Route 66 Missouri

Route 66 in  Missouri


(source National Park Service)

Miles: 317 (approx.)

Traveling on Route 66 in Missouri is driving through the wild mountains of the Ozarks. Small towns and cities blend into one another across wooded, gently rolling hills and valleys. In rural areas you are surrounded by lush green foliage. Creek and river crossings are commonplace, and many historic bridges are still in place.

An important predecessor to Route 66 was the Kickapoo or Osage Trail, an American Indian trail that evolved into the Old Wire Road during the Civil War. The road bore this name once telegraph wires emerged across the route. The Old Wire Road was eventually incorporated into Route 66 Missouri, and this pattern was repeated throughout the state as old roads, including farm-to-market roads, were brought into service as part of the newly designated U.S. highway.


After the highway was decommissioned, the Route 66 Association of Missouri was established to preserve, promote, and develop the route. In 2010, it was designated a  Missouri Scenic Byway, and the association is in the process of applying for National Scenic Byway status. The National Park Service Route 66 Corridor Preservation Program has assisted 17 cost-share grant projects, including the restoration of several neon signs, the Wagon Wheel Motel in Cuba, and the Boots Motel in Carthage on Missouri Route 66.

Gasoline Alley, Cuba Missouri, vintage,retro,memorabilia, history. Route 66 preservation project.

Gasoline Alley, Cuba Missouri, vintage,retro,memorabilia, history.

Route 66 Missouri Weather

Cuba, Missouri is "Down Home Friendly"

U.S. Department of Transportation

“(Get Your Kicks on) Route 66,” a popular rhythm and blues song, was composed in 1946 by American song-writer Bobby Troup. The lyrics follow the path of Route 66 from Chicago to Los Angeles. Nat King Cole, as the King Cole Trio, first recorded the song in 1946, and it became a hit that appeared on Billboard magazine’s R&B and pop charts. The song was subsequently recorded by many other artists." Listen to thie tune while you are driving on Missouri Route 66.

Bring Your Camera

Town square at a route 66 festival - Cuba Fest in Cuba Missouri.

Life in a small town is friendly people gathering for a festival.

Historic Wagon Wheel is a Route 66 motel on Historic Route 66 in Cuba, Missouri. Preservation works. A locally owned motel.

Route 66 Motel. Wagon Wheel in Cuba Missouri,

Gasoline Alley. Bobs garage, Route 66 Museum with collectables and 66 memorabilia  in Cuba, Missouri on Historic Route 66.

Preservation lives as there are many museums and Route 66 memorabilia collectors.

Old cars are a found on Route 66. Some are used for signage as a prompt to attract customers and Route 66 preservation.

Cruising in heavy metal on Route 66 Missouri 

A photo opportunity with an old car and antique gas pump in front of a motel. Cuba, Missouri on Route 66.

See a glimpse of yesteryear.

Many quirky attractions compete for Route 66 advertising and photo opportunities for travelers.

Many sight to see as you travel Missouri Route 66

Lamplight Lane RV Resort

26215 Hwy 17 (Historic Rt. 66), Waynesville, Mo.65583 (573) 774-2727

Lamlight Lane RV resort in Waynesville MO.. On Route 66 and the entrance to Ozark Mountain Country.

We  are right on the "Mother Road" and minutes from many of the unique and nostalgic sights that make up  the Great American Road Trip! No long detours here- our entrance is just a few feet from the highway! If you're rolling in a classic or vintage rig, we've got you covered, too- Lamplight Lane is a TIN-CAN TOURIST vintage-friendly campground!  Either way, when you've got the urge to "Get Your Kicks on Route 66", let us help you kick off the fun. 

Preserving the Legacy - Springfield, Mo


President Eisenhower signed the Federal Highway Aid Act in 1956, creating the Interstate Highway system Over the next three decades interstates replaced US 66. By 1972, I-44 replaced 66 across Missouri.

The last section of U.S. 66 was bypasses by I-40 in 1984 and the highway was officially decommissioned in 1985. Businesses along the road were affected and many closed for good. Some smaller towns even faded away along the route.

Missouri Route 66 Association -  "Preserving the Legacy" - Read about the success story about preservation.

Route 66 Cities

St. Louis



St. Louis is the largest city along Route 66 between Chicago and Los Angeles. There are sites related to the Mother Road within the region. Some of the streets have new names, but all of these locations are part of the Route 66 journey,




Officially recognized as the birthplace of Route 66, it was in Springfield, April 30,1926, that officials proposed the name of the new Chicago to Los Angeles highway.




Visit the Route 66 Museum and Research Center. Self Guided tour. .Recreation of a 50's gas station and classic diner.along with displays of antique cars, and collections of books, magazines and videos.





Historic Route 66 provides the main Route through town. Visitors from all over the world visit Waynesville to take photos Route 66 landmarks.




A list of upcoming events in Rolla, Missouri a railroad town on Route 66.




In 2012 Cuba commisioned 12 outdoor murals. Today they maintain 14 Route 66 murals and are known as "Route 66 Mural City"

The Show Me State

Preservation of Route 66 is the theme on old Route 66 in Missouri.

One of the many iconic site along Route 66 in Missouri.

Missouri Hick Bar-B-Que

Missouri Hick is the pride of Dennis Meiser, a master BBQer and woodworker whose skills are all over the place. From the hand made tables and chairs to the cedar stairs leading up to the balcony there is no mistaking the skill that went into the place. 


Handcrafted tables are nice but food is king at Missouri Hick. All of our meats are seasoned with our special rub and then smoked overnight for 12 full hours. After resting you would need a rest too if you had just spent the night in a smokehouse) the meats are ready to serve with your choice of house sauces. Served with your favorite beer or wine it is a match made in Hillbilly Heaven. Make sure you all leave room for some cobbler.

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