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 resolution mentions successful Route 66 Society projects such as campaigning for creation of the Lebanon Route 66 Museum, raising money to erect the three Route 66 murals in Boswell Park, sponsoring the annual Lebanon Route 66 Festival in partnership with the Lebanon Parks and Recreation Department, publishing the Laclede County Route 66 Map and Tour Guide, restoring the exterior of the Underpass Cafe at Phillipsburg and restoring the last surviving Camp Joy cabin, which was dedicated Saturday at its new location in Boswell Park.

Route 66 Society President Bill Jones accepted the resolution during the cabin's dedication ceremony and announced that it will be displayed at the Munger Moss Motel.

The resolution reads:

"Whereas, the members of the Missouri Senate believe it is altogether fitting and proper to pause from time to time to recognize the accomplishments of those organizations dedicated to preserving Missouri history in all of its forms; and

"Whereas, the members now pause to recognize the Lebanon-Laclede County Route 66 Society, founded in 2002 to educate, to preserve, to promote, and to develop Route 66 in Laclede County; and

"Whereas, the Lebanon-Laclede County Route 66 Society's first important project was to campaign successfully for the new Lebanon-Laclede County Library to include a Route 66 museum, which today draws between twelve thousand and fourteen thousand visitors annually from all over the world; and

"Whereas, in recent years, the Lebanon-Laclede County Route 66 Society has supported a project to erect three Route 66 murals in Boswell Park, which the Lebanon Parks and Recreation Department has redeveloped with a Route 66 theme; and

"Whereas, in May 2016, the Lebanon-Laclede County Route 66 Society took over fund-raising for the $75,000 mural project, and the first mural, depicting a 1957 Chevy on Route 66 at the entrance of Lebanon, was unveiled with a ceremony on February 18, 2017; and

"Whereas, the second mural, a tribute to Laclede County and the Route 66 Gasconade River Bridge, was unveiled shortly after the 2017 Lebanon Route 66 Festival, and the third mural, a salute to the "Nelson Family Legacy on Route 66", was dedicated with a ceremony May 6, 2018, at which the names of all one hundred and forty-three donors were read aloud; and

"Whereas, today, the Lebanon-Laclede County Route 66 Society promotes Route 66 through projects and programs in the community, including the 12th Lebanon Route 66 Festival on Father's Day weekend 2019, in partnership with the Lebanon Parks and Recreation Department; publication of a full-color Laclede County Route 66 Map and Tour Guide, in partnership with The Laclede County Record; a three-county, one-hundred-mile Route 66 Yard Sale planned for August 2-3, 2019; and restoration of the exterior of the Underpass Cafe at Phillipsburg and of the last cabin of Camp Joy, Lebanon's first tourist court; and

"Whereas, the Lebanon-Laclede County Route 66 Society members speak about Route 66 to civic and school groups and serve as ambassadors to groups touring Route 66 in Laclede County; and

"Whereas, volunteers from the Route 66 Society have donated hundreds of hours of labor in restoring the Camp Joy cabin since it was given to the group by businessman Lee Sing in January, and owing to the support from the City of Lebanon, the cabin has been moved to Route 66-themed Boswell Park, where it will be rededicated on June 15, 2019, at the Lebanon Route 66 Festival:

"Now, Therefore, Be It Resolved that we, the members of the Missouri Senate, One Hundredth General Assembly, extend our most sincere congratulations to the members of the Lebanon-Laclede County Route 66 Society on the illustrious occasion of the rededication of the Camp Joy cabin; and

"Be It Further Resolved that the Secretary of the Senate be instructed to prepare a properly inscribed copy of this resolution for presentation to the Lebanon-Laclede County Route 66 Society."

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