The first class of the Laclede County Route 66 Wall of Fame will be inducted Jan. 24 at the Lebanon-Laclede County Route 66 Society’s annual membership meeting.
The Route 66 Society board voted unanimously Oct. 5 to create the Wall of Fame “honoring those who made exceptional contributions to the development or promotion of Route 66 or who operated legendary businesses on Route 66 in Laclede County, Missouri.” The inductees’ plaques will be displayed in or near the Route 66 Museum at the Lebanon-Laclede County Library. Inductees also will receive personal plaques.
The Wall of Fame was proposed by board member Gary Sosniecki, who said he got the idea after visiting the Illinois Route 66 Hall of Fame and Museum in Pontiac.
Individuals rather than businesses will be honored, although multiple individuals, such as family members or business partners, may be honored as a group. Honorees can be living or deceased.
Plans are to select five inductees the first year and three the second year. In subsequent years, one or two will be honored.
Honorees will be selected by a committee with knowledge of Laclede County Route 66 history. Sosniecki presented a list of more than 30 possible nominees. The public also is invited to submit names of possible nominees to LebanonRoute66@gmail.com.
“I think it’s a wonderful idea,” board secretary and library director Cathy Dame said. “People will come to see it . . . I think it will be a draw on its own.”
The annual induction ceremony will be the program of each year’s membership meeting, currently held in January.