The Route 66 Association of Missouri is a nonprofit organization established to preserve, promote, and develop Historic 66 (The Main Street of America) in the Show-Me State.
The Route 66 Association of Missouri originated from the efforts of dedicated volunteers who in the fall of 1989 realized Historic 66 in Missouri deserved the recognition and preservation.
The association became a reality in early 1990 when it began officially with more Charter Members than any other state Route 66 Association. Today, Association members reside in over 30 states plus internationally.
Route 66 Neon Park Planned for St. Robert, MO
The Pulaski County Route 66 Preservation organization is excited to announce its plan to develop “Route 66 Neon Park” within the City of St. Robert George M Reed Roadside Park, which is located in a wide median area between the eastbound and westbound lanes of Route 66. The Route 66 Neon Park will be the first of its kind to be developed along the 2,448 miles of the Mother Road which runs from Chicago, IL to Santa Monica, CA, and will feature restored, orphaned Route 66 neon signs in an outdoor park-like setting with corresponding story boards to inform the public about the history of each sign.
Eligible signs would be those that were originally along the Route between 1926 and 1985, have been abandoned and do not have a home, and would not otherwise return to the Mother Road without a park such as this. Currently the roadside park is home to a US Army M-60 tank which will remain within the park, and be embellished to tell the story of the importance of Route 66 as a thoroughfare for transporting war material during WWII. For additional information on the namesake of the roadside park visit this article. (https://pulaskicountyusa.wordpress.com/2013/12/10/george-m-reed-roadside-park.)
“Pulaski County Route 66 Preservation is excited to offer a prime location to preserve and memorialize this particular element of the Route’s culture,” said Beth Wiles, President of the organization. “Pulaski County has an opportunity to become an anchor destination along the Route with this development. Mother Road enthusiasts from around the world will want to make Pulaski County a preferred stop to see the ‘neon at night’ in this unique park.”
For those wanting to be a part of this new development go to the Kickstarter Campaign – Route 66 Neon Park, (https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/702500391/route-66-neon-park) which offers various levels of backing designed to appeal to individuals, associations and corporations. Back this project TODAY, as the campaign runs for a limited time. For more information about the Route 66 Neon Park project visit our website Route66Preservation.org.
The opportunity for this development began in November 2013 during the “The Road Ahead” Strategic Roundtable hosted by the World Monument Fund in Anaheim, CA, where Beth Wiles, Executive Director of the Pulaski County Tourism Bureau, was in attendance. One of the speakers there was Jim Thole, chairman of the Neon Heritage Preservation Committee of the Route 66 Association of Missouri, who described the Association’s vision to establish a neon park in Missouri for orphaned Route 66 neon signs. Ensuing discussions between those two parties then led to St. Robert becoming the proposed home for these former icons of the Mother Road.
The Route 66 Association of Missouri and the City of St. Robert will also be the organization’s partners in this endeavor.
THE ROUTE 66 ASSOCIATION OF MISSOURI PRESENTS
HUB AND SPOKE TOUR:
St. Robert, MO to Marshfield to the West and
Leasburg to the East
September 11, 12 and 13
This may be the first “hub and spoke” format Motor Tour ever held on Historic Route 66. The “hub” for the weekend of Missouri Historic Route 66-focused travel and fun will be St. Robert. One “spoke” will be a trip to Strafford and back, and the other “spoke” will be a trip to Leasburg. After 25 successful one-way Motor Tours, this new format should be exciting for all Tourists. Everyone will get to appreciate the beauty of the Ozarks that makes traveling Historic Route 66 in Missouri so special.
On Friday, September 11th, Motor Tour check in will be from 4:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. at the Hampton Inn Ft. Leonard Wood/St. Robert. The Motel is holding a block of rooms until August 21st. For reservations, Tourists must contact the Motel directly at (573) 336-3355 and mention the Motor Tour. Guides identifying places to visit and sights to see, including activities and things to do in Waynesville/St. Robert, will be provided. Driving instructions will also be provided. Each paid registration will receive a dash plaque and window decal. T-shirts and other memorabilia will be available for purchase. A mini-tour will be held that evening; details will follow.
On Saturday September 12th, check in will resume at 8:00 a.m. After departing at 9:00 a.m., the Motor Tour will follow the westward “spoke” to Bushmaster’s Rockin’ Race Place outside Strafford to view an interesting collection of hot rods, race cars, and racing memorabilia. There will be a $10.00 admission fee to tour the museum. As always, Tourists may create their own itinerary and stop anywhere they like. At the banquet room of the Hampton Inn that evening, a hearty and delicious meal of fried chicken and roast beef with all the trimmings will be served. Details regarding the evening’s activities will be announced later.
On Sunday September 13th, a nondenominational service will be held at 8:00 a.m. at the Hampton Inn. The Motor Tour will depart at 9:00 a.m. and follow the eastward “spoke” to Onondaga Cave State Park outside Leasburg. On the way, the owner of Belmont Vineyards and Winery outside Leasburg will provide a complimentary tour of the operation. However, Tourists may choose to stop anywhere they like. The Motor Tour will end with a box lunch at the picnic pavilion inside Onondaga Cave State Park. Either before or after lunch, Tourists may tour Onondaga Cave, a unique Missouri show cave, at a special group rate of $10.00 offered only on this day.
Completed registration forms and payment for registration and meals must be received by August 21, 2015. Meals cannot be reserved after that date.