Neon sign at Gardenway Motel in Villa Ridge taken down for safekeeping

A collector of advertising, including neon signs, reported Wednesday the neon letters and other elements from the sign of the long-closed Gardenway Motel in Villa Ridge, Missouri, had been removed, leaving nothing but stone frame and foundation. However, the president of the Route 66 Association of Missouri reported the sign was taken down "for its … Continue reading Neon sign at Gardenway Motel in Villa Ridge taken down for safekeeping

A glimpse of Route 66 in Villa Ridge in 1994

Dan Uscian recently uploaded video footage from 1994 of three Route 66 business in near Villa Ridge, Missouri -- the Tri-County Truck Stop, the Gardenway Motel and the Diamonds restaurant. https://youtu.be/DeHqJ70YEc8 The Diamonds and Gardenway are closed. The Tri-County Truck Stop closed for several years, but was reborn this year as the Diamonds Trading Post auction … Continue reading A glimpse of Route 66 in Villa Ridge in 1994

Tri-County Truck Stop soon will reopen as an auction house

The long-closed Tri-County Truck Stop, aka The Diamonds, along Route 66 in Villa Ridge, Missouri, soon will reopen as The Diamond's Trading Post that will host auctions twice a month. The truck stop, which closed in 2006, is slated to reopen Oct. 2. Naturally, the auction house will have a Route 66 theme. A recent … Continue reading Tri-County Truck Stop soon will reopen as an auction house

Gardenway Motel closes

The historic Gardenway Motel in Villa Ridge, Missouri, abruptly closed Monday for as-yet-undetermined reasons, reported Jim Thole with the Route 66 Association of Missouri. Thole tried to contact the Eckelkamp family, which has owned the motel for nearly 70 years, to find out why, to no avail. A phone call to the motel Thursday went … Continue reading Gardenway Motel closes