Area officials broke ground Friday for Cardinal Route 66 Memorial Park in Webb City, Missouri, on a triangular piece of land on the town’s east side.
Actual construction will begin in a few days. Completion of the park is scheduled for March 1.
According to a report from the scene by KSNF-TV:
“It’s going to be a place of travelers as they come down Route 66, which we see them everyday. They’re going to be able to park here and enjoy the artifacts and there’s going to be information along with some of the artifacts telling the history of the city of Webb City. It’ll be information about our industrial area and and the founders of Webb City, and I think its great,” says Carl Francis, Webb City’s City Manager.
Francis says the project was the inspiration of a former city employee, the late Chuck Surface. Cardinal Scale is donating $76,000 toward the cost of construction and the city will maintain the park. […] The park will also feature some of the machinery used in the region’s mining past.
Cardinal Scale Manufacturing Co., just west of the soon-to-be park, was founded in Webb City in 1950.
(Excerpt from the KSMF report of the Cardinal Route 66 Memorial Park plan)