The 2021 Laclede County Route 66 Guide and Map, identifying nearly 100 existing and past points of interest along the county’s 36 miles of the The Mother Road, will be eight pages bigger than previous editions, board member Gary Sosniecki told the Lebanon-Laclede County Route 66 Society board Tuesday.
The free, 56-page, full-color magazine is being printed this week and will be available soon, Sosniecki, who coordinates the project for the Route 66 Society, said. The previous three editions have been 48 pages.
The publication is a partnership between the Lebanon-Laclede County Route 66 Society and the Laclede County Record. As with the previous guides, the Route 66 Society supplied the map information, photos and articles, and the Laclede County Record handled the ad sales, design, composition and printing.
The Route 66 Society will distribute the guide to tourist-related businesses and welcome centers along Route 66 throughout Missouri. The Lebanon Tourism department also will distribute copies at events where it promotes local tourism.
Businesses and attractions that have not had copies of the magazine to distribute in the past should email LebanonRoute66@gmail.com to be added to the drop-off list.
Sosniecki told the board that the Route 66 Society distributed 5,125 copies of the 2021 magazine. Another 200 copies – the last ones remaining – are heading to the Conway I-44 Tourism Center.
Once again, the guide is broken into seven sections from the Pulaski County line at Hazelgreen to the Webster County line west of Conway. The 2021 magazine includes numerous updates as the Route 66 landscape has changed and more history has been uncovered.
The magazine also highlights Laclede County’s eight biggest existing Route 66 attractions and includes several articles about Laclede County Route 66 history.
This year’s cover recreates a 1966 Corvette driving onto the now-closed Route 66 Gasconade River Bridge at Hazelgreen.
The Route 66 Society thanks Beth Chism, Jennifer Early, Shawna Bradley and Jenny Payne of the Laclede County Record for their work on the project. The Route 66 Society and the Record thank all the businesses and organizations whose advertising made the guide possible.
A Route 66 guide and map also was produced by the newspaper and the Route 66 Society in 2003.