Discussions about the Route 66 Association of Missouri assuming ownership of the Route 66 Gasconade River Bridge continued until last Thursday “and are currently at an impasse,” the Historic Preservation manager of the Missouri Department of Transportation wrote in a letter to the director o…
The Missouri Department of Transportation has called off – at least for now – plans to let bids Friday to demolish the century-old Route 66 Gasconade River Bridge at Hazelgreen. A bidding delay is seen as a victory for those who have been trying to save the bridge since MoDOT closed it in D…
Lebanon’s first two Route 66 banners are up, and another 30 will line Route 66 before the Lebanon Route 66 Festival on June 20, Nicole McGinnis, the city’s tourism director, told the Lebanon-Laclede County Route 66 Society board Tuesday.
Bill Wheeler, first president of the Lebanon-Laclede County Route 66 Society, was remembered in a tribute at the April 30 Lebanon Rotary Club meeting by Wheeler’s longtime friend Mike Edwards, manager of KJEL radio.
Bill Wheeler, whose vision for Route 66 included organizing the first Lebanon Route 66 Festival and the Lebanon-Laclede County Route 66 Society, died Friday, April 17, 2020, after a long illness. He was 80.
Here's a preview of the 2020 Laclede County Route 66 Guide and Map, a joint project of the Lebanon-Laclede County Route 66 Society and The Laclede County Record. With the guide, you can travel 36 miles of Route 66 from one end of Laclede County to the other, identifying mile-by-mile nearly 1…
Talks continue between the Route 66 Association of Missouri and the Missouri Department of Transportation about the association assuming ownership of the Route 66 Gasconade River Bridge at Hazelgreen.
Installing imitation neon tubing at the Underpass Café and a new security system at the Camp Joy cabin are the first projects the Lebanon-Laclede County Route 66 Society will undertake after accepting a detailed plan from its Project Priorities Committee.
The Lebanon Route 66 Museum has acquired a Victorian bed set and a cigar showcase that once were part of the Nelson Hotel, curator Mark Spangler told the Lebanon-Laclede County Route 66 Society at Saturday’s annual membership meeting.
Bruce Owen, a descendant of two famous families in Lebanon’s Route 66 history, was elected president of the Lebanon-Laclede County Route 66 Society at Saturday’s annual membership meeting.
Helen Massey remembers the trucker, a regular customer, who ordered rare hamburgers at the Underpass Café and complained every time she served one. “I couldn’t get them rare enough for him,” she says with laugh. She finally outsmarted him.
A presentation by Route 66 enthusiast “Movin’ Mark” Norman and the unveiling of an informational sign at the former Underpass Cafe will highlight the annual membership meeting of the Lebanon-Laclede County Route 66 Society.
April 20, 2020, is the “drop-dead date” for supporters of the Route 66 Gasconade River Bridge to find someone to assume ownership of the internationally known landmark before plans to demolish it are finalized.
See how nicely Lebanon's Route 66 attractions are presented in this episode of the television show "Missouri Life Magazine." This is the second of a two-part episode about Route 66 in Missouri, and the first 6:30 is devoted to Lebanon. You'll see interior scenes from the Manor House Inn, an …
The city of Lebanon’s Tourism and Parks and Recreation departments will assume more of the responsibilities of the Lebanon Route 66 Festival in 2020.
The Lebanon-Laclede County Route 66 Society reviewed three plans Tuesday for reroofing the former Twin Oaks gas station on Route 66 west of Phillipsburg and hopes to move forward with one of them by spring.
“Movin’ Mark” Norman, whose enthusiasm for Route 66 has made him a popular figure along The Mother Road the past year, will be the featured speaker when the Lebanon-Laclede County Route 66 Society holds its annual membership meeting at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 25, at the Lebanon-Laclede County…
Five members of the Lebanon-Laclede County Route 66 Society met Saturday with the owner of the former Twin Oaks property on Route 66 west of Phillipsburg to discuss how to save one or possibly two of the surviving buildings from further deterioration.
The late Glenn Wrinkle Sr., a Route 66 icon in Lebanon as well as throughout the nation, was honored by his hometown Thursday night with a Lebanon Community Achievement Award.
As the Lebanon-Laclede County Route 66 Society wraps up two restoration projects, its board began discussing a potential new one at Tuesday’s monthly meeting.
The Lebanon-Laclede County Route 66 Society received a $500 preservation grant Saturday from the Route 66 Association of Missouri for its efforts to restore the last remaining Camp Joy cabin in Lebanon and the exterior of the Underpass Cafe in Phillipsburg.
Informational signs will be erected at the Camp Joy cabin and the Underpass Cafe – both restored by the Lebanon-Laclede County Route 66 Society this year -- so tourists are aware of their role in Route 66 history.
A 31-minute video by Alva Hazell telling the story of Lebanon’s shuttered Kmart being converted into the 41,000-square-foot Lebanon-Laclede County Library was shown Thursday night at a special Rotary meeting celebrating the 15th anniversary of the new library. The Lebanon Route 66 Museum is …
Promotion of Route 66 in Laclede County continues as the Lebanon-Laclede County Route 66 Society board heard updates Tuesday on plans for banners along Route 66 in Lebanon and for painting lettering on the former Underpass Cafe at Phillipsburg.
New metal benches honoring the Lehman family, owners of Lebanon’s Munger Moss Motel for 48 years, were installed Wednesday outside the Camp Joy cabin in Boswell Park and at the motel.
The three-county Route 66 Yard Sale will be held again next year if all the other sponsoring organizations and media from this year agree to participate, the Lebanon-Laclede County Route 66 Society agreed Tuesday at its monthly board meeting.
The electronic signs in the eastbound lane of Route 66 approaching Hazelgreen, Missouri, no longer alert drivers that the Gasconade River Bridge is closed.
(WEDNESDAY-FINAL UPDATE) With only two days to go before the big 100-mile Route 66 Yard Sale this Friday and Saturday (Aug. 2-3), nearly three dozen sites for sales in Pulaski, Laclede and Webster counties have been listed on our Facebook page. Many of the sites will have multiple sellers, i…
"Official central locations" in Laclede, Pulaski and Webster counties have been announced where sellers who do not live on Route 66 may set up booths for the three-county, 100-mile Route 66 Yard Sale on Aug. 2-3.
Rain at dawn may have reduced the number of classic cars in the parade, but the skies quickly cleared and the 2019 Lebanon Route 66 Festival drew at least as many people Saturday as last year, Loretta Young, the festival’s general chairman, said as the event wrapped up.
After four months of restoration by a dedicated crew of volunteers, the Lebanon-Laclede County Route 66 Society dedicated the last surviving Camp Joy cabin Saturday in a ceremony at the Lebanon Route 66 Festival in Route 66-themed Boswell Park, the cabin’s new home.
About 40 cars and trucks, plus several motorcyclists, took part in this morning's annual Lebanon Route 66 Festival parade from the Lebanon Industrial Park to Boswell Park, all on Route 66.
State Sen. Sandy Crawford, whose district includes Laclede County, honored the Lebanon-Laclede County Route 66 Society today with a Missouri Senate resolution recognizing the group's 17 years of preserving Missouri's Route 66 history.
The scene Friday night along East Route 66 in Lebanon could have been from 1957, before Interstate 44 replaced The Mother Road as the primary east-west route through Laclede County.
The design for the 2019 Lebanon Route 66 Festival T-shirts has been announced. This year's shirts are being sponsored by C&J's Classic & Muscle Cars, located on Route 66 west of Lebanon. The business is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year.
The schedule is nearly set, the band is booked, the stage and sound system are ordered, the T-shirts are being printed, the program is taking shape, and enough money has been raised to cover anticipated expenses.
Lebanon-Laclede County Route 66 Society member Dave Chastain, who has engineered the restoration of the Camp Joy cabin, presented the society's board Monday night with framed hexagon tiles he collected from the floor of the cabin's shower.
As the Lebanon-Laclede County Route 66 Society wrapped up its monthly board meeting Monday night in a banquet room at Dowd's Catfish and BBQ, eleven Route 66 tourists from The Netherlands were ordering dinner a few feet away in the main dining room.
Let the record show that the last overnight guests at Camp Joy were Bobby Justice and seven volunteers who were helping Justice prepare the last Camp Joy cabin for its move to Boswell Park the next morning.
The Lebanon-Laclede County Route 66 Society board will meet Monday, May 6, at Dowd's Catfish & BBQ on west Route 66 in Lebanon. Those ordering dinner should arrive by 5:30 p.m. so the business meeting can start at 6 p.m.