Route 66 News

Red Oak II apparently going into the motel business

At least three vintage duplexes from Joplin, Mo., were moved to the Red Oak II property near Carthage, Mo., on Wednesday, according to several photos and posts on Red Oak II’s Facebook page.

The sprawling Red Oak II complex, a few miles north of Route 66, serves as a re-creation of old-time, small-town America by artist Lowell Davis. It’s become a popular side trip for Route 66 travelers.

According to one of the Red Oak II Facebook posts:

Lowell is now retired and can’t afford to move anymore buildings into Red Oak ll. But there are some great new players helping his dreams keeping R.O alive and growing. Men like Larry Sernyk, Larry Frienkenschmidt, now Mayor Jim Woestman who is presently bringing 1920’s duplexes. These 3 cute little 1920’s duplex are from Joplin. My plan is to make them into unique motel rooms, to rent out for a night or weekend. To help u escape fr the real world out there.

A phone call to the number listed for Red Oak II wasn’t answered Wednesday night. According to the Facebook account, newspapers from Joplin and Carthage were at the scene. So maybe we’ll know something from one of them later Thursday.

UPDATE 3/8/2013: According to the Joplin Globe, the buildings come from the old Star Motel at Seventh Street and Duquesne Road. The motel was making way for a Casey’s General Store, and the owners agreed to donate the buildings.

Lowell Davis had always liked the motel’s 1920s-styled buildings, which actually date to the early 1970s.