Chevelle at the bridge

Chevelle clubs from Kansas City and St. Louis gathered at the endangered Gasconade River Bridge the morning of Oct. 15, 2016, to hear about the struggle to save the Route 66 landmark east of Lebanon.

Twenty-four cars – 20 of them Chevelles – from the Mid-America Chevelle Club of Kansas City and the Gateway Area Chevelle Club of St. Louis were participating in their 17th annual joint Fall Color Tour, which this year focused on historic bridges. A few local cars also participated.

“The neat thing is we drive them,” Cliff Claxton of Lebanon, co-organizer of the tour, said. Trailers for car hauling are not allowed.

Claxton is former president of the Gateway club and currently a board member of the Lebanon-Laclede County Route 66 Society. The society’s vice president, Gary Sosniecki, who spoke about efforts to save the bridge, and board member Bobby Jones also participated.

The group spent Friday night at another Route 66 landmark, the Munger Moss Motel, owned for 45 years by Bob and Ramona Lehman. Ramona also is a board member of the Route 66 Society, and she and Sosniecki also are board members of the Route 66 Gasconade River Bridge Guardians.

Claxton said other bridges on the tour are at Devil’s Elbow, Westphalia and Brumley. The group will spend tonight at Lake of the Ozarks.

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