Route 66 in Missouri (Images of America)

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Route 66 is the “Main Street of America,” heralded in song and popular culture. It took a maze of different routes through St. Louis before slashing diagonally across the “Show-Me State” through the beauty of the Ozarks. In between, there are classic motels, diners, tourist traps, and gas stations bathed in flashing and whirling neon lights. Natural wonders include crystal-clear streams, majestic bluffs, and wondrous caverns. Roadside marketers concocted legends about Jesse James, painted advertisements on barns, lived with deadly snakes, or offered curios such as pottery and handwoven baskets. That spirit is alive today at the Wagon Wheel and the Munger-Moss, the Mule, Meramec Caverns, and Ted Drewes Frozen Custard, just to name a few. Their stories are included here.

Route 66 in Missouri (Images of America)
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