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Fun Facts about Route 66


  1. The World’s Second-Largest Rocking Chair: Located in Fanning, MO, the 42-foot tall rocking chair made of steel pipes boasts 31.5 foot long rockers, each weighing one ton. Although it once rocked back and forth, it is now stationary as the rocking was deemed to be too dangerous.
  2. Meramec River US 66 Bridge: This historic site crossing the Meramec River was built of steel in 1900 and is a 10 panel Camelback Pratt Through Truss bridge. It is no longer auto accessible.
  3. The Big Chief Hotel: Located in Wildwood, MO, it is now known as the Big Chief Roadhouse and features 62 cabins, each with a garage and hot and cold water showers.
  4. Red Cedar Inn: Located in Pacific, MO, the Inn was built by two brothers, James and Bill Smith, who were bootleggers of moonshine. Opened in 1933, and serving lots of “booze,” the brothers added a restaurant to the site in 1935, as well as a Mobile gas pump. The Inn closed in 1972 but is still listed on the register of historic sites as a place to see.
  5. Wagon Wheel Motel, Café and Gas Station: Located in Cuba, MO, this historic site has been open and lodging guests since 1934. The Tudor-style sandstone cabins each have gabbled roofs and offer a private tub or shower, gas heat, fans for summer and an enclosed garage. The old gas station and café are now a gift shop and the motel’s office.
  6. Historic Rock Fountain Tourist Court Motel: Nine cabins made of Ozark sandstone rock were built in 1945 and are located in Springfield, MO.
  7. 66 Drive-In Theatre: This historic site in Carthage, MO, was built in 1949 and closed in 1985. Reopened in 1998, this unique drive-in theatre still shows films every other weekend.
  8. Circle Inn Malt Shop: Located in Bourbon, MO, this historic site was built in 1955 and advertised “Malts-Shakes Carry Out.” Built by Bob and Marie Ware, the malt shop has remained in the family throughout the years and is still in operation.
  9. Munger Moss Motel: This historic Rt. 66 site is located in Lebanon, MO, is still in operation since 1945 and has a filling station and restaurant. You can’t miss it’s still-operational original neon signage.
  10. Gillioz Theatre: Located in Springfield, MO, next to the Woodruff building, this theatre was built in 1926 and later restored in 2006. It was in July of 1865 where, in the street of the lot on which The Gillioz Theatre was eventually constructed, that “Wild Bill” Hickok got into a row over a gambling debt with professional gambler Dave Tutt, resulting in a shootout in which Hickok shot Tutt through the heart from a distance of 75 yards. Hickok was tried and acquitted.
  11. Meramec Caverns: In the heyday of Route 66, the caverns located in Stanton, MO, were a major attraction for tourists. Cars parked directly inside – a welcome relief for over-heated engines!
  12. Ghost Sign of Diamonds Restaurant: Disproportionate, the sign still stands at the center of a vast parking lot in Villa Ridge, MO Now abandoned, the property was once the largest road restaurant in the world.

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