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The restoration of the exterior of the former Underpass Cafe at Phillipsburg should be complete by the end of this year, according to a timetable set by the Lebanon-Laclede County Route 66 Society board at its meeting Tuesday.

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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.

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A sign advertising CAFÉ, FRIED CHICKEN and HOME MADE PIE and a rocket that once stood along the road are all that are left at the former site of the Satellite Cafe and Phillips 66 Space Station, just west of the I-44 Speedway, four miles east of Lebanon on Route 66.

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When the Weaver family bought the old Wood & Goss DX station in 2014 to expand Weaver Auto Sales, some suggested that the Route 66-era building had become an eyesore that should be torn down.

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Bronwen Palilla remembers moving to Lebanon in the 1990s and admiring the beautiful three-story home, then used as a real-estate office, on the north side of Elm Street, also known as Historic Route 66, at Sherman Avenue.

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I grew up 3/4 mile west of Eden on Route 66, which is now on the north side of Interstate 44. After college, I moved to the St. Louis area, employed by McDonnell Aircraft. Taking early retirement in 1996, my wife and I returned to this farm, which was settled in 1853 by my great-great-grandp…

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Highway building in the first decade of the 20th century was considered a local and economic issue; a matter of local civic pride and jobs. In the absence of national standards of construction, each city or county built what it could afford. For this reason, some early highway roadways were …

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Tommy Speaker remembers the day a big four-door car pulled around to the back of his grandfather’s gas station on Route 66 in Lebanon. Three or four people, one of them a woman, got out. They placed violin cases on a picnic table and laid down on the grass to rest. Tommy’s grandfather, Tom B…

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It was the Eden of Route 66. For more than 40 years, Eden Resort, on a hill just west of the Gasconade River on the south side of Route 66, was a self-proclaimed paradise for thousands of travelers, vacationers and fishermen. "It was a showplace,'' Hugh McClure Jr. of nearby Hazelgreen recalled.

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Kelly Hackler bought 7.75 acres west of Phillipsburg last year so he would have a place close to home for fishing. The property includes an acre-and-a-half pond where he has caught some nice catfish.

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In 1993, Wilma Wilson Atkins, a native of the Sleeper area, wrote a book for her granddaughters about her life and the life of her husband, David, who died in 1991. This is an excerpt from the chapter on Route 66, including stories about its construction through 13 acres of the Atkins family farm in 1926. Mrs. Atkins died in 2007. Published with the permission of the Atkins’ daughter, Naomi Atkins Townsend.

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Here are a few scenes of Laclede County businesses and landmarks along Route 66 during the highway's heyday. The Lebanon-Laclede County Route 66 Society welcomes additional historic photos for this website. Please send jpgs to lebanonroute66@gmail.com.

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June 2017 marks the 100th anniversary of the Ozark Trail, the predecessor to Route 66. It was headline news in June 1917 when Lebanon was selected to be on the Ozark Trail, but, unfortunately, the joy was short-lived. These articles tell the story of the coming and the going of the Ozark Tra…

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If it had been any other highway, Lebanon would have forgotten about Route 66 at 10:45 a.m. Aug. 8, 1957, when the State Highway Commission opened an 8.2-mile stretch of Interstate 44 that bypassed the city.

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On the last full day of his life, Bernie Bollig returned to the parking lot of the former Big Wig Drive-In to reminisce about the two decades he and wife Patty operated their popular restaurant on Lebanon’s Route 66.