Thanks for supporting us and encouraging us to bring you more great stuff from Route 66! We’re more than half way through 2022 and we have a lot to look forward to. Back in May, we refreshed the giant Route 66 shield at the Gay Parita Sinclair station in Paris Springs Junction with the help of the Pharaohs Car Club. The event went very smoothly. I want to extend a personal THANK YOU to those that donated funds and or time to help make the cause a success! We plan to paint the shield roughly every two years to ensure visitors get the photo opportunity of a lifetime. It was Gary Turner’s dream to have the premiere destination for Route 66 travelers. In cooperation with Barb and George, I believe that dream has become a reality.
In next quarter’s issue of the magazine, I have some very good news about the battle to save the Gasconade Bridge in Laclede County. I can’t say much at the moment, but I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised at what we’ll be unveiling.
This year the National Park Service offered up their Route 66 corridor grants again. Your Missouri Route 66 association has been involved in several of these grants being awarded. We endorsed several applications all over the entire Route. Two projects we are directly involved in: the Shamrock Court received another round of funding to aid with plumbing and electrical upgrades in order to make the motel functional again under modern standards. Work will resume late this summer into early fall on the Shamrock. Details and updates will be published on Facebook and the Missouri 66 website. The second project we are helping with is the Hiway Café neon sign restoration project located in Vinita, Oklahoma. Yes, that’s right. We are going beyond the state line to help all of Route 66. Bob Gehl and Jim Thole have been working with the owners of the Café for quite a while to restore this one-of-a-kind neon sign in Oklahoma. We are hopeful the restoration and unveiling will be completed by the end of this year. Again, you can find updates on our website.
Please join us as we have resumed quarterly meetings. Mike Boggs and Elizabeth Olwig have some exciting venues picked out. You can reserve your tickets at www.Missouri66.org/events. This past event had us bowling at Eagle Lanes in Sullivan. We had a great time at this family centered venue!
In August, the Birthplace of Route 66 Festival in Springfield resumes, promising to draw in thousands from all over the country as we celebrate the city where the Route 66 namesake was born. Want to learn more about Springfield, Missouri? Sign up today for one of our bus tours of the city hosted by our own esteemed historians and Route 66 enthusiasts, Joe Sonderman and Elizabeth Olwig. I personally attended their bus tour of St. Louis and I thought it was spectacular. Sign up today Missouri66.org because space is limited.
While we’re talking about events, please be sure to join us in September for our annual motor tour. This year we are traveling from St. Louis County to Lebanon. So many memories and friendships are fostered out on the road. Bring your friends and family and be sure to share the event with everyone you know. All are welcome. Last but not least, be sure to share the love of Route 66! Our membership director Mark Norman has been very busy recruiting and getting our membership numbers up. If you have old magazines, please give them to others and encourage them to join us! Be good to each other and I hope to see you soon!
– Roamin Rich