It’s crunch time! The Boots Motel is looking for volunteers to help remove the gable roofs so the flat roof can be reinstated. Saturday, March 23, and Sunday, March 24, have been selected as the days for the roof removal, with rain dates the following weekend. The new flat roof must be completed by April 26, or we have to return the grant to the National Park Service. We are in special need of volunteers with roof removing experience and their own tools who can get up on top of the gable roofs and remove the shingles. We also need volunteers who can climb up a ladder to the underside of the roof and take down the sheathing and trusses from the inside. This is a little less scary than climbing on top of the roof because you can stand on the existing flat roof to remove the sheathing and trusses. Finally, we need people who can manage the debris on the ground, remove nails, gather up shingles, put stuff in dumpsters and sweep. Currently, we have three “ground crew” volunteers and two “under the roof” volunteers. We can offer all our volunteers two free nights at the Boots (one of them will be Saturday night, the other one of your choice), plus breakfast on Saturday and lunch and supper (probably pizza and hot dogs) on Saturday and Sunday. If you are interested in returning this historic icon to its historic appearance, call 417-310-2989 to volunteer, or e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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With rooms rented to Route 66ers for the1930’s price of $3.50 a night and 30’s food prices, the Historic Landmark Wagon Wheel Motel in Cuba, Missouri is celebrating its 75th Anniversary on August 20-21 in style. As the oldest motel on Route 66, the Wagon Wheel Café building, gas station, and motel earned its placement on the National Register of Historic Places.
Connie Echols, who bought the old motel in 2009, finished a “hands-on” restoration this spring by redoing all the rooms, adding two decks, and a bike shelter/pavilion. Each room has an authentic feel of a Route 66 motel but with updates of WiFi and flat screen TVs. Rooms are of various sizes and amenities with details on the Wagon Wheel website (www.wagonwheel66cuba.com).
Now Echols is ready to celebrate the history of the Wagon Wheel with an Open House and Celebration with a 1930s Bonnie and Clyde theme. Car Clubs have been invited to bring cars of the era to the two-day event that begins with lunch on Saturday, August 20. Vintage dress is encouraged if you would like to get with the spirit of the event.
During the two-day Open House Celebration there will be room tours, games, food, music, book signings by Route 66 enthusiast Joe Sonderman and Wagon Wheel historian Riva Echols, and an explanation of the Route 66 GPS program by its creator River Pilot. Employees of the Wagon Wheel and families associated with the Wagon Wheel are invited to meet and reminisce on Sunday afternoon. There may be a few other surprises in store for attendees.
“It’s been a long journey getting the Wagon Wheel Motel and Connie’s Shoppe to this point,” stated Echols. Now it’s time to share the results with friends, family, and the Route 66 community. I’m anxious to show off all the progress that we have made and to have a good time.”
Saturday: 1-3 pm Room Tours
Saturday: 2-6 pm Wine tasting
Saturday: All day Croquet / Horseshoes
Saturday evening: Chipping contest
Saturday: 8pm Band
River Pilot, the creator of the Route 66 GPS program is available all weekend to explain his GPS system
Sunday: 11:00 am Joe Sonderman, Route 66 author book signing
Sunday: 1-3 pm Room Tours
Sunday: 1:00 pm Riva Echols: The Wagon Wheel Motel on Route 66 History book signing
Riva will also host a social gathering for employees, families connected to the Wagon Wheel history, and anyone else who might be interested in Wagon Wheel history
Sunday: 2-4 pm Wine tasting
Sunday: 2:00 pm Croquet Tournament
Visit the Wagon Wheel Motel’s 75th anniversary celebration on Saturday or Sunday. Bring your cameras to record another historic event at this Historic Landmark on Route 66.
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