Route 66 in Missouri, The Show-Me State
Route 66 enters Missouri crossing the Mississippi River into St. Louis. There were several bridges over the decades but the most recognizable is the Chain-of-Rocks Bridge with it's 22 degree turn halfway across the river. From St. Louis a southwesterly direction to Springfield, following the Old Wire Road, was taken. Then it exited the state into Kansas, near Joplin.
Several original motor courts and motels still cater to Route 66 travelers. The Wagon Wheel in Cuba, The Munger Moss in Lebanon, The Route 66 Rail Haven in Springfield and The Boots Court Motel in Carthage are all well-preserved examples.
There are a few surviving service station/souvenir shops along the Route as well. One of the best examples is the Totem Pole Trading Post in Rolla. It is not at it's original location, but has moved in response to the realignment of Route 66 and later Interstate 44. With each move they have taken their original street sign. Further west just outside Halltown is a restored Sinclair station, Gary's Gay Parita, has been preserved for future Route 66 travelers.
In St. Louis stop for a snack at the Donut Drive-In or Ted Drewes Frozen Custard on Chippewa Street. When you are in Springfield stop at the Steak 'n Shake on St. Louis Street. Enjoy a steakburger in the original Route 66 diner. Wilder's Steakhouse, in Joplin, has been serving hand cut steaks since 1929.
"Historic Route 66" markers have been placed along the Mother Road guiding travelers across the state.