Missouri Route 66

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The east end of the Chain of Rocks Bridge as it leaves the Illinois shore. ('99)

Some of the water intakes can be seen under the bridge. ('99)

The west end as it approaches the Missouri side. ('99)

West end of the Chain of Rocks Bridge in North St. Louis. Can't really see much here as the trees hadn't been cut back yet. Check out our photo tour of the 1998 Illinois Route 66 Motor Tour for lots of close-ups. ('97)

VR Panorama on the Chain-of-Rocks Bridge just east of the center bend. ('07)
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VR Panorama of the CoR Bridge right at the center bend. ('07)
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VR Panorama on the CoR Bridge about a third of the way down the MO side.
It was taken from an observation platform that sticks out of the south side. ('07)
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VR Panorama taken about two thirds of the way down the MO side. The anti-vehicle barrier gates can be seen in the distance. ('07)
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VR Panorama taken at the foot of the MO side of the CoR Bridge.
Biking/walking trails tie in here and the area has been cleared for a small park and parking lot. ('07)
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Heading south on City 66 in St. Louis. ('97)

City 66 with Jefferson Arch in background. ('97)

Jefferson Arch from the Park. ('97)

I-55 bridge (concrete foreground) with MacArthur Bridge (66) arches behind it. Taken from Jefferson Arch Park waterfront. The riverboat in front of the bridges is a McDonald's (they're everywhere). ('97)

VR Panorama taken inside the observation deck at the top of the Jefferson Arch.
It was handheld (I didn't take my tripod in the elevator) so it is a little rough. ('09)

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VR Panorama taken underneath and to the east of the Jefferson Arch. ('09)
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VR Panorama taken directly underneath the Jefferson Arch. ('09)
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VR Panorama taken of the Jefferson Arch from the West side on the riverfront. ('09)
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A view of the Jefferson Arch from the NorthEast corner. ('10)
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A view of the Jefferson Arch from the East. Note the flood stage of the river. ('10)
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Panorama taken at the North entrance to the underground park. ('10)
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Panorama taken in the underground facility of the Jefferson Arch. ('10)
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Panorama taken just inside the entrance to the Museum of Westward Expansion. ('10)
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Inside the Museum of Westward Expansion. ('10)
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Inside the Museum of Westward Expansion. ('10)
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Inside the Museum of Westward Expansion. ('10)
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Inside the Museum of Westward Expansion. ('10)
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Ted Drewes' on Watson Road (66). ('97)

Front/side of Ted Drewes'. A Route 66 icon for many years. Best frozen yogurt around. ('97)

Under the neon sign. ('03)

This time it was really crowded. ('03)

They were doing a real steady business today ('03)

I got a Concrete! ('03)

VR Panorama of the west side of Ted Drewes' on Watson Road '66. ('07)
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VR Panorama of Ted Drewes' from the west side. It was pretty cool out but there was a regular crowd getting their 'concrete' fix. ('07)
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Kirkwood is on the old 66 Bypass. Not much left to remind you of those days though. ('99)

AT-M Sign along 66 heading towards Grey Summit. We thought we had missed a turn to stay on 66 but found out later that we were following directions for old-old 66 rather than just old-66. This alignment is from the '50's ('97)

The sign at the entrance to the new Route 66 State park built on the former site of the town of Times Beach (of Dioxin fame) west of St. Louis. ('00)

The visitor center for the park. This was the old HQ for the government EPA clean up people. ('00)

It was closed when we got there (it was getting late). ('00)

The old 66 bridge across the river. ('00)

On the west bank, there is a spur that doubles back under the bridge. ('00)

Looking into the park from the end of the bridge. ('00)

At the west end of the park where 66 exits there is a barrier. I hope they remove it so we can drive on through on 66 someday. ('00)

Looking back east into the park from the west barrier. Hopefully, the park will be developed some more in the future. ('00)

VR Panorama of the Route 66 Park Visitor Center. They have a great collection of memorabilia
from the Park and the city of Times Beach (and its destruction). Don't pass it by. ('07)
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VR Panorama on the 66 bridge into the park. Due to weight restrictions, traffic has been reduced to a single lane. ('07)
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VR Panorama under the west end of the bridge. A spur comes down off of the north side of '66
and loops under the the 66 bridge and the interstate bridges on the south side. ('07)
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VR Panorama of 66 as it angles out of the park and west where it dead-ends under the interstate and a rail line.
The parking area is for people who want to walk/jog/bike the abandoned streets of Times Beach. There is a loop
that works its way through the park and back again. ('07)
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VR Panorama of silica cliffs where 66 is sandwiched up against the railroad. At one time there was a lookout point
at the top but I could find no path up. Further west there are numerous mines dug into the cliff where silica was
once mined commercially. ('07)
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VR Panorama of the Diamonds Truck Stop. The facility can be seen beyond the parking lot behind the sign but is now closed. ('07)
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VR Panorama of the Tri-County Restaurant and Truck Stop (the original Diamonds). Both are now closed. ('07)
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Missouri humor in St. Clair. I always wondered how they plumb this. ('99)

Abandoned piece of 66 at the SW corner of the St. Clair exit. I-44 cuts 66 on the other side of the hill. ('97)

Tourist trap along the side road to Merrimac Caverns. ('97)

VR Panorama of the outside of the Merimec Caverns facility. Merimec Caverns offers boat rides and canoeing trips too. ('07)
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VR Panorama of the Oak Wayside Park along 66. It appears to have been abandoned as the road has been cut where it turns
off of 66 (at both ends) and all of the benches and BBQ's have been removed. All that remains is the concrete pads and
pole foundations. Be careful if you think you want to drive into it as there are unmarked trenches cut across the entry road
at both ends. I burned up a lot of clutch trying to back up a 30 degree slope when I turned in before I saw them. ('07)
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VR Panorama of a piece of split 66 that is planted with trees down the middle. ('07)
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VR Panorama of 66 Moters and Gift Shop in Rolla, right on 66. It was closed and a sign said the owner had retired
and the inventory was available for sale. Quite sad as this was a stop I was looking forward to. ('07)
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Route 66 Motors and gift shop on 66 northeast of Rolla. ('99)

Update: it is now closed and a sign said the owner retired and the inventory is available for bulk sale. ('07)

North end is Route 66 Motors. ('97)

 

Mustang out front of Gift Shop. The owner restored it and drives it to work. ('97)

Other cars and signs. ('97)

VR Panorama taken from the middle of the abandoned interstate that used to pass through here. I took this shot directly
opposite of John's Modern Cabins in the middle of what was once an interstate highway. This piece has been moved north to
the other side of the hill behind the cabins in an effort to lower the grade on the descent to the river crossing at Arlington. ('07)
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VR Panorama of John's Modern Cabins. There is only one cabin left that hasn't started to collapse.
One good thing about the interstate being moved is that it is a lot easier to get there now as there is
access from the the prior south frontage road that leads to Arlington. ('07)
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VR Panorama of John's Modern Cabins showing them all from the front. ('07)
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A stop in the bypassed town of Arlington. Not much left here though it gives a good view under the highway bridges (one is a '50's 66 bridge). ('99)

Only thing left is an RV campground. ('99)

VR Panorama of downtown Arlington. There isn't much left of what was once a busy Route 66 river crossing and rail-head. ('07)
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VR Panorama of the Stoneydell Resort across the river from Arlington. This is the remains of the store and guest cabins.
A swimming pool was on the other side of 66. ('07)
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Across the river from Arlington, the Trail of Tears. No clue what it is but it looks like someone put in a lot of work on it. ('99)

Old 66 bridge between Rolla and Devils Elbow. ('97)

Piece of old 4-lane 66 near Devil's Elbow. ('97)

VR Panorama in the middle of the Hooker Cut on 4-lane 66. At one time this was the deepest rock cut in the U.S. ('07)
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More 4-lane 66 approaching the Devils Elbow turn. ('97)

Funky Chickens on 66. This one at the turn off the 4 lane 66 onto Old Old 66 to the bridge. ('99)

Approach to the Devil's Elbow Bridge on old-old 66. ('97)

A little bit closer. ('97)

Looking back at Devil's Elbow bridge. ('99)

VR Panorama taken above the Devil's Elbow from atop the rock retaining wall along old old 66.
The railway bridge can be seen where it crosses the river. ('07)
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A Blue-Star Memorial Highway marker in an old roadside park. ('01)

The Munger Moss Motel in Lebanon. ('99)

A close-up of the sign. ('01)

VR Panorama from inside the Munger Moss Motel Office. The Munger Moss Motel is a real gem on Route 66,
located on the east side of Lebanon where 66 enters town. A definite stay. ('07)
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VR Panorama of the Munger Moss Motel. The facility snakes around up the hill behind
a swimming pool where there are more rooms. ('07)
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VR Panorama of the inside of the room I stayed in. It is definitely period inside but is well maintained and clean. ('07)
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VR Panorama inside Wrink's Market (and Deli) a block west of the Munger Moss. The market was recently restored and
reopened by the grandson of the original builder. One of the best examples of the nearly extinct neighborhood market.
A definite stop. ('07)
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One of two painted barns south of Lebanon. ('99)

The other painted barn. ('99)

Back on the old 2-lane 66 approaching the bridge over the Gasconade River. ('97)

The old Route 66 bridge over the Gasconade River. ('97)

The old Route 66 hotel we stayed at in west Springfield. Pure nostalgia, also known as no outside phone lines in the rooms. ('97)

Bridge over Turnback Creek near Paris Springs. ('97)

Old, old Route 66 bridge over Johnson Creek in Spenser. Old asphalt is cracking off revealing brick deck. ('97)

VR Panorama taken in the middle of old 66 in Spenser. ('07)
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VR Panorama of old 66 where it enters what is now a park outside of Carthage
along a sweeping curve that was once a major intersection. ('07)
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VR Panorama of 66 where it leaves the park and is bisected by a newer 66 bridge into downtown Carthage. ('07)
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A Blue Star Memorial Highway marker on the east side of Carthage on a bypassed section of '66 that is now a park. ('99)

The Boots Motel in Carthage on the corner where 66 turns south. ('99)

VR Panorama of the Boots Motel in Carthage. ('07)
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VR Panorama of an isolated piece of 66 where it once entered a city park.
The abandoned piece of 66 is bisected by an interstate on the other side of the hill. ('07)
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The 66 Drive-In in Carthage. It opened again the next spring. ('97)

The show in April. ('99)

VR Panorama of the 66 Drive-In on the west side of Carthage. ('07)
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The 66 Drive-In in Carthage. Open for business. ('99)

After the final turn westbound in Joplin, 66 is a main artery heading west towards Kansas. ('08)

66 is pretty much a straight shot west here, but it is marked with MO 66/Business 40 too. ('08)

The Carousel Amusement Park comes upon the south side. ('08)

Missouri now gives a 'heads up' for the turnoff of the older alignment through Galena, KS. ('08)

The old hand painted wood plank sign is gone and has been replaced by a newfangled metal one (I liked the old one better). ('08)

After a little curve, the older 66 alignment is heading back almost due west towards Kansas. ('08)

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