The historic Boots Motel in Carthage, Mo., which nearly saw the wrecking ball after a developer bought it, is for sale for $225,000, according to a new listing by a Joplin-based real-estate company.
Pro 100 Realtors is listing the property here.
Jim Hunter of Pro 100 said in an e-mail: “I hope it can go to a party interested in restoring it.”
After a local developer purchased the Boots in 2003 and ceased its operations as motel, it was widely reported (but not confirmed) that the building would be razed to make way for a Walgreens drugstore.
After Route 66 advocates and the Carthage newspaper decried this plan, the redevelopment was scuttled. The Boots Motel has been used as apartments ever since.
The Boots Motel was established at Garrison and Central streets in 1939. That was where Route 66 intersected with U.S. 71, and for many years was called the “Crossroads of America.” Reputedly, movie star Clark Gable stayed at the Boots Motel overnight during a cross-country trip.
The Road Wanderer’s site says the motel is a good example of Streamline Modern architecture. Also:
For its time it was indeed thoroughly modern with a radio in every room, tile showers, floor furnace with thermostat control, air conditioner and garage.
Photographs of the Boots Motel can be seen here.