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THIS YEAR’S THEME: “Get Your Kicks on Ol’ Route 66”

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JANUARY 10-13, 2013 AMERICA’S CENTER • ST. LOUIS, MO

INSIDE Route 66 Maps • Camping • Attractions • More


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LOCATION The show venue is America’s Center, 701 Convention Plaza, downtown St. Louis. Access via Washington Avenue off Interstate 70, just north of the Arch. SHOW HOURS Thursday 11 AM - 9 PM Friday 11 AM - 10 PM Saturday 10 AM - 9 PM Sunday 11 AM - 5 PM ADMISSION PRICES • Regular Admission $9.00 • Children Ages 6-12 $4.00 • Ages 5 & under Free

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RV Dealers Association, serving the St. Louis region, is proud to bring you the 36th annual St. Louis RV Vacation & Travel Show, one of the largest public RV shows in the nation, featuring over 300 RV units including motorhomes, sport trailers, 5th wheel trailers, travel trailers, fold-down campers and more. It’s a wonderful opportunity to compare brands and models all in one location and get the latest information from the region’s experts in the RV industry. Theme for this year’s show is “Get Your Kicks on Ol’ Route 66 in St. Louis.” Helping us pay tribute to “The Mother Road” — a nostalgic and important part of St. Louis history — is John Holod, whose “Roads to Adventure” films are seen across the country at RV shows, travel events and other venues. Be sure to see his just completed project, “Route 66.” (Details on Page 3). You’ll also enjoy visiting dozens of booths from area travel destinations, service providers and and RV accessory dealers. Here’s a quick rundown on location, hours, prices and parking for

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Advertiser, Rt. 66 map................... 12 Dealer locator map......................... 8 Show dates, hours, location..........3 Route 66 Museum............................4 John Holod........................................6 Shannon Mayfield............................8 Dealer Brand Listing........................9 RV Show Floorplan......................... 9 Route 66 parks, sites.................... 10 Route 66 history............................. 11

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3R RV Service...................................6 47 West Trailer Sales.......................8 Apache Village...............................15 Bourbon RV Center..........................2 Bill Thomas Camper Sales.............3 Byerly RV Center..............................6 City of Lebanon.................................4 City of Pacific..................................13 Colman’s Country Campers..........13 Huzzah Valley Resort.....................13 K&C Canoeing................................14 KS Route 66 Visitor Center............14 Middleton’s RV................................16 Midwest RV Center..........................7 MB Thomas.................................... 10 Mr. C’s Routepost............................ 4 Pacific Antique Mall..................... 13 River Hills Traveler........................ 14 Route 66 Canoe Rental................. 12 SeeCurrentRiver.com..................... 6 Shady Lane Cabins....................... 10 Shelly’s Route 66 Cafe...................14 Southernmost Ill. Tourism.............14 Traveler Bookshop...........................5 U.S. Mo. Route 66 Canoe Rental.. 13 Van City RV................................11, 14

36th annual RV Vacation & Travel Show runs Jan. he10-13 at America’s Center, downtown STL Midwest Gateway

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Seniors (ages 60+) Friday $6. PARKING Numerous parking garages and surface lots are around the convention center. Prices will vary. Garages and surface lots that are best located for entry are on the east (Convention Plaza or Broadway) side of the building, or the south side (Washington Avenue). An entrance to the Show on the west side of the building (9th Street) will be open each day, as well.

Bill Thomas Camper Sales Inc. 101 Thomas RV Way Wentzville, MO 63385 1-800-367-5767 www.btcamper.com Located at I-70 exit 208 (Wentzville exit) on the South Outer Road.


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Lebanon museum preserves Route 66 history

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By Barbara Gibbs Ostmann of Route 66, which ran 2,400 miles f you like to get your kicks on from Chicago to Santa Monica. The Route 66, Lebanon is the place section near Lebanon was a narrow, to go. A stretch of the original hilly, two-lane road, said Spangler. historic highway still runs ”It was also called Bloody 66,” he through town, and you can learn about said, “and it had several dead man’s it and much more at the Route 66 curves.” Museum and Research Center, housed Small towns like Lebanon provided in the Lebanon/Laclede County travelers with essential road services. Library. One of the earliest “Route 66 motels along was just a Route 66 was highway, but for Camp Joy, which various reasons, opened in 1927 it became as a tent camp. famous,” said Cottages and a Mark Spangler, combination gas museum curator. station/grocery “It’s the only store were soon highway that added. The Spears attracts tourists family operated from around the NOTHING COULD BE FINER — One of the Camp Joy for 44 world.” years. A photo vignettes at Lebanon’s Route 66 Museum The museum recreates a typical diner from the Mother’s display tells the is a repository Road’s heyday. Barbara Gibbs Ostmann story of this early of the legends, photos. tourist attraction. lore and Nelson’s Dream heritage of the famed Mother Road, Village was another well-known stop. in particular the Lebanon businesses It started as a 24-room hotel, and along the route. From Route 66 signs expanded across the street to become to a 1950s gas station to a rotating the Dream Village, with 12 units, collection of antique cars, there a courtyard and a lighted fountain. is something to interest everyone. There’s a model of the village in the Vignettes recreate a typical Route museum. 66 cabin, a classic diner, and even a The Munger-Moss Motel, built in moonshine still, because Route 66 was 1946, is still open and still a favorite a bootlegger route. Photos, letters and with Route 66 travelers. People from souvenirs fill the display cases and around the world stop here, often provide a flashback to the past. requesting specific themed rooms. A From 1926 to 1956 was the heyday 1940s telephone switchboard from the

BEFORE SELF-SERVICE — A typical service station is recreated at the museum. Different vintage cars are rotated through the display.

motel is housed in the museum. The many famous visitors to Route 66 and Lebanon include Trigger, Roy Rogers’s horse; former Beatle, Sir Paul McCartney; and actor Clint Eastwood. Opened in 2004, the 3,500-squarefoot museum continues to evolve. Exhibits are changed periodically. If you’re still doing your holiday shopping, and you have a Route 66 fan on your gift list, the new museum gift shop, Kinderhook Treasures, might have just what you’re looking for. It features products and items from Route 66 artists and businesses. Come celebrate the history of

the Mother Road at the Route 66 Museum, and learn why the world passed by on Route 66 – and still does. It’s a fun trip down Memory Lane. When you go: Route 66 Museum and Research Center, 915 South Jefferson Avenue, Lebanon 65536; 417-532-2148; www. lebanon-laclede.lib.mo.us/Museum. html. The museum is part of the Lebanon/ Laclede County Library, and is open during library hours year round. Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; closed Sunday. Admission is free.


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By Lonny Thiele

Lonny Thiele tells the stories of 78 people, most of whom are still alive and most from the Missouri Bootheel, who worked the land with mules as children. The book consists of short vignettes telling their stories, and most, even after 50 years or more still had more respect for their mule charges than some of the people they encountered later in life.

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The Ozark Trail Guidebook By Margo Perry & Peggy Welch

The authors walk you across each trail section, guiding you with distances, directions, GPS and points of interest; sidebars tell of camping and nearby towns. The front and back are packed with hints, contacts, and further references; a small color photo insert gives you just a hint of what you will see. If you are planning to start hiking sections of the Ozark Trail, you will want this book.

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Ray Eye’s Turkey Hunter’s Bible

Open 10-5 Thursdays & Fridays Other times by chance or appointment. Call 800-874-8423, ext. 2 We're at 780 N. Commercial (Hwy. 47) in St. Clair, MO Take I-44 exit 240, turn south on MO 47, then right on Commercial at the stoplight.

Bluegill... Fishing & Flies

by Terry & Roxanne Wilson Fly-fishing for scrappy bluegill is a thrill you’ll want to experience time and time again. ONLY Learn what $16.95 makes these finned dynamos tick and how to catch them. Illustrated, 151 pages, soft cover. $3.50 shipping $16.95

Smallmouth Bass Fly Fishing

by Terry & Roxanne Wilson This practical guide tells both how and why, enabling you to fool fierce smallmouth bass with natural looking flies. Illustrated, ONLY $19.95 191 pages, soft cover. $19.95, $3.50 shipping

THE Lake of the Ozarks Fishing Guide

by John Neporadny, Jr. An expert angler and outdoor writer takes you region by region over Lake of the Ozarks’ 55,000 acres and 1,150 miles of shoreONLY line. Lures, bait, $10 techniques for success and maps. soft cover, 180 pages. $3.50 shipping $10.00

Everything you need to know to bring down the wily birds, spring or fall. Scouting turkey, the best calls, hunting techniques honed to the season and sex of the bird. Includes information on habitat, habits, times of the day, hunting positions, and how to outwit turkeys. Illustrated w/ 200 color photographs,. 224 pages. $24.95. $3.50 shipping

Ray Eye’s Practical Turkey Hunting Strategies

Basic guide covers turkey life cycle and habits, hunting calls, gear, scouting, outsmarting this wily bird and the differences in spring and fall hunting plus tales of the turkey woods. Over 50 photos. Soft cover, 258 pgs. $24.95. $4 shipping

"Honey, He Shrunk My Head!"by John Meacham

Meacham’s cast of recurring smalltown characters resides in or around mythical Kickapoo County. Meet Ferguson “Two-By” Foreman and ToONLY bias Oarknott of the Reddy-Oarknott $10 Funeral Home and many others. The Red Green Show doesn't have a thing on Meacham's brand of outdoors humor. pages, paperback. $10.00 $3.50 shipping

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Old Fish Hawk By Mitch Jayne

Holiday Special: Mitch Jayne’s hard-to-find book, “Old Fish Hawk.” Four original 1971 paperbacks in stock. Clean, solidly bound, good condition, some golden with age. Call Jo (Ext 2) to reserve yours now. You’ve heard the abridged version, now read the book! $10.90 ea. for pickup includes tax; $14.40 with shipping. Solid value for the low price.

Get all of Ray’s Turkey DVDs

• Boys of Autumn: How to call and kill Fall Turkeys • Eye on the Wild Turkey, • Volume III: the Final Chapter • Chasing Spring, Volume 1 • Chasing Spring, Volume 2

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John Holod wants to put you in driver’s seat

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By Jo Schaper oes the thought of traveling in an RV have you spooked? Do you have sticker shock, and wonder if this method of seeing the country is beyond your means? John Holod, of RV Adventure Videos, Inc., is here to relieve your fears, and encourage you to embark on one of the greatest free-wheeling adventures you can take. He will be speaking on the hour, most hours of the St. Louis RV Vacation & Travel Show, telling tales of his last 22 years, most of it spent on the road, both in North America and abroad, and giving helpful tips and advice based on his experience. Holod, from Detroit, started traveling on a Harley Davidson motorbike in 1973 with a trip on the then mostly dirt Videographer John Holod Alaska Highway. “It’s all paved now,” he said, “but the adventure of getting up close with the landscape hasn’t changed.” A similar trip to Baja California and he was hooked. After getting degrees in cinematography, journalism and photography at Wayne State University, Holod hit the road, shooting 16mm film in such places as Czech/Slovakia and Cuba, then presenting his work to travel clubs and other performing arts and civic venues. The last 12 years have been in various recreational vehicles, he said. “Once you fly, rent a car, get a hotel and eat in restaurants it gets really expensive. “Sure, there is the investment, but you can travel much more cheaply in an RV. “The bed is the same every night, and you can eat healthier. And you meet

John Holod will present these films at the St. Louis RV Vacation & Travel Show. Presentations are on the hour, most hours of the show • Alaskan Adventure • Great Rocky Mounain Adventure • Route 66 (Just completed) the real people of a place. Instead of doing eight locks and locking yourself in a hotel, you set up in an RV park and open the doors, put out a chair, and people come over. Or you go over to them. “You make your own schedule,” said Holod. “If you want to nap, you nap. If you want to stay longer someplace, it’s easy to do. I’ve found most people on the road are friendly, and eager to share.” Holod says he’s done about 600,000 miles on the road. “I just did Route 66 last fall, in two months for my video series. You get a better feel for the place, and for the people of a region.” He’s traveled in everything from a luxury motorhome to a pop-up camper. “I just lately have been traveling in a Class C RV with a diesel Mercedes engine. It’s full-size, and gets 15-20 miles to the gallon. That’s just amazing considering what a RV used to get.” Because of his work, Holod’s RV is his home, his office and his production studio. “I started out with 16mm in 1990. Then in 2000, I switched to video, and five years ago I went to high-def video. The technology just keeps getting cheaper and better.” “If people are interested in RVing, Holod advises they rent several types before buying. “You’ve got to find out what works for you. And if you come to the show, don’t be shy. Come up and ask questions. If you’ve got a plan, I’ll look it over for you.” Most of all, he said, if you want to try it, don’t wait. “I go back to some shows year after year, and the same people come by and say, “next year.” Well,

MOBILE HOME/OFFICE/STUDIO — John Holod roams the country in this Class C RV, powered by Mercedes diesel engine that gets 15-20 miles per gallon. Photos courtesy of John Holod.

I tell them to go NOW, because you don’t know what might happen next year, and eventually you’ll run out of “next years.” Spend the money, have fun and you’ll make some memories to keep for the rest of your life.” John can be reached via email at www. rvadventurevideos.com or toll free at 877-783-7227. His personal appearance schedule and videos are also available at www.rvadventurevideos.com.

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RV Model Listings by Dealer & Floorplan APACHE VILLAGE RV

Dealer displays in America’s Center Exhibit Hall are keyed on the floorplan below

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Travel Trailers: Jayco, Bullet, Outback Sport Utility Trailers: Jayco, Octane, Raptor 5th Wheels: Jayco, Alpine, Avalanche, Raptor Class A Motorhomes: Georgetown, Fleetwood, Bounder Diesel Motor Homes: Discovery, Fleetwood Class C Mini-Motorhomes: Jayco, Jamboree Folding Camping Trailers: Jayco

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Travel Trailers: Airstream, Open Range Roamer, Rockwood Mini Lites, Rockwood Roo, Rockwood Signati, Rockwood Ultra Lite, Salem, Cruise Lite, Open Range, Open Range Light, V-Cross Vibe 5th Wheels: Cedar Creek, Silverback, Open Range Roamer, Open Range Residential, Crusader, Columbus, Prime Time

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Travel Trailers: Hideout, Passport, Laredo, Wildwood, North Trail 5th Wheels: Big Country, Laredo. Wildwood Folding Camping Trailers: Palomino Class A Motorhomes: Ace, Allegro, Challenger, Daybreak Diesel Motor Homes: Allegro Red, Allegro Bus, Phaeton, Breeze Class C Mini-Motorhomes: Fourwinds Truck Campers: Palomino

BOURBON RV CENTER

Travel Trailers: Aerolite, Denali, Dutchmen 5th Wheels: Denali

COLMAN’S COUNTRY CAMPERS

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Travel Trailers: Flagstaff Classic Super Lite, Flagstaff V-Lite, Flagstaff Super Lite, Flagstaff Micro-Lite, Flagstaff Micro-Lite XLT, Shamrock, Canyon Cat, Puma, 5th Wheels: Sabre, Puma, Flagstaff Travel Trailers: Grey Wolf, Cherokee, Layton Joey, Layton Retro, Walkabout, Sandpiper Sport Utility Trailers: Grey Wolf 5th Wheels: Cherokee, Skyline Walkabout

Travel Trailers: Wilderness, Skycat, Bobcat 5th Wheels: Koala Class A Motorhomes: Hurricane (Thor Motorized) Class C Mini-Motorhomes: Chateau (Thor) Truck Campers: Livin Lite Folding Camping Trailers: Quicksilver

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Travel Trailers: KZ Sportsmen, KZ Spree, KZ Sportsmen Classic, Flagstaff Sport Utility Trailers: KZ Inferno, KZ MXT, KZ Sportsmen Sportster, Work & Play, Fuzion 5th Wheels: KZ Durango, Flagstaff Pop-Ups: Flagstaff Fold Down

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Class B Motor Homes: Mfg.- Roadtrek: Models 190 Popular, 210 Popular, 210 Simplicity, RS Adventurous, SS Agile Mfg. - Pleasure Way: Models: Pursuit, Lexor TS, Lexor TD, Basis, Excel TS, Excel TD, Plateau TS, Plateau RB, Plateau MP, Traverse B+ Motor Homes: Mfg. - Leisure Travel Vans: Models Libero, Unity MB, Unity TB, Unity IB Mfg.-Triple E, Model: Regency GT24MB Diesel Motor Homes on the Mercedes Sprinter Chassis Mfg.- Roadtrek: Models RS Adventurous, SS Agile Mfg. - Pleasure Way: Model Plateau, Mfg.- Leisure Travel Vans: Model Unity

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By Jo Schaper lenty of remnants of U.S. 66 remain along this eastern stretch of the road; most of which are private concerns, but the list below includes all state and federal parks between Springfield, Illinois and the Kansas state line. Most are free to explore or have only nominal entrance fees. Where a site has camping we’ve noted it, to make your exploration a bit more of an “on the road” experience. ILLINOIS Lincoln’s New Salem State Historic Site. 15588 History Lane, Petersburg. 217-632-4000 www.lincolnsnewsalem.com/ Re-creation of Lincoln era town of New Salem, living history. Camping available for up to 40 ft. trailers. Illinois State Capitol, Springfield. 2nd and Capitol streets, 217-7822099 Free. Open seven days. Illinois State Museum. Spring and Edwards, streets 217-782-7386 Free. Open seven days.

Federal: Lincoln Home National Historic Site 426 South 7th Street Springfield, IL 62701 (217) 492-4150 www.nps.gov/liho/

Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum. www.alplm.org/ 112 N. 6th St. 800-610-2094

SangChris Lake State Park http://dnr.state.il.us/lands/landmgt/PARKS/R4/ sangch.htm 9898 Cascade Rd. Rochester 217-4989208 3,022 acres with 120 miles of shoreline. 135 RV, 40 car camp, and 15 walk-in tent camping sites. Ideal for day tripping to Springfield. Near Litchfield: West: Beaver Dam State Park, 13548 Beaver Dam Lane, Plainview. http://dnr.state.il.us/Lands/landmgt/parks/R4/beaver. htm 217-854-8020. 59-acre lake, 751 acre park for fishing/hunting/picnicking.Trailer camping w/ electric: nearby water and dump station. Tent camping/youth camping, summer concessions. East: Coffeen Lake State Fish and Wildlife Area, 15084 N. 4th Avenue, Coffeen. 217-537-3351 http://dnr.state.il.us/Lands/ landmgt/parks/R4/Coffeen.htm Fishing, boating, picnicking, hunting, trapping on a 59-mile shore energy-generation lake. Private camping available just outside the north entrance. Granite City: Horseshoe Lake State Park 3321 Highway 111, Granite City. 618-931-0270 http://www.greatriverroad.com/somadco/horseshoe. htm 2960 acres of lowlands on a shallow oxbow lake. Birding, fishing, boating, waterfowl hunting. 48 trailer or tent sites. Dump station; pit toilets, water hydrants. Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site 30 Ramey Dr., Collinsville,(618) 346-5160 http://

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Pere Marquette State Park. 13112 Visitor Center Lane, Grafton. 618-786-3323 http://dnr.state.il.us/lands/Landmgt/PARKS/R4/ Peremarq.htm Pere Marquette is the premier IL state park along the Mississippi bluffs of the Great River Road. 8000 acres, lodge, conference center, many amenities, 80 electric sites with dump station, more camping. Hiking, equestrian, bald eagle watching are featured. Take IL Great River Road north from Chain of Rocks area to Grafton. MISSOURI St. Louis Confluence Point State Park, 1000 Riverlands Way, West Alton. 636-899-1135. http://mostateparks.com/park/edward-ted-and-patjones-confluence-point-state-park. Day-use only. This park, and Columbia Bottoms Conservation Area to the south allow access to the place where the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers come together. Just north of Chain of Rocks Bridge and I-270. Castlewood State Park, 1401 Kiefer Creek Rd. Ballwin. 636-227-4433. http://mostateparks.com/park/castlewood-state-park, access from the Rt. 100 Rt. 66 byway. Day-use only. Along Meramec River; open for hiking, biking, equestrian, picnicking, fishing, boating. Preserves old lower Meramec parkland and open space. Edmund A Babler Mem. State Park, 800 Guy Park Dr., Wildwood. 636-458-3813 http:// mostateparks.com/park/ Continued on Page 13

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By Joe Sonderman strung in the 1840s. Railroads domi1922, the State Highway oute 66 is a legend, celebrat- nated travel after the Civil War and Commission designated ed in books, movies, works road building took a backseat. It was routes connecting the of art and popular music. bicycle enthusiasts who first led the big cities and the road As “America’s between St. Louis and Mainstreet” it had to pass Joplin became MO through the “Gateway to Route 14. the West.” Washington stepped Missouri established its in to ease the confufirst state road in 1835, sion in 1925, assigning from St. Louis through numbers to the prothe quiet village of posed federal highway Manchester to Jefferson routes. East-West routes City. In 1837, another received even numbers, state road was established with those ending in “0” THROUGH THE HEART OF THE CITY — A view of City between St. Louis and being the most imporRoute 66 (12th Street) through downtown St. Louis in Springfield. tant. The Chicago to the 1950s. View is to the north at Market Street. (US 40) Route 66 combined sev- ROAD TO CHICAGO —Chain of Rocks Bridge, 1940. Los Angeles highway eral very old routes. The received the number 60. when Cynthia suggested he write a name Gravois comes from the French push for better roads. The first auto Missouri maps were already printed song about Highway 40. Troup sugfor gravelly. Chippewa is an Ojibway mobile built in St. Louis appeared in showing Route 60. But Governor Wil- gested Route 66 instead and Cynthia name for a type of moccasin. Wesley 1893 and in 1907, the state appointed liam Fields of Kentucky wanted 60 said “Get Your Kicks on Route 66.” It Watson and a group of county citizens a Highway Engineer under the Board for a highway through his state. After was first recorded by Nat King Cole in filed for a road between St. Louis and of Agriculture to help a battle of angry tele- 1946. Fenton in 1845, today’s Watson Road. counties with road congrams, it was agreed Even during the post war boom struction. that the catchy sound- change was in the air. President Meanwhile, private ing “66” was acceptDwight David Eisenhower saw freepromoters were mapable. The routes were ways as vital to national defense and ping out roads with approved on Novem- a way to stimulate the economy. His colorful names like the ber 11, 1926 and the Federal Highway Act of 1956 created Ozark Trail, Lincoln U.S. 66 Highway the Interstate Highway system. The Highway and Dixie Association went to CONCRETE DETAIL — No visit nation’s first actual interstate construcHighway. Merchants to St. Louis is complete without work promoting paid the promoters the highway. a stop at Ted Drewes Frozen to have the highway Foot power first Custard, which opened on Route ART DECO JEWEL — The Coral routed past their busi- 66 in 1941. (Joe Sonderman put 66 on the Court Motel on City 66, a streamlined ness, taking drivers out photo) map. C.C. “Cash masterpiece, later gained a notorious of their way. and Carry” Pyle reputation. It was demolished in 1995. In 1920, Missouri promoted a foot race from Los The route between St. Louis and voters approved a $60 million road Angeles to Chicago along 66 beSpringfield became known as the Wire bond issue for a state road system to fore finishing in New York City. Road when the telegraph lines were “Lift Missouri Out of the Mud.” In On March 4, 1928, 275 runners started the “Bunion Derby.” Just 55 made it to the finish line. They were led by Andy Payne, a part- MISSOURI’S FIRST CLOVERLEAF — City Cherokee Indian from the Route Route 66 (Watson) and the 1936-1955 66 town of Foyil, Okla.. Pyle Mainline/1955-1965 Bypass over Lindbergh met lost a pile of money and Route at the first cloverleaf interchange in Missouri, 66 reaped the publicity. constructed in 1931 south of Kirkwood. It was Route 66 will always be asdemolished in 1980. sociated with images of overloaded jalopies filled with Dust Bowl tion took place on Interstate 70 west refugees. In The Grapes of Wrath, of the Missouri River in St. Charles. John Steinbeck called it “The Mother The soulless superslab replaced Road.” During World War Two, the 66 but the old road refused to die. highway was vital link to defense Nostalgia buffs and roadside rebels installations such as Jefferson Barcontinued to seek out the tourist traps, racks and Fort Leonard Wood. Leisure motels and gas stations that still hold travel boomed in the post WW II era, on for life on 66. People cling to the Golden Age of Route 66. memories of a time before America Songwriter Bobby Troup assured was in such a big hurry, before the Route 66 a place in popular culture. THE WAY IT WAS — This 1940 map shows the Route 66 mainline on Lindbergh Continued on Page 12 Bobby and his wife Cynthia were Avenue and the city route following New Watson Road, Chippewa and Gravois headed west on US 40 near St. Louis Avenues and Twelfth Street.

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Nostalgia buffs, roadside rebels keep Mother Road alive Continued from Page 11 Bridge (MacArthur) to Chouteau, roadside was lined with franchised Manchester, Boyle, Lindell, Skinker, blandness. They keep the “Mother McCausland and back to Manchester. Road” alive. The route over the McKinley Bridge Tracing Route 66 through St. Louis was designated as Optional 66 from is difficult even for the experts. There 1929-1937. were dozens of slight variations to Historic Route/City 66: New Watthese three basic routes. son Road and the highway linking to Original Route 66: Crossed the Manchester at Gray Summit opened McKinley Bridge, then followed on August 5, 1933. Manchester then Salisbury, Natural Bridge, Grand, became US 50. The Watson Road Delmar, Sarah, Lindell, Boyle, alignment is the most famous but it Clayton Avenue was not the main and McCausland route during the before turning onto halcyon years. It Manchester. The became City Route jog north of Forest 66 in 1936 when Park was because the route shifted to AAA put up the the Chain of Rocks highway signs at Bridge. Until 1963, the time and routed another City 66 ran the federal highway south over Rivpast their headquar- REMEMBER WHEN? — The 66 Park-In erview, Broadway, ters on Lindell! opened in 1947 and was demolished in Calvary and Floris In 1929, the sant Avenue before 1993. (Missouri State Archives) route shifted to curving onto 12th the Municipal Street (Tucker) to

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Plenty of state park camping in eastern MO near Route 66 Continued from Page 10 Park Dr., Wildwood. 636-458-3813 http:// mostateparks.com/park/dr-edmund-bablermemorial-state-park, access from the Rt. 100 Rt. 66 byway. Metro St. Louis; 30 tent, 43 electric (max. 50 amp) sites. Dump station, water on season. Reservable campsites. Good base camp to explore St. Louis area. Route 66 State Park, 97 North Outer Rd., Eureka. 636-988-7198. http://mostateparks.com/park/ route-66-state-park, access from Watson Road/I-44 byway. Rt. 66 State Park celebrates U.S. Route 66, preserving the Bridgehead Inn, now a Rt. 66 museum, and an old Rt. 66 bridge. Day-use only. Missouri Rt. 66 information and gift shop. Robertsville State Park, 900 State Park Dr., Robertsville. 636-257-3788. http://mostateparks.com/park/robertsville-statepark. 1225 largely undeveloped acres alone the Meramec River bottomlands. Hiking, fishing, boating, camping with 12 basic and 15 electric sites; water and dump station on season. Most notable for river access and hiking. Meramec State Park, 115 Meramec Park Drive (off Hwy 185 south), Sullivan. 573-468-6072. http://mostateparks.com/park/meramec-statepark. Fifty basic campsites, 124 with electric, 14 with electric/water and 21 with full hookups up to 50 amp. service. Home to toured Fisher

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Onondaga Cave State Park, 7556 State Route H, Leasburg. 573-245-6576 http://mostateparks.com/ park/onondaga-cave-state-park. Onondaga Cave was a notable tourist attraction along Rt. 66 as a private attraction; add to that Meramec River access at the most popularly floated section of the river. Nineteen basic sites and 47 electric/water camping sites await travelers. Maramec Spring Park, 21880 Maramec Spring Drive, St. James. 573-265-7387. www.maramecspringpark.com. Maramec Spring is a private park, home to a Missouri Department of Conservation trout fish hatchery, and stocked trout fishing as well as one of the first iron furnaces in the state. 58 campsites, 10 with electric. Camping from late February to late October.

Boone. No camping. Also in town: Ozarks AfroAmerican Heritage Museum. Call 417-880-1378 for appointment; museum run by descendant of one of Boone’s slaves. Near Springfield: Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield, 6424 West Farm Road 182 Republic. 417-732-2662, ext. 227. http://www. nps.gov/wicr/. Site of one the most important early battles of the Missouri Civil War. $5/adult; $10/car maximum. Visitor’s Center. No camping.

Near Carthage: Battle of Carthage State Historic Site. Chestnut Street, Carthage. No phone. http://mostateparks.com/park/ battle-carthage-state-historic-site. Just off I-44; area unchanged since 1861. Small site; no camping.

Bennett Spring State Park, 26250 Hwy 64A, Lebanon. 573-532-4338. http://mostateparks.com/ park/bennett-spring-state-park. State park, trout fishery and trout hatchery, with lodge, cabins and amenities. Fifteen basic, 128 electric and 48 full hookup campsites. WiFi available. Nathan Boone State Historic Site, 7850 N. State Hwy. V, Ash Grove. 417-751-3266. http:// mostateparks.com/park/nathan-boone-homesteadstate-historic-site. Home built by Nathan

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