free Historic Bridge Rehabilitation Webinar Thursday April 7

March 31, 2011

“Approaches to Historic Bridge Rehabilitation,” the second webinar in a series by the Historic Bridge Alliance, will be held Thursday, April 7, 2011. This FREE webinar is hosted by the Federal Highway Administration and National Highway Institute. The program includes presentations of three case studies of rehabilitation projects that preserved historically significant bridges. Projects in Pennsylvania, Oregon and Minnesota will be featured.  Presenters will provide lessons learned and how Section 106 requirements were met. The program will also include a brief update on the efforts of the Historic Bridge Alliance (HBA).

Webinar details:

Thursday, April 7, 2011

11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. (Eastern Time)



(800) 683-4564

Password: 855528

For more information, please contact

National Trust for Historic Preservation Awards Landmarks Association of St. Louis, Inc. A Preservation Grant from National Trust Preservation Funds

March 25, 2011

Grant Will Go Toward Master Plan for the Historic Route 66 Bridge over the Meramec River

St. Louis, MO (March 22, 2010) Today, Landmarks Association of St. Louis, Inc. was awarded a $3,500 grant by the National Trust for Historic Preservation from the Missouri-Kansas Preservation Fund. The seed grant funds will launch the first phase of a multi-phased project to develop a master plan for the Historic Route 66 Bridge over the Meramec River.

Master Plan for the Historic Route 66 Bridge over the Meramec River

The master plan for the bridge will serve as a long-range plan for the future use of the bridge and its surrounds as historical resources. An economic feasibility study (which is part of the master plan) will examine preservation and rehabilitation costs, as well as physical enhancement opportunities such as the placement of overlooks, seating, handicap accessible viewing platforms, and educational signage in the park. These enhancements will help build an identity for the project, educate the public about the bridge as a historical resource, and distribute information about the process being undertaken currently.

The Meramec River Bridge is an important resource associated with Route 66 in Missouri. It was specifically constructed for the historic highway, and is one of only four similarly designed bridges in the state. When the road was bypassed by Interstate-44, the bridge was likewise evaded and fell into disrepair. The master plan funded by the grant is a critical step in stabilizing the bridge for future renovation and use.

Landmarks Association serves as fiscal agent for the bridge and has been working closely with the bridge’s stakeholders – a strong partnership of over twenty local, state and national organizations working to preserve the bridge as a vital tourism, recreational and historic asset.

“Without organizations like Landmarks and the Meramec River Bridge stakeholders, communities and towns all across America would have a diminished sense of place,” said Stephanie Meeks, president of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.  “The National Trust for Historic Preservation is honored to provide a grant to Landmarks, which will use the funds to help preserve an important piece of our shared heritage.”

The National Trust for Historic Preservation dispenses small grants for local projects through the National Trust Preservation Funds grant program.  The grants range from $500 to $5,000 and have provided over $5.5 million dollars of funding since 2002.  They are awarded to nonprofit groups, educational institutions and public agencies, and must be matched, at least dollar for dollar, with public or private funds.  Preservation Funds grants are being used nationally for such wide-ranging activities as consultant services for rehabilitating buildings, technical assistance for tourism that promotes historic resources and educating children about their heritage.  These grants are often the deciding factor on whether historic buildings or sites can be saved for future generations.

For more information on National Trust for Historic Preservation’s Preservation Fund grants, visit:

About Landmarks Association of St. Louis, Inc.

Landmarks Association of St. Louis ( was incorporated in 1959 as a not-for-profit agency, focusing on the preservation, enhancement, and promotion of St. Louis’ (and the surrounding area’s) architectural heritage. The agency’s original goals addressed rampant destruction of the city’s historic buildings and landmarks prompted by urban renewal and slum-clearance. Today, Landmarks continues to focus on the preservation and enhancement of local and regional historical resources, encouraging sound planning and good contemporary design.

About the National Trust for Historic Preservation

The National Trust for Historic Preservation ( is a non-profit membership organization bringing people together to protect, enhance and enjoy the places that matter to them. By saving the places where great moments from history – and the important moments of everyday life – took place, the National Trust for Historic Preservation helps revitalize neighborhoods and communities, spark economic development and promote environmental sustainability. With headquarters in Washington, DC, nine regional and field offices, 29 historic sites, and partner organizations in all 50 states, the National Trust for Historic Preservation provides leadership, education, advocacy and resources to a national network of people, organizations and local communities committed to saving places, connecting us to our history and collectively shaping the future of America’s stories.

Route 66 Association of Missouri’s 22nd Anniversary Motor Tour, September 9,10, and 11, 2011

March 24, 2011

The Route 66 Association of Missouri will be cruising through this nation’s Civil War heritage and the Mother Road’s past, present and future on its 22nd annual Motor Tour.  This year’s tour will be held September 9, 10, and 11, 2011.  The tour will start in Miami, OK and will end at Skippy’s Route 66 Restaurant east of Leasburg, MO.

Tour registration begins on Friday, September 9, at 4:00 p.m. at the Econo Lodge in Miami, OK (900 E. Steve Owens Blvd in Miami, OK), where a block of rooms has been reserved for tour goers.  Registration will go until 10:00 p.m. Friday night.  There will be information on activities and things to do in Miami, OK available at registration.

On Saturday, September 10, tour registration will resume at 7:30 a.m. at the Econo Lodge and the tour will depart at 8:00 a.m. from the Econo Lodge.  This year’s motor tour will be making several stops between Miami, OK and Leasburg Missouri, at places highlighting the nation’s Civil War Heritage and the past, present and future of Route 66.  Details on these stops will be included in your Motor Tour Agenda Folder available at registration.  In addition, “a passport@ will be provided at registration that participants can have stamped at many of these stops. The passport will contain valuable information about the history of the Route 66 Association of Missouri Route 66 in Missouri, and some of the stops we will make on the tour.  There will also be information about other suggested stops provided at registration.

One of the tour’s first stops will be in Baxter Springs, KS at the Jasper County Courthouse where we will take in the town’s Route 66 and Civil War heritage.  From there, tour goers will proceed on their own to the Sand Spring Resort, where the tour will make its midpoint stop.  The Sand Spring Resort is approximately 12 miles northwest of Lebanon, across the Niangua River Bridge from Bennett Spring State Park.

We have arranged for a block of rooms to be held at the Sand Spring Resort, and Saturday night=s dinner will be held at the resort, where we will be able to once again enjoy the excellent Bar-B-Cue these folks provide.

On Sunday after the 8:30 a.m. nondenominational worship service, tour goers will congregate at Route 66 Sodas (makers of the world famous Route 66 Root Beer) and proceed caravan style from there to Waynesville.   From there, tour goers will proceed on their own to Skippy’s Route 66 Restaurant on Route 66 east of Leasburg for the tour-ending lunch stop at 1:00 p.m.

The designated stops and caravans are highly recommended, but all tour participants are free to cruise at their own pace and select their own stops.

Additional information on any planned stops or activities along the way will be made available at registration.  For more information contact Kip Welborn at (314-776-7385,, Jane Dippel at 314-843-7132,, or visit our website (where you will find a registration form you can download) at  Here’s hoping that you can join us on our trek through the past, present and future of Route 66 in Missouri!

John’s Modern Cabins in 2011

March 23, 2011
John's Modern Cabins in 2011

John's Modern Cabins in 2011

David Eslick took this photo of John’s Modern Cabins in Newburg, MO on March 19, 2011. When you’re on Route 66 in Missouri, be sure to stop and see the cabins while they are still there!


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