Thursday, June 2, 2011

Get Your Kicks on Route 66

Get Your Kicks on Route 66

The third day we were in town we actually had time to go be tourists & the first thing that I wanted to do after getting my morning coffee was to go the the Route 66 State Park which is located just outside of St. Louis.  There is a visitor center which houses a little museum about Route 66 and the town of Times Beach which used to occupy this land before a flood took it off the map. 

 As you can see in the first picture, there are a couple of stop signs and road closure things because the Route 66 bridge over the Meremac River which connected the Visitor Center to the Recreational Area is closed due to safety concerns.  

This is how it looks from the interstate.  It was made using the Warren-truss method which was popular in the 1800s until the 1930s and is one of only four in Missouri.  If I remember correctly, it is unique because all the metalwork is on the bottom of the bridge rather than the top.   Cool fact!

Inside the park were many artifacts from the Route 66 heyday.
A little history

Highway Department Marker

Road Signs

Neon Signs

A blurb about Bumper Stickers

Advertisements about camels which make me snicker like a seventh grader.

Hotel Signs from the Pennant Hotel(what great rates!).

 And the Coral Courts Motel.  Apparently they had a seedy reputation towards the end of their road...but really...what old hotel like this doesn't?  Have you ever driven down Airline Highway in northern Baton Rouge?  Seen the Alamo Hotel?

After viewing the museum, we bought some postcards and other souvenirs for our friends back south.  And I must mention how friendly and knowledgable the woman working in the museum was.  I don't remember her name, but she was full of ideas, information and loved thrift shopping, so of course, she was my kind of girl.  I fully intend to e-mail the park and let them know how great she was. 
The sign was true.
I definitly felt welcome in this Missouri State Park.

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