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Lebanon-Laclede County Library and Route 66 Museum

Although attendance at the Lebanon-Laclede County Route 66 Museum was down last year during the pandemic, the guest book still was signed by visitors from 17 foreign countries, 46 states and 143 Missouri cities, Cathy Dame told the Lebanon-Laclede County Route 66 Society board Tuesday.

Dame, who is director of the library that hosts the museum as well as secretary of the Route 66 Society board, said the only states not represented among 2020 visitors were Rhode Island, Hawaii, Montana and New Hampshire.

While the state totals compared favorably with 2019, when visitors from 49 states signed the guest book, international travel was down considerably from 2019, when the guest book was signed by visitors from 58 countries. In-state visits were down from 200 cities in 2019.

The 3,500-square-foot museum is open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. weekdays and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays. It's closed on Sundays. Admission is free.

With pandemic fears easing, visits this year already are up. “We’re already doing really well,” Dame said, adding that April was a big month. International traffic is up, too. “Spain has been the big one this year.”

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