Route 66 – The State of
(and 13 miles of
The Show Me State of Missouri is where the Western Expansion began. Trails like the Oregon Trail, the Overland California Trail and the Santa Fe Trail all began on the river banks of the
Even though Route 66 originally came across the Mississippi River in the center of St. Louis, the later route across the river was by the way of the Chain of Rocks Bridge just south of the I-270 bypass route of today. This was to avoid the congestion and the crime of the big city. The Chain of Rocks Bridge opened in 1929 and closed in the late 1960’s. Today it is billed as the “world’s largest bicycle and pedestrian bridge”.
When Route 66 began bypassing the city, it came down Highway 67,
Some history on the area…
The World’s Fair was held on 1,300 acres in
There are five blocks of Delmar that has close to 100 names in the sidewalk of famous people from that area: Harry Truman, President, Betty Gribble-pin-up gal, Vincent Price-actor, Chuck Berry-rock n’ roller, Duke Ellington-jazz great, George Washington Carver-a former slave who revolutionalized agriculture, Yogi Berra-baseball giant, to name a few. Also T.S. Elliott, whose writings inspired the musical “Cats”. And don’t forget Samuel Clemens/Mark Twain, who gave us the adventures of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn.
The Gateway Arch in
One of the well known places to visit is Meramec Caverns. This because famous for three reasons: 1) It was billed as Jesse James’ hideout; 2) It’s logo was painted on over 350 barns across the Midwest; and 3) every visiting vehicle left with a “bumper sticker” on their rear bumper…a new advertising gimmick created by the Dill family, the owners of Meramec Caverns.
The Ozark region of
The stretch of Route 66 from Rolla to
When Route 66 exits