Route 66 Association of Missouri Welcomes New Business Members

September 12, 2012

We welcome the following new business members and thank them for their support.

Avilla Post Office Building – Avilla

Country Cousin Antique Mall – Bourbon

Stewart’s 66 Cafe – Carterville

Cuba Super 8 – Cuba

Shelly’s Route 66 Cafe – Cuba

Cooper’s 66 – Joplin

Ace Muffler Shop – Lebanon

Madison Street Grill – Lebanon

Classic Thunderbird Club of St. Louis – Manchester

Down South Cafe – Pacific

Mahler’s Truck and Auto Repair – Pacific

Henderson’s Antiques – St. Clair

Old Bus Stop Coffee Shop and Art Gallery, LLC – St. Clair

River Hills Traveler – St. Clair

St. Clair Historical Museum – St. Clair

Auto Evaluators, Inc. – St. Louis

Banc Card Midwest, Inc. – St. Louis

Fireworks Supermarkets – Springfield

Louie’s Drive In aka Vaughn’s – Springfield

Route 66 Barber Shop – Springfield

Springfield-Greene County Library Local History Department – Springfield

Springfield/Route 66 KOA – Springfield

Your Big Hair Day Studio – Shannon Medley, Stylist – Springfield

Alice Delcour – Strafford

Odie’s Auto Repair – Strafford

Route 66 Tees – Sullivan

Sanders Service – Sunset Hills

Stovall’s Grove – Wildwood

Pearl Auto Works – Willard

Weezy’s Route 66 Bar & Grill – Hamel, IL

Litchfield History Museum & Route 66 Welcome Center Association – Litchfield, IL

Dell Rhea’s Chicken Basket – Willowbrook, IL

SACS 66 – Baxter Springs, KS

Clanton’s Cafe – Vinita, OK

Shout & Sack C-Store & Deli – Vinita, OK

The Blue Swallow Motel – Tucumcari, NM

Lees Leasing Company LLC – New Salem, PA

Mother Road Music -Waverly, TN

Please patronize the business members that support what we do. Here is a link to the complete list:
Route 66 Association of Missouri Business Members

Route 66 Association of Missouri Invites You to Annual Motor Tour

April 2, 2012

The Route 66 Association of Missouri is heading “Westward Ho!” on its  23rd Annual Motor tour. This year’s tour will be held September 7th, 8th, and 9th., starting east of Carlinville, IL and ending in Lebanon, MO. Tour registration begins on Friday, September 7, at 4:00 p.m. at the Magnuson Grand Hotel, located just off I-55 at Exit 60 (Carlinville exit) east of Carlinville, MO, where a block of rooms has been reserved for tour goers. Registration will be held from 4:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. in the lobby of the Hotel. Also, on Saturday night, there will be lots of activities, including a car show and complimentary Hors D’oeuvres for tour goers to enjoy. More information on activities will be available at registration.

On Saturday, September 8, tour registration will resume at 7:45 a.m., and the tour will depart at 8:00 a.m. from the Magnuson Grand Hotel. Tour goers will be provided a pamphlet at registration containing recommended but in no way mandatory stops between Carlinville and Lebanon. This will give you the opportunity to select your own stops and proceed at your own pace. Additional details on what to see on the way will be included in your Motor Tour Agenda Folder available at registration. In addition, tour goers will have the opportunity to cross the Chain of Rocks Bridge, at a cost of $5.00 (you must pay in cash at the bridge to cross). If you want to cross the Bridge, you must be at the Illinois entrance to the Bridge by 11:30 a.m. Tour goers will proceed from the Magnuson Grand Hotel, through St. Louis (passing Ted Drewes) to the Meramec Caverns Motel at Meramec Caverns (aka Jesse James’ hideout), located 3 miles south of Stanton, MO on CR W. We have arranged for a block of rooms to be held at the Meramec Caverns Motel, and Saturday night’s dinner will be held at the Caverns, where tour goers can chew the fat about the days events.

On Sunday there will be a nondenominational worship service at 8:00 a.m. At 8:30 a.m., tour goers will leave Meramec Caverns and proceed to Waynesville (recommended stops will be included in the pamphlet). Here we will tour the Pulaski County Historical Society Museum and possibly other locations, and otherwise congregate to proceed, caravan style, to D. C. Decker’s Cowboy Emporium, located in the former Wrink’s Market in Lebanon. There we will end the tour in true cowboy style with a chuck wagon lunch featuring cowboy stew and biscuits. The Caravan to Decker’s will commence from Waynesville at 12:00 p.m., and we will have lunch at Deckers at 1:30 p.m.

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 Westward Ho! on Route 66!

The Route 66 Association of Missouri Welcomes New Business Members

July 4, 2011

We welcome the following new business members and thank them for their support.

Hood’s Propane Co., Inc – Bois D’Arc

Hood’s Service Center, Inc. – Bois D’Arc

Mizell Funeral Home – Cuba

Genghis Grilll – Ellisville

Hutchens Mortuary & Cremation Center – Florissant

Gateway Uniform & Apparel – Hazelwood

Creve Coeur Paving – St. Louis

Sullivan Area Chamber of Commerce – Sullivan

Mile 277 Tap & Grill – Sunset Hills

Hoppers Pub – Waynesville

Cooper’s Grill - Webb City

Steve’s Candy and Jerky – Galena, KS

Please patronize the business members that support what we do. Here is a link to the complete list:
Route 66 Association of Missouri Business Members

Volunteers and Sponsors Needed for Upcoming Route 66 is 85 Art and Writing Competition

January 27, 2011

In order to raise awareness about Route 66 in the St. Louis area, St. Louis Transitions and Metro South Arts Council are sponsoring an upcoming art and writing contest for students in the Metro St. Louis area who will be in Middle School (6th through 8th graders) and High School (9th through 12th graders) as of September 30, 2011.  The contest will be open to students in all 17 Metro St. Louis counties and includes public, private and home schooled students.

Detailed guidelines will be released on April 30, 2011 and students will have the summer to research Route 66 and work on their entries. Entries will be due September 30, 2011. Judges include Linda Green-Metzler, Luanne Rimel, Connie Copley, Judy Moticka, and Dr. John Oldani. Many of the entries will be displayed at the Metro South Arts Council space at Crestwood Court .Winners will be announced at a reception celebrating Route 66’s 85th birthday on Friday, November 11, 2011.

Help from the community is needed: Sponsors are needed for the 12 prize categories, tentatively set at the $125 to $500 range. In addition, donations are needed to help with the contest and reception expenses. Please make your tax deductible donation payable to Metro South Arts Council (memo Route 66 contest) and mail checks to: Metro South Arts Council c/o Lindbergh High School 4900 S. Lindbergh Blvd. St. Louis, MO 63126.  Donations in any amount are greatly appreciated.  We also need a few volunteers to help with fundraising, mailings, answering questions from schools, and to help with the reception.

Route 66 Art prints for sale: As another way to raise funds for the contest, St. Louis Transitions has just released The Route 66 St. Louis Landmarks Series, a limited edition set of 100 art prints. The set features six local Route 66 treasures, some still standing and others only a memory: the Chain of Rocks Bridge, Ted Drewes, the Coral Court, the 66 Park-In Theatre, the Red Cedar Inn, and the Diamonds. St. Louis Transitions commissioned the paintings by Canadian artist Adam Connors in conjunction with the release of the book, Route 66 St. Louis: From the Bridges to the Diamonds. Each print is signed and numbered by the artist and comes with a Certificate of Authenticity. The prints are $25 each and may be purchased individually or as a complete set by visiting

For more information on the contest, sponsoring one of the prize categories, or how you can help, please contact Norma Maret Bolin at 314-749-3970 or

The Route 66 Association of Missouri Welcomes New Business Members

November 5, 2010

We welcome the following new business members and thank them for their support:

Bremer Hardware & Lumber – Bourbon

Historic Phelps House – Carthage Historic Preservation, Inc. – Carthage

Sant Automotive, LLC – Crestwood

Gordos Main Street Cafe – Cuba

Midwest Petroleum Travel Plaza – Cuba

Historic Florissant, Inc. – Florissant

Creations Unlimited – Pacific

Koch Development Co. (Yorkshire Village) – St. Louis

Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce – Springfield

Allen Sign Studio – Miami, Oklahoma

Please patronize the business members that support what we do. Here is a link to the complete list:
Route 66 Association of Missouri Business Members

Missouri’s Haunted Route 66 – Ghosts Along the Mother Road

September 22, 2010

The History Press is pleased to introduce a new book by Janice Tremeear.

Alongside the nostalgic appeal of Route 66 lurk ghostly roadside hitchhikers, the Goatman of Rolla, amusement park spirits, Civil War dead and the shadows thrown by the mighty Thunderbird. Spanning three hundred dangerously curving miles, the stretch of the Mother Road in Missouri earned the title of “Bloody 66,” and some of its stopping places are marked by equally grim history. The Lemp Mansion saw family members commit suicide one by one. Springfield’s Pythian Castle was an orphanage before becoming a military hospital and housing World War II prisoners of war. Follow Janice Tremeear as she takes a detour down Zombie Road, peers into the matter of the Joplin Spook Light and even stays overnight in Missouri’s most haunted locations to discover what makes the Show Me State such a lively place for the dead.

Born in St. Louis, Janice Tremeear has lived most of her life in Missouri. She is a second-generation dowser. In tune with the paranormal from an early age, she now directs her interest and research into investigating the unknown with her team Route 66 Paranormal Alliance. She has three grown children and four grandchildren. She currently lives in Springfield, Missouri.

Meet the Author!

September 25th at 7pm at Pythian Castle in Springfield, MO
October 16th from 2-5 at Prosperity School Bed & Breakfast in Joplin, MO
October 28th at 7pm at The Library Station (2535 North Kansas Expressway, Springfield, MO)

The Route 66 Association of Missouri Welcomes New Business Members

September 10, 2010

We welcome the following new business members and thank them for their support:

Big Red Barn RV Park – Carthage

Jim Montgomery’s Body & Paint – Cuba

Grumpy’s Outback – Hazelgreen

City of Hazelwood, MO

K Leigh Bugs LLC – Pacific

Pacific Antique Mall – Pacific

St. Louis Transitions – St. Louis

Please patronize the business members that support what we do. Here is a link to the complete list:
Route 66 Association of Missouri Business Members

New Book About Route 66 in St. Louis Now Available on Friends of the Mother Road Web Site

July 31, 2010

by Kip Welborn

Things to Look for On Route 66 in St. Louis

Things to Look for On Route 66 in St. Louis

Our organization is offering for sale a book I penned called “Things to Look for On Route 66 in St. Louis.” It is a book that I hope will guide you down the many alignments that Route 66 takes through the City of St. Louis and St. Louis County-from the Illinois suburbs on the “Eastside” to the Franklin County Line (and will hopefully compliment the new signs that you will find cruising Route 66 in St. Louis courtesy of the Route 66 Association of Missouri). It also points out various “places to look out for” while you are cruising the different alignments, as well as other tidbits about Route 66 in St. Louis. The Book is divided up into the “Salisbury” alignment (which crossed the McKinley Bridge), the “Chouteau” alignment (which crossed the Municipal/MacArthur Bridge); the “Official/Bypass Route” (which crossed the Chain of Rocks Bridge and went around St. Louis); the “City” Route (which crossed the Chain of Rocks and Municipal/MacArthur Bridges and went through the City of St. Louis.); and the later Routes which crossed the Veterans and Poplar St. Bridges. While not every twist and turn in these alignments is covered, you will hopefully see not only most of Route 66 in St. Louis but also a lot of what this great City has to offer.

The book sells for $10.00. Mailing costs are an additional $2.25. A couple of bucks will go towards putting the book together, and the rest will go to Friends of the Mother Road, Inc. for preservation efforts (including its efforts to preserve the Luna Motel Sign in Mitchell, IL). It is in black and white and bound so that it is easy to flip the pages while you are cruising.

Here’s a chance to figure out Route 66 in St. Louis and how to help icons on our Beloved Mother Road all at once. Please allow 4 to 6 weeks for delivery.

Friends of the Mother Road, Inc., thanks you for your patronage and your contribution to its preservation work….Kip Welborn, Friends of the Mother Road, Inc.

Visit web site to buy

Upcoming Meeting in St. Louis, April 17, 2010

March 8, 2010

The Route 66 Association of Missouri will meet on Saturday, April 17, at Grbic Restaurant in St. Louis.

Lunch will be served at 12:00 pm, with the general meeting following. The meeting guest will be Kaisa Barthuli, Acting Program Manager, Route 66 Corridor Preservation Office. Plans are to attend a presentation by Kaisa, to Association Member Michael Griffin of Walter’s Market, for building restoration efforts in connection with the cost-share grant program.

Download the meeting notice and lunch registration form.

National Trust for Historic Preservation Selects St. Louis for 2010 Dozen Distinctive Destinations List

February 18, 2010

Since 2000, the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s Dozen Distinctive Destination program has recognized cities and towns that offer an authentic visitor experience by combining dynamic downtowns, cultural diversity, attractive architecture, cultural landscapes and a strong commitment to historic preservation, sustainability and revitalization. In each community, residents have joined together and taken action to protect their town’s character.

See this web page for details, and to vote for St. Louis!


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