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The Boots Motel now

Here’s a recent video about the Boots Motel in Carthage, Mo., after it reopened to overnight travelers following a decade-long hiatus:

Stevo Svoboda has a bunch of other Route 66-related videos at his YouTube channel.

On a related note, the Boots Motel has started a fundraising drive to remove its gabled roof and restore it to the original flat roof, as seen from a vintage postcard:

The Boots received a cost-share grant from the Route 66 Corridor Preservation Program for the project, and needs to come up with the other half of the cash. If you’ve got a few bucks to spare to help in this effort, you can contribute here, as I’ve done.

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3 thoughts on “The Boots Motel now

  1. KW

    We stayed there in June, and I highly recommend it. The room we stayed in has been very nicely restored, we were given a tour of the place and had a great night’s sleep. There are a couple of good restaurants within walking distance, but we really enjoyed breakfast at the Bradbury Bishop Deli just up the road in Webb City.

  2. CarlB

    The grant and the “raze the roof” fundraising activity were eventually reported in the Carthage local paper: http://www.carthagepress.com/article/20120804/NEWS/120809741 (Aug 4) “Boots Motel receives federal grant”

    Oddly, there’s nothing on the motel’s own website about this. It appeared on a Facebook page “Save the Boots Motel” but certainly more does need to be done to get the word out.

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