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Featuring Over 125 Mom & Pop Properties, Ads and Commentaries, plus

* A letter from the Publisher
* Historic Illinois News from the            Byway
* Tri-County Truck Stop and                   former Diamond Restaurant
* 1930's Phillips 66 Filling Station          Restored
* El Rancho Hotel, Home of Movie       Stars
* Flying High on the Route 66               Highway
* Frontier Motel -
    The Real Frontier
* Ash Fork on 66
* Olive Oatman History
...and much more!
Use the Advertiser to help plan your Route 66 Adventure!
Why not Visit Route 66
in 2011 ?
A letter from the Publisher Jim Michalec and staff.

Hi friends and readers, its been a long hard winter on all of us. Southwest Missouri was bombarded with snow and ice storms . I made calls all over the eight states, and the word was the same. Bad weather and a terrible economy had just brought things to a stand still. Well on a positive note, this has given us time to regroup and prepare for a busy summer.

A good friend of mine (Ron Hart) said to me a few years ago, "It's time for you to publish your paper online." This is great
news for us and all our proprietors, that we completed putting this edition of the Advertiser online, and it remains
available for anyone, anywhere in the world, to read anytime they choose!  A lot of work goes into the production of the
Advertiser, and while the "print" issues were popular, and often hard to keep on news stands, we now  offer our
Advertisers affordable exposure to the world at large, to those that plan their trips on the Mother Road months in
advance. Ron is able to provide direct links to our proprietors websites directly from their ads on the pages of the
online publication.

Ron, is an accomplished photographer and videographer. He has produced several television series relating to tourism and RV'ing and numerous documentaries on hurricanes. His work has appeared on NBC, CNN, Real TV, the Learning Channel and the Weather Channel. Ron does his own script writing, narration and editing on all his projects. To top this all off, he has press credentials, and when accompanied by his well-equipped production van there's no job too big, from covering a story to chasing storms.  Ron and his wife Barbara celebrated their 42nd. wedding anniversary this past June. They were married at a church in Carterville, MO..  That's right on Main Street America, old Route 66. Ron & Barbara have a daughter, son-in-law and two grandchildren now living in Florida.  Visit Ron's website at to learn more on his efforts to promote Route 66 tourism.

Things just have a way of working out for the best, this was certainly true when Michael Hailey answered our call for a new graphic designer. Michael joined us during our fourth issue. We just had time enough to get the fourth issue out just before things really slowed for the winter. Michael worked more on a technical end of getting things right and now looks forward to working to improve the over all graphics as well as ad design and over all content of the paper.

Michael, is currently Graphic Coordinator at MSSU here in Joplin MO. And has been there over twenty years.
He's worked for PSU and for a Fortune Five Hundred Company, as well as our local news station Channel
12, for 40 years of combined success. His accomplishments include, professional photography, video
grapher, corporate artist, trade show specialist and more. Michael's claim of fame include creation of the
mascot logos for PSU, their infamous GORILLA and MSSU's LION.

Michael's personal successes include his wife Glenda, stepdaughter Kimberly, two sons, Aaron & Joshua,
both now married and blessing them with seven, soon to be eight grandchildren. Having lived on or near
Route 66 all his life, Michael, states, "the Mother Road is like the air I breath, my Dad was born the year the
road was created, and my son now lives on it, it's always has been and will always continue to be a big part
of my life"

With all that said welcome aboard, Michael and Rod, I look forward to the expertise and inspiration and warmth you'll both be able to share to the Mother Road thought the Route 66 Advertiser.

On a personal note, I myself, am Flying High on Route 66 Highway, (see the story in this issue) Many of
you that know me, have known that this has become my mission. But what really joys me from deep
inside is that you have all become my friends. And you know what guys we're going to make though
these tough times here in the travel industry, to spite the economy and gasoline prices. You've stayed
united when they pulled the pavement out from under feet. You've kept old family secrets handed down
though the generations in your hearts and souls. We can all feel the movement and rebirth of our most
valued institution but sometimes as we get closer to seeing her prosper again the hill gets steeper as
we draw near the top.

As the renewal ads continue to come in for their third year run, I feel that we can stick together as
friends and tell the world "We're still here for you,... come and discover The Mother Road!"

This new online site will certainly open more avenues for us to get the word out there to far more people then ever. When one of my friends said, "Yes, lets do another year" to spite throwing thousands into the advertising budget for the upcoming year. And then stating "Yes let's do this because you have a big heart" as well as the interest in seeing the paper online with direct links to everyones website.  Thanks Vassant.

With this said, I want to thank all you, my friends that have placed your confidence in this publication and mission. "Reuniting the Children of the Mother Road".     Jim.

Ron Hart
Glenda & Michael Hailey
Jim Michalec - Publisher


John Miller 10-07
14828 San Francisco Ave.
Posen, IL 60469
708-528-RT66 (7866)

Vice President
Cathie Stevanovich
9280 Drummond
Tinley Park, IL 60487

Martin Blitstein, 10-08
9280 Drummond
Tinley Park, IL 60487

Recording Secretary
Loretta Dwyer 10-07
304 Hillside Rd
New Lenox, IL 60451

Linda Zima, 10-07
10813 W. Third
Mokena, IL 60448

Louis Vargo
14911 Richmond Ave.
Posen, IL 60469


Kathy Miller
14828 San Francisco
Posen, IL 60469

Jim Jones
842 S. Walnut St.
Pontiac, IL 61764

At Large Board Members

Joe Gniadek 10-08
1109 Cedar #3B
Glendale Heights, Il

Barbara Nicholson,
1150 Elliot Ave.
Aurora, IL 60505

Bob Killackey 10-08
304 Hillside Rd
New Lenox , IL 60451

Larry Scinto 10-07
4311 Kathleen Ave
Oak Lawn, IL 60453

Rosie Vargo, 10-07
14911 Richmond Ave.
Posen, IL 60469

Executive Committee
The officers, plus Joe
Gniadek and Bob Killackey

DuPage County

Bill Gwodz 10-08
9 So. 588 Main St.
Downers Grove, IL

Grundy County

Nick (Ike) Widner 10-07
948 E. Jackson St
Morris, IL 60450

Sangamon County

Ron Pfister, 10-06
250 Melrose Ave.
Aurora, IL 60505z

Madison County

Jim Allen 10-07
PO Box 426 - 201
Meyer Ave
Hamel, IL 62046

Montgomery County

Leland Storm 10-08
77 Woods Circle - PO
Box 3
Hillsboro, IL 62049

St. Clair County


Illinois’ share of the Mother Road is approximately 289 miles.
Wilmington, IL, population 5,134 (census 2000). Approximately 60 miles southwest of Chicago.
Foxtail Commons Townhomes - from $170’s - 300’s
• 1-3 Bedrooms
• 1.5-3 Bathrooms
• Private Courtyards
• Kitchen Appliances                Included
• Radiant Heated Floors
• 2-Car Heated Garage
• Vaulted Ceilings
• All Brick Exterior
• Private Alleys
Call Kirsten Van Duyne at 815-577-2055 for more information or to schedule a showing:                                               
Kirsten Van Duyne
610 W. Lockport St.
Plainfield, IL 60544
Office: (815) 577-2055
Cell: (815) 791-4528
Leo, Cathy & Joan Van Duyne

281 Jennifer Ln
Wilmington, IL
(815) 476-7441
Office: (815) 476-0588
Home: (815) 476-9219
Cell: (815) 474-5547
Semi-custom built townhomes from
the $170’s! All brick luxury ranch
townhomes. Lots of upgrades
included in home! Vaulted ceilings,
recessed lighting, radiant heat
in the flooring and garages! Two
car attached garages with private
alley access. Landscaping, fences,
and patios included. Choose your
cabinets, countertops, and flooring.
Decide to make Foxtail Commons
your new home today!

Cook County

Louis Vargo 10-07
14911 Richmond Ave.
Posen, IL 60469

Livingston County

Patti Mehner 10-08
819 E. Madison St
Pontiac, IL 61764

Macoupin County

Nora Feuquay 10-08
21480 IL Rte 4
Carlinsville, IL 6062626

Logan County

Ernie Edwards 10-08
101 W. Oak St.
Broadwell, IL 62623

McLean County

Tom Dunham 10-08
415 W. Moulton
Pontiac, IL 61764

Will County

Dave Zima 10-07
10813 W. Third
Mokena, IL 60448
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    Built in the 1950’s by Bill
Murphy, this motel was originally
a Texaco Service Station. After
closing the station, the owner
turned the garage bays into motel
units. Business was good, so in
1965 five more motel units were
built in back with a river view. Leo
& Joan Van Duyne purchased
it in 1982 and ran it for 5 years
before their son Patrick took over
in 1987. Patrick would add 10
more units out back making a nice
L shaped modern motel/resort on
the river.
The motel offers daily &
weekend rates, fishing & canoe
rentals, along with peace and
solitude as it sits on an island in
the middle of the quaint little town
of Wilmington, IL. Wilmington is a
villa of old time store fronts, each
one offering an array of shopping
from antiques to Rt-66 novelties
and everything in between.

Make your stay in Wilmington
a pleasant one when you stay at
the Van Duyne Motel.
Farmersville, IL, population 768 (census 2000), home to 1936 icon Art’s Motel & Restaurant.

101 Main Street (Route 66)
Farmersville, IL
Exit #72 from I-55

Call for reservations

“A Route 66 Classic”

Completely Remodeled Rooms
Newly Restored Vintage Sign
Route 66 Hall of Fame, 1995
Art’s Neon Sign Restored
Illinois Route 66 Preservation members are at it again!
By John Weiss, Route 66 Preservationist

    It sat vacant and was slowly deteriorating, and then along came owner
Barry Limbachia. Without any help or grants, he completely restored the
restaurant and motel, and Art’s reopened in 2006.
Even though both businesses received a first class face lift, one thing was
sadly missing. Sitting rusted and forlorn was the original ART’S neon sign.
This bothered preservation member Joe Coscino. Dr. Joe, as he is known,
made it his own personal goal to restore this much photographed sign. This
was no easy task since he lives in Naperville, 325 miles from Farmersville. Dr.
Joe also has five small children and a business to run. But as the expression
goes, “If you want to get something done, ask a busy person”. A group of
other preservation volunteers soon stood along side of Dr. Joe with the same
attitude, “Let’s just do it!” (Many of them also live 300 or more miles away.)
    This committed group overcame each and every obstacle. Rooms for the
workers were furnished by owner Barry Limbachia and his wife. What a great
feeling of accomplishment overcomes people when they work on a restoration
project! Listed here are those that contributed in some way to this fantastic
project: Dr. Joe Coscino (wife & 5 children), Joel Lehr, Bob Killacky, Jerry
Law, Joe Gniadek, Jamie Anderson, Patty Ambrose (son & husband), John
Ruh, Larry Scinto, Lou Vargo, and the Route 66 Association of Illinois.
Route 66 Icon Motel and Adjoining Restaurant
Completely Restored and Open for Business
The very classic ART’S MOTEL & RESTAURANT sign has been
restored! Art’s is located in Farmersville, IL. This Route 66 icon has served
the needs of travelers and locals since 1936. The 13 unit motel opened in
1960. Art’s was also inducted into the Route 66 Hall of Fame in 1995.
Litchfield, IL, population 6,815 (census 2000), and is located 245 miles south of
Chicago, IL and 52 miles north of St. Louis, MO.
                          From the moment
                           you enter Stacey’s
                           Route 66 Café in
                           Litchfield, IL, you
                           know you’ve come
                           to the right place.
                           Immediately, you
                           feel the warm
atmosphere of friends and neighbors coming together to enjoy delicious
homemade food, the way it used to
be. Top it off with great coffee and
excellent service, and who could

ask for more.

Stacey White happened to be
seated across the dining room
from us that very morning, and she
cheerily took the time to meet with
us. She is the new owner of this
restaurant, having worked for the
previous owner at the old location
and purchasing it from him over a
year ago. It seemed fitting to buy
the restaurant because she’s a
natural. Thanks Stacey!

MON-SAT  5 a.m. to 9 p.m.  SUNDAY 5 a.m. to 8 p.m.

318 Old Route 66
Litchfield, IL.

(217) 324-2771

P.O. Box 8117
St. Louis, MO.  63156-8117
(417)  865-1318
Tommy Pike, President
Missouri's share of the Mother Road is
approximately 313 miles!
for Less
We are an automotive paint store offering wholesale pricing to the public.  We handle House of Kolor, Matrix, 3-M, Mirka, Meguiars, Iwata, Sata and much more.  We cater to the collision shops, hobbyist and custom painter, and have been supplying products to the hit TV show "Trick My Truck".  For the custom painter we have a full line of airbrush supplies, and occasionally do Airbrush seminars with Ryno Templeton of Trick My Truck.
We also have a great Route 66 t-shirt we sell.

1821 E. 7th. St.,  Joplin, MO.
Mon. - Fri.  8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to Noon
Route 66 Advertiser proudly offers
the first in a series of limited
edition Route 66 T-shirts!

Barbara Ann & Belushi, our two Shih Tzus, have
been making themselves known along the Route.
At the same time, they want to help make long
time proprietors and icon landmarks well known
again! Wearing their T-shirts will help promote
the cause. Order yours today! (Sample shown here)

Send your check or money order for $10.00
Plus $3.00 shipping, for a total of $13.00 per shirt to:
Route 66 Advertiser
20875 Old 66 Blvd
Joplin, MO 64801
Please specify Adult size S-M-L or XL
and return street address (multiple orders welcome)
100% pre-shrunk cotton.
Hey Belushi, I sure love Eisler Bros. Old Riverton Store!
Ya, Doots,
It's cool!
Missouri’s share of the Mother road is approximately 313 miles. St. Louis, MO, population 348,189 (census 2000). A
town was laid out in 1762 by Pierre Laclede and dedicated to St. Louis IX. Home of the Gateway Arch, St. Louis is the
largest city on Route 66 between Chicago and Los Angeles.
Who doesn’t love a donut, right?
This St. Louis establishment is
the place to stop when you have
the craving for a freshly made
treat. Founded in 1951, Donut
Drive-In is a longstanding St.
Louis tradition. We believe it
should be a tradition for Route
66 travelers as well. You can
satisfy any donut craving you may
have: cake, raised, jelly filled,
apple fritter, maple bar, and on
and on…Yumm! For you late
night snackers, they’re open until
midnight Wednesday through
Saturday. Grab a cup of coffee

with your donuts, and you’ll have a
great snack to get you to your next

Owners for 10 years, Kay, Paul,
Jim, Chuck, and John Schwarz
have sort of “come full circle” with
more than just making donuts.
They remember coming here when
they were kids, and now they are
the proprietors themselves. Be
sure to drop in for a bite.

Open 7 days a week:
Sun thru Tues: 5 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Wed thru Sat: 5 a.m. to Midnight
                .........a St. Louis Tradition
6525 Chippewa, St. Louis, MO. 63109   (314) 645-7714
Wholesale Distributor of Quality
Products for the Mother Road

4812 Foreman Road
St Louis, MO 63123
Phone (314) 631-7259
Or 1-866-631-7259
Cell (314) 267-1810
You never know who you’ll run
into run on the Route. We ran into
Thomas Wanko and his wife Betty at
the Grand Canyon Caverns located
near Peach Springs, AZ. It’s a
lucky thing we did, because Tom
runs T.A.W. Promotions, Inc. as a
Wholesale Distributor of high quality
products for promoting the Mother
Tom has personally designed his
own vast array of Route 66 caps,
visors, skullcaps, and more. Thanks
for all the promotional caps, visors
and dashboard grip pads, Tom. The

Cell Mate dashboard grips really
work. Take it from us, we know; with
a car loaded to the gills they added
organization and convenience. The
hats and visors were a big hit with
all the proprietors we met, as they
all recognized the quality and detail
to design. Many of the gift shops we
stopped at were already carrying
Tom’s products.
We look forward to meeting
up with Tom & Betty again soon.
Having dinner with them at the Road
Kill Café in Seligman, AZ was a
Bourbon, MO., population 1,348 (census 2000), 36.5 miles southwest of St. Louis.  In the early 1850's, newly imported
bourbon whiskey was sold by Richard Turner at his store to railroad construction crews.  The business became known
as the "Bourbon Store", and eventually the new town was called Bourbon.
    Or, do you say Circle (N)? Either way, The Circle Inn Malt Shop has
been around since 1958, and may have picked up a nickname or two
along the way. One thing we do know for sure, it is an old-time malt shop
that has evolved into more of a diner through the years.

    Bob Ware remembers the early years (1962-1973) when his mom Marie
and dad Bud Ware ran the Malt Shop as a great place for kids young and
old to hang out. When Bob took over in March 1973, he kept adding to
the menu. The Circle Inn Malt Shop has grown into a family restaurant,
featuring breakfast all day. It still offers up nostalgia, from its fun flavored
menu to the original malt machine and soda fountain. Circle this Inn (N)
on your itinerary!
Circle Inn Malt Shop & Restaurant, Bourbon, MO
171 South Old Highway 66
Bourbon, Missouri 65441

Open: Mon – Sat
7 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Closed Sunday

Breakfast all Day
Full Restaurant Menu
Old Fashioned Malts, Shakes, Sundaes
Smoking and Non-smoking

Villa Ridge, MO, population 2,417 (census 2000), home to Tri-County Truck Stop
Route 66 Icon for lease, invest your skills, time,
and elbow grease, not $$$!!!
successful. At one time it was billed as “The World’s Largest Roadside
Restaurant”. In time, The Diamonds grew from a simple restaurant to a multiservice
facility, complete with sleeping cabins, two outdoor swimming pools
(one hot, one cool), a first aid station, even its own fire truck. On the roof, “The
Diamonds” was spelled out in large black letters. It’s said that planes flew
overhead just to see it.
In 1948 a fire destroyed the original frame building. Two days later it was
reopened across the street as a hot dog, hamburger and popcorn stand. Within
a month they were operating out of a nearby garage, and in 1950 the new “all
brick” building was completed on the original site. The Diamonds moved up the
road in the 1960’s and this building became known as Tri County. This wonderful
old building looks much the same as it did then. The rounded windows are still

Long Term Lease only…all it will cost you is what you already know, lots of hours
and hard work but rest easy knowing the lease overhead won’t kill you. Your hard
work can payoff and open the door to profit, not throwing lease $$$ away.
CALL RICK REED NOW! (573) 468-7653 or (573) 205-8781

Thanks Rick for doing your part to save a Route 66 Icon!
    That’s right, hardworking entrepreneur WANTED to lease FREE of charge, (in exchange for improvement to the property) this classic TRI – COUNTY TRUCK
STOP Restaurant. Owner Rick Reed is on a mission to save his long time family
heritage involvement in their restoration and ownership of this Route 66 icon.
Rick recalls boyhood days with his brother Gary helping uncles Roscoe & Leroy
and their farther Arla with the renovation process. It was 1967, the boys were
16 & 17, and family was in a major under taking of moving their family business
(TRI COUNTY TRUCK STOP) from Sullivan, MO, to this Villa Ridge site. This
former Diamonds Restaurant, was closed down after years of being known as
the world’s largest roadside restaurant, and had fallen to disrepair. Rick’s family
successfully renovated, ran and operated Tri County/ former Diamonds for over
thirty years. Later, the property was leased to others and most recently the
property has become available again. Rick states that he won’t sell, for fear of
it falling to destruction just for it’s favorable commercial local. Additionally, the
property may qualify for Grants to help revitalize it again.
Take a moment to read the history below (provided by the owner) knowing that
the opportunity for you to do your part in preserving a Route 66 icon is only a
phone call away. Call Rick Reed at (573) 468-7653 or (573) 205-8781.

“Tri County recently celebrated its 30th Anniversary as a business, and in
2002 the owners commemorated another milestone-the 75th Anniversary of when
the restaurant was first built on this unusual wedge shaped lot. The original
restaurant, known as The Diamonds, was opened July 3rd, 1927, by Spencer
Groff, who had previously operated a successful banana stand on the site.
The birth of Route 66, which runs in front of the restaurant, led to increased traffic past the stand and the realization that a new opportunity had presented itself. The building was constructed in the shape of a baseball diamond to fit
its odd shaped lot, thus the name Diamonds. The business was instantly
Sullivan, MO population 6351 (census 2000) Home to Homer’s Bar -B-Q. Are you ready?
You’ve heard it before now you better believe it! The best smoked BAR-B-Q…I tried and now I believe, and yes
I’m ready…ready to head back to Homer’s just as soon as I can. This is what trips are made of. A place like this
deserves word of mouth far and wide. If your planning a trip this way make absolutely sure you pull into Sullivan,
MO, on a weekend (Thurs-Sat) and see for yourself if you’re ready for the best tasting Bar-B-Q. Locals & travelers
are also welcome on Monday, Wednesday, & Saturday mornings for a Bible breakfast, including free food and
fellowship. That’s right, this group will share the word of the Lord, free food and great company and they only ask
that you pass it on when you leave. They call themselves “Helping Hands”. The place is simple but unique and the
walls are covered with burlap potato sacks from across the states. The barn wood used on the walls came from
the Blymoss furniture factory. The decor also includes paintings from local artists and tin can airplanes, and Homer
will point out and put into action the pink flying pig he was given “when pigs fly.” There is a window into the smoker
oven room and the whole story on the wall next to it, concluding with mention that “hickory smoke will make the
meat look red, ribs are smoked 3 to 4 hours and roasts might need 8 to 10 hours. Get down to Homer’s…I just envy
the locals that can eat there anytime, anytime they ARE READY.
HOMER'S BAR-B-Q, Sullivan, MO.
From the sign out front to the
delicious smokehouse aroma inside,
“you’ll know you’ve been had” for the
finest smoked meats the Ozarks have
to offer. After feasting our eyes on the
mouth watering meals coming out of the
kitchen, we had to ask “what’s that?”
The waitress replied that it was the “Ory’s
Spud”. Here’s how it is described in their
tantalizing menu: “Huge baked potato
– Ladle in our baked beans, Covered
with B-B-Q pulled pork, smothered
with cheddar & monterey jack cheese,
sprinkled with bacon bits & chives and
our special seasoning!” Ory’s Spud is

Cuba, MO, population 3,230 (census 2000). In 1857, two gold miners returned home from California via Cuba
and expounded the island’s virtues. Impressed, the townspeople called their new post office “Cuba.”
“The Ozark’s Finest Smoked Meats”
a meal in itself at the price an appetizer
might cost elsewhere.
The exterior of the restaurant
gives you the impression that you are
entering an old Ozark frontier town,
complete with a watermill wheel. While
our meals were being prepared, we just
had to explore the unique interior of the
building. Upstairs we found a banquet
room with the same rustic décor and
oldtime theme that the restaurant displays
in the main level dining room. If you
look through the stairs and under the
staircase, you’ll catch a glimpse of an
authentic looking moonshine still.
Missouri Hick Bar-B-Q is a very
unique place with simply great food, so
be sure you don’t miss it.
913 E. Washington (Old Route 66)
Cuba, MO.  65453
(573) 885-6791       Open Daily 11 a.m.
"The Ozarks Finest Smoked Meats"
Historic Route 66 Café

510 W. Washington
Cuba, MO 65453


Breakfast & Lunch
Open 7 a.m. – 2 p.m.


Pies – cheesecake – chili - stew
Try a Belgian Waffle w/ Pecans!
Historic Route 66 Café – It’s all Homemade!
Peggy Pyatt, proprietor of the Historic
Route 66, wears a lot of hats and we’re
sure glad she does. The atmosphere she
has created in her restaurant is quaint
and homey. We thoroughly enjoyed our
breakfast, personally cooked by Peggy
herself. There are plenty of locals who
stop in on a regular basis, and for good
reason. Everything we had for breakfast
was delicious and homemade. The waffle
with pecans is the must have to top off any
order, so be sure to try one. Stop in and
say “Hi” to Peggy, and tell her the Route 66
Advertiser sent you!
Cuba, Missouri...a Route 66 town "painted" in History.  Come see all the Murals!

Circle Inn Malt Shop
45 years on Missouri's
Historic Route 66
Bourbon, Missouri
Owner: Bob  Ware

Rolla, MO, population 16,367 (census 2000). Rumor has it that in 1858, Rolla was named after Raleigh, the home
town of George Coppedge. He pronounced it as “Rolla,” and so it stuck.
Welcome to Pinga’s Tortilla Flats Trading Post
& Restaurant, a unique establishment along Route
66 in Rolla, MO.
This property is For Sale or Lease by Owner,
so if you are interested in owning or leasing a
genuine Route 66 establishment, and living right
next door in a house full of history, please give
Thelma Sevart a call for details:
(573) 308-2967
Pinga’s Tortilla Flats Trading Post & Restaurant
For Sale or Lease by Owner
14775 County Rd 7100
(Old 66)
Rolla, MO 65401

“Experience the Elegance”
A Tradition on Route 66 Since 1957
Family owned & operated for over 40 years
50 Clean & Comfortable Guest Rooms
Inside & Outside Pools, Weight Room
Zeno’s Steakhouse, Scheffer’s Lounge
Banquet Facilities for 10 - 240 Guests
Sybil’s Fine Antiques & Gift Shop.

I-44 Exit 184 1621 Martin Springs Drive, Rolla, MO 65401
Phone (573) 364-1301 visit our website at
Enjoy Scheffer's Lounge

On US Route 66 Since 1957
The Mule you once knew is back…
(Even better!)
I-44 Exit 189, Rolla MO

     (573) 364-4711
Stop in and visit owners Carl & Zelma Smith for:
Route 66 Souvenirs - Name Brand Knives and Swords
Gifts – Antiques – Books - Vintage Record Albums
Concrete Lawn Ornaments & Fountains - Life Size Animal Replicas

Mule Tobacco Barn
Discount tobacco
wines & liquors
Zeno’s Motel & Steakhouse
Provided by Michael Z. Scheffer

In 1957, Zeno and Loretta Scheffer built
and established a twenty-room motel along
Route 66. In 1959, a sixty-seat restaurant
was added to fill the needs of travelers and
the local community on Route 66.
The motel currently has fifty rooms,
gift shop, two swimming pools ( indoor
& outdoor), a play ground area, and an
upscale decorated library lounge for quiet
cocktails and conversation, and of course
our award winning restaurant.
Zeno’s Steakhouse has been
mentioned by USA Today, Gourmet
Magazine, Route 66 Cookbooks, and The
Today Show to name a few. Whether you
are traveling Interstate 44 or reminiscing on
Old Route 66, Zeno’s is a must stop!
Zeno’s Steakhouse offers business
lunches and caters all holiday and personal
celebrations. They also have the areas only
banquet room that can accommodate up
to 300 guests. Zeno’s offers diverse menu
choices from daily lunch specials to pasta,
seafood, and fresh salads.
The Scheffer family has owned and
operated this Route 66 landmark with pride
that comes from fifty years of offering their
patrons’ high quality cuisine and service at a
fair price. That’s a claim to fame that’s been
handed down through generations.
Serving the Area for 50 Years

Mule trading post established in 1957.
Story has it a past owner gave donkey rides
for 50-cents, earning enough money for her
son to go to aviation school to become a
Carl and Zelma Smith acquired the
Mule Trading Post in fall of 2004. Zelma
stated that the Mule is back as it was in
the early years, but even better! She and
Carl have added 4 more rooms with a vast
array of antiques, Route 66 memorabilia &
collectibles, name brand knives & swords,
and vintage LP records. They aquired the
old service station next door and remodeled
it into a discount tobacco barn with a variety
of tobaccos, cigarettes, walk-in Humidor
(for cigar smoking), and Missouri wines &
liquors. They are members of the Missouri
Route 66 Association and have owned
other local businesses prior to taking on
Mule Trading Post.
You can’t miss that classic neon sign
of a mule head complete with waving neon
ears. You’ll find the Mule at Exit 189 on the
South side of I-44, where old Route 66 is
divided by the highway. In fact, some of the
old 66 two-lane pavement is right in front of
the store.
Vernelle’s Motel

After spending a month on the Mother Road, staying more than twenty nights
at wonderful Route 66 icon motels, there were two stays that really intrigued me.
One of them was our stay with Ed Goodridge, long time owner of Vernelle’s Motel.
Vernelle’s is located 8 miles west of Rolla, MO.
Ah but there’s a trick to finding her, you see she’s been bypassed not once but
twice. As always when planning a Route 66 voyage, I plan to stay at Route 66
icons. This time when planning a nights stay for our Route 66 MO Association
meeting in Rolla. I did a search on the net and typed in Ma & Pa Motels. Now
this fit the bill perfectly, there was a picture of Ed and the motel along with some
commentary. Right there and then, I called Ed and made my reservation.
Right next door to Vernelle’s there sits John’s Modern Cabins. Now I ask myself
what’s all the hoopla about the modern cabin ruins, sure they are a great photo
shot but…When going to witness these old ruins one could be having a great trip
back into history by actually staying at Vernelle’s as we were doing. Yes, I enjoyed
my walks in the mornings of the two-night stay with Ed, walking by the ruins,
looking for the old 66 passages, and the more recent I 44 pavements of which Ed
convinced the Highway department to remove in front of his place.
Ed never ceased to amaze us, with his very good impersonation of John Wayne
“The Duke”, to bringing us coffee in the morning, and sending us off with ham
sandwiches. I convinced Ed to show us the thrift / antique shop as well, and we
found some very treasured keepsakes from the old Vernelle’s Restaurant.
Now how do you find this Route 66 treasure? FIND Ed at Vernelle’s…and tell
him Jim and Kris of Route 66 Advertiser sent you.
Exit 176 between Arlington and Doolittle, MO just 8 miles west of Rolla. Exit 176
is Sugar Tree Road. Just a few feet off the south side of I 44 you’ll find Arlington
Road. Take Arlington road (Old 66) to the right or west about a half a mile. You’ll
see Vernelle’s off to your right and you will have to come across the crossover
bringing you north to the outer road where Vernelle’s proudly withstands the test of
time in it’s own dimension.

Vernelle’s MOTEL
An Old Route 66 Treasure - Find it!

EXIT 176 from I-44
(Also known as Sugartree Road Exit)
10887 Arlington Road (Old Route 66)
Newburg, MO 65550
(573) 762-2798
Goodridge family owned since 1961

Quiet, comfortable, nostalgic rooms with modern conveniences
Color TV, Microwave, Refrigerator
Nightly, Weekly or Monthly Rentals
Self-contained RV Parking
Close to Gasconade River – Great Hunting & Fishing

Antique and Collectibles Shop adjacent to Motel

SWAP MEET at Vernelle’s every 3rd Saturday & Sunday

After 35 years of business, Ed has decided he would consider
selling this icon of the Mother Road, please contact him directly

Lebanon, MO, population 12,155 (census 2000). Created in 1849 to be the countly seat of Laclede County, it was
named after Lebanon, Tennessee, from which many settlers had come.
The Munger Moss Motel is a
Vintage Auto Court that harks back
to the hey-day of Route 66! It is
Route 66 lodging at its finest. It has
been the “home away from home”
for generations of travelers on old
Route 66, and is still serving the
modern highway traveler with all the
amenities one would expect from
a first class lodging establishment.
Clean, modern rooms await you
at the Munger Moss Motel. Yet the
Munger Moss has all the charm of
yesteryear ~ those days before the
Interstate cut off small town America
and the unique “mom and pop”
businesses that lined America’s twolane
highways. Why stay anywhere
else when you can relive those
simpler times in modern comfort at
the historic Munger Moss Motel?
In 1946, the motel was built
and opened. There were 14 cabins
with garages in between the rooms.

Later the motel was expanded...
more units were built, and
eventually the spaces between the
cabins were filled in.
In 1971. The Lehmans, Bob
and Ramona, and family purchased
the Munger Moss and moved to
Lebanon, MO, from northeast Iowa.
Now 35 years later they found
themselves the proud recipients of
the “Business of the Year” award
which they received at the Route
66 Festival in Albuquerque, New
Mexico in 2006.

It's More Than A Roadside Establishment....It's the
It is a Living Legacy to all that Was...and Is...on ROUTE 66.

Recipient of the first
"Mother Road Business of the Year"

Here Yesterday,  Today  and Tomorrow.

1336 E. Rt. 66
Lebanon, MO.

(417) 532-3111

Bob & Ramona Lehmans enjoying
the company of Route 66 Roadies.
135 Wrinkle Ave ● Lebanon, MO 65536
(417) 588-8966
Deli Sandwiches
Convenience Store

Historic Wrink’s Market on 66 is Open Again!
After an extensive remodel, I finally
opened the store on Monday, July
16, 2007. A lot of visitors came in,

and the deli is a big success so far.
The bologna sandwich Wrink called
“The Paul Harvey Special” was a big
hit at 99 cents. Route 66 trekkies are
coming in droves- from Germany,
France, Amsterdam, Australia, Ireland
and many from different states in
the USA. The first few weeks have
been a blast! Advertising from local
and regional newspapers has helped
spread the news about the opening!
Provided by Terry Wrinkle
Springfield, MO, population 151,580 (census 2000).
The “Queen City of the Ozarks,” and the Birthplace
of Route 66,” Springfield was originally a settlement
called Campbell and Fulbright Springs. In 1833,
James Wilson (for whom Wilson’s Creek, the site of a
great Civil War battle, was named) convinced voters
to name it Springfield (after the beautiful little town in
Massachusetts where he was born).
Best Western Route 66 Rail Haven
The Best of Both Worlds
I don’t know about you, but I like doing things to the extreme. When
traveling the Route, you’ll find me in one of my 1966 autos and looking
around town for the oldest motel I can possibly find.
At the Best Western Route 66 Rail Haven, the whole family can
be happy, knowing that you’ll get a clean, comfortable room with free
continental breakfast and free coffee all day. The kids will love the outdoor
swimming pool, and Dad and Mom will love the old time nostalgia, from the
classic gas pumps & old phone booth out front, to the 50’s music playing
outside, as well as in the lobby’s diner.

The Rail Haven has come a long way since 1938 when this classic
motor court was originally named “Rail Haven Cottage Cabins” for the rail
fence that lined the perimeter of its quaint courtyard. This motel is a truly
authentic Route 66 icon, complete with pleasantly renovated rooms and
affordable rates.

Bed & Breakfast on Route 66.
Experience the history.
Formerly of Seligman, Arizona,
“Ernest T” (pictured on his business
card) and Kevin Kaminski have
moved to Missouri and expanded
their business into a full-scale t-shirt
printing operation. They provide
silk screening, heat and photo
transfer, and custom layout and
design services to wholesale and
retail t-shirt customers. Their motto
is “Quality T-Shirts at Competitive
Prices,” and Ernest performs random
quality checks at any point in the
process while Kevin is working. The
retail website showcases a number

Ernest Tees, “Quality T-Shirts at Competitive Prices”
of Route 66 t-shirts, and many
other Route 66 designs and styles
are available – contact Kevin@ if you don’t see what
you are looking for online. Depending
on where you are on Route 66,
wholesale “Ernest Tees” can be
shipped to your location from either
MO or the AZ “Route 66 Wholesale”
warehouse location (see the Arizona
section for Route 66 Wholesale’s
ad); contact Kevin at Ernest Tees
or Sally at Route 66 Wholesale for
special event and wholesale ordering
Route 66
Rail Haven
• All ground floor • Free continental breakfast
& coffee in lobby • Free high speed Internet
connections/Wi-Fi • Outdoor pool • 24-hour front desk
• Ample parking • Children 18 and under stay free
203 S. Glenstone, Springfield, MO 65802
or 417-866-1963
Each Best Western hotel is independently owned and operated.
$53.95 + Tax
Sun - Thurs
$63.95 + Tax
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5089 County Lane 138, Carthage MO.
417-358-2432 or 888-Big Barn    
Van Duyne Motel
"Best Motel by a Dam Site", On the beautiful Kankakee River.  107 Bridge St. (Rte. 53), better known as Route 66
Wilmington, IL. 60481
(815) 476-2801
June - July  2011
Did you know that the ADVERTISER now has special pages for PERSONAL and BUSINESS Classified Ads?

Check them out near the end of this edition,
and let us know if you need to sell anything to our readers!
Authentic Mexican Food made with 100% Fresh Ingredients
La Mezcalera of Cuba, MO has new owners; and these three brothers really know what they are doing when it comes to the finest in Mexican food. I was in town for a few days and the talk about town was how good the food is at La Mezcalera. Naturally, I had to try it for myself. My first stop was too soon after having a big lunch in St. Louis, so I had an Enchilada side order. Let me tell you, that had to be the best taste of how good the rest of the items on their menu would taste. They made the enchilada with real beef, and it had a ton flavor, which left me anticipating the chance to experience one of their dinners. When I came back to call on the owners, I got my chance to have a plate of Fajitas for lunch. The Fajitas included cooked bell peppers, tomato, and onions, along with rice, beans, and lettuce topped with guacamole and Pico de Gallo. Talk about a great meal…hands down, this place is great! The prices are very reasonable, and they offer a lunch and dinner menu,
and carry outs as well. They have a large, comfortable, clean, air-conditioned dining room with a small corner bar and a full liquor license. In fact, they are known for the best Margaritas around! Other specialties include Burritos, Chimi Changas, Enchiladas, Quesadillas, and all your favorite Mexican dishes, and salads not to mention great steaks and seafood too. Their children’s menu has both Mexican and American varieties. Don’t forget dessert…Fried Ice Cream, Sopapillas, and Flan (Mexican Custard). They have room for private parties and cater out as well. Open seven days a week from 11:00 am to 10:00 pm, so you have plenty of time to make the stop in Cuba. They’re just one block off Route 66, over the tracks on Main Street.
The Mother Road bids farewell to a beloved ambassador

Frances “Fran” R. Eickhoff of Cuba, MO was born Saturday, January 26, 1929 in St. Louis, MO. She entered into rest Thursday, August 7, 2008 in Oak Grove, MO at the age of 79.

I had the sad experience of attending Fran’s funeral service in early August. Fran was such a lady of the Mother Road that I thought there would have been hundreds of cars outside the quaint Holy Cross Catholic Church where her service was held. However, it was a little smaller group of family and close friends and a few of us fellow Route 66 buffs. I met Fran at my first Missouri Route 66 Association meeting and road tour. She stepped forward and welcomed me as a new member, and we shared stories and pictures of our Route 66 travels. Fran was so well traveled on the Mother Road, that she not only knew all the famous stops along the Route, but she also knew the people. In fact, she knew so much about the people and places along the Route, that she welcomed my calls and questions to her when I started up the premier issue of the Route 66 Advertiser. Thank you Fran for your help and for being the warm, welcoming person who inducted me into the Missouri Route 66 Association. And, if there’s a place in heaven, where one's heart laid on earth, we know that all your Route 66 friends will find you there someday.

From your friend Jim Michalec
Publisher of the Route 66 Advertiser

Memories of Fran Eickhoff
By:  Jeanette (Pfeiffer) Douglas

     I’ve known Fran Eickhoff for probably 40 years.  She was my “sister-in-law” for the past 20+ years. God made her one-of-a-kind for sure.  Fran was a good woman with a big heart who handled her lot in life with dignity and strength, eager to find the joy in each upcoming moment. 
    She shared her life with my brother, Bill Pfeiffer, whom we buried last June.  For all those many years she loved him deeply in her heart and gave unselfishly.  She took care of him all through his traumas in life, his weaknesses & battles with alcohol, and then saw him through his cancer-stricken months until his death. We loved and respected her for that as much as for being the person that she was. Within a month of her burying him, she was diagnosed with lung cancer.  That’s when her real battles began.
    During this past year, one of her hopes was to get well enough to travel with her sister, Dolly, from St. Louis to our home in Branson.  To go to some music shows, see what new things Branson has to offer, relax & have some fun, visit with us, and talk about her good times with Bill.
    Instead, she spent a year with surgeries, chemo, radiation, hospitals, doctors, nursing homes, and at times, at her sister’s house until the next medical appointment.  She did get to go to her home in Cuba, Mo a few times in that year and I think she got to enjoy some Route 66 club events.  How she loved that club!   Through it all she was still a very strong lady with a positive attitude, and always had good things to say about everyone.  Her kindness was always in play with others around her whether it was nurses, aides, neighbors, relatives, friends or strangers. 
    It was just a few weeks ago that she said to me, “Don’t count me out yet, Jeanette”.
Well, I didn’t, but instead, God counted her in,.......In to Heaven.  There’s no doubt in my mind that now she’s enjoying eternity in God’s arms watching how things are going on the Big Route 66.

Home of the World’s Largest Rocking Chair! Now, that’s a big seat to fill, but Danny and Carolyn Sanazaro, along with their boy Lane and daughter Lacey, did just that!

So, how do you build a successful business on the Old Mother Road? The Sanazaro family has the ticket; let history repeat itself. Believe it or not, they started with an old Route 66 establishment—this brand new outpost store once housed Joe’s speed shop, which was built in 1937. Rumor has it that throughout the years, there was a beer party or two there; which explains it becoming a beer garden and bar in later years.

The good old days of Route 66 brought several alluring landmarks to attract the many travelers to their establishments. Several of these giants still exist today; and the Giant Rocking Chair at Fanning is a welcome addition to them.

I asked Danny where he came up with the idea of building the giant chair. Well, he replied, "As a child, I was facinated after seeing my first giant rocker just south of Cuba, MO on Hwy 19 in front of an old Mexican restaurant."  That chair is no longer there, but some of you may remember it.

Danny said, “If we are going to build a rocking chair, let’s make it the biggest ever!” And that’s what he did. The current Guinness record holder is Big John at 32 feet tall. Danny’s Route 66 Rocker is 42 feet, 1 3⁄4 inches tall, from the original recorded measurement of the local fire department. It’s now being submitted to Guinness (based out of England) for approval to replace the current record. However, before it can be approved, it must be not only be the largest rocking chair, but it must also be operative, that is to “rock.” Officials, such as the mayor or others, will have to witness and document everything to be true and correct, and a video will have to submitted as well for approval by Guinness for the Fanning Giant Rocker to replace the current recorder holder.
When you come by, don’t just stop to marvel at this phenomenal photo opportunity, be sure to come inside the outpost store! This is a full variety store and so much more. The store carries an array of snacks and sodas, and many other thirst quenching drinks, including beer and their own label of Missouri ROUTE 66 OUTPOST wines, bottled by Meramec Vineyards. You’ll love the outdoor décor, and you can find all the necessities for your outdoor adventure right here. Browse the many unique arts and crafts by local artists that are for sale, such as the wonderful woodcarvings by Jesse Strack. The outdoors décor is simply stunning, and the aroma of Woodwick candles and scent diffusers fill the air. The avid outdoorsmen and women will find bait and tackle, archery supplies, and an outdoor fenced-in archery range. Many animal mounts are for sale and on display. You can even have your trophies mounted right here, by John Moreland who is a licensed taxidermist, along with some help from Danny’s son, Lane, who is learning the trade. Lacey also helps out in the store and can help you find your Route 66 souvenirs—everything from magnets to Rocker T-shirts—and take care of those little traveling necessities like gum, candy bars, and Route 66 sodas. They also have your smokes and chew.

Everything for the family or the avid outdoors person is right here. A must stop, where you can enjoy relaxing, while finding everything that will make your trip more enjoyable. This family-owned, new Route 66 business not only has the world’s largest rocking chair, but a world of great hospitality that will carry you across the miles of the Mother Road.
Fanning is an unincorporated community in western Crawford County, MO..  It lies along former US Route 66, now MO. "ZZ", 5 miles west of Cuba.
St. James, MO, population 3,704 (census 2000).  St. James was the birthplace of Mrs. Lucy Wortham James,
a wealthy philanthropist known for her purchase and preservation of Maramec Spring Park.

    One of the many things that makes St. James, MO famous, besides its wineries, is Leo Cardetti’s Distributing. Over the past 20 years, Leo has built the area’s largest flag distributing company. Such companies are primarily located on the East Coast, but Leo found the need for one here in the Midwest. I asked Leo how he got into the flag distributing business and the answer was soon to follow. He was, at the time, an automotive detail products supplier, and still is, but when he was asked by a car dealer account of his where they could get flags for their car lot, a light bulb went off. Leo soon realized that there is a great need for flags in many kinds of businesses, as well as for individual use.
    Leo has spent most of his wonderful life on the Mother Road. He grew up in Rosati, a small town just five miles up the road from St. James, which was previously named Knobview. However, with so many Italian immigrants making the town their home, they petitioned the Post Office to change the town’s name to Rosati in 1934. These immigrant families made their way from Italy to New Orleans and Arkansas, then onto Knobview, MO, now Rosati.
    In the early days, Leo and his brother grew up helping around the parents’ general store, which the family ran from 1914 to the late 1940s. After that, father R.M. Cardetti and Son’s Winery was opened. It was after Leo went to the Missouri School of Mines that he made his way back to the family business, and on to build a rather impressive flag distributing business, which is still running strong 20 years later.

    Leo can supply you with anything the flag industry has to offer, including flagpoles. They offer State, U.S., and foreign flags; as well as welcome and occasion flags, or any holiday flag imaginable. Cardetti’s uses only the best materials, in either first class nylon or polyester. So, whether your need is large or small, Leo can handle it. Cardetti’s will ship anywhere, so checkout their website at and raise your colors high and proud.

Check out the new Route 66 mini flags, which are great for car show events or any Route 66 gathering. You can buy them at a wholesale price to sell for retail at your shop; and you can order them in any size. Order online, but, if you ever get the chance to meet Leo in person and see this great store you won’t be disappointed, check him out now at
More St. James Ads to Follow...
Fax 573.265.5946   *
219 N. Jefferson * PO Box 25  *  St. James, MO  65559
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Here is a stop to target on your Route 66 travels for whatever it is that brings you to Pulaski Country. It may be nearby attractions in Waynesville or Fort Leonard Wood,
home to the U.S. Army’s Engineers
School. On the other hand, it might
be something as simple and silly as
a green giant frog perched on a hill-
side overlooking Route 66 travelers
in near by Waynesville.
The Star Motel and Restaurant has been a family-owned business for years. The new owner is living up to the traditions of this great stopping place and at the same time, making it meet the new requirements of today’s travelers. Wireless Internet is now available in all rooms as well as the lobby.
Cruise On In To The Star Motel & Restaurant....our featured new advertiser!
The restaurant is owned and operated by the motel owner, and he has renovated the kitchen and still serves homemade styled meals. They also have a daily breakfast special of two eggs, bacon, hash browns and toast or biscuits for $4.19, served from 6:00 am to 11:00 am. A snack shop is located right in the lobby, for those of you that might arrive late. There is a nice outdoor pool that the whole family will enjoy and best of all it’s located right on Old Historic Route 66. Therefore, whether you have time to stop for the night or just a great homemade meal at the restaurant, the Star Motel and Restaurant have you covered. They offer daily, weekly, and monthly rates; as well as group, military, and contractor discounts. The restaurant is open seven days a week, and the motel has non-smoking rooms available, and microwaves and refrigerators. So, cruise on in to the Star of Route 66.
St. Robert / Waynesville, MO.... home to Fort Leonard Wood, US Army's Engineers School
New Events for 2011 are posted on the
Events Schedule Link!
   In addition to our full sales and service RV Dealership, Coachlight RV Sales also features an adjoining 80 site recreational vehicle park. The park consists of 60 pull-through sites that can accommodate any type of RV, as well as 20 back-in sites which feature concrete patios at your door. All sites have full utilities including 50 amp electrical hookups and filtered pressure regulated water. All paved interior roads, cable TV hookups, phone connections, laundry, WIFI, and large climate controlled club rooms make Coachlight RV park the perfect place to stay by yourself or with a group.
Coachlight RV Sales and Recreational Vehicle Park, Carthage, MO.
For RV Park reservations please call (417) 358-3666

The Red Carpet Corridor Jigsaw Puzzle, which was one of the most popular collector’s items at this year’s Red Carpet Corridor festival, is now available to anyone who travels to all twelve communities which make up the 90-mile stretch of Route 66.  By stopping at designated locations in each town, heritage travelers can pick up the puzzle piece for that Route 66 destination.  By making stops in all twelve cities, they will end up with a completed collector’s puzzle. 
During the Red Carpet Corridor festival, thousands of guests tried to make the entire 90-mile trek to collect all of the puzzle pieces.  However, there were so many events, entertainments, flea markets, garage sales, and other attractions that they were unable to make it to all twelve locations.  Making a limited supply of the puzzle pieces available once again, it will be possible for those who are missing one or more pieces to collect them simply by visiting the towns they missed May 1st and 2nd. 
The individual puzzle pieces will be available at the following locations:
Joliet – Route 66 Visitors Center
Wilmington – Ben Franklin
Braidwood – Garden Gate
Godley – Village Hall
Braceville – JK Harrison’s Pub & Grill
Gardner – Village Hall
Dwight – Becker Texaco Station
Odell – Standard Oil Station
Pontiac – Walldog Mural & Sign Art Museum
Chenoa – Redbird Antique Mall
Lexington – Koch’s Depot
Towanda – FS Gas Station
In other Red Carpet Corridor news, the dates for the 2011 Annual RCC Festival have been announced as May 7th and 8th, 2011.
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It's time to make your plans to attend this exciting Festival. Don't miss this fantastic event....perhaps the largest gathering of Route 66 fans ever!

Click on the Festival's website link for the latest details.
Coming June 9th. through 12th.

2011 International Route 66 Festival
Amarillo, Texas
• Advertisements & Commentary
• All eight Route 66 State Association  sites & Info
• Stories of Main Street America to captivate generations, young & old.
• Pictures and personal interviews
• Route 66 calendar of events, car shows, celebrations, road tours
• Travel tips & Fun, Classifieds
• Money saving coupons & discounts.
• Dining & Entertainment Guide for
   Carthage/Joplin, MO area.
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