From the September 5, 2010, Chicago Tribune by Katherine Rodriguez.
If I had to pick my favorite Route 66 state, I'd have to go with the stretch in this state. This would be followed by Oklahoma and Illinois.
"Route 66, Something of a ghost, the highway still provides plenty to see in Missouri." It was replaced by Interstate-44 and decommissioned in the 1980s. But, even so, it remains a marked road, just look for the Historic Route 66 signs.
When we first drove it back in 2002, the signage wasn't very good compared to that in Illinois, but it was still the second best compared to all the rest.Missouri's Route 66 goes through cities, rural areas, farmlands, and, of course, those wonderful rolling Ozarks.
For the most part it parallels I-44, even under the interstate at times. From St. Louis to Joplin, it runs 260-317 miles if you count the spurs.
Mire to Come. --RoadDog