Part of Gasconade River Bridge may be moved to Boswell Park in Lebanon

The park board of Lebanon, Missouri, is considering a feasibility study of whether a portion of the closed Gasconade River Bridge near Hazelgreen can be moved to Boswell Park, though the future of the Route 66 span continues to remain unclear. The Laclede County Record reported in its latest edition (subscription required) that Lebanon parks … Continue reading Part of Gasconade River Bridge may be moved to Boswell Park in Lebanon

Inaugural class for Laclede County Route 66 Wall of Fame announced

The first five inductees to the Laclede County Route 66 Wall of Fame recently were announced by the Lebanon-Laclede County Route 66 Society in mid-Missouri. The Class of 2022 are: Bob and Ramona Lehman, owners of the Munger Moss Motel in LebanonFrank and Dorothy Nelson, creator of Nelson's Dream Village and Nelson Tavern in LebanonCharles … Continue reading Inaugural class for Laclede County Route 66 Wall of Fame announced

Discussions over the fate of Gasconade River Bridge are “at an impasse”

Talks between the Route 66 Association of Missouri and the Missouri Department of Transportation over the future of the historic Gasconade River Bridge near Hazelgreen “and are currently at an impasse,” according to a state official's letter to the director of the State Historic Preservation Office. Gary Sosniecki obtained a copy of MoDOT's letter Monday … Continue reading Discussions over the fate of Gasconade River Bridge are “at an impasse”

State sets April 20 deadline to avoid razing of Gasconade River Bridge

The Missouri Department of Transportation set a "drop-dead" date of April 20 for the Route 66 Gasconade River Bridge Guardians to find a new owner for the historic span near Hazelgreen, Missouri, or else the state will dismantle it. Facing the looming deadline, preservationists eventually shifted the questions to MoDOT about how to acquire pieces … Continue reading State sets April 20 deadline to avoid razing of Gasconade River Bridge

Restored Camp Joy cabin dedicated at Lebanon Park

The last surviving cabin of Camp Joy was dedicated Saturday at Boswell Park in Lebanon, Missouri, during the Lebanon Route 66 Festival. Volunteers spent four months restoring the cabin, which once stood in the long-gone Camp Joy complex along a fledgling Route 66 in Lebanon. The Lebanon-Laclede County Route 66 Society website posted some details … Continue reading Restored Camp Joy cabin dedicated at Lebanon Park

Citing state law, resident asks Lebanon to rename street Route 66

Citing a 1999 state law, a resident of Lebanon, Missouri, recently asked the city council to change Elm Street back to Route 66. For now, the local Route 66 association declined to take a stand on the issue. It's the second time in three years someone asked Lebanon to comply with the law. The Springfield … Continue reading Citing state law, resident asks Lebanon to rename street Route 66

Restoration of Underpass Cafe near Phillipsburg accelerates

A volunteer work crew from the Lebanon-Laclede County Route 66 Society helped the owner of the long-closed Underpass Cafe near Phillipsburg, Missouri, clean his property before it undergoes an exterior restoration. The cafe -- named because of a low-clearance Frisco railroad bridge to the east -- closed about 50 years ago after a new alignment … Continue reading Restoration of Underpass Cafe near Phillipsburg accelerates

Lebanon to double number of Route 66 signs in town

Lebanon, Missouri, soon will double the number of blue-and-white "Route 66 Historic Byway" signs and probably will add banners proclaiming the city's Mother Road ties. But an effort to change Elm Street to Route 66 in Lebanon probably won't happen anytime soon. According to a post earlier this week by the Lebanon-Laclede County Route 66 … Continue reading Lebanon to double number of Route 66 signs in town

Lebanon considers community improvement district for Route 66

The city administrator of Lebanon, Missouri, suggested to the Lebanon-Laclede County Route 66 Society it form a community improvement district to collect taxes for promotion and preservation of Route 66. The city also is gathering pricing proposals for signs to name Lebanon's Elm Street as "Historic Route 66." City administrator Mike Schumacher made several suggestions about funding … Continue reading Lebanon considers community improvement district for Route 66

Underpass Cafe exterior near Phillipsburg to be restored

The exterior of the Underpass Cafe building east of Phillipsburg, Missouri, that has been closed for about 60 years will be restored by the Lebanon-Laclede County Route 66 Society. According to a post this week by Gary Sosniecki on the society's webpage: Gary McMillan, whose family has owned the property since 1969, has given permission … Continue reading Underpass Cafe exterior near Phillipsburg to be restored